Title: Doomsday Clock (2017-) #5
Script: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Gary Frank
Inks: Gary Frank
Colors: Brad Anderson
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: The Comedian lives! The Mime and Marionette loose in Gotham City! Rorschach is locked in the bowels of Arkham Asylum! Secrets will be revealed as the Doomsday Clock ticks on…
The Watchmen sequel practically screeches to a halt here in Doomsday Clock (2017-) #5, but writer Geoff Johns makes great use of his time and continues to dig deeper into the shared Watchman/DCU and further develop this story.
Much like the previous four issues in this series, Doomsday Clock (2017-) #5 offers readers plenty to contemplate and explore. For example, there is an excellent scene shared by Batman and Ozymandias where Johns, via Ozymandias, questions the nature of Batman and his detachment from reality and points out the cyclical nature of Batman’s version of crime fighting. Throughout the years, Batman’s choice to fight crime without killing criminals has been questions repeatedly, and here in Doomsday Clock (2017-) #5, Ozymandias makes this problem apparent and makes it difficult for readers to disagree.
Artist Gary Frank is doing a great job in creating a visual reading experience that is similar to that of Watchmen, and at times, if, perhaps, it wasn’t for the inclusion of characters from the DCU, Doomsday Clock looks as though it was published weeks after the original story came to a close.
Now that this series is being released on a bi-monthly basis, I’m unsure if the slower-than-usual pace, coupled with the denser-than-usual scripts, will be able appeal to the modern readers with shorter-than-ever attention spans. Time will tell. I’m going to stick around because of the impact this story has (and will have) on the DCU.
The Bottom Line:
The Doomsday Clock ticks on and as it does, Geoff Johns makes great use of his time and spends this issue further developing the story and providing readers with additional food for thought. The slower-than-usual pace, coupled with a bi-monthly release schedule may leave some readers trailing off…