Review: Doomsday Clock #3

Doomsday Clock #3 CoverDoomsday Clock so far has been an interesting event series. Its main draw is bringing together the worlds of Watchmen and main DC Universe. We got that meeting in the second issue and it ended in a shock that while expected in a way also had a nice twist to it.

Doomsday Clock #3 picks up on that second issue with Veidt and the Comedian facing off and giving us a new perspective on the Comedian’s “murder.” Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank deliver a fight that is an homage to the original. That’s not too shocking as much of the series has felt like that. The battle itself goes as expected without much resolution and lacks a brutality one would expect.

Batman and Rorschach do their dance in this issue as well. The entire interaction is odd with Batman coming off as a bit too trusting. While I’d hate to see the usual good guy fighting good guy on first meet, this also doesn’t quite sit right. Batman comes off as true trusting and while there’s a twist it all feels off.

Johns does deliver some interesting things including a reveal of Rorschach’s face and how the Comedian survived. There’s also some movement with our two villains along for the ride. That entire sequence feels like a bit of a commentary at the origin of the Watchmen characters.

The art is pretty solid though the opening perspective of Veidt murdering the Comedian is a little off. What’s interesting is this issue breaking from the nine panel pages we’ve seen so far. That page layout is tied into the original and it’ll be interesting to see how much this series deviates from that and if it does so more as it moves along.

The issue has some important moments to move the story along but overall it feels like 90% of it could be skipped without one being confused going forward. We’ll see if that’s the case in the future but this is very much a bridge issue whose point is moving the overall story along. Stronger as part of the whole.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Color: Brad Anderson Lettering: Rob Leigh
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.95 Recommendation: Read

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