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Doomsday Clock: The Final Evisceration

January 1, 2020 // 2 Comments

So I really didn’t want to do this. But somebody told me what happens in Doomsday Clock #12, and it pissed me off so much that I had to go back and finish reading the damn thing. Just so I could hate it intelligently. And, holy crap. HOLY CRAP. It’s even worse than I expected. But before the knives come back out, let’s make this all official and such… Doomsday Clock 9-12 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank  I covered the first eight issues of this travesty in earlier columns, [...]

And Out Come the Knives: Doomsday Clock, Part Two

January 1, 2019 // 4 Comments

So a couple of weeks ago, we took a look at Geoff Johns’ Doomsday Clock, his Doctor-Manhattan-Meets-Superman comic, and talked about how it’s a pretty good example of the Big Corporate Spandex Crossover™. As a sequel to Alan Moore’s Watchmen, however, it’s god-awful. And that’s what we’re (finally) here to discuss today. Granted, in the time since I read the damn thing, my ire toward it has cooled from white-hot intensity to a sort of inarticulate disgust. [...]

Compelling, Yet Unreadable: Doomsday Clock, Part One

December 11, 2018 // 3 Comments

So this weekend – on a dare, mind you – I sat down and read Doomsday Clock. I didn’t PAY for it, understand. My objections to this book are due to business ethics even more than for artistic reasons, and I absolutely refuse to directly contribute to its success. But I did read someone else’s copies. Why? Because it was pointed out to me that I shouldn’t go around badmouthing the book if I haven’t actually read it. Which is fair enough. I DID read the ashcan preview [...]

Pax Americana: The Watchmen Sequel Done Right

October 18, 2017 // 3 Comments

So I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather this week, and will have to keep this short. That’s okay, though. Because I have a clever plan… As you may or may not remember, last week’s column was a take-down of the Doomsday Clock ashcan, Geoff Johns’ completely-missing-the-point sequel/response to Watchmen. But as I said then, I hate to be a hater. So I thought that this week I should maybe take some time to discuss something that I think responds to Watchmen well. [...]

Geoff Johns and the Ashcan of DOOM!

October 10, 2017 // 6 Comments

So at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, DC Comics released an ashcan printing the first six pages of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock, the upcoming Watchmen sequel that promises to give us the spectacle of Superman vs Dr. Manhattan. My response to this, of course, can be best summed up by Mr. Charlton Heston. Sigh. I’ve gone into my feelings before about how DC Comics snookered Alan Moore on the Watchmen rights, sticking to the letter of their agreement while [...]