Doomsday Clock #3

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 24, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 49
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The story takes a turn in the third chapter of this 12-issue series you never thought you'd see, from writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - steven conroy Jan 25, 2018

    Once again Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have delivered a first class book. It both pays homage to and moves the story on from the original Watchmen. This issue does contain more set up for future events than the past two issues did and did feel a little to heavy in places. However despite that this book is outstanding. The amazing visuals of Gary Frank coupled with what is quickly becoming Geoff Johns best story ever makes this book a must read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 24, 2018

    Johns and Frank have put enough out there now to really let the theories loose. Thats making Doomsday Clock a different kind of read as the speculation is part of the fun. Its also what makes the wait for the next installment seem longer than most books. As soon as I finished, I was ready for my next fix. Cmon guys, the clock is ticking. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Jan 27, 2018

    With every issue being better than the last, this being by far the most dense and interesting one, Johns shows that hes a true Master when it comes to storytelling. Being able to jump from scene to scene intermittently with an ensemble cast while still staying true and carrying the Watchmen legacy forward is something only Geoff Johns is suited for. Doomsday Clock issue four cannot come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jan 25, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #3 was another excellent read. Johns and Frank are operating like a finely tuned machine with each of them complimenting each other perfectly. Doomsday Clock #3 offers a story that has the depth and texture that practically no other title from Marvel or DC can offer. If you enjoy stories that are dense reads that require multiple readings and are chock full of fine details then you absolutely need to pick up a copy of Doomsday #3. The re-readability and the amount of content in this issue makes Doomsday Clock #3 well worth your hard earned money. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Jan 27, 2018

    Geoff Johns is really ramping up this series and once again it was filled with some great twists and surprises that I did not see coming. The dialogue is strong, the meeting of two worlds is entertaining and the art of Gary Frank is pure bliss as he helps bring this story to life and I for one can't wait to see where it will lead! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Jan 24, 2018

    The Comedian and Ozymandias have their long awaited rematch as Mime and Marionette explore Gotham and Rorschach tells Batman everything he knows! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Word Of The Nerd - Michael Adams Jan 26, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #3 is a great issue in what is turning out to be a fantastic series. I just hope Johns and Frank are able to stick the landing in the end. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 24, 2018

    Excellent comic storytelling. The real deal! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Austin Braun Jan 31, 2018

    Once again Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and the rest of this incredible creative team create a story that once fully told may stand up to the quality of its predecessor. As long as Geoff Johns can bring this story out of setup and into the full swing of things I see Doomsday Clock becoming a story that gets passed down as the rightful sequel and continuation of the legacy that the story of Watchmen brings with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Jan 24, 2018

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  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Jan 25, 2018

    I am really enjoying this title so far and I not only wait anxiously for the next issue, but I dread the end with only 9 issues left. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jan 25, 2018

    Geoff Johns has overcome some very slight hiccups in the first two installments to deliver a gripping, highly entertaining read. With a compelling plot that has a surprising amount of humor and some outright gorgeous visuals, Doomsday Clock is beginning to make a case for itself. It may not be a completely necessary sequel to a seminal classic, but it is a great comic in its own right, and that's what matters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Jan 24, 2018

    The strength of this issue in particular is the interactions between all the characters. The voices are in character and further expand the current universe that Johns is creating. The regular shift between characters, keeps the issue feeling fresh and interesting. Johns and Frank are really crafting an interesting story, that I can’t wait to continue to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves Jan 24, 2018

    With some new layers and new characters presented, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are finding their balance on the edge of the plot becoming overcrowded. Yet, with a genuinely well conducted plot and continuously brilliant storytelling, they manage to guide the reader through the twists and turns of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Outright Geekery - Brian A. Madrid Feb 2, 2018

    A good pace of storyline as well as very well drawn panels that starves an unquenchable curiosity. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 24, 2018

    Between the methodical pacing and the fact that the series is falling behind schedule, it's hard to blame anyone who chooses to wait for the trade. But slow or not, this series is managing to tell a very gripping story that faithfully carries the torch for the original Watchmen. And everything else being equal, it's worth reading the series simply to marvel at Gary Frank's precise, dynamic artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jan 24, 2018

    The mystery continues to expand as the Watchmen's conflicts begin to affect the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jan 27, 2018

    It's impossible to truly recommend Doomsday Clock #3 as it stands, and only in time will anybody be able to tell if this is the moment where this whole series succeeds or fails. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Jan 23, 2018

    This is another great issue with the mystery getting deeper. The reveals are great and I hope that the threads that are being introduced in this issue are explored in a satisfactory way. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jan 24, 2018

    DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 features many of its characters enduring painful flashbacks and revelations, but these moments enrich these individuals with life and power. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Jan 24, 2018

    Doomsday Clock is teasing us at this point, which isn't terrible. One hopes that it bears a lot of fruit by the time the heat gets turned up. The intro was particularly strong and gave us some perspective for the stakes involved. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 25, 2018

    It's a professional product with an impressive level of detail from writer Geoff Johns, and the art by Gary Franks is stunning - but this feels for all the world like fan fiction, not something that's actually taking place in - and having an effect on - DC continuity. It still just feels wrong. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 30, 2018

    A lot of what's being seeded in is going to draw attention but it really requires a kind of in-depth knowledge that may be hard to come by. The retirement home material with Johnny Thunder is intriguing but it's really getting me to stretch my mind back to remember much of the character as it's been so long. I'm really digging the news aspects regarding the Superman Theory and how various nations are taking to dealing with it as equipment is coming along to run detections. We've seen this play out elsewhere in other comics universes before and it never ends well and I'm hopeful that there's a better end for it here than what I've seen before, simply because it should have significant ramifications on the DC shared universe as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 28, 2018

    So far, the story is solid, and I enjoy seeing the proto Jokers in the form of Mime and the Marionette. I like the reintroduction of old DC Comics characters like John Law, Libby Lawrence and more in the articles that follow the comic. Gary Frank makes everyone in this comic look good while still drawing from Dave Gibbons lead. I do wonder if he finds it ironic to draw a comic whose theme is similar to Supreme Power from Marvel where the presence of an alien baby on Earth was deemed responsible for the onslaught of meta-humans on that world. This is where Johns story is weakest. He is threading old material that Marvel Comics had already intended for their version of the DC Comics universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jan 24, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #3 is a great issue from Johns, Frank and Anderson. The slow burn nature of the story allows readers to really dive into the story and pour over the details of the story and artwork. Johns has a good handle on the characters and knows when to focus on the story and Frank and Anderson's artwork is great throughout the issue. Given the events that happens here, its going to be a very long wait full of anticipation for the fourth issue in March. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Jan 24, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #3 is a good book, but if it can or cannot be considered a great one is going to hinge on how the mysteries presented within its pages unfold throughout the whole, complete story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Jan 24, 2018

    Some of these events are things that have been dangling out there since May 2016 without resolution. At some point, you have to wonder when the foreplay is going to end and some actual gratification take place, some payoff for our months of investment. And just to draw out the tease, DC has announced that DOOMSDAY CLOCK is going to enter a bi-monthly schedule, apparently trying to mirror WATCHMEN so closely that I suspect there will be a six-month publication gap between issues 11 and 12. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Kaitlin Beer Jan 25, 2018

    It is safe to assume that this comic will make some people angry, but I'm still in it, if only to have a front row seat to a possible train wreck. Yes, this series creates a considerable number of paradoxes for Watchmen, but does it matter? Maybe. The thing is, this isn't Watchmen. And never forget, Dr. Manhattan is still out there, and he can essentially do anything he wants. Nothing is truly off the table. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 24, 2018

    The issue has some important moments to move the story along but overall it feels like 90% of it could be skipped without one being confused going forward. We'll see if that's the case in the future but this is very much a bridge issue whose point is moving the overall story along. Stronger as part of the whole. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 24, 2018

    Nothing is really explained and the story progresses about an inch from where we were previously, but even with that I had some fun in certain sections and look forward to getting the answers I desperately need from this at some point down the line....... I just hope they aren't dragged out completely until the end.  The art in this issue is amazing, but I find that this issue feels like mostly filler, which is a shame for the delays that this book will have coming up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Jan 24, 2018

    To me, this comic is pretty inoffensive when I think of it's relationship to Watchmen. If anything it offends and bends too much of the normal DCU for no other reason than it can. What I can't get over is that with all these marquee moments, it's still incredibly dull. Nothing has been so shocking or amazing that I've been like, "Damn Johns, you still got it!" Instead, it's like, "remember Superboy Prime killing all those Green Lanterns and then later carving the "S" in his chest? That was pretty dope." Though in hindsight he piggybacked on Kurt Busiek's Superman story and killed that as well. Ah, comics, right? Work long enough, and someone will take a shit on your lobby aka story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 27, 2018

    The latest issue of Doomsday Clock wastes every opportunity it gives itself to tell an interesting and compelling story. Just having Watchmen characters and DC characters in the same room together is not good enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Troy Jan 24, 2018

    What sets apart Doomsday Clock from other events recently is how confident it is in itself. It has high expectations to live up to, nerd expectations (looking at you
    friend whose name rhymes with Macy ;)), the highest of all expectations. For me it succeeds with flying colours. I predict a lot of purists will cry foul that Comedian was saved, but another group would complain if he weren't included at all.

    I was completely absorbed front to back. The art by Gary Frank really nails the darker aesthetic you would expect from the Watchmen meeting with the DCU and Geoff Johns is like the only writer I can think of who could do this justice. I think purists should get over Watchmen's legacy and appreciate the event for what it is. Watchmen will always be the fantastic graphic novel it is, that doesn't mean you shouldn't ever attempt to pull any risks or put it on a pedestal that can never be touched. Do you know how many ongoings have heroes with groundbreaking graphic novels?

    Pink Floyd didn't stop after Dark Side of the Moon. Why should Watchmen?

  • 9.0
    bucswin611 Jan 24, 2018

    There's so much detail and thoughtfulness put into each page. It's starting to look like this will read even better in a collected edition, too. Keeping the focus of characters fresh across each issue has been invigorating. I'm fine with delays if this is the quality we get!

  • 8.5
    Nihilist Jan 24, 2018

    Two first issues of Doomsday Clock were phenomenal, and it's only natural after such a strong beginning of the series, my expectations were high. After reading it, I can say one thing - 3rd chapter of the story was good. The catch is, "good" in this case means it's significantly inferior to what came before it, without being bad in any way. It still was an enjoyable read, but it didn't feature as much magic and charm as we've seen in last two months.

    The highlight of the issue has to be a short adventure of Marionette and Mime. These two, sufficed to say, are hell of a lot of fun to see in action. And not only in action - it was genuinely exciting to see subtle references to The Killing Joke, with carnival posters and most notably, Laughing Clown. I do look forward to see more of them - especially after what was teased near the end of the book...

    Sadly, the story splits into probably too many sub-arcs - there's Batman and Rorschach, Mime and Marionette, Ozymandias and Comedian, the nursing home, detective movie, Rorschach and Comedian's retrospections, and finally, the ongoing metahuman related conspiracies. That's a lot, and while we're dealing with expansive limited series, and I'm fully prepared for that, this particular issue felt more like a connector between two major chapters, not offering too much on its own.

    Overall, I liked this issue. It's at times super fun to read, other times drags a bit and makes you miss the other arc, but overall, it's entertaining, beautifully illustrated, and as always, very respectfully crafted. All that classifies it as good, but remember, Doomsday Clock is by no means an ordinary series, and general definition of "good" and "bad" doesn't apply to it. It should be outstanding, like previous issues.

  • 7.0
    Face Puller Jan 24, 2018

    It has definitely improve from the last issue, but many of the same problems are still there. I just don't feel like I'm reading anything in the rebirth continuity, it looks more like an Elseworlds story (Which by the way would be better).

    In the end, this isn't a BAD story but it isn't a great one either which what it should be considering the material and the amount of HYPE it got. I don't know if at this point I should be hopeful that the story will improve but because Geoff Johns* is writing I am going to keep hoping. (Also Gary Frank's art is Magnificent)

    Big Flash (Wally West) fan*.

  • 10
    Chriskiss Jan 24, 2018

    This issue feels the closest to a legit Watchmen sequel of any issue so far. I especially loved the Varner Bros. movie that draws parallels to the story, not unlike The Black Freighter did in Watchmen. Geoff and Gary are the only ones who could have pulled this off.

  • 9.0
    xajcob Jan 25, 2018

    Geoff Johns does it again with this amazing story. The artwork from Gary Frank is so lifelike. Seeing the Watchmen interact with the DC is incredible. I can't wait for the next one.

  • 9.0
    Superheroes for Hire Jan 30, 2018

    A wild ride so far. Absolutely love the Gary Frank art.

  • 8.0
    SloboSOY Jan 25, 2018

    Some part are nice (The Comedian/Oxymandias rematch). Some part seems hard to get what they do in (The Nathaniel Dusk show).
    And I feel like Johns make pleasure to tease us (Johnny thunder). I enjoy more Marionette/Mim browl than the end of the book.

    Cover - I take the variant ... So yes in link to what I read. And wonderful art 2/2
    Writing - In a way this fell right, if I didn't count the end, and the darkness earth where the DC heroes lives. 2/3
    Artist - I love Frank art. Even if the waffle iron panel is rapidelly bowering. 3/3
    Feelings - Again I'm not convinced by the book but I didn't hate it as much as issue 2. So I'm between a hard choice. Will I sollicites the 5 or not. The fact that become a Bi-monthy doesn't help at all. I don't want have this story goes this long. 1/2

  • 6.0
    Herushalaim Jan 24, 2018

    I'm really not on board for Comedian's death being undone. Nothing much happened in this issue. I'm hoping the stuff with Mime and Marionette gets more interesting. I wish that Mime was actually just crazy and didn't have invisible weapons, but it's okay, I guess. I just expected more than what I got. It's definitely underwhelming and knowing about the delays certainly doesn't help.

  • 3.5
    MKW69 Jan 24, 2018

    This event sucks! They got 2 years to build up, and they still didn't explained Jack shit. Setting it A Year into a future, makes a big difference between normal and D Clock, universe which are completely different. I want a God Damned Answers!

  • 10
    Edgar Rubio Jan 26, 2018

    Johns is not trying to be Moore and that is a very good think. This is not Watchmen nor Justice League, but he's not disrespecting the lore. I live in México and not in a very big city within the country, which means it's rather hard and expensive to get printed first editions of my favorite books, but this story, along with White Knight is worth every damn cent.
    It's a huge disappointment to know they're going bimonthly now, but if the quality remains, so be it. I'll wait.

  • 9.0
    mrDovydas Jan 26, 2018

    This is great. Not too excited about the delays, but if it continues to go as strong as it does now, the collected edition will be one of the greatest books of this decade, if not all time.

  • 7.5
    blackmanta221 Feb 10, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #3 is, again, tough to review because of how much of this series will likely function better as a full story than as singular issue releases. There is a lot in this issue that does not exactly make a lot of sense yet, primarily a portion of the book that mirrors the 'tales of the black freighter' segments from Watchmen. The story still has my interest, and this issue in particular had a few standout moments that prove that even with a story as serious as this, there can still be some fun and lightheartedness. Watchmen purists may be unhappy with some directions this book goes in, but all around it's another building block to the story Johns is sewing here.

  • 4.0
    myconius Jan 25, 2018

    even with lowering my expectations, this is not a very enjoyable read.
    the art looks lovely (even though all the male characters are drawn with the exact same face)
    but this story just drags and hasn't advanced the "plot" nor answered any questions.

    ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! SPOILERS AHEAD ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    we see how The Comedian is now alive, but there's no real reason for him to be.
    i wish this was better explained and not just thrown at us.
    Comedian was my favorite character from the original Watchmen, but him being alive all the sudden doesn't feel like it was earned.
    it's forced as hell and throws logic and suspension of disbelief right out the window.

    still i want to know why is there someone who (aside from the palette swap) looks just like the original Rorschach?

    Batman is completely out of character in this story.
    he's just a little too calm about someone easily figuring out his identity and breaking into the Bat-cave.
    and the whole point of Batman teaming up with (new)Rorschach just so he can lock him up in Arkham was just stupid! what's to stop this (new)Rorschach from telling everyone at Arkham that Bruce Wayne is Batman and giving away the location of the Bat-cave.
    it's very evident that anything you read from Geoff Johns that he DOES NOT like or care about Batman.

    i really don't care for these Mime and Marionette characters.
    they're a couple of overpowered Mary Sues.

    Doomsday Clock's answer to the Black Freighter is what really ruined it for me.
    the TV episode fused into the story was absolutely F$#@ing PAINFUL to read!!!!
    i might have been able to at least enjoy this comic as some cheesy schlock had Johns not attempted to pretend that he is an artistic writer like Alan Moore.
    what's the point of introducing yet another subplot if you can't even advance the main story?

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