Doomsday Clock #3
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Gary Frank and Brad Anderson
Published by: DC Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

Doomsday Clock has accomplished the impossible. It’s the Watchmen sequel that gets better panel after panel, page after page, issue after issue. If you look up “page turner” in the dictionary you’ll find the cover of Doomsday Clock #3 next to it. Just like Babe Ruth, Geoff Johns has stepped up to the plate three times and each time knocked it right out of the park. You don’t need to jump ahead five, ten, or twenty years to realize you are reading a comic classic. That time is now and we all stand witness to comic history.

Last issue saw Rorschach and Ozymandias enter the DC Universe on a mission to find Dr. Manhattan, who seems to be happy on his new world of seclusion. Ozymandias went to talk to Lex Luthor and the results didn’t exactly go well for either men.  It is quite a shock to Ozymandias, and the reader, when The Comedian shows up. It was a huge collective “WTF?!?”

Eddie Blake died early on in Watchmen. Rorschach himself was happy to point out Blake’s human bean juice splattered all over. But, once again, things are not what they seem in Doomsday Clock.  The Comedian is ready to dispatch the man who dispatched him, all with a smile on his face. It’s a fight that Ozymandias isn’t prepared for.

Rorschach’s mission was to recruit Batman in the search for Dr. Manhattan. He snuck into the Batcave and actually surprised the Caped Crusader. Batman is ready to take out the intruder, but Rorschach pleads with Batman to read the original Rorschach journal – which holds the chain of events in Watchmen in Rorschach’s own words. Batman reads the journal and decides to help.  In his own special way.

The issue shows a lot of distrust between the Watchmen characters and those in the DCU. It tries to answer questions like, “Who is Rorschach?” only to completely boggle your mind when you get some answers.  How does a book answer one question but leave you with ten more?  It is true brilliance.  There is never any time you can figure this book out.  The shock and surprises keep coming.

The big winners of this issue are Batman and Mime & Marionette. With Mime and Marionette loose in the city they wander into a bar controlled by The Joker. The duo then show just how deadly they truly are. As for Batman? He finishes Rorschach’s journal and knows exactly what he has to do to help his new masked crusader friend.  The finale of this issue?  One word: BRILLIANT.

After reading Doomsday Clock #3 I had to go back and reread all three issues. I am still completely blown away. Forget the best comic of the year. Forget the best comic of the decade. Doomsday Clock has already set itself up to be the most important series since the original Watchmen. I almost screamed when I turned the next page and saw that the issue was already over. I need more and I need more now.

This isn’t just the Watchmen sequel we need needed but continues to be the Watchmen sequel we deserve. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are making comic history and I glad to be here every step of the way. Keep up the outstanding work. I’m frothing out the mouth to see what happens next.


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