Doomsday Clock #7 Review

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
Colorist: Brad Anderson

Doomsday Clock is taking its time on multiple levels, but that’s not an issue for this book. Johns and Frank need time to craft a well thought out story, and the plot also has to develop and pay off in the long run. Issue number seven finally brings Dr. Manhattan into the fold, and he makes his presence felt in this issue. There is a lot to dissect in this issue, and a big mystery at the end that needs to be addressed.

Dr. Manhattan finally appears and certainly makes his presence felt. He reveals a few different things and the fallout is felt all around, but the thing that sticks out the most is the news he reveals about Superman and him. Dr. Manhattan is basically a god and can see his future, but there is one problem: he can’t determine his future after his encounter with Superman. Johns does an excellent job of having one of the most powerful beings doubt himself. Dr. Manhattan’s biggest threat during the Watchmen series was Oz, and he told him to his face that he was no threat to him. Dr. Manhattan has never encountered a being as powerful as Superman, and even he has his doubts about who comes out on top.

The issue ends by having Dr. Manhattan wonder about his own death, or if he kills everything in the universe, and this is going to be a joy to explore. Of course this a terrible dilemma to ponder, but it’s a dilemma worth exploring. A majority of the people reading this series want to know what a clash between Dr. Manhattan and Superman would look like, and with Dr. Manhattan wondering himself, maybe this won’t be such a lopsided victory. As Dr. Manhattan talks about his encounter with Superman, he mentions Superman being angry, and what has made Superman angry? Why is the world in such dire straits when they come across each other? Although it was great seeing Dr. Manhattan make an appearance, he brings about more questions than answers, but I can’t wait for them to be explored in the remaining issues.

Doomsday Clock continues to impress and with seven issues down, no one should expect the quality to take a dip. Johns continues to shine and Frank keeps showing why he’s one the best artist in the industry. Gary Frank could ask for three months to draw each issue, and I would still buy this book because the readers can see where the extra time is going. From Dr. Manhattan’s appearance to Mime’s facial expression when Batman shows up, Frank is putting the extra to some use. I know some would like another artist to work on the book so the book could come out more frequently, but why tinker with greatness? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it because Johns and Frank are an all-star team and are delivering an all-star performance.


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