Writer: Geoff Johns
Illustrator: Gary Frank
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letters: Rob Leigh
The long awaited eleventh installment of the hit maxiseries, Doomsday Clock has finally made its way through the unforgiving chain of delays, and into our eager hands. Well ladies and gentlemen, let me be the first to tell you that this book was well worth the wait. The opening of this book deals heavily with the fallout of Superman rushing to the aide of an unstable Firestorm, and the incident in Red Square. Tensions rise between The US and Russia regarding the “Superman Theory” that seems to be coming to fruition thanks to one Ozymandias; and the Justice League after traveling to Mars, are still nowhere to be found. We finally get to see exactly what Ozymandias has planned since first arriving in the DC universe. With Superman and Dr. Manhattan finally meeting face to face, will Ozymandias’ sinister scheme play out according to his plan? Or will another unlikely hero emerge to save the day, along with the rest of the planet from an ultimate demise.
One of the most compelling parts of this issue comes about halfway through, the interactions between Lex Luthor and Lois Lane. Lex having reached out to Lois brings her into one of his secret vaults, which he claims she is only the second person to ever step foot in besides himself. It is there Lex reveals to Lois that he has been monitoring abnormal chronal energy spikes for the past two years, which any avid Comic reader should know is shortly after the beginning of DC’s “Rebirth”. Its just a few short panels after that were given a second POV shot of the notorious reunion between Barry and Wally in “DC Universe: Rebirth#1”, after having lost Wally to the speed force. While at first Lex thinks these anomalies are caused from the two speedsters, he soon realizes the true source of these readings; an old photo.
The art in this book has fit the tone of the story perfectly. Gary Frank’s grittier style matches up beautifully to a story that’s set to take place in the mid 80’s. One standout aspect of the art is Franks’ ability to capture the emotions of the characters to a tee. From the rage from the angry mobs, to Adrian Veidt’s smug arrogance, the facial expressions from this artistic team are top notch. There’s only one final issue remaining to answer the biggest question yet, what happens when Superman meets Dr. Manhattan, one on one. You won’t want to miss this penultimate chapter in the Doomsday Clock epic that’s sure to make waves for the DC universe to come. Doomsday Clock #11 hits the shelves of your local comic store September 4th, don’t miss out!