Doomsday Clock #10 is what I’ve been hoping for since this series began. All of the pieces of the puzzle have finally started to come together. The maxiseries finally reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.
Since DC Rebirth, we’ve known Dr. Manhattan has loomed over the DC Universe having manipulated it in some way. We had yet to find out how and why. Doomsday Clock #10 delivers the goods.
In this issue, writer Geoff Johns channels his inner Grant Morrison. We take a tour of DC history taking use from the 1930s to today using Dr. Manhattan to explain shifting origins, the New 52, and more. All of which revolves around Superman and his connection to everything.
The issue weaves its tale between Superman, the formation of the Justice Society of America, and the actor Nathaniel Dusk. Dusk is the actor whose films have been back material. It all comes together, as well as recent events, to create a narrative allowing us to explore Manhattan’s motivations, actions and influence on both a maxi and mini scale.
What the issue also does is re-emphasize that the DC Universe isn’t about grimm and gritty. It’s about heroes who instill hope in us. That’s embodied in both Superman and the recently returned Wally West. This issue’s themes tie in to the conclusion of Heroes in Crisis, also out today.
Johns does an impressive thing in making the convoluted DC history actually make sense in a way using Manhattan to “fix” things and also in a fit of genius, a meta explanation for the misstep that was the New 52.
Gary Frank‘s art is solid as usual channeling the original aesthetic of Watchmen with his own unique take on it all. The art, and Johns’ writing, deliver a pacing that nails Manhattan’s voice as the issue is from his perspective and takes us through his logic as he explores the DC Universe.
The issue is an amazing one and what the series, and DC Rebirth, have been building up to. The reveals pay off and the concepts that Johns introduces are ones that are unique and deliver an energy that takes a bumpy maxiseries and makes it really pay off and worth it. This is how you begin to stick the landing and hopefully the next two final issues do exactly that.
Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 10 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
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