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Review: Doomsday Clock #2
Chapter Two – “Places We Have Never Known”
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists Gary Frank and Brad Anderson
Review by Steve J. Ray Warning! This issue contains stolen breakfasts, meetings between like-minded individuals, interdimensional travel, and a last page that is NOT FUNNY! In short, be aware that there are minor spoilers ahead, and the chance of being taken to places we have never known.
Welcome to the second chapter of Doomsday Clock.
We left issue #1 with Superman suffering the first nightmare of his life, and with Ozymandias, the new Rorschach and escaped convicts Marionette and Mime invading the Owl’s Nest. Why did Veidt and Faux-chach break these villains out of the clink? Where is Doctor Manhattan? What do Alfred’s pancakes taste like cold? All these questions, and many others will not be answered by the end of this issue.
Once again Geoff Johns has written an issue that is a cipher, within an enigma, wrapped in a mystery, stapled to a puzzle, glued to a riddle, and hidden inside a Rubik’s cube. The tension builds steadily over the course of the issue, as Ozymandias begins his hunt for Doctor Manhattan in earnest.
Places We have Never Known
Whoever this new Rorschach is, he is every bit the detective that his predecessor was. The scenes with him in Wayne Manor and his discovery of Bruce Wayne’s secret is a masterclass in comics storytelling; twenty completely silent panels, interspersed with blot tests, fisticuffs and a Mad Hatter in chains. Gary Frank draws these pages, telling a compelling story without the benefit of captions, word balloons, commentary or exposition of any kind.
It. Is. BEAUTIFUL.
As always, Brad Anderson’s colors help to elevate the already sublime art to cinematic levels. Page 22 and Brad’s use of blues for night, and the orange match-light are in total, gorgeous contrast, particularly between panels five and six. They are a delight to behold.
I’m obsessed with this series now, which has made me go back, re-read and scour through the original Watchmen for clues. In my review for Doomsday Clock #1, I posited a theory that the original Rorschach’s psychiatrist, Malcolm Long, could be the father of the new incarnation. This would explain so much. On pages 8 and 13 of issue 6 (cover dated February 1987) the coffee mug on Malcolm’s desk clearly reads “DAD.” In this issue, Veidt calls Rorschach “Reggie”. Could this really be Long’s son, or have I finally lost the plot?
Whatever the case, I definitely need to read more, especially after the incredible comic timing of the guest appearance on the final page. Geoff, Gary, Brad… YOU’RE KILLING ME!
The board is set, and the first pieces are in play. Luthor, Veidt, Batman and Rorschach. Wherever Jon Osterman’s alter ego is hiding, his presence is still very much felt throughout the issue. What part Superman will play still isn’t clear, but the possibilities are endless.
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertaimment
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on December 27th 2017)
FINALLY! Well readers, Spoiler season has begun. Wizards teased us so heavily on the 19th with Vona's Hunger, but now we've finally seen the first of what Rivals of Ixalan has to offer. River Darter is, I think, intended for Draft, along the same lineage as Audacious Infiltrator. Thrashing Brontodon is also very good in Limited, being able to pop Pious Interdictions or Ixalan's Bindings, but may even see sideboard play in Dinosaur decks in Constructed to remove Cast Out, God Pharaoh's Gift or Gearhulks.
Rob Lane provides the bottom end in Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors. Onstage he’s a blur of hair,
throwing shapes with his trusty bass like a full on rock star. Away from the
band, he heads up his own project Straight
To Video, a mix of rock/punk music which draws influence from eighties
culture in general, as well as creating some cool merchandise to go along with
the music. Rob was cool enough to chat to us recently about
music, the eighties and being a geek.
Scott Hamilton: Would
you like to tell us a bit about yourself Rob? Rob Lane: Hey
Scott.... Thanks so much for reaching out! So, I guess I start with introducing
myself.... my name's Rob Lane... a bass player from the East Midlands /
Nottingham / Derby area. I've been actively playing with various bands for the
best part of 20 years. For over ten years I was the bassist for Nottingham
Power Pop Rockers TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY...
we had a pretty good run from 2003 through to November of last year, …
The wind has not left our sails as we continue on with Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers. A cycle of tutors, a flying pirate with a shrink ray, and Jace overcoming his amnesia are on order for today, let's have a look. Well then. If I remember right, the premier Aggro deck of the format played a one mana 2/1 before rotation just because it was a one mana 2/1. Colour shift it, and give it the potential for flying (which isn't hard for the Vampire deck to do) and this thing is going to see play as the other one drop (other than Legion's Landing) for the Vampire deck. Even the flavour text is a joke towards how pushed it seems! Another key piece shown today might be all the pieces Vampires needs. Having something on the same spot on the curve and mana cost Cast Out or Ixalan's Binding but adds to the tribal synergy overall is very needed in a tribal deck. The second line, isn't strictly needed (it's safer to keep this guy out of the red zone) but giving i…