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Review: Doomsday Clock #9

Doomsday Clock #9

The DC Universe collides with its greatest threat: Dr. Manhattan. But nothing is hidden from Manhattan, and the secrets of the past, present and future will rock the very foundation of the DC Universe.

After Firestorm’s explosion and Superman’s defense of him, the world has turned on the superheroes and the superheroes have turned their eye on to what they believe is the cause of it all. The Earth’s heroes head to Mars to confront Dr. Manhattan as the series begins to finally come together.

Doomsday Clock #9 is the most straightforward of the issues so far as the picture becomes a bit clearer and story more focused. This is the fight issue with the heroes falling into the usual trope of confrontation and punching before everything is clear. Writer Geoff Johns delivers a bit more standard of an issue with lots of hints as to what we’ll see. Batman scrambles to get a message out. Superman lays in a coma.

The issue is a strange one in that it takes the homage/inspiration that has applied to the other eight issues and takes it into overdrive here. The first page reads like a page out of the original Watchmen using similar time jumps and language. The hints that Dr. Manhattan isn’t the villain and someone else set off the Tachyon blast is a bit too much the plot of the original story. Weirdly the issues riff on the original Watchmen feels like an echo that Manhattan, and us the reader, are experiencing.

The art by Gary Frank is solid as usual as he breaks a bit more from the nine panel grid he mostly has used. There’s a lot of characters to pack in on this issue and scenes and how it’s broken up so that it isn’t overwhelming is nice. Still, I’d like to have seen a splash page of everyone as they confront Manhattan at which point Frank could then have broken away from the constriction of page format that has plagued the series up to this point. It could have been a meta break from what has come before.

The issue is a pretty standard one with a confrontation, punch before knowing everything, and various other tropes. It’s also the first issue where everything begins to come together and become much clearer. It’s the beginning of the end but there’s clearly more twists and turns to come in the next three issues and questions we’ve had since Rebirth look like they’re finally going to be answered.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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DC Collectibles Expands to Walmart

DC Collectibles is bringing its acclaimed Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4″ mini-figures. The new figures are direct transformations of the company’s acclaimed 9″-scale figures and feature designs from many world-renowned artists including Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke and many more.

Batman: Black and White is DC Collectibles’ longest-running statue line and one of their best-sellers.

But, there’s a twist…

The 4″ line of figures will be packaged in individual blind bags stocked next to DC Comic Giants. Each month a new wave of six figures will be released widening the selection and upping the surprise factor.

The first waves of DC Collectibles Batman: Black and White 4″ figures heading to Walmart stores include:

February 2019:

  • Batman by Amanda Connor
  • Batman by Darwyn Cooke
  • Batman by Jason Fabok
  • Batman by Patrick Gleason
  • Batman by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Dick Sprang

April 2019:

  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm
  • Robin by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Mike Allred
  • Batman by John Romita Jr.
  • Batman by Gary Frank
  • Batman by Eduardo Risso

June 2019

  • The Joker by Jim Lee
  • Batman by Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman by Mike Mignola
  • Batman by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
  • Batman from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman by Jim Lee

August 2019

  • Penguin by Brian Bolland
  • Robin by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Chris Uminga
  • Batman by Jae Lee
  • Batman by Brian Bolland

The Walmart exclusive Batman: Black and White figures are priced at an MSRP of $5.00 each.

Batman: Black and White Wave 1
Batman: Black and White Wave 2
Batman: Black and White Wave 3
Batman: Black and White Wave 4

Wonder Woman, Titans, Swamp Thing, and The Flash Get Giant at Walmart

DC announced today that it’s expanding its line of comics currently exclusive to Walmart. The publisher is increasing the slate of 100-Page Giant comics from four to six. In addition, two titles from the original lineup will be re-titled and renumbered as #1 issues. All titles, including the Superman 100-Page Giant featuring Tom King with Andy Kubert and the Batman 100-Page Giant featuring Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington, will arrive in participating U.S. Walmart retail stores by Sunday, February 17.

Additions to the lineup include the Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant #1 and The Flash 100-Page Giant #1. As with the other Walmart titles, each book will retail at $4.99 and combine new original stories with “flashback” content from popular DC story eras such as DC Rebirth, the New Age of Heroes and the New 52.

The debut issue of the Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant includes an original story, “Desert of Ash,” written by Tim Seeley, with art by Mike Perkins. This 12-page tale features Swamp Thing and his witch companion Briar as they face the pyromaniac Char Man, who possesses the ability to control flames, a power granted by the elemental spirits of fire itself. Issues #2 and #3 feature “Bog of Blood,” a two-parter by Seeley with art by Joëlle Jones, which introduces a terrifying and potentially supernatural slasher stalking the swamps of Louisiana.

This 100-page spectacular also includes fan-favorite stories from DC’s New 52 period, including Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, and Dan Green’s “The Hunt,” from Animal Man, in addition to “Raise Dem Bones,” from the New 52 Swamp Thing by writer Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette, plus “Death in a Small Town,” featuring Detective Chimp and Shadowpact.

Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant

The Flash 100-Page Giant #1 features an all-new tale of the Scarlet Speedster, written by Gail Simone with art by Clayton Henry. In the 12-part arc “Glass Houses,” Barry Allen is dedicated to keeping the streets of Central City safe as the Fastest Man Alive. But when his old foe Mirror Master shows up looking to cause trouble, it’s up to the Flash to stop him. This book also debuts classic tales of the New 52 version of the Flash by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, in addition to the spacefaring adventures of Adam Strange from 2004 by Andy Diggle and Pasqual Ferry, plus the classic New 52 “rebirth” of the World’s Mightiest Mortal, Shazam, from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

The Flash 100-Page Giant #1

Both the Justice League of America and Teen Titans Giants will retain their same contents but continue with new cover titles and will be renumbered with #1 issues. The Justice League of America 100-Page Giant becomes Wonder Woman 100-Page Giant #1, continuing the original Wonder Woman story by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti ,Tom Derenick, and Chad Hardin, with “flashback” stories from Geoff Johns’ New 52 Justice League and Aquaman, plus 2006’s “Who Is Wonder Woman?” by Allan Heinberg, Rachel Dodson, and Terry Dodson.

Wonder Woman 100-Page Giant #1

The Teen Titans 100-Page Giant continues as Titans 100-Page Giant #1, with writer Dan Jurgens continuing his original story with art by Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher. In addition, the book will continue the ongoing reprint stories from Geoff Johns and Tom Grummett’s Teen Titans from 2004, Peter Tomasi’s Super Sons from 2017’s DC Rebirth and Kenneth Rocafort, Dan DiDio, and Max Raynor’s Sideways from the New Age of Heroes.

Titans 100-Page Giant #1

Each 100-page comic sells for $4.99 and are available in more than 3,000 participating Walmart retailers in the United States.

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. Doomsday Clock #8 is by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh, and Amie Brockway-Metcalf.

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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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Review: Doomsday Clock #7

In this chapter, the truth behind Dr. Manhattan’s curiosity with the DC Universe is revealed as the planet teeters on the edge of the Super-War.

The original Watchmen was both brilliant and frustrating. It’s a prime example of the whole being much greater than the individual parts. Add in delays in the release and things got frustrating.

It feels like a long time since the last issue and Doomsday Clock #7 repeats history in numerous ways. After a delay, we have an issue that’s vital but also frustrating in how cryptic it is.

Adrien’s search for Dr. Manhattan is a success bringing together so many pieces of the puzzle and we learn what Manhattan has been doing… sort of. With dots being connected, we learn of some of the history that’s been changed and changed again. Writer Geoff Johns weaves together interesting aspects of DC history bringing in some fascinating releases into continuity including a rather obscure Green Lantern story. In that stroke of a pen he also writes out some continuity as well. It all muddles up the DC Universe making it both fascinating and frustrating. And it accomplishes… well I’m not sure as we still have quite a few issues to go.

But, the delay, the greater being whole isn’t everything. The issue again mimics its original source in pacing, page layout, and tone. In some ways it succeeds. In some way it feels like a cheap imitation. This is only one sliver of the greater story and each issue feels like they’re becoming more difficult to measure on their own as each becomes more intertwined into what has come before and what is to come. What it does do is foreshadow what is a possible explosive finale again creating a head scratching puzzle whose picture will become clearer when things end.

Gary Frank works with Johns’ script delivering pages that hearken back to the original material. The art is generally good but the limitation of 9 panels to a page in some instances hampers the visual aspects of it all. It’s unknown if this is a problem for just the digital edition but it’s just difficult to tell exactly what’s going on in points of the story. It’s unlike previous issues and a little frustrating.

The issue is an interesting one as it throws so much out there but with that it feels muddled and a bit too unfocused. It also goes too far in trying to be an homage to the original material which restricts the storytelling. As a piece of a puzzle, it’s good. On its own, it’s a bit of a mess. We’ll see where this all goes but on its own, this one is a a bit of a enigma.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Doomsday Clock #6

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a new issue of Doomsday Clock!

Doomsday Clock #6 is by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh, Amie Brockway-Metcalf, Amedeo Turturro, and Brian Cunningham.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Doomsday Clock #4

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the latest issue of Doomsday Clock.

Doomsday Clock #4 is by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh, Amie Brockway-Metcalf, Amedeo Turturro, and Brian Cunningham.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

 

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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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Review: Doomsday Clock #2

Doomsday Clock #2DC and Watchmen characters collide at last! The story that began in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 comes to a thrilling and unexpected crescendo in the pages of this titanic twelve-issue series! In this second chapter: The Dark Knight discovers another relic from the Watchmen world. Lex Luthor pays a devil’s bargain. And killer clowns trek through Gotham seeking a madman.

Doomsday Clock #1 exceeded expectations and while not as good, Doomsday Clock #2 eases us into the story and brings us what we’ve expected and are here for, the collision of the Watchmen and DC Universes. And, if that’s what you’re here for, this is what you’ve been waiting for.

But, before writer Geoff Johns gets us to that point, we’re delivered more info on Veidt’s plan and why Mime and Marionette have been chosen for the mission. It’s interesting and through it we get the world of the Watchmen fleshed out even more.

But, the real show is what happens when the group gets to the DC Universe. That’s where things get interesting. We get Veidt and Rorschach interacting with some key characters of the DC Universe. What Johns sets up is fascinating in how it’s presented splitting our “heroes” off into two groups diametrically opposed to each other. It reinforces how derivative the Watchmen characters are in the archetypes but also how well the two worlds will blend together.

The art by Gary Frank again emphasizes the art style of the original work focusing mainly on 9 panel pages with variations on the grid. While I expected the series to transition a bit in the layout as the two worlds come together, so far it hasn’t materialized sticking to the same formula that works and works well. The only thing updated really is the color which is handled by Brad Anderson.

Back material is present here adding to the depth of the world and series and providing insight into events yet to come. How this impacts the greater DC Universe will be interesting and should make for some entertaining ongoing series.

The second issue isn’t quite as good as the first but is a slow burn that transitions the story to more of what we expected while keeping the formula that works. The series is one you can dismiss easily, read for the story, or dive into the depths, and for Johns to pull that off, even slightly is impressive and makes this one to check out.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank Color: Brad Anderson
Story: 7.95 Art: 8.05 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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