Although maintaining a relatively slow pace throughout the previous six issues, Doomsday Clock is now firing at all cylinders in it’s seventh issue, and in doing so shows some relative success in terms of getting fans excited for the second half of the story as well as picking up the pace in a series that is already slow enough with slow burn storytelling and a two month wait between books.
Geoff Johns speeds up the usually casual pace of storytelling that readers have come to know in the past six issues of Doomsday clock, with the opening pages of the book already showing more signs of life and more happening at a fast pace than any other previous chapter. The story effectively and cleverly brings all the separate pieces of the story that have been going on together, resulting in an intriguing and exciting new update to the story with the arrival of the hidden character himself, Doctor Manhattan.
It’s in Doomsday Clock #7 where Doctor Manhattan’s intentions for the DC Universe are revealed and brings a whole new level of stakes to the story that have largely been missing from the series since the start. While it’s focus on character and building up background on new characters so as to empathize and be invested in them, it was looking like the story was staying in the same place up until this newest book. Geoff Johns succeeds in in kicking the story up a notch and giving some great dialogue and twists in the story overall.
It would be amiss to not compliment artist Gary Frank as well, as the art he puts on display in Doomsday Clock #7 is some of the best the series has to offer. Vibrant colors, facial expressions, and transitions from panel to panel make the comic feel vivid and alive. This is some of the best looking art you can pick up from comic stands now.
Overall, Doomsday Clock picks up the series in stakes and story, making it the best entry in the story yet. While some characters like the comedian are sidelined and not utilized well, the issue ends on a cliffhanger that will leave fans excited for the next chapter, but the two month wait will definitely be felt after this issue more than others. The lack of non Watchmen characters playing a larger role in the story is also still mildly disappointing too, with only 5 issues left and no sign of other DC heroes besides a large presence of Batman and only brief appearances of Superman. – Ernesto Valenzuela
Score – 9/10