Doomsday Clock #2

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 27, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 40 User Reviews: 72
8.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

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DC and Watchmen characters collide at last! The story that began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 comes to a thrilling and unexpected crescendo in the pages of this titanic twelve-issue series by the all-star team that brought you BATMAN: EARTH ONE and SHAZAM!
In this second chapter: The Dark Knight discovers another relic from the Watchmen world. Lex Luthor pays a devil's bargain. And killer clowns trek through Gotham seeking a madman.
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  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Dec 30, 2017

    There's little chance this comic book series will disappoint the average comic reader. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves Dec 27, 2017

    As the symphony of doom continues, Gary Frank and Geoff Johns conduct the instruments provided by the DC mythology and the Watchmen with mastery. A fine example of world-building coupled with stunning storytelling makes the second issue of Doomsday Clock continue on the level that the first issue set as the plot moves forward in a natural pace. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Dec 27, 2017

    The board is set, and the first pieces are in play. Luthor, Veidt, Batman and Rorschach. Wherever Jon Osterman's alter ego is hiding, his presence is still very much felt throughout the issue. What part Superman will play still isn't clear, but the possibilities are endless. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 27, 2017

    Im already realizing the need for a directors cut edition with commentary and Easter Egg reveals once the series wraps. One thing thats clear already is Johns and Frank are creating something special. The cliffhanger this issue kicks off the surprises and is sure to jumpstart a slew of theories and criticism. Johns and Frank are already taking risks and its going to keep the comic world anxiously awaiting the next issue. DC has already found its next great epic after Dark Nights Metal concludes. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Dec 27, 2017

    This issue is near perfect with phenomenal storytelling and fantastic art. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Dec 27, 2017

    Ozy meets Lex, Batman meets Rorschach, and things will never be the same. Add in a fun story with Mime and Marionette and a shocking reveal at the end with The Comedian's return, and you've got one exciting comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Dec 27, 2017

    Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are two of the best choices for this story. Johns has been planning this for years, that much is obvious. But Frank's work feels as if he has as well. That the two artists have been showing these characters to each other for years. Sharing ideas about how they might play into each other. What it could mean for the Justice League to meet the Watchmen. The significance that would have to the story and the entirety of the comic world. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Dec 27, 2017

    Great action in this issue and the twist at the end opens up so many more possibilities. Worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 27, 2017

    To me, this feels like it's delivering on every level as both a sequel to Watchmen and a DC event. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Dec 28, 2017

    Gary Frank contributes greatly to the enjoyment of this comic by sticking with the nine-panel grid layout and breaking it when needed, using the same spatial design. Of course, Frank is a better illustrator than Gibbons. His pages are richer in texture and more dynamic. But then, he has had years to study the work of Gibbons before being able to perfect his art here and elsewhere. Frank is a great pick for this comic and adapt at facial expressions and visual storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 27, 2017

    A solid second issue progresses the plot in a satisfying way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - Stephen Gustafson Jan 4, 2018

    Safe to say that the second issue stands just as tall as the first and is shaping up to do the characters from Watchmen justice. Will it be a classic in the same vein? No. But the high risk they took in telling this story has easily paid off. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Dec 28, 2017

    As of now, this series is great, and I cant recommend it enough. The artwork, the pacing, the new characters, everything is just done very well. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have really brought their A game to this series so far and I am anxiously awaiting the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Dec 27, 2017

    In conclusion, this is another strong issue by the creative team on this book. One aspect that even elevates this book is the use of the newspaper articles at the end as a narrative device which gives some context for the DC and Watchmen Universe. The series is only improving and I can’t wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Jacob Campbell Dec 27, 2017

    Ultimately, Doomsday Clock #2 does a great job of following up on the expectations many had after reading the last issue. But it does more in that it finally delivers on its promise to unite the Watchmen and the DC universes. With the questions this new issue has raised I know I cant wait for next month's issue to hit the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Dec 29, 2017

    Doomsday Clock #2 won't be for everybody and, on the whole, it does have some flaws, but it's a solid issue which just about manages to live up to the hype and reader expectations" although it's still got a long way to go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 29, 2017

    The art is great, of course - Gary Frank crafts a gritty, real-world environment that bridges the gap between the two universes with great skill - and the story by Geoff Johns is brimming with surprising ideas and mysteries to be solved - so there's plenty here to keep bringing readers back. But I'm still not convinced this is anything more than a publisher's stunt to draw in readers. We'll see. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Dec 27, 2017

    There is so much more to say with respect to all the allusions and themes and imagery and much, much more, all in ever panel of every page of Doomsday Clock. It never rises to the heights set by Watchmen, but is much denser than even a fan of Johns such as myself imagined hed produce. Like Watchmen, this will definitely merit an annotated edition once the series is complete and collected under one cover. Even Im uncertain as to how much Im reading into his writing here is intentional, and any insights from the author will be welcome indeed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Austin Braun Jan 3, 2018

    Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and anyone else that might have had even the smallest amount to do with this book deserves as many awards as they can get for capturing the bleak spirit of Watchmen and blending it so well with the ideals of mainstream comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 27, 2017

    Doomsday Clock #2 maintains the series' methodical pace while drawing more DC characters into this ambitious conflict. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Dec 30, 2017

    Doomsday Clockis shaping up to be a very interesting story, especially with the cliffhangers presented. Its characters are well written with interesting themes and some very well done art. The prospect of seeing Batman and Rorschach together is great and one that Johns will more than likely deliver on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 30, 2017

    The story improves once the Watchmen characters enter the Rebirth Universe, but it does seem as if some elements could have been shortened or omitted. The visuals, however, are exceptional, even if they are aping the style of Watchmen. I would love for this series to strike out new storytelling rather than mirror Moore's series so much. Readable, but slow going. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jan 1, 2018

    This issue is a step above the previous, which was already a high bar Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 27, 2017

    I absolutely loved the first issue of this maxi series. Then I went to the cinema and watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I bring this up as both that movie and to some extent this series serves to tread the same ground; walking the fine line between the reminiscent and the new. Also, as with the movie, I am not certain how long this perception can continue to deliver the results that DC are counting on. Strangely enough, the traditional use of a quote on the last page seems to echo this sentiment. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Dec 27, 2017

    The next entry of the WATCHMEN sequel balances nostalgia with exciting new developments and long-awaited meetings. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Dec 27, 2017

    Doomsday Clock is taking its time moving through the plot and that's ok. With a lot more time to breathe than most events, Johns and Frank are building a fascinating environment with plenty of room to drop the big revelations that we know are coming. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Dec 28, 2017

    The comic ends with some very insightful pages from the computer of LexNet and the theory about the origins of superheroes on this Earth and that these men and women are government controlled and sponsored. Watchmen anyone? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Dec 27, 2017

    Fans of Alan Moore's Watchmen will find great satisfaction in Doomsday Clock (2017-) #2; the book feels authentic (in the sense that it is a direct sequel to Moore's work), and its ending will leave long-time fans smiling and eager to read Issue #3. As the two universes collide, watching as characters from the DC universe interact with those from the Watchmen universe is, perhaps, the most satisfying aspect of this book. Buy this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 3, 2018

    There are a lot of little tantalizing bits to play with in this installment and I like that we're getting the bridging moment hit already between the two continuities, though it's being made clear that there are other crossings prior to this that could seed some intriguing stories to explore later. Johns is moving things along at a solid pace for a twelve-issue series and giving us a fully realized world and introducing us to a range of subplots that could have a range of impact on the core storyline so you have to pay attention to everything. You get the sense that every panel counts and that's before taking in Gary Frank's artwork, which is just fantastic as he gets to play with both Wayne and Luthor here in some really good ways while tackling some great sequences from the Watchmen cast of characters. I'm definitely continuing to be very intrigued and hopeful for this to do some serious restructuring of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Dec 28, 2017

    Doomsday Clock #2 continues to build up the story and adds new layers to the story. There are a few concepts that Watchmen purists will object to, and there are some plot holes that can be fixed either by memory or by reading the material in the back. These plot holes aren't deal-breakers, but they are irritating. It will be the reaction to the reveal on the final pages that will either make or break this limited series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Amy Ziegfeld Dec 27, 2017

    Ultimately, Doomsday Clock is an entertaining comic that sets up some interesting-enough mysteries (albeit Johnsian Why is this like this? mysteries, e.g. Who is the new Rorschach? What's up with the Superman Theory? Why does Ozymandias need Marionette and the Mime?). It's well-made, even if it falls short of its seeming aspirations. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 27, 2017

    The second issue isn't quite as good as the first but is a slow burn that transitions the story to more of what we expected while keeping the formula that works. The series is one you can dismiss easily, read for the story, or dive into the depths, and for Johns to pull that off, even slightly is impressive and makes this one to check out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Dec 28, 2017

    This story is taking its time, putting pieces in play before diving headlong into the actual plot. While it can be a little slow, it's still compelling enough to hold your attention before finally becoming engrossing. Doomsday Clock is an event in every sense of the word, and there are sky-high expectations that come with it. It has yet to reach those heights, but with confident writing, gorgeous art, and a surprising amount of humor it's on the right track. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 28, 2017

    Doomsday Clock #2 is an enjoyable read, even if it is pretty spotty. It is too caught up in being Watchmen to realize the nuance the original story had to begin with. Recreating it is antithetical to the concept of nuance. However, I can still recommend this comicalbeit tentatively. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Dec 28, 2017

    Whether it's a dream or a nightmare, Johns and Frank continue to deliver just enough meta-textual teasing to pique the curiosity of where this event is heading in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 26, 2017

    While I'm all about this event, I can't say that this second installment did all that much for me.  Yeah, you get great art, more of the story that we've wanted to see, but things just seem off for why certain characters are involved at all.  Hopefully things pick up as they go, but right now I'm looking at a world that I don't like for the DCU, while wondering how the hell it even got that way........ but even with that, I can't wait to find out and whether that's going to come from this book or the rest of the DC title working their way forward to this time, I'm all for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Dec 28, 2017

    I want to trust Geoff Johns, who has seldom ever gone astray when taking on a big DC Universe project, but I'm going to need something in issue three to solidly anchor this series to standard DCU before I can invest any more of my interest. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 30, 2017

    Doomsday Clock is a little too slow and a little too hung up on itself and its concept to really hook me just yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 27, 2017

    The artwork by Gary Frank and Brad Anderson is fantastic but Geoff Johns' script has yet to say anything significant. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 10, 2018

    I was in no rush to read this issue or review it. If it hadn't been for the "Pancake scene" I don't even know if I would have bothered reviewing it. It was dull. It was the exact opposite of the one-shot rebirth issue that started this all. Hell, even the pointless "Button" storyline was more entertaining than this story has been. I suppose I'll see what comes next" probably something with the two Joker's meeting and the Mime being one of the three Jokers or some shit. I'm hoping for some ridiculous comic book stuff in this series rather than Johns trying to elevate his writing to a more mature status. Batman and pancakes aren't going to cut it though. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Existentialman Dec 27, 2017

    As a hardcore lover of The Watchmen and Alan Moore I was skeptical when this series was announced. I'm also a huge fan of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank so my hope was that this series would knock it out of the park. After reading the first two issues I'm officially onboard. Johns and Frank have gotten almost everything right. They recognized that Watchmen was, more than anything else, a mood piece and they've carried that over into this series. The scene where Bruce Wayne takes a Rorschach test is priceless. The series takes me to places I never thought DC comics would have the guts to go. Just as I felt when I read the original Watchman series, each issue has me dying to know what happens next.

  • 4.5
    myconius Dec 27, 2017

    this installment makes it very apparent to me that Geoff Johns was not the best choice to handle writing The Watchmen universe. perhaps he should have had a co-writer to better get the feel of Watchmen.

    the DC Universe material seems adequate, but doesn't really feel like it lines up with everything else going on in Rebirth.

    this feels more like some sort of elseworlds tale . . . one with very lazy writing.



    -Ozymandias's motivation for wanting Mine and Marionette along for this ride feels weak at best.

    -his choice to leave them behind simply handcuffed is way too easy to predict the obvious outcome.

    -Rorschach's easy entry to Wayne Manor was ridiculous.

    -Rorschach's even easie more

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  • 10
    Steve C Dec 28, 2017

    So far, I love almost everything about this story and the way it’s being told.

  • 10
    #DontGiveDivasAChance Dec 28, 2017

    In Johns we trust

  • 9.5
    thecomiccookebook Dec 29, 2017

    Damn, I love this. The twist at the end of the story was shocking and I'm so pleased to see these Watchmen characters interacting with DC characters. The new characters are also very compelling. Gary Frank is still fantastic as always.

  • 9.5
    Nihilist Jan 11, 2018

    It's happening - Watchmen characters have arrived in DC's main continuity, with mystery and suspense surrounding both them, and current tensions in Gotham City related to Batman. Johns keeps teasing readers with more and more little details leading to countless speculations and theories. What's going on? I have no idea, but can't wait for next pieces of Doomsday Clock puzzle to be revealed.
    Stellar issue.

  • 9.0
    The bad who Dec 28, 2017

    I love what Johns is doing with all this. Some corners seem like they've been cut round a bit, but I trust this is all to make the story go forward at a better pace. The little thing that bugs me just a bit too is the fact that Ozymandias doesn't look like the most intelligent person of his universe. Some decision he makes are actually pretty dumb and are even used as a mean to keep the story going on. I hope they can correct that in the future issue as I suspect I could become a real storytelling problem. What impresses me the most is the fact that this all doesn't look like a gimmick at all. Merging one of the most revered universe with DC could be just that, but they succeeded in dodging all the traps so far. The visual is just perfect. more

  • 9.0
    mrDovydas Jan 11, 2018

    Johns definitely knows what he is doing. Not a single bad panel here. No ads in the whole issue, just the story. Loving every moment of this and I am happy to know that this will continue for the whole year.

  • 9.0
    blackmanta221 Feb 10, 2018

    This issue fully proved to me that Geoff Johns really knows what he's doing with the Watchmen legacy. After a first chapter that left me somewhat dissapointed and wanting more, Doomsday Clock #2 is a fantastically crafted book from start to finish. Frank's art really shines here, although I wish it were given more space outside the cramped 9 panel layout, which sometimes I feel is just there out of necessity. However, as opposed to the previous issue, Johns really utilizes some of Moore and Gibbon's visual techniques here that really enhance the story. Comics are as much a visual storytelling medium as they are a traditional one, and I really love when writers take advantage of both aspects. All around, a great read, which answers some ques more

  • 8.5
    Sherman The Wonder Dog Dec 29, 2017

    At long last, we have the characters of Watchmen meet the DC heroes. I am already loving the Rorscach/Batman dynamic! This is another great issue in the series that actually lives up to the hype, unlike Before Watchmen. One thing I would love to mention is how perfect the new characters Mime and Marionette are. As Watchmen is such a gritty subject, it is surprisingly nice to have these characters as the comic relief of the series. I especially want to highlight Marionette as being the better version of Harley Quinn. Gary Frank's art is only getting better, and his depictions of characters like Dr. Manhatten are excellent, in that excellent flash back scene. Speaking of Manhatten, the suspense as to where he is hiding is one of the most well more

  • 8.5
    Spock's Brain Jan 13, 2018

    I'm not sure where "Doomsday Clock" is going, but the first two issues have definitely hooked me. This is an interesting one with many cool moments...the bank robbery starts off rough with the flimsy "jerk boss" character, but then the scene turns for a funny moment. The confrontations of Ozmandias/Luther and Batman/Rorschach are fascinating, leading well into the next issue, and the book ends with a shock I did not see coming. I felt a bit of the dialogue from Johns was rough, but he does also include these aforementioned cool points to make this book good--and Gary Frank is awesome again. I thought his facial expressions, the "acting" of his characters, is really well done.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo May 1, 2018

    I'm actually digging this so far, can't wait to see how these characters interact.

  • 6.5
    SloboSOY Dec 29, 2017

    And so the watchmen isn't the one after the change of the continuity after all.
    This story show how two wathmen & two criminal travel together in the DCU.
    I don't really know what to think of it. In one hand the story wasn't bad, even if It's really dumb to come with two criminal & let them alone with only a handcuff.
    In the other, I really piss of and I event not a Watchmen's fan. The encounter between Rorschach & Batman even make me shiver, because "It's not the real Rorscharch"
    And I when to see Silk Spector & Nite Owl.

    Cover - The variant with Luthor. I wonder why it's not a lenticular. I was sure to sollicited a lenticular. 2/2
    Writing - A really mixed felling. God story if this wasn't related to Wat more

  • 6.5
    Herushalaim Dec 29, 2017

    Overall, I enjoyed this issue. But it had its problems. Why do Ozymandias and Rorschach leave Mime and Marionette handcuffed in Archie? That wasn't smart and as soon as they did that, I knew Mime and Marionette would escape. Rorschach finds the entrance to the Batcave way too easily, in my opinion. The Comedian's resurrection is something I'm not on board with. I was extremely happy that Walter Kovacs was kept dead because the impact of his death in Watchmen wouldn't be taken away. But Comedian doesn't get that same treatment and that bothers me. With all that being said, I enjoyed the rest of the issue a lot and I want to see what happens next.

  • 4.0
    daddyT Dec 29, 2017

    another Watchmen book, but this time at least it has Batman in it... for.. what? 2-3 pages? Assuming this is our DCU, the assholes are here now. yay.

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