The afternoon never worked out as planned and the Celtic game was on tonight (no comment) so I’ve just got to Doomsday Clock 1 now.
First off, and I think Gar touches on this in the post above, if you are looking for a sequel to The Watchmen then you are going to be very disappointed, because it’s not what this is.
This is the first real buds from the seeds sewn at the start of Rebirth and the startling revelations of the 80 page Rebirth special that johns wrote away back in April 2016, seemingly bringing The Watchmen characters to the DC Universe proper.
Johns does a good job of making it clear that this is not intended as a direct sequel to Watchmen, it may happen after the events of Watchmen, but the intention is clear here for anyone who has not been reading DC since Rebirth and is looking for a sequel to arguable the greatest comic book series of all time.
And it’s clever.
the end is here you see, it is no longer nigh. Rorschach sounds like a impersonation of himself, because he is indeed not Rorschach. And johns wiaely opts not to leave it until the next issue before bringing a well ‘kent’ face from the dc universe into the proceedings - just to lay down the emphasis that this is a dc universe event and not the next chapter to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons masterpiece
It’s a page turner which raises a few questions and has me as the reader looking forward to reading more.
Gary Frank’s art is fantastic as always, as are Anderson’s colours. It’s a great looking book.