The world wants greater than only a Superman.
additionally discovering a significant story within the conflict between the DC and Watchmen universes. However that is to not say there aren’t some issues to be discovered within the execution. These issues are made slightly extra plain in challenge #8.By and enormous, Doomsday Clock is creating into the worthy Watchmen sequel I doubt many readers ever anticipated to see. This sequence faithfully replicates the look and tone of the unique Watchmen even with out the involvement of the unique inventive group, whereas
This challenge does handle one recurring concern with the sequence, at the very least. For a guide that is at all times been framed as a confrontation between Superman and Physician Manhattan, we have seen surprisingly little of both character to this point. This chapter goes all-in on the Superman entrance, showcasing a Man of Metal who’s feeling more and more beneath stress to take care of peace in a world descending into chaos. With international locations headed in direction of a potential conflict over the “Supermen Concept,” Superman himself stands out as the solely hero everybody nonetheless trusts. However may even that a lot final?
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have greater than confirmed themselves with Superman and his supporting forged through the years. This challenge banks on that have. By way of each look and persona, characters like Clark, Lois and Jimmy draw equally from the traditional Silver Age comics and the Christopher Reeve motion pictures. Superman turns into a much-needed beacon of sunshine in a comic book that grows darker with every new chapter. On the identical time, Johns finds methods to check Superman’s resolve and his means to unite humanity. Final challenge actually set the tone for the guide, revealing that Superman himself could also be Physician Manhattan’s doom. This challenge performs an important function in justifying how Superman goes from A to B in that regard.
Problem #Eight additionally permits Johns and Frank to sort out another welcome inclusions in larger depth. Johns at all times writes a satisfying Black Adam, with this occasion permitting him to discover the uneasy relationship between the ruler of Kahndaq and the Man of Metal. Johns additionally offers sturdy characterization for a determined, conflicted Firestorm, work that is solely enhanced by Frank’s clear, refined storytelling. As ever, Frank makes nice use of the long-lasting nine-panel grid and brings a cinematic contact to each web page. Although there are some pages the place the inking is slightly heavier than standard.
The issues with this challenge lie primarily within the methods it ties again (or extra precisely, fail to tie again) to earlier chapters. Other than the fundamental battle to take care of order in a chaotic DCU, Superman’s story feels largely divorced from what’s been unfolding with characters like Batman, Rorschach and Joker in earlier chapters. It raises the query of how a lot of the setup within the first half of the sequence was truly mandatory when it comes to laying the groundwork for the climactic Superman/Manhattan showdown. The hope is that we’ll be capable to look again on the sequence as a complete and see why this method was justified, however for now the sense of disconnect from previous installments is jarring. To say nothing of the nagging concern that this battle actually ought to be farther alongside than it’s by now.
I additionally discovered myself pretty aggravated with one explicit sequence on this challenge, as Johns and Frank make the choice to insert a significant political determine into the story. Sure, Watchmen was notable for together with real-world figures like Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in its plot, however they had been by no means given such outstanding placement within the narrative. Plus, the Watchmen universe is a number of steps nearer to actuality than the DCU, and what works in a single setting does not robotically translate to the opposite. This entire sequence proves needlessly distracting and by no means appears to serve any actual function ultimately.