Doomsday Clock #8
Doomsday Clock #8 was the most intense and dramatic installment of the series yet. The series is starting to take the shape of the game changing DC event it was hyped as in the beginning. And the timing couldn’t be any better.
The Superman Theory has people on edge and sides are being drawn. Firestorm is decidedly against testing for metahuman genes and protests a test site in Russia. This incursion has the potential to cause some major problems and does. Superman reluctantly enters the fray in hopes of preventing a greater tragedy as the world watches.
There’s few writer/artist combinations that are better on Superman than Johns and Frank. I’ve always had a soft spot for Frank’s take on Superman since he draws him like Christopher Reeve. And Johns gets Superman down to the core. All of the traits that make Clark Kent the world’s greatest hero from his sense of hope, patience, firmness and faith in others. This is such a great Superman-focused issue with what seems destined to be one of the classic examples future creators will cite as a definitive Superman moment.
One of my biggest gripes with Doomsday Clock has been the delays, but after going over a few pages of Frank’s artwork, it’s worth it. He draws so much emotion in his characters. You can read the emotions from just their expressions and Frank is one of the masters at conveying those feelings. Brad Anderson’s colors are pivotal in this story specifically the scenes involving Firestorm.
Beyond the big Superman focus, there’s a major bombshell gets revealed as Lois Lane finally opens this mysterious envelope that’s been en route for a few issues. The payoff was worth the wait and it opens up another huge set of questions.
Thankfully, Doomsday Clock #9 is slated for release next month. Given this pulse pounding final few pages waiting two more months for the next chapter would be awful. Doomsday Clock is reaching its potential in a big, big way and reading like a legit can’t miss epic.
Rating: 10 out of 10