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Batman #86 and Doomsday Clock #12 Sell Out and Go Back to Press

DC Comics has announced that both Batman #86 and Doomsday Clock #12 have sold out and are going back for a second printing. Both will be available January 29.

With “City of Bane” over, Batman #86 kicks off a new direction from a new creative team.

Writer James Tynion IV, artist Tony S. Daniel, inker Danny Miki, colorist Tomeu Morey, and letterer Clayton Cowles take things over beginning “Their Dark Designs.”

Batman #86

Doomsday Clock is over and the finale has sold out. Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, and Rob Leigh deliver an epic showdown between Superman and Doctor Manhattan and this is your chance to check out how it all ends!

Doomsday Clock #12

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Suicide Squad #1

It’s a new week and one where we get to wrap up this year and start a new one! While we prep our “best of” lists and more, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – How Mile High Comics Changed Comic Book Distribution – An interesting read.

ICv2 – R.I.P. Robert Scott of Comickaze – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

The Beat – Making Comics: The role of the letterer and responsibilities of their collaborators – For those that want to learn.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: A Christmas Mittaines totally understands cats better than the musical – Free comics!

The Comichron – Comichron’s Decade in Review: The 2010s, year-by-year – For those that enjoy the numbers.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Doomsday Clock #12
Talking Comics – Middlewest #13
Talking Comics – Suicide Squad #1
Newsarama – Suicide Squad #1

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Batman #85

It’s a week when a lot of folks take off, so expect a lot less news and reviews but we’re doing what we can to deliver our morning roundup. Check out what you might have missed this past weekend!

Kotaku – There’s a New Trailer for New Mutants Coming Next Month, Which Means New Mutants Might Still Be Released – Huh.

Sequart Organization – Because I Am the Goddamn Batman: Political Ideologies and Transhumanism in Superhero Comics – An interesting read.

Polygon – The 50 best comics and graphic novels for kids – Anything you’d add to the list?

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman #85
AIPT – Doomsday Clock #12
Star Tribune – Heart of Darkness
Talking Comics – King Thor #4
Comic Bulletin – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

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Batman #85

So, we hear there’s a Star Wars film out… who saw it already? What’d you think? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday the end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Newsarama – 10 Million Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books Sold in 2019 (and 200 Million Since 2007) – That’s a lot of comics.

Reviews

IGN – Batman #85
Flickering Myth – Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor Holiday Special #2
CBR – Doomsday Clock #12
Batman News – Joker: Killer Smile #2
AIPT – King Thor #4
AIPT – Klaus and the Life and Times of Joe Christmas #1
AIPT – Legion of Super-Heroes #1

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Doomsday Clock #12

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: The Order of Belfry introduces lady knights who fight battles & make out – Free comics!

Reviews

Newsarama – Batman #85
Newsarama – Batman: The Last Knight on Earth #3
CBR – Doomsday Clock #12
Newsarama – Doomsday Clock #12
CBR – Low Low Woods #1

Review: Doomsday Clock #12

Doomsday Clock #12

After numerous delays and a lot of head-scratching, Doomsday Clock #12 has arrived. The arrival is aptly timed with the recent HBO Watchmen finale and it’s hard to not compare the two now.

Written by Geoff Johns, Doomsday Clock #12 features the clash as the world descends upon Superman who they believe the villain as Superman confronts Doctor Manhattan. Johns uses the opportunity to compare and contrast the two heroes and their willingness to act and inspire. That’s the more interesting aspect of the comic. Both characters are the center by which their respective worlds revolve. How the two handle that is quite different.

Much of the comic is dripped in DC continuity and history and for those who may not be entrenched on that, the comic falls flat. Reveals, reintroductions, rejiggering of history drips throughout the comic as the extent of Manhattan’s changes are done and undone. The concept of the multiverse itself is discussed placing it, like Superman, at the center of DC Comics.

But, it’s not just the history that’s there but the future as well. Numerous Crisis that have yet to come are hinted and teased including a crossover with the Marvel Universe. It’s a comic made for those entrenched in continuity.

But after so many delays it all feels a bit of a letdown. The reading was more of a curiosity than a must-read. The excitement just isn’t there as it feels like a hardcore comic fan’s writing for others who might debate continuity on Wednesdays at their local comic shop.

The art of Gary Frank is nice but also doesn’t help put the comic over the top. There are some fantastic moments featuring dozens of characters but I never get to the point where I stop and linger on the pages. It’s all great to look at but never that extra bit that makes me pause. It could be the less than optimal reading experience a page at a time in a browser but even then it never pops. That could be due to the structured page layouts attempting to mimic the original Watchmen removing Frank’s ability to really take advantage of two-page spreads and images. It’s all rather blocky and stiff.

Doomsday Clock #12, and the series as a whole, is a bit of an oddity. It brings together a meta-story that began with DC’s Rebirth and explores some interesting concepts. It also feels a bit steeped in DC history and continuity that feels more for diehard fans instead of an exploration of concepts. But, there is an exploration of concepts that stand out. But, one that’s not enough to really examine like the original source material. We’ve seen what a follow up to Watchmen can be thanks to HBO and compared this just doesn’t hold up. Much like DC post Rebirth, something is just off and while it rights the ship it also still feels a little convoluted and too much thrown in at once. The comic has its moments but it just doesn’t quite fit in to the world it attempts to correct.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

This is it! Get a Look at Doomsday Clock #12

Doomsday Clock #12

Written by Geoff Johns
Interior, Cover and Variant Cover art by Gary Frank and Brad Anderson
Lettering by Rob Leigh
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 25, 2019
SRP: $5.99

Can even the Man of Steel walk out from the shadow of Manhattan?

This is it! The final showdown between Dr. Manhattan and Superman shakes up the DC Universe to its very core! The conclusion to Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson and Rob Leigh’s Doomsday Clock hits shelves December 18th!

Doomsday Clock #12

Review: Doomsday Clock #11

Doomsday Clock #11

In Doomsday Clock #11, the penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world…Rorschach!

With just one issue to go, Doomsday Clock #11 amps up the confrontation. The world is on the brink of chaos and we find out why. Doomsday Clock #11 features the worn-out trope of the villain telling his whole plan.

It wouldn’t be too far off from calling the issue a recap issue. Writer Geoff Johns focuses on Ozymandias as he tells Saturn Girl how he’s manipulated everything. It almost feels like Johns uses the issue to make his choppy narrative a bit easier to understand. And, with such delays, a way to remind the reader what’s going on.

The issue is interesting in that it does a solid job of ratcheting up the tension. There’s a great build-up as Ozymandias watches the world burn. People have taken to the streets and Johns uses real world “villains” like Vladimir Putin to add a bit to the tension. Still, it feels like we’ve been there before with aliens attacking a city. And Ozymandias admits this in a way. With that being the case, the world’s smartest man, doesn’t seem all that smart and creative. We’re not getting something new here, we’re just getting “Watchmen Redux” with metahumans replacing nuclear weapons.

There’s also too many suspensions of disbelief. Really, Batman beats people up in one location and suddenly nuclear weapons can’t be launched?

The art by Gary Frank continues to be solid. The color by Brad Anderson and lettering by Rob Leigh feels like a bit of an homage to the original material. It also does its best to deliver visuals for what is a choppy mess of a story. The action is great but should be “epic” moments feel a bit anticlimactic. The prime example being Superman’s confrontation with Black Adam.

The issue packs a lot in and in doing so feels unfocused. The issue is supposed to be chaos and Ozymandias watch it from his base of order. There’s something there in the concept but in the end it feels like we’ve seen this before and there’s just a bit too much thrown in. Some focus and this could have been a winner.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Color: Brad Anderson Letterer: Rob Leigh
Back Matter Design: Amie Brockway-Metcalf
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Doomsday Clock #11 (of 12)

Doomsday Clock #11 (of 12)

(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank
In Shops: Sep 04, 2019
SRP: $4.99

The critically acclaimed series by the renowned team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank marches toward its conclusion. In this penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world…Rorschach!

Doomsday Clock #11 (of 12)
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