Title: Doomsday Clock (2017-) #1
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank
Colors: Brad Anderson
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank, and colorist Brad Anderson. See the WATCHMEN characters and the DC Universe come together for the first time!
Directly following the events of Alan Moore’s renowned work, Watchmen, Doomsday Clock #1 picks up where readers were left, in October of 1987, with Watchmen #12. Chaos has ensued after the events of Watchmen, and now, the world is on the brink of destruction. Let the countdown begin again ladies and gentlemen… Even after reading this issue, it is unclear as to how DC’s other heroes (Superman, Batman, etc.) will be involved, but I am sure that the picture will become clearer next issue.
Writing a direct sequel to Alan Moore’s Watchmen is, perhaps, as daunting a task as there could be in the comics book industry. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the man tasked with getting the job done is DC’s Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns.
The Blackest Night writer does a fantastic job in this issue bringing readers up to speed in a way that is entertaining and, as far as I see it, easily accessible. It quickly becomes obvious that Johns has done his homework and, in doing so, has managed to successfully blend his writing style with Moore’s. This style works well in creating an authentic Watchmen feel. This authenticity is most evident when Johns writes Rorschach.
Much like Geoff John’s writing, it is clear that artist Gary Frank did his research and worked hard to blend his style with that of Dave Gibbons’ in order to create a book worth of work that looked both into the past and the future. Frank utilizes some more modern page layouts and also manages to produce illustrations that have more depth than those that are found in Watchmen. In no way do I mean any disrespect to Dave Gibbons, but Frank’s illustrations pop a whole lot more, and overall, feel more lively and energetic.
The Bottom Line:
Geoff Johns gets this epic series off to a solid start with a number-one issue that not only gets new readers up to speed quickly and efficiently but also sets the stage for what’s to come in a way that will leave long-time readers eager for more. Does Doomsday Clock #1 live up to the hype that surrounds it? You be the judge. As I am concerned, the hype matter not, Doomsday Clock #1is a damn-good read.