The Clock #1

Writer: Matt Hawkins Artist: Colleen Doran Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 8, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 1
7.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating


Within three weeks, hundreds of millions of healthy people worldwide contract various forms of aggressive cancer, and the proliferation, seemingly a viral outbreak, stumps the best scientific minds available. But after a leading cancer researcher loses his wife and watches his nine-year-old daughter begin to succumb to the same illness, he must race against the clock to end a global conspiracy that could propel the world straight into WWIII...or worse.

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Jan 8, 2020

    Science, ethics, and cancer combine in an explosive new sci-fi thriller! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopCultHQ - Jason Bennett Jan 8, 2020

    It's a book which will grab you almost instantly and keep your interest throughout. The story, though it paints a somewhat potential dystopian future, it really walks the line between science fiction and science fact. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 8, 2020

    Rooted in real-world ongoing questions about overpopulation, The Clock #1 is an ambitious comic, one that delivers a debut that has me very interested to see where its going. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Jan 9, 2020

    IfThe Clock was a new show on a streaming service, social media would be buzzing with the concepts that it wrestles with. Thankfully, Hawkins' story works in a variety of mediums and comic book are no exception. Viral cancer and overpopulation are a rich storytelling framework for the creative team to draw the readers in and allow them to confront difficult social and scientific concepts. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comicsverse - Ronnie Gorham Jan 1, 1970

    An unknown cancer virus may kill off half the planet in a matter of weeks if a researcher can't find a cure before it's too late in the brand new Image Comics series THE CLOCK #1 by Matt Hawkins, Colleen Doran, and Bryan Velenza. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Alyssa Jackson Jan 8, 2020

    Overall this issue is a solid introduction to the world, with the action picking up in the last few pages, hooking you in for the next issue. I'm very interested to see how the story develops, and how he continues with the education aspect in the backmatter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 8, 2020

    Hawkins writes the story in a way that makes for an easy film or TV adaptation, but its artist Colleen Doran who skillfully lays out the pages and tells the story with a subtle conspiracy build up. Character perspectives and angles offer a strong dramatic tone even through what could have been presented as flat, boring conversations. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 9, 2020

    I'm definitely intrigued by The Clock and what it presents. It's the kind of present-day style science fiction that I like and that we see in a few different places in the last decade or so. I suspect it's the kind that will increase as time goes on as well and Hawkins' tale could be a solid entry into the genre depending on how it all unfolds. It's off to a good if grim start and having it feature some fantastic artwork from Colleen Doran just ups the interest. There's a good bit of tension going on here and I like the overall flow and presentation of it as it hits all the right marks. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Jan 9, 2020

    "The Clock" #1 is an engaging, globe trotting medical thriller. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Jan 8, 2020

    An intriguing if not slightly antiseptic start to a hard sci-fi mini-series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jan 8, 2020

    It is a literal race against time as the human population is at great risk from a dangerous disease with no cure , from an unknown source, runs rampant. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Connor Casey Jan 8, 2020

    Unfortunately, #1 starts off on a bit of a slow note, as so much exposition needs to be hurled at the reader that we're given very little reason to care about the main character before his wife is suddenly killed off-panel. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Jan 7, 2020

    Regardless of the intent, this is very much a comic that gets you thinking, and, coupled with an engaging story and art, is well worth investigating. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To Jan 7, 2020

    The Clock presented an incredibly interesting plot which sadly started with poor execution in its first chapter. There is, as I mentioned before, obvious potential, and I sincerely hope that the quality picks up in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    But Why Tho? - Max Funkey Jan 9, 2020

    I really struggled with this book. There are a lot of smart concepts and a good story that is buried under poor execution. It is exceedingly difficult to care about any of the characters presented. Things happen to them, some of them sad, some of them not. But it feels like these events all simply occur so that the story can move forward. If more work was put into the characters this could have been extremely effective. As a result, I can't really recommend this. Instead, I would recommend the excellent Undiscovered Country and Unearth as alternatives. Read Full Review

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