DC Comics gets a lot of static from fanboys and girls over their use of the Watchmen characters. I, for one, enjoyed the Before Watchmen event and found most of the tales spun for it quite entertaining, well-written, and illustrated. Those stories were all contained in the world and timeline Alan Moore and company created for them.
Doomsday Clock #1 is the first real push forward to bring Moore's characters into the DC Universe proper. Sure, there have been hints and events take place in the pages of Superman, Action Comics, The Flash, Detective Comics, and Batman to propel us towards Doomsday Clock. However, Geoff Johns' book is the first one to take on the yellow and black look and design of the original series.
Issue #1 of Doomsday Clock is all about the setup for the new series. There's really not much action to be found. It looks to be quite a complex and bold tale we'll be told.
Artist Gary Frank does a great job taking Dave Gibbons' art style and blending it with his own. It makes for a familiar, yet unique comic experience for readers. That's something of a feat in and of itself.
I'm very interested in the journey and adventure I'll be taken on with Doomsday Clock. Issue #1 has convinced me to keep up with the 12-part series. At the very least, it looks to be an interesting ride mashing together legendary comic book characters from two different universes.
Doomsday Clock #1 is rated "T+" for Teen Plus. It contains profanity, violence, and frightening and intense scenes. If you're familiar with the content found in "Watchmen" and the "Before Watchmen" books, then you know what to expect here.
Geoff Johns wrote Doomsday Clock #1. Art is provided by Gary Frank. It was released on November 22nd through DC Comics.
Doomsday Clock #1 is available now in print and digital editions.