Doomsday Clock #8
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Doomsday Clock #8

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 5, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 47
8.7Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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The critical and commercial hit series by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank continues following the shocking revelations of last issue. As the truth behind Dr. Manhattan's actions against the DC Universe are revealed, Ozymandias turns to the only being who can stop him: Superman.

  • 10
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Timothy Quail Dec 6, 2018

    A great Superman story, that reads well on its own apart from the series. If you have not been reading Doomsday Clock, you could still pick this up and understand what is happening. It may even entice you to backtrack and see what came before. I am loving this series, and Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are pulling off the impossible, a sequel to Watchmen worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Tevin Murphy Dec 5, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #8 might just be some of Johns and Frank's greatest work. The issue delivers a really interesting story and conflict and draws you in as the ready and makes you want to keep reading, it ends on a huge cliffhanger that I'm ecstatic to see the outcome of. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Cameron Tevis Dec 5, 2018

    I wish this series came out on a quicker schedule, but I would never want them to sacrifice the fantastic quality for speed. That being said, this is an excellent series so far and with only four issues left and the introductions done with, I can only imagine how intense the next four issues are going to be. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Jonathan Mullen Dec 5, 2018

    Look, this is the easily most important book DC is publishing right now. Its relevant, its thought provoking and its challenging. This is a book that isnt afraid to challenge what the DC Universe and our world have become. Its unrelentingly dark but in a way that works magnificently. If you only pick up one book from DC then let it be this one. This is the end of the Rebirth and the start of something truly special. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 5, 2018

    Thankfully, Doomsday Clock #9 is slated for release next month. Given this pulse pounding final few pages waiting two more months for the next chapter would be awful. Doomsday Clock is reaching its potential in a big, big way and reading like a legit can't miss epic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 5, 2018

    Two-thirds of the way in, this series has been compelling, disturbing, and essentially perfect. When you put this against its fellow dark, psychologically-driven event comic Heroes in Crisis, it's not even close " Geoff Johns is the master of event comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Dec 6, 2018

    The most recent chapter in the Doomsday Clock series is the best one yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Cody White Dec 5, 2018

    A series that changes the landscape of comics narrative, Doomsday Clock is a once in a generation series that lives up to the hype. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Superbromovies - Jacob Campbell Dec 6, 2018

    All in all this issue was a great break from the main Watchmen storyline, and finally gave us some insight into how the Supermen Theory has affected the world. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 5, 2018

    I love the depictions of all the characters in this issue, from the way they act, talk and look and the dark personal story of Firestorm in this issue was made even better by acting as a way to show the world building that Geoff Johns is doing an incredible job in creating.  Each issue feels like it keeps getting bigger and this issue is no exception.  If you haven't been picking this series up so far, this is the time to get on the trolley so you're not out of the loop by the time it concludes because it is certainly something special. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Dec 5, 2018

    The very ambitious and, some would say, audacious nature of this book is justifying more and more why it should exist and how good a story can be woven from these universes. After many character driven issues, the plot is moving ahead at full throttle now. As we are in the last third of the series, it feels like there are a lot of possibilities left, and that is an exciting possibility. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 5, 2018

    A strong issue that builds up the global tensions and prepares readers for all-out war. I know this isn't an authorized sequel to The Watchmen but it certainly has the soul of the original. Doomsday Clock makes the foreboding message of the original loud in clear in a modern superhero format. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Dec 9, 2018

    Wow… it's finally hit the fan in Doomsday Clock and I'm eager to see how it all unfolds and more importantly how the JSA fits into the picture. Well written and illustrated, this gets my comic of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Dec 4, 2018

    Gary Frank's art is amazing in this issue. One of the best sequences is a series of contrasting panels between Superman and Batman as Bruce races to stop Clark. Great pacing and action in the art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Robert Zadotti Dec 5, 2018

    Doomsday Comics #8 is another strong entry in this series, taking it down a notch from the varied ensembles of past issues to focus on the Man of Steel's struggle to understand all the angles and factors at play in the series. It's exciting to see the plot move forward, and as always, the book leaves us wanting even more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Dec 5, 2018

    The ventilation unit has been activated and is spinning at full whack. A tractor trailer full of manure is backing up towards it… Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Dec 5, 2018

    Eight issues into Doomsday Clock, and we've finally received an issue worthy of the hype surrounding it. Shocking that when you strip out the Watchmen element and just deal with the struggles of the DC Universe by focusing solely on DC characters, the results are good. Snarky commentary aside, this might just be the single best issue by Geoff Johns in his long career. Sure, there are some bumps that keep the the narrative from being completely smooth, but his writing is showing clear signs of maturation. Hopefully, this is indicative of truly great things to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Louie Hlad Dec 5, 2018

    Doomsday Clock is one of the smartest commentaries on the modern world around. Period. It's at times subtle, and then a slap in the face. In 1986, this story changed the comics landscape. If we are listening, it could now change ours. Will it? Who knows. We see what we want to see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 11, 2018

    I find it hard to be enthusiastic about Doomsday Clock even when we do have a "good" issue like this. What we get here is nicely focused and it tells a tale with threads of the larger storyline at work but it feels so isolated in a way that I can't quite pin down. The better moments are with Black Adam and Superman as well as Superman trying to work with Ronnie and Stein to fix things. There's a lot of interesting elements to all of it but as a part of the larger whole it just doesn't feel like it comes together as well as it should. The inertia continues on to bring me to the end of the series to see what it is that it's trying to do but it's more of an almost morbid curiosity at this point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Dec 6, 2018

    Having said that, Doomsday Clock #8 is still a lovingly crafted story. To be sure, Doomsday Clock is going to be a brilliant read when delivered in a collected format. Despite the few defects with Doomsday Clock #8, the fact remains that Doomsday Clock is still easily the best out of the five big events that DC and Marvel are currently publishing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Dec 7, 2018

    The best issue of the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 11, 2018

    I'll be tuning in, but I can't give this series a whole-hearted recommendation. DC's comics were designed to be for all ages, and this series breaks that mold into a zillion pieces. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame Dec 5, 2018

    Another DC hero gets a great bit of characterization that mirrors a classic beat from Watchmen, and the pain and turmoil in that plot is supported by Gary Frank's emotive and heartbreaking art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 5, 2018

    With this issue, it finally feels that we are getting some traction. With four issues left, it will interesting to see how Johns will bring the various threads together. With more than half the run plotted as set up, we run the risk of having the solutions and conclusions coming thick and fast. If that's the case, then the climax will have to be pretty spectacular to warrant the cost, length and at times pedestrian earlier plotting. That's a problem we will have to deal with over the next eight months. As it is, this issue serves the overall pacing well, driving the pace forward as, even in this late stage, there are still questions being asked. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Sequential Planet - Callum Riley Dec 10, 2018

    An interesting issue, though we're still yet to see Superman & Doctor Manhattan meet. Hopefully, the events of #8 set up for a faster pace in the remaining issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Dec 5, 2018

    DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 marks a major point in Ozymandias' master plan. However, the issue struggles somewhat to maintain dynamic movement through its uneven pacing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 5, 2018

    Doomsday Clock #8 features a hefty dose of Superman, but the series' cracks are beginning to show. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 5, 2018

    The issue is an interesting one and could be a story on its own. The issue however suffers from delays, as the event as a whole has, with months between books giving just enough time to forget what happened. In this case that gap makes this feel like a whole other story. Doomsday Clock continues to frustrate in ways delivering a compelling story but doing so in a way that feels like it's being stretched out and not for the better. Still, there's the mystery, and the comic book fan wants to see how this one plays out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Tony Hammack Dec 7, 2018

    Overall, it is a solid issue. It is a great story, though just not a home run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 10, 2018

    For the life of me, I couldn't tell you what Doomsday Clock is really about just yet, but for better or for worse, this issue might be the most explosive and politically charged installment of the series to date. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Dec 5, 2018

    Coming off a series high point, this is a more muted affair that could have used a bit more substance. There are some great scenes at the Daily Planet, and Johns just gets Superman's stalwart optimism. Something just doesn't quite connect, though, making the product as a whole a bit of a let down. Don't take it to mean that this issue of Doomsday Clock is bad, though; there's good writing, beautiful artwork, and a sense of hope even in the mire. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Danny Dec 4, 2018

    This is a Superman issue through and through and by gosh does Geoff and Gary pull through. Take all the time guys. This is quality stuff. Inspiring.

  • 10
    axdn Dec 5, 2018

    wow! this is awesome!

  • 9.5
    bucswin611 Dec 6, 2018

    While some may disagree with Superman's choices in this issue, I think this is as much action and development as you can get in a mid-arc issue. Reading it was like holding a sand castle in your hands and it just crumbles and crumbles no matter how quickly you try to re-build it. What an intense ride.

  • 10
    Samuel Almeida Dec 5, 2018

    Just AMAZING! What if the cold war was happening today but with superheroes instead of nuclear weapons? Thats what we have in Doomsday Clock.
    Superman is an amazing character. we all know that. And Geoff writes him very well. He never leaves a friend. He never chooses sides, he only searches for the truth. He is hope and justice incarnated. The newpaper saying he "chose the wrong side", totally throwing aside his speech that the demonization of any group of people is wrong (or misunderstanding it) is a very good demonstration of the media and how they can change facts.
    This series only gets better with every issue. Its very well written and very well drawn. Its fast paced, its political, it makes you think, it makes the wait for t more

  • 9.5
    Terrific Dec 5, 2018

    The best superhero cómic in the shelves right now.

  • 9.5
    thecomiccookebook Dec 5, 2018

    I'm so on board for where this story is going at this point. I know people have complained about the slow pace of the story up to this point but I find it to be necessary with this style of storytelling because it paid off in this issue. I love the homages to the artwork of the original Watchmen in this; Gary Frank is putting 110% into everything involving this and it shows. Johns knows how to write each character involved accurately as shown with Superman, Lois Lane and Batman in this issue. I also appreciate that is book doesn't shy away from political parallelism which is handled in a respectful and profound manner. Can't wait to see where this goes.

  • 9.0
    Nihilist Dec 5, 2018

    This is by far the most political issue of the series, combining real life global tensions (with Vladimir Putin appearing on the pages, and Bashar al-Assad being mentioned by Black Adam) with fictional metahuman conflict. It has power as a story, a fire inside that shows the reader how fragile politics can be, and how mistakes or simple good intentions can turn into an absolute disaster.

    Now, one thing has to be said - it's a fictional story, and it should be treated as such. Meaning, it's neither a reflection of what's happening in real life, nor a naive result of establishment propaganda and fearmongering. I can already see people taking sides and arguing whether Doomsday Clock is a groundbreaking commentary of the neo cold war more

  • 9.0
    egon244 Dec 5, 2018

    "I'm not leaving you"

    The intervals between the issues are so long that I sometimes happen to forget about this book's existence but it then reminds about itself with a bang. I don't remember reading a comic book like this one.

    I don't remember a comic book that caused this much emotion in me like this one. When I saw what Firestorm did or didn't do, his subsequent tries to undo it, the horror and terror on his face and in his dialogue felt almost tangible.
    And then the boy became flesh and blood again. The joy and relief, just... Damn these emotions!
    And then we know this is fiction because a certain president doesn't act like a medieval conqueror. But the good doesn't last long and the situation starts to more

  • 10
    #DontGiveDivasAChance Dec 5, 2018

    Need moar

  • 10
    YourGreenMuse Dec 6, 2018

    Probably the best issue since issue one. I think if this event had stuck to its originally intended schedule, that the slower issues that didn't really give us (and by us, I mean me) what we wanted would've been easier to get through. The long wait between issues absolutely killed my excitement for this event. But luckily, that's starting to change because this issue clearly proves that this story has the potential to turn around and go from something middling and frankly boring to something worth reading. This issue mostly focuses on Superman. Something we were promised in issue one. And I think it's very well written. And I think the stuff with Firestorm was tragic and frantic enough to not come across as forced. The pacing was integral t more

  • 9.0
    SONOFBATMANN Dec 5, 2018

    Another amazing installment in an amazing series. Doomsday Clock has been a wonderful ride, and now that we are entering what I call "Act III" of the book, the loose ends begin coming together.

    John's Superman is unparalleled, with a balance of compassion and strength that can only be attributed to the Man of Steel.

    In the end, the only thing preventing this book from being a 10 is the release schedule.

    Great work Geoff and Gary!

  • 9.0
    Darkseid24 Dec 5, 2018

    Due to Darkseid War& how badly the New Gods were portrayed there I am usually not a big fan of Geoff Johns writing, but I have to admit, that he is doing a great job with Doomsday Clock so far.
    This is one of the best portrayals of Superman in years, he is fully in character. Always trying to help people& to do the right thing. You can see the parallels to the original Watchmen Story& it actually works. I however hope we are going to see more of Dr. Manhatten soon, he unfortunately wasn’t in this issue. Since he isnt a villain, I am wondering how his possible fight with Superman is solved in the end. The art is also beautiful& this has to be mentioned: Bubastis is so damn cute, I am glad Johns brought her back.

  • 8.0
    waltgator93 Dec 5, 2018

    The issue left me speechless, can’t say for the good or the bad. It had action and some ok dialogue. Was excited to finally see and hear from Firestorm only to find out it’s not really firestorm...? Issue still does a good job at the nine panel pages. With four issues left, and quite few story lines still happening, hope they don’t rush to close them.

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  • 10
    ohhaimark Dec 8, 2018

    SPOILERS!

    THE GOOD:

    -Amazing art. I love reading anything illustrated by Gary Frank. His art fits this series wonderfully.

    -I liked that we got an entirely DC-Universe oriented issue. After so much focus on the characters from the Watchmen Universe and the epic return of Dr. Manhattan last issue, this was a well-timed issue.

    -I liked how Johns wrote all of the Daily Planet characters. Perry and Jimmy felt perfectly characterized.

    -I love the integration of politics in this series and specifically this issue. Moscow's metahuman laws were a really interesting and unique part of the issue.

    -I also thought Moscow's heroes were really cool. Especially since they were illustrate more

  • 3.5
    MKW69 Dec 4, 2018

    Possibly the worst issue so far. It's so overwordly! And nothing happens. And scene with supes is just stupid. He should take the kid and say tha Firestorm can reverse it.

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