Title: Doomsday Clock (2017-) #9
Words: Geoff Johns
Art: Gary Frank
Colors: Brad Anderson
Publication Date: March 6, 2019
Doomsday Clock has, fittingly, been a very slow burn. The series is entering its third year, and only now has the true conflict begun to emerge. Johns’ and Frank’s series has married the DC and Watchmen universes for the past 8 issues, and now we finally see them collide, suitably including long monologues and massive explosions between heroes and villain(?). The production aspects of Doomsday clock are as spectacular as they’ve ever been, so the majority of this issue’s focus deserves to be on the unfolding plot.
Overall, Doomsday Clock has traded most of its intrigue for teasing a direct, bombastic conflict, but is not without its signature plot twists at various points in the issue. Seeing Manhattan directly confront the bulk of the DC heroes is exciting, but simply because there’s so much going on it’s hard for anyone to get a direct spotlight. Still, the major plot beats happen satisfyingly, but when something so larger than life is happening you almost want it to slow down to appreciate the detail.
The voice of each character feels genuine and well-represented, and Dr. Manhattan himself seems as if he’s walked right off the pages of his original graphic novel, making all his build-up well worth it. This issue’s main weakness is, despite its excitement, that it is still another stepping stone to tease the final conflict. As much as this is exciting in the moment, it’s slightly concerning, as no one wants to see an ending not live up to its potential.
The Bottom Line
Doomsday Clock #9 delivers on multiple fronts, with a huge cast of characters confronting a long-awaited antagonist, but yet more is still to come, which leaves you wondering just how it’s all going to tie together in the end.