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Doomsday Clock #1: That Annihilated Place

(Doomsday Clock #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  103 reviews
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!
Kindle Edition, 43 pages
Published November 22nd 2017 by DC
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Sam Quixote
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it
8 years after Watchmen…

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias’ warped plan to stop the Cold War has been exposed making him the most wanted man in the world. His empire fallen, Veidt is now in hiding. Meanwhile Rorschach’s journals have been published – except he’s been spotted walking the streets dispensing his unique brand of brutal justice! But Rorschach’s dead – isn’t he? And as talks break down between the US and Russia, World War 3 seems imminent. The Doomsday Clock is ticking again. Where is Dr
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party

Okay, I know I've said "Review to Come" and then never gotten to the review a couple of times in the past (Okay, more like a couple thousand times), but I'm on vacation next week and plan to catch up on some reviews then, so I really will be writing a review for this soon, I'm absolutely not lying this time!
(Well... let's just say possibly not lying this time...)
The clock is ticking!

This is the comic book issue #1, lenticular cover, of the event “Doomsday Clock” that it will be a maxiseries of 12 issues.

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrator: Gary Frank


Have you ever wondered what happened after the end of the original Watchmen (by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons)?

Well, here you’ll find out!

But Doomsday Clock seems that it’s a story so big that it won’t be possible to be contained in the alternate world where it happened…

James DeSantis
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's very rare for me to buy single issues. I'm a trade paperback type of guy. I like complete arcs. However, I really do enjoy a lot about Watchmen, I love most of Johns stuff, and Superman has been great lately. Put all the elements together and I couldn't wait 12+ months to get a paperback of this one.

So Doomsday Clock is really intriguing first look at where the Watchmen left off. The world is in chaos, even more so than before, and people are going nuts. Dr. Manhattan has gone missing,
I won't give this issue a rating, but I just wanted to say that, surprisingly, I enjoyed it. I was skeptical about Doomsday Clock from the very beginning, because Watchmen holds a special place in my comic-loving heart, and like many other readers, I strongly believe that it never needed or even warranted a sequel. Still, DC always had a burning desire to exploit the legendary series, and if they're going to do it anyway, it definitely could be done in worse ways than this (Before Watchmen, ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something phenomenal is brewing up in the DC Universe.

It is inevitable that Doomsday Clock will be subjected to serious public and critic scrutiny. After all, what Geoff Johns and Gary Frank present us is a direct sequel to Alan Moore's Watchmen and the most essential piece in DC Rebirth. My friends, this Doomsday Clock at the very least is a comic book history in the making.

Watchmen and Doomsday Clock spoilers follow. And yes, Watchmen is a very necessary read not just because it is a
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: single-issues
This is probably the most hyped comic of the year. Rebirth and The Button have lead to this, and this is the story were (we expect) to see the Watchman Universe become a part of the main DC Universe, or least crossover with it for this story.

The best way I can describe this comic is that it’s interesting, and I mean that in a good way. It’s kind of an event comic but it’s unlike any event comic I’ve read before, because it’s also a sequel to Watchmen. Which is controversial because Watchmen was
Primo S.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics

A promising start to Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's (perhaps overly) ambitious endeavor to weave a story about Watchmen AND the main DC Universe. It was obviously a setup issue, but I can't help to enjoy and savor every panel (almost all constructed with 9-panel-per-page structure like Moore's Watchmen) because of Frank's beautiful artwork. Even with the similar structure, the art managed to stand on its own with the help of the coloring work, which has similar color pallette with Watchmen,
Nicolo Yu
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: floppies
For my first review of the year, I went with one of the few comic books this year that made me want to go out and buy it from my most accessible local shop. Since that local store was about 1,380 kilometers away, that is saying something.

By all accounts, this Watchmen 2. Three decades ago, Moore and Gibbons may have delivered to the world a complete story that did not need a sequel. Yet somehow, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank make a compelling case for their story to exist.

Watchmen, now and forever,
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The hypest comicbook of the year is finally been release

Before I start to describe my thoughts and opinion on this, lets get rid of the Alan Moore sinanigans and others like oh "Their killing/ruining the Watchmen" and ohhh "Their gonna make Dr. Manhattan fight superman" and ohhh "DC's kicking Alan Moore's mystical dick again" and also "How is this gonna tie-in to the Dark Knights: Metal(current event story)". But instead lets praise how amazingly written this book is and how beautiful its art
Wing Kee
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No review until the end but just bullet point thoughts:

1) Marionette and Mime being Punch and Jewelee is brilliant.
2) Post Watchmen world is brilliant and added splashes of current politics is beautiful with the crazy President to the wall to the fake news...just calls back to what Moore did with Watchmen in the original.
3) Gary Frank's art and the overall tone of the book is so spot on you feel a palatable sense of hopelessness in every panel of the book.
Brandon St Mark
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got the special lenticular cover than had Rorschach's mask on the front, that had the Trinity symbol made out of ink blotches. It's really cool and I'm glad I got it.

Over all, I thought this was a really great first issue. Nothing too special, but definitely a good start. Excited to see where they go with this.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so good. The intrigue the art, the combination of rebirth story lines was great. Loved seeing some of the old faves back in action. Really looking forward to the rest of these.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this to be an intriguing read. Geoff Johns takes the ending of the original Watchmen series as a springboard into his own narrative. Gary Frank's art is amazing, as always . I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil anything. If you are at all curious, just read it. I think if you do, you will be back for the second issue. I do think that if you are not at all familiar with the Watchmen story, this comic may not work for you. If you haven't read Watchmen, but saw the ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DC Takes My Money Again, Not a Single Regret

While hesitant to any extension of the original, remarkable Watchmen series from the 80's, Geoff Johns does what he does best and compiles a faithful and enthralling tale that I was more than pleased to read. I'm eagerly anticipating the next issue, there's plenty of ground to be covered in Doomsday Clock, and seeing where they're headed with the story is sure to be a wild ride. Definitely would and will recommend to fans old and new of both Watchmen
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The copy of this book which I have just read is the second printing and has a black and white cover. I could not find that on GR. I'm ashamed to admit that I still have yet to read Watchmen, even more so after reading this ( I know...*tsk* *tsk* ). However, I did enjoy this first issue. This is supposed to crossover the Watchmen characters with the regular DC Universe. Should be interesting to see what happens next. I love Gary Frank's art. I'll have to stick with this. And I'll have to get a ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators and DC superheroes
Recommended to Brent by: DC Comics
Shelves: comics, fiction, superhero
Ok, I'm climbing aboard. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are undeniably talented. My edition (3rd printing of issue #1) features a cover image by Dave Gibbons of Rorschach's face, with the blotches made into logos of DC superheroes.
Got to reread Watchmen, too: and finally read Moore's novel Jerusalem.
We'll see! Anyone else reading these installments as published?
Ryan Stewart
Incredible start. I’m already hooked!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just wow! For years I was dreaming of a Watchmen sequel and now here it is... and with what look like a cross-over with Superman and maybe other big DC heroes... who knows? Not a big fan of cross-over but this one is gonna be epic like we never saw anything like it! Big Big expectation for what's next!!
Jenn Marshall
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting for what feels like forever for this story and I was not disappointed. Great read!
Calvinist Batman
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is gonna be great.
Derson Manhique
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2017
I have so many questions.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, and I thought Metal was going to be big.
Patrick Suth
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Geoff Johns and company are picking up the story of the Watchmen 8 years after Ozymandias' scheme. The comic starts in the chaos of 1992 describing the public and political unrest that has followed the exposing of Veidt's deeds which has landed him into concealed dealing with Rorschach (who isn't Walter Kovacs, but an African American copy cat).

After the dust settles, Rorschach is skulking through a high security wing of a prison on a mission from Ozymandias to collect 'the Marionette'
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
I would just like to say for the record that I'm still morally opposed to a Watchmen sequel and also the Watchmen becoming a part of the DC Universe. I still think Watchman should be left alone.

Since DC doesn't care what my sad little bitter self has to say, they're going along with it anyway. And since I saw one of the variant covers has a holographic cover where Rorschach's mask changes into Bats/Supes/Wondy's logos and since I am attracted to shiny, pretty objects - I decided to buy it and
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Watchmen is one of my favorite books. It shaped the modern comic book with its blend of gritty reality with a world with a glowing blue super human.
The characters were fleshed out and their motives made sense.

Ever since I heard about this I’ve been intrigued by it. The blending of the Watchmen universe into DC’s universe.
Although I thought it was interesting I’m not sure quite what to think. I’m hoping it will work and I hope that much like Watchmen there will be some major turns you don’t
Alí Flores
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The story continues 7 years after the Watchmen event, Ozymandias is the most wanted man in the world, the war has begun.
There's also a new Rorschach, he is looking for two new watchmen, also, he is linked with ******.

Their mission is to find God, or maybe the thing will be even worse.

In this issue we see the first crossover with the DCU.
Chris Thompson
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Inventive and hilarious. I enjoyed Rorschach’s dialogue, and the ridiculous nature of the mime. Characters are well-written and the plot is paced nicely, slow enough to tease out interest for later installments.
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more

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