Doomsday Clock #4

Doomsday Clock #4

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 28, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 36 User Reviews: 55
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The series you thought you'd never see reaches its fourth issue with a shocking revelation about the aftermath of Ozymandias' actions and how they reach into even the darkest corners of the DC Universe. Don't miss the latest chapter by the acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Joshua Hilgenberg Apr 8, 2018

    This series is only on its fourth issue and it's already just as powerful as the first. Some might even say it's better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 28, 2018

    The release schedule of this book has been a little wonky and the every other month change doesn't make the story progress any faster. Doomsday Clock is a slow burn, but there's nothing to suggest it won't be completely worth the wait once the story fully unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Apr 4, 2018

    Maintaining the slow burn, Johns and Frank reel readers deeper into the Doomsday Clock as it trudges one step closer to midnight. With the final issue slated for the summer of 2019, readers will be left speculating and guessing for months to come as this epic monolith moves forward ever so patiently. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 28, 2018

    While the controversy over this series and its reasons for existing may rage on, it cannot be denied that Doomsday Clock #4 is a solid piece of high-quality work. Taken from the context of its origins, it is what it sets out to be " a riveting origin story for a fascinating character, that can miraculously be enjoyed free of the context of any other work. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Mar 29, 2018

    The series you thought you'd never see reaches its fourth issue with a shocking revelation about the aftermath of Ozymandias' actions and how they reach into even the darkest corners of the DC Universe. Don't miss the latest chapter by the acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame Mar 28, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #4 is arguably the most exciting and interesting issue of the series since #1 " even if the big "twist" is kind of a dud (don't worry -- there's another twist that really, really isn't). Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 28, 2018

    As this series exits act one, I can't wait to see how it begins interacting with the rest of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Mar 29, 2018

    Regardless of my minor criticisms, this comic continues to impress. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 28, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #4 doesn't do a great deal to push the series' overarching conflict forward. But it does accomplish something more vital - fleshing out the background of the new Rorschach and allowing readers to connect with the character on a deeper level. If Johns and Frank couldn't make readers feel for these characters, what would be the point of publishing a new Watchmen sequel in the first place? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves Mar 28, 2018

    A beautiful tale about trauma, companionship, and forgiveness. It takes the Rorschach mask from its original nihilist role and puts him in a lighter tone. Drawing parallels between Walter Kovacs and the current Rorschach, between Watchmen and the DC Universe, what we get is the tale of a well-constructed legacy character whose mentor can be found flying in the sky. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Mar 28, 2018

    Doomsday Clock returns and with it a well written and fantastically illustrated story. Read Full Review

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    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Mar 28, 2018

    Recently, it was announced that this book had shifted to a bi-monthly schedule meaning that what was going to be a 12 month story will likely take a whopping 21 months in total to tell. Keeping the readership entertained for that length of time will be the real trick for Johns and Frank, especially as at times this book currently feels as welcome addition to the Watchmen mythos as Superman Returns is to the Superman movies. Homage is great; but eventually, this story will need to produce something to rival the original series, or else what was the point? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Ernesto Valenzuela Mar 28, 2018

    Despite moving at a slower pace than previous issues as well as not moving the story forward all that much, DOOMSDAY CLOCK #4 is still an excellent issue that manages to tell an extremely interesting story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Austin Braun Apr 9, 2018

    This series is like "Watchmen" but with hope. This sort of optimism will hopefully set the trend for more hopeful stories in the future, and less than deal with so much realism in the fantasy world of superheroes! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Mar 29, 2018

    This is a more personal issue than the ones before and Doomsday Clock #4 deserves several re-readings but based on the first go around, we're in the midst of something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Apr 1, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #4may have not given a whole lot of answers to Dr. Manhattan's goals in the DC universe, but Johns and Frank still delivered quite a dramatic issue that made us feel for Reggie and understand his journey to becoming Rorschach. Frank's art is worth the price of the comic and Johns' script is tight and solid, never once feeling slow or lacking emotion. It'll be a long wait to the next issue, but there's certainly a lot to look forward to with Johns and Frank delivering another great entry to this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Mar 29, 2018

    As an origin piece, and in the way it forwards the narrative, this issue is bordering on flawless. I say bordering, as it's really just an observation and down to personal taste. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Mar 27, 2018

    I love the mystery that is still unfolding in this story and every new character adds a new layer to an already layered narrative dripping with style and nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Mar 29, 2018

    Another great issue in the series and one that really gives us our first look at the new Rorschachs history. It connects the original Watchmen in a thoughtful way that really makes us feel for the character. The team of Johns and Frank is one of the best out there and they are giving us perhaps their best work yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Mar 28, 2018

    A strong issue, though it's focused exclusively on backstory so it might tick folks off. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Mar 28, 2018

    All in all, it makes for an interesting read that will help explain Rorschach's actions moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Mar 28, 2018

    This could be just another way of saying Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are messing with the integrity of a classic story. And a lot of comic book critics probably would. I'm not so sure I agree. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 4, 2018

    While I continue to understand and largely agree with many of the general complaints about the series with how Johns is sort of mimicking Alan Moore without bringing much new to it, I'm finding it to be a solid expansion so far (which is what most comic series are, expansions on the past and new interpretations and configurations) with what he's doing and with some great artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Mar 28, 2018

    Making good use of his eye for character and development, Geoff Johns slows this mammoth event down in order to flesh out one its main cast members while also adding some much-needed growth to the worlds that he is inhabiting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Mar 28, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #4is another great comic by these two legendary artists. But without enough plot or justification to its story, it's more filler than killer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 30, 2018

    I admit I've been struggling to accept this deliberate merging of the DC Universe with the more hard-edged and unforgiving world of the Watchmen - and this issue didn't do anything to change my mind. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Mar 29, 2018

    The cover for the issue says it all " if you can't take joy in an armor-clad Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman riding a Joker-faced dragon, this is not the book for you. For many of us, Dark Nights: Metal was the prog-rock epic turned comic we never knew we'd wanted and this final chapter proves the perfect rocking finale! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Mar 28, 2018

    Here, in Issue #4, the Doomsday Clock plot comes to an unexpected halt. Rather than progress the plot, Geoff Johns adds depth to the story by focusing in on, and providing additional back story for, Reggie, the new Rorschach. Despite its lack of forward movement, Doomsday Clock #4 is very well-written and reads like something penned by Alan Moore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Mar 28, 2018

    Gary Frank and Brad Anderson deserve a ton of credit for the success of Doomsday Clock up until now. Their work together is a feast for the senses, channeling the hard lights and compositional intensity that Dave Gibbons employed in Watchmen while developing a unique feel all their own. Frank renders faces with a greater amount of linework than Gibbons did, rendering characters with a greater sense of vital emotion that befits the intensity of the scenes we're presented with throughout this chapter. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 28, 2018

    While we don't do much to move the story forward from what we got last issue, what we get instead is a question answered about who our new Rorschach is and how he became who he is today.  The art is incredible and while this is mostly an "origin" issue, the final pages get me really excited for where we're going with this event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Apr 2, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #4 isn't greatness. It's mediocrity imitating greatness. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Mar 28, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #4 is a slow issue as John tells a tale of a broken man, now trapped in the DCU with some interesting elements and cameos found along the way. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jonathan O'Neal Apr 2, 2018

    "Doomsday Clock" #4 is a good looking comic that attempts to humanize a central character, but it feels like we've been here before. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Mar 28, 2018

    The lofty ambitions of the story are undermined by an unsuccessful execution. From a technical standpoint everything here is fine, with a script that accomplishes what it sets out to do and visuals that, once again, engage and elevate the material. The problem is in the sense of repetition, with story beats and structure feeling almost lifted from Watchmen. Instead of feeling like a parallel, it comes close to being derivative, and given that Johns and company have successfully side-stepped that trap to this point it's a shame that it veers so close. Still, Doomsday Clock is a book that never fails to ignite great discussion, and this month is no different. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 31, 2018

    The last thing the sluggish Doomsday Clock needs to do is spend an entire issue on an unnecessary flashback, but here we are. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Mar 29, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #4 is a wildly mediocre entry in the end. It has some interesting ideas, and its ambition almost outshines the paradoxical adherence to the source material. Frank and Anderson make the comic visually stunning. I can recommend it if youre absorbed by the series, as this will likely still have you hooked. However, I wouldnt call it a must-buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    egon244 Mar 28, 2018

    It was a very long wait. But issue four is finally here and it was worth the wait.

    Geoff Johns' writing and the dialogue is terrific. The story of Reggie Long is sad, painfull and captivating and I can't wait to see how it will unfold in the coming issues (whenever that will be). As for the DC side of this series. Unfortunately we don't get to see much, which is kind of a bummer.

    Pertaining the art. Just two words: Gary Frank. I don't think I need to add anything else.

    One more thing. Publication schedule for this series sucks. It's horrible.

  • 9.0
    DarioV Mar 28, 2018

    Superb origin story, great analogies and connections to Kovacs' own life and absolutely beautifu. art as always. Just a tad more plot progression (considering it's a bimestral) would've been nice.

  • 8.5
    Nihilist Mar 28, 2018

    It's great to see proper development for the new Rorschach, his origin and delightful connection to Mothman, but I think it's time to move the story forward, instead of staying in the past.
    It's a great issue, don't get me wrong - beautifully illustrated, and adding new depth to Byron Lewis, but it mostly serves as world and character building tool, ignoring the rest of arcs we've been following since the beginning of the run. On he other hand, as a proper succesor to Watchmen, Doomsday Clock can not follow a simple serialized template other comics utilize. These issues are chapters of something bigger, unraveling very slowly and giving us all these little details and intricacies, the same way Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons were leading Watchmen's plot, taking their time.

  • 8.5
    Fearless0610 Mar 29, 2018

    Best issue yet. I have no clue where this series is going and I love that

  • 9.5
    bucswin611 Mar 29, 2018

    Just fantastic. Detailed panels. Character focus. Just enough DC universe nods to pull you in. This is exactly what can make this series special!

  • 9.5
    Steve C Mar 29, 2018

    Doomsday Clock continues to be awesome, well-paced, beautifully drawn, and better than Metal.

    I just wish there weren't so many delays... I'm starting to lose interest (despite the comic being awesome), as the publishing schedule is a mess.

  • 9.0
    FlipGeek Mar 28, 2018

    Geoff Johns said from the start that this story was more about characters and less about plot.

  • 2.5
    MKW69 Mar 27, 2018

    Origin for Roscharch is fine. We still don't have answers !

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  • 10
    Stromy Mar 28, 2018

    this is what I wished for

  • 10
    Troy Mar 29, 2018

    I was afraid we weren't going to learn more about Rorschach until the final few issues, with all the delays happening it somewhat gives the impression it didn't really progress the story, but collected this will be a really great part of the story to read and as always I loved the backup feature further fleshing out the world of Watchmen.

  • 10
    Comix4fever Apr 22, 2018

    This was worth the wait.

  • 9.5
    Dispatchdcu Mar 28, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    This is how a story is written. We get a reveal an issue or two ago that basically told us who Rorschach was.... Reggie. Everyone speculates and basically says”who cares?” Or “So its Malcom Longs son... so... how and why?” Well, we found out in this issue!

    John’s did a great job of progressing the story and showing us that Rorschach escaped from Arkham but also showed us how he became Rorschach and why. It’s not always about the destination but sometimes the journey is more important; especially for comic readers. We want the journey.... we want to know why... we want the connective tissue... we want all the pieces to the puzzle because we invest so much into this amazing medium and escape into this world weekly. We want it to make sense. And this comic gives us that.

    Sure, we don’t get any closer to our answers for Rebirth BUT we get great answers in THIS story that are meaningful and important while reintroducing a minor Watchmen character and making him important. Even the letters at the end were a fantastic touch to draw you in even more.

    This was a well written story from start to finish. They made me care about Reggie more than I thought I could. This is a concept that I feel many writers are lacking currently and whether it be for time constraints, pacing, or whatever the case, we need more stories like this. My only issue is that we didn’t get any BIG DC answers.... which is ultimately fine. I think we just need to all be patient, especially if we get great art and fantastic writing like this.

    Technically, we FINALLY get Saturn Girl, which will hopefully lead to the Legion. Who knows? And we get feelings throughout this issue from Reggie, to Bryon, and even Viedt. Truly magnificent issue.

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  • 9.5
    Shodan Apr 3, 2018

    I feel like we're getting a second chance to say I read Watchmen in single issues with Doomsday Clock! The story and the art are top notch and although it's going to a looong time before we get through this series the wait is going to be worth it. Even the back matter of Mothman's letters to his sister were fantastic.

  • 9.0
    mrDovydas Mar 31, 2018

    It's been quite a long wait for this issue, and it's definitely not something that some wanted. But John's writing is so strong, that it's just a pleasure to read. Frank's art only makes it even better. Though this issue didn't move the story anywhere, it was still a very important piece of background, and I am certain that the next issue will be as good.

  • 8.5
    Spock's Brain Apr 9, 2018

    "Doomsday Clock" #4 is an interesting read, delving into the origin of the new Rorschach, and filling us in further about what went on in the aftermath of "The Watchmen." This doesn't really move the plot forward really, however, as things still seem to be in low gear with the series a third done. Gary Frank's art makes this worth the price of admission alone, so this is definitely a really solid book.

  • 7.5
    SloboSOY Mar 29, 2018

    Ok ... A issue about the story of Rorschach. Why not. A story or past & present & sanity is too put in question. Logical. A issue where they link Saturne Girl by her name (Jane Doe) to Rorschach (John Doe) ... But to dark for my taste. And they did great on the mad part but that disturb me.

    Cover - I take the variant nice & related 2/2
    Writing - It's well righten but not for my taste. 2.5/3
    Arts - Gary frank did a awesome job like always. 3/3
    Feeling - I stop there. It's not for me 0/2

  • 6.0
    Herushalaim Apr 1, 2018

    I was falling asleep trying to read this. I just genuinely don't care at this point.

  • 6.0
    READ RUMBLE Apr 25, 2018

    Well written. Not what I wanted. Why is so much time being devoted to Rorschach wannabe, Marionette and Mime over 4 issues?!? I could care less about these characters. Still hardly any Superman, still no Dr Manhattan yet Johns wastes an entire issue on fake Rorschach’s origin?!? I loved Rebirth and this was supposed to be the big payoff and four issues in and the majority of it is based on these three characters that came out of nowhere?? And now you add these massive delays?? Man - what a huge friggin let down. DC had something special with Rebirth and I feel they are losing it with how disappointing this has been on top of the ridiculous Metal event that is now completely overshadowing this and add Bendis to Superman, which ended great runs by Jurgens on Action and Tomasi/Gleason on Superman and I think DC may have messed up a good thing. I may give this one more issue before dropping this.

  • 5.0
    Deadlybeavis Mar 31, 2018

    Meh, its not that great. I know I'm on the outside looking in, maybe I'm missing something, I don't know, but this just is totally underwhelming.

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  • 1.0
    daddyT Apr 1, 2018

    continuing the worst garbage in print. no connection whatsoever to anything in the DCU that matters. not even going to read more. such utter and complete garbage.

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