Title: Doomsday Clock Part 2.
Writer(s): Geoff Johns.
Artist(s): Gary Frank.
Colourist(s): Brad Anderson.
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Release Date: May 12th, 2020.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.
Recommended reading order:
Watchmen by Alan Moore.
DC Universe Rebirth #1 by Geoff Johns.
Batman/The Flash (Vol. 3.5): The Button by Tom King.
Superman Reborn (Vol. 3.5) by Dan Jurgens and Peter J. Tomasi.
Superman: Action Comics: The Oz Effect (Vol. 4.5) by Dan Jurgens.
Batman: Detective Comics (Vol. 5): A Lonely Place of Living by James Tynion IV.
Doomsday Clock Part 1 by Geoff Johns.
Was it wise of DC Comics to split this major event story in two? It was time to find out in this second volume if the decision was wise and if, at least, as a whole, anything makes more sense. After all, it is clear that this second volume now carries the burden of justification, one of its own existence with the hopes of having a resolution and finale that can capitalize on the potential of a universe where the heroes of Watchmen can live among those of the DC Universe. The task remains large as the story now requires an explanation as to why, where, when, who, and how the Watchmen universe ended up reaching their hands into the DC Universe and manipulating the subtle yet powerful threads that exist within the ever-evolving multiverse. As the mystery unfolds, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s vision become much more visible and something promising might just be around the corner.
What is Doomsday Clock Part 2 about? Picking up where the previous volume ended, the search continues for Dr. Manhattan as we discover that his arrival in the DC Universe might in fact be due to his curiosity in the Man of Tomorrow. With Ozymandias, the Comedian, Rorschach, Mime, and Marionette now on his trail, each drawn into a web of lies and deceit, the heroes of the DC Universe find themselves struggling with their own impending war amidst the Supermen Theory. Collecting the second half of this twelve-issue limited series, Doomsday Clock offers readers the chance to revel in the collision of two universes where the end is near and the future is unpredictable.
If there’s one lesson to take home from this series, it’s to not split your experience in two and just pick up the complete edition instead. This second volume offers us a much more satisfying resolution to this event by reminding us the power of creativity that possesses legendary writer Geoff Johns. In this volume, the long-awaited confrontations between iconic characters happen with ingenuity as these characters’ potential is fully actualized in their most genuine splendour. The revelations regarding the purpose behind Dr. Manhattan’s odyssey is what ultimately offers this story-arc the authenticity and relevance it desperately sought. This wasn’t just about re-introducing classic characters to fans who are well-versed in the DC lore. This time around, there is an attempt to build on each of the Watchmen characters and offer them a ray of hope, a chance of redemption, while also giving the DC Universe a proper reminder of what makes their history so special. The ending, in fact, also offers a glimpse into the past, present, and future of the DC Universe.
When it comes to the artwork, it continues to be stellar from start to finish. Artist Gary Frank offers us an incredible and consistent display of raw artistic talent as he continues to draw inspiration on Dave Gibbons’ original masterpiece to create a pseudo-sequel to Watchmen that feels genuine. Colourist Brad Anderson also adds a splash of colour that simply brings life to this series and captures the heart and essence of Watchmen through it. Some of the best moments in this story are also seen in the splash pages that make for memorable moments that are twists in themselves in how the tone of this story is supposed to be. Although the first volume hinted at an existential dread, this one presents an homage to superheroes and their rich history filled with hope. It is also worth mentioning the couple of additional pages found at the end of each issue are original in themselves and give insight on the world-building that would otherwise be impossible to obtain through the story.
Doomsday Clock Part 2 is an original and inspiring second-parter offering fans the chance to see hope and a potential conciliation between universes.