Review: Doomsday Clock #8

Things are spiraling out of control in the latest issue of Doomsday Clock with an issue that feels like it has skipped a bit from the previous one. It feels like forever since the last issue came out and while that one featured a confrontation with Dr. Manhattan, this issue is the likely setup for what was foretold in the previous.

Firestorm heads to Russia for some unknown reason where an accident happens causing tensions to rise and the world to inch closer to war. Does this sound familiar? It should as it’s basically the plot of the first Watchmen story in this case a nuclear exchange is replaced with a metahuman battle.

With a two and a half month lag between Doomsday Clock #8 and the previous issue, the story feels a bit disjointed almost as if parts are from an entirely different comic. What’s presented here is intriguing but also feels like going from 0 to 60 in a second. Things ramp up, but it’s a quick escalation and in some ways feels a bit rushed.

Writer Geoff Johns is putting together an interesting narrative weaving in a distrust of the government and metahumans but this latest issue at times feels like an entirely different story from what’s come before. It’s almost like Johns himself took a break between issues and is forced to continue the story with only a slight memory of the previous issue. While that previous issue was a shot in the arm in a good way, this issue is a few steps back delivering an entry that on its own feels disjointed and a part of another story altogether. Part of that is this issue having little connection with the previous’ confrontation and revelations.

The art by Gary Frank is pretty solid and the draw here. While generally fantastic there’s a few panels that are close ups of characters that feel a bit off as far as character and design. The pages stick to the formula that has worked for the series so far an emulates what was previously done in Watchmen.

The issue is an interesting one and could be a story on its own. The issue however suffers from delays, as the event as a whole has, with months between books giving just enough time to forget what happened. In this case that gap makes this feel like a whole other story. Doomsday Clock continues to frustrate in ways delivering a compelling story but doing so in a way that feels like it’s being stretched out and not for the better. Still, there’s the mystery, and the comic book fan wants to see how this one plays out.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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