Doomsday Clock #5

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 30, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 40 User Reviews: 51
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The Comedian lives! The Mime and Marionette loose in Gotham City! Rorschach is locked in the bowels of Arkham Asylum! Secrets will be revealed as the Doomsday Clock ticks on...

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Jun 1, 2018

    Issue #6 cannot come quickly enough… but will be well worth the wait, I'm sure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Pierre Arnette May 30, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #5 may be the best so far because many issues are being discussed and the final five pages made it worth it all. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills May 30, 2018

    That's what makes everything about theDoomsday Clockidea so alluring. A sequel toWatchmenseemed so wrong, but Geoff Johns and Gary Frank seem to be doing everything right. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 2, 2018

    Delays or not, the story is captivating and pure fan service for those who miss the pre-Flashpoint DCU. A lot is yet to be revealed about how the DC Universe will look at the end of the series, but the story of how it gets there is proving to be an amazing one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 30, 2018

    It might take a while for the next installment, but two months might be the time where we've finished breaking down the panels for clues and are ready for the latest chapter in what's becoming DC's most addictive series in years. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jul 31, 2018

    Gary Frank continues his systematic storytelling using the nine-panel grid. It is interesting to compare how Frank uses the nine-panel grid versus someone like Mitch Gerads. Both break larger panels into small chunks spread on rows of three-panels. Gerads, however repeats many frames within a page or uses them to make characters move within that space. This is something Keith Giffens used to do frequently. Frank favours using subject-to-subject transition between his panels. This fascinating stuff! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina May 30, 2018

    DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5 is a perfect issue from start to finish as it flawlessly merges two distinct universes and figures. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Ronald Simmons Jun 6, 2018

    Albeit riddled with delays from the larger gaps between issues, Johns and Frank continue to weave what looks to be yet another epic tapestry bound to stand the test of time. While the uninitiated may meet the title with ill-informed scrutiny, Doomsday Clock is less of a rip-off of the former and rather more so DCs answer to Watchmen as a story narrative and medium. Even after a near two year break from writing comics, Geoff Johns continues to fire on all cylinders, bringing Rebirth to its ultimate conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Superbromovies - Jacob Campbell May 30, 2018

    While we have to wait some time for the next issue is it ultimately for the best as the art from Gary Frank is well worth the wait. Each page illustrated by Frank perfectly captures the essence of Watchmen but still has its own flair. So with two months to go until issue #6, it will be exciting to see what Frank and Johns have in store for us after the exciting finale of today's issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame May 30, 2018

    Colorist Brad Anderson turns in some inspired work in an issue that gives us everything Doomsday Clock should be: Johns' character work is inspired, and the narrative gives us several fun mash-ups of DC and Watchmen characters, homages to the Moore/Gibbons classic, and artist Gary Frank's best use yet of the nine-panel grid format. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 2, 2018

    The best issue yet with many characters in play: six different storylines all headed toward certain doom, but incredibly illustrated as they go there. Seeing Superman and Saturn Girl in costume is fantastic, while Johnny Thunder may have discovered something that will change the world. Must reading for DC fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 30, 2018

    Brilliantly written, beautifully drawn, and almost unflinchingly bleak, this isn't a book for everyone. For me, however, it's one of the most fascinating DC comics I've read in a while. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 1, 2018

    However, Doomsday Clock #5 is an exception. Johns packs this issue with so much insane detail that the reader can easily read Doomsday Clock #5 multiple times and still pick up new clues and details. The fact that this issue is so incredibly dense is what makes Doomsday Clock #5 such good value for your money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Austin Braun Jun 10, 2018

    Geoff Johns continues to blend the DC Universe with the Watchmen Universe into one with an issue that sets up for the climax in Doomsday Clock #5. I recommend this issue to anyone trying to get this story as it comes out, and to any fan of "Batman Earth One" as the same creative team is just nailing this series with every issue. For those who can't deal with the messy release schedule though, this may be a title worth waiting until it gets put into trade-paperback. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 1, 2018

    To be fair, the story is building nicely, with a growing sense of danger and an inevitable confrontation on the way. The art is tremendous - detailed and moody and very affecting. But I'm not convinced it's worth the price of how it's changing the DC characters. We'll see. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel May 31, 2018

    While I've read some are waiting to get this as a collected book, there's something to be said for reading this in chapters, letting the story marinate until the next issue. Doomsday Clock is sprinkled with brilliance waiting to be discovered. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 30, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #5 adds new layers to DC's Watchmen sequel, painting an even more bleak view of the DCU's future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage May 30, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #5 is a top-notch balancing act of stories and material that populates the sole book that propelled us into the very near future of the DC Universe. This book is filled to the brim with various conflicts and issues that make the universe we read every Wednesday both familiar and unfamiliar given the state of things. Johns, Frank, Anderson, and Leigh all work in unison to provide a very well-executed book filled with multiple layers of its characters, story, and going off the beaten path of where we expect the story to go. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jun 4, 2018

    The creative team continues to exceed expectations each and every issue. It's so rare these days to find a comic that dares to challenge the status quo, even to the point of literally commenting on the medium, rather than be a comfort food book, that it's utterly refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church May 31, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #5is another stellar issue in the series and arguably tops the previous one as being the best so far. Johns writing explores the characters and themes in an intriguing manner while Frank and Anderson make some eye-popping art. While it's a shame we have a bit of a longer wait to the next issue, due August instead of July, and one that's compounded even more by the cliffhangers we received, when the team is this good it's hard to argue with the results. Hopefully thoughDoomsday Clockwill make more use of Superman and Manhattan proper soon rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona May 30, 2018

    This chapter of the Doomsday Clock saga sees the characters of DC and Watchmen team up to further their goals. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Sequential Planet - Frdric Bentley Jun 1, 2018

    A solid issue, with amazing art by Gary Frank, and a good story by Geoff Johns. However, its characters act out of characters at times, and the suspension of disbelief is broken more than once. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jun 5, 2018

    Doomsday Clock is solidly put together with great artwork and a great jumble of interesting ideas that are coming together. I quite enjoy it with what they're trying to do and the foundations being laid. But three issues in six months simply means it doesn't maintain interest and it reduces the impact of it as being relevant to what they're trying to do with in the DC Universe itself. I'll certainly still keep reading but it's just a curiosity at this point that has me wary to whether it'll have any real impact long term. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Heroic Hollywood - Louis Otero May 30, 2018

    Its hard to believe that we arent even at the half-way mark of this series yet. The 12 issue series, which is set one year after the current DC Comics continuity, was intended to catch up with the other series in the DC lineup this November. However, these delays mean that clearly will not happen. In fact, the next issue is taking an even longer break, releasing in August. Surely it will be a long Summer, especially after this ending. Of course, the series is still excellent, but its hard to deny that these delays have lessened the reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven May 30, 2018

    Do yourself a favour. Leave your preconceptions at the door, and watch worlds collide. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Jun 11, 2018

    There's a little more good than bad going on here, even if Doomsday Clock #5 is an unsatisfying and uneven read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 30, 2018

    A slower paced issue that spends a majority of its time setting things up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves May 30, 2018

    After an introspective issue, Doomsday Clock comes back full force putting all of the engines to work. Filled with political undertones and parallels with the real world, this issue moves the narrative forward, sending the characters on a collision course with each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman May 30, 2018

    The Doomsday Clock ticks on and as it does, Geoff Johns makes great use of his time and spends this issue further developing the story and providing readers with additional food for thought. The slower-than-usual pace, coupled with a bi-monthly release schedule may leave some readers trailing off... Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 30, 2018

    While I do continue to enjoy this series it feels like our main focus may be a bit splintered in what's actually important here.  We have a lot of characters looking for different things and while I'm interested in most of them, I just hope that our creators aren't stretching their ideas too far into these subplots.  I love the art in this issue, but these delays are killing my hype for what should be every DC readers big book. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans May 30, 2018

    Doomsday Clock makes its way back with a torrid pace. A lot is happening, but it is mostly created an atmosphere to weigh the plot even further. We aren't getting too many answers yet, but we are getting a better picture of who is involved. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Alan Buxbaum Jun 4, 2018

    "Daredevil" #603 is a solid issue by a team that meshes well together. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws May 31, 2018

    Doomsday Clockis an incredibly well-written and gorgeously illustrated piece of comics storytelling. It's dense and engaging, somehow managing to marry two universes that likely shouldn't have had any interaction. It is also slow and beset by publication delays that make it understandably difficult to keep up with. Focusing on craft and viewing it on a technical level, there's very little reason to not recommend this series. However, it's understandable that enthusiasm that was once sky-high has cooled to the point of indifference, and it's hard to argue that either. Doomsday Clock could potentially be a masterpiece, it just needs more consistency. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 30, 2018

    Though armed with an undercurrent of old-school DCU pathos and incendiary comic book politics, Doomsday Clock #5 stands as the first true misstep of the series. Well, as much of a misstep as a team like Geoff Johns, Brad Anderson, and Gary Frank can deliver. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Patricia Loupee Jun 11, 2018

    Sincerely divided about this. Doomsday Clock is good, but still has to prove the need of its existence to me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 31, 2018

    An issue that shows there's a lot more than just a Watchmen crossover going on here, pulling in threads that have been in play since the dawn of Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Deron Generally May 30, 2018

    I was hoping for something grander in scale with all of these characters starting to converge on each other, but parts of this issue just left me flat. It does start to get good towards the end with some character meetups that look like they are going to be entertaining going forward. Other than those, much of this issue could have been streamlined to get to the stories that matter. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Jun 1, 2018

    With issue #5, DC is piloting a good series " not great, but good. One now working toward a resolution of all that's come before, with several ways I can imagine it failing, and far fewer satisfying endings. My hope is that Johns, Frank, Anderson, and Leigh will continue to surprise us in all the right ways, will intensify their considerable efforts so that by #12, Doomsday Clock will have proven its significance on its own terms. It's the kind of hope their work on Rebirth has rekindled in this DC fan. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 30, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #5 is alright. Its solid enough, the story feels like its moving, and the tantalizing plot threads promising triumphant returns are tantalizing if slightly frustrating in their intentional vagueness. Frank and Anderson do great work on the art, but I can only tentatively recommend the overall book. Its a competitive week this time around, and this is one of many $4.99+ books that want your money. Id personally save it for another book, but I must admit you could do worse than Doomsday Clock #5. The characer interactions are at least interesting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison May 31, 2018

    The art by Gary Frank and Brad Anderson is still fantastic, but it seems to be a pretty layer of paint on a largely empty house. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Dispatchdcu May 30, 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.

    Now this is how you tell a story. You progress the story a little at a time moving the characters along, intertwining them along the way, and giving the read glimpses of what’s to come. You gradually unravel the story with fantastic art and situations between the characters that drive the story forward. The only thing that I hate about this story is the wait. I wish they could make it this good and get it back to monthly but we will see.

    So, let’s dive into the story shall we? The issue opens with Viedt in the hospital recovering from falling more

  • 9.0
    mrDovydas May 31, 2018

    It's finally here and it's better than ever. Seriously. Every single page was spot on, things finally start to move forward and the last couple pages couldn't leave more excited. Too bad there's quite a wait for the next issue, but we should get used to it.

  • 10
    Odisseia Cultural May 30, 2018

    I don't need to say anything. THIS IS AWESOME!

  • 9.0
    Nihilist May 30, 2018

    Month long delay of #5 felt like eternity, but at last, it's here, and slowly begins to cross, combine separate (up to this point) arcs - something fans have been asking for a while now, since so far, every Doomsday Clock character seemed to have their own separate path to follow.
    Similarly to previous issues, I've got the most fun following Mime and Marionette, there's something about these two, and my hopes for them are even higher now, when they've finally met the Joker himself. That will be a blast. It has to.
    Overall great issue - Johns and Frank delivered as always, and the wait was worth it.

  • 10
    Br'er Lapin May 30, 2018

    Filled to the brim with Johns' passion for these characters. There is just so much in this one issue.

  • 10
    KFuqua May 31, 2018

    I hate that the delays have really hurt this book's momentum, but now that it finally came out, it was really good!

  • 10
    Samuel Almeida May 31, 2018

    Doomsday clock should be monthly. This book is too good and having to wait two months to read every issue is killing me!

  • 10
    Comix4fever Jun 4, 2018

    This issue emulated Watchmen style storytelling perfectly. Now if DC could make this monthly.

  • 10
    Melkor Jun 6, 2018

    JSA and Joker coming back yes.

  • 9.5
    Steve C Jun 1, 2018

    Sooo good! Almost worth the wait. (2 months between issues totally blows. I’ll be done reading this when I’m 70.) I would have given it a 10 if it didn’t take so long between issues.

    Question: Is this taking place in the Earth One version of the DC Universe? I ask because Batman’s costume is different than the Earth-0 version, and things are noticeably different. I know this story is supposed to reconcile the New 52 and Rebirth eras, which is why I think it’s strange if this story is being told as a cross between the Watchmen U and Earth One. Hrm.

  • 9.5
    Ellrick Jul 28, 2018

    Still manages to hold my interest with the delays and bi monthly schedule. Perk up every Wednesday it shows up, 5 issues strong now.

  • 8.5
    egon244 May 31, 2018

    "The Metahuman Menace"

    It's been so long since the last issue I almost forgot about this book. Why is it taking them so long?
    But to the point. The story in Doomsday Clock moves forward really slowly, but I'll be lying if I said that I don't like it. There is many plot points in this story (Supermen Theory, Ozzy and Rorschach, Johnny Thunder, Mime and Marionette) and thanks to the slow pace every of this story arcs gets enough attention.
    In this issue focus is shifting more to the DC side. Batman gets more involved, Johnny Thunder goes on a quest and his fellow Arkham inmates Saturn Girl and Rorschach try to find the Big Blue Man. Also Mime and Marionette continue their rampage through Joker's men, which draws boss' at more

  • 8.0
    Superheroes for Hire Jul 3, 2018

    The DC Universe is on a boilerplate, and Doomsday Clock keeps dialing up the heat. The paranoia is tangible, the art is fantastic, and the battle lines are being drawn. Geoff Johns promised this series was going to be a philosophical debate between the the DC Universe and the Watchmen Universe, and I really feel like this issue is defining the parameters of that debate. If Watchmen's influence on the DCU is being personified as Dr. Manhattan making it a darker place, then we're finally seeing what the DCU is going to do about that. Bonus points to anyone who recognizes all the characters and placed mentioned in this issue alone.

  • 3.5
    MKW69 Jun 3, 2018

    When I see Detective Dusk I think Johns ,,End it, save the embarassment".

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