Thoughts on Doomsday Clock #1

Doomsday clock 1 coverReady or not, DC has started a Watchmen sequel.  Since “the button” was found in the Batcave at the end of DC Universe Rebirth, we knew that at least Dr. Manahattan was going to play a larger role within the DC Universe.  So here we are.  The first issue of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock is here, and it is a pretty fantastic start.

The job of a first issue in a series to set up the world the story exists in, and introduce the characters.  It is a pretty simple thing, but can easily go off the rails if the writer tries to do too much with this setup.  Here, Johns keeps things interestingly simple.   Spoilers ahead.  (more…)


The Button – Bruce & Barry’s Excellent Adventure

Back in May 2016, the DC Rebirth initiative was started with the release of DC Universe Rebirth Special #1.  The important thing about this book was that it brought back the original Wally West into continuity.  Not by just re-introducing another Wally West into the universe, but instead, by bring the pre-Flashpoint back into the fold.  The message Wally carried with him was that someone was actively stealing time, changing their histories.  The end of the book saw Batman fine the smiley face button from Watchmen in the Bat-cave.

I don’t read everything, but nothing I know of had really dealt with that since that single issue.  So, here we are a year later, and finally we are getting something more regarding this plot in a 4-issue crossover between Batman and The Flash.  That’s right, just a crossover.  No special event.  Not yet, anyways.  (more…)

Before Watchmen

After years of speculation, DC has announced that they are doing prequel series for all of the main characters, and one for the Minutemen.  Directly below, you’ll see the information that was announced by DC.  Below the break, you’ll get my thoughts on this.  From DC’s press release, here are the books, with number of issues and the creators involved.

  • RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
  • MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
  • COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
  • DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist:  Adam Hughes
  • NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
  • OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
  • SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner

One issue will be released each week for 35 weeks.  In the back of each issue will be a two pages of a story called Curse of the Crimson Corsair, written by Len Wein and drawn by John Higgins.  To round out the 35 books will be an epilogue with various writers and artists.



Secret Invasion and Final Crisis cost.

Newsarama had an interesting article calculating the total cost if someone were to buy everything tied into both major events. In a nutshell if you do not want to read the article, for someone to buy every Secret Invasion tie-in, it would cost them $378.78. That is 125 issues, averaging a monthly cost of $29.14. For Final Crisis, there are two ways to look at it: without Countdown and Death of the New Gods, and with those two series. The other Countdown tie-ins have nothing to do with Final Crisis. So, the total cost for Final Crisis without (and with) is $135.08 ($317.56). The “with” figure totals 95 issues with an average monthly cost of $15.12, aided by the year-long nature of Countdown.

Blue Beetle getting cancelled.

This has been suspected of getting cancelled for some time, as its sales have been abysmal for quite some time. I gave this series a chance when it started, but it got cut after issue #4. It was not cut because it was a bad book, I was just trying to cut back. I have always heard good things about this book, but it seems like it could not find an audience. Kind of like Manhunter.

New Watchmen trailer.

There is a new preview for Watchmen on Yahoo! Movies. It is neat. If you have not already seen, I suggest you do.