I was fourteen when Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s Watchmen first hit the stands. I was already a huge Moore fan from reading his Swamp Thing run. I picked up Watchmen on his name alone.
At fourteen I really wasn’t aware of the magnitude of what I was reading, but I knew it was good and that it meant something. With each subsequent reading I grew to love it and understand it more and more until my appreciation of the series grew to giant squid proportions!
Now, over thirty years later Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have brought us a sequel – a continuation of Moore and Gibbons story. Big shoes to fill.
For the next twelve months I’ll be analyzing each page and breaking things down.
In other words…
It’s time to read along with ghostmann! Doomsday Clock #1!
Ahh the 9 panel grid. A sight for sore eyes.
Panel 1, of course in true Watchmen tradition, echoes the cover of the comic.
Rorschach is setting the tone, much like he did in the original Watchmen #1. It’s 1992, seven years after Rorschach died. Wait, he DIED! How can he be narrating?
The “The End is Near” sign that Rorschach / Walter Kovacs carried around in the original series gets altered a bit here. It’s now “The End is HERE.”
“Undeplorables,” “Totalitarians,” “Moderates” – very timely political terms being thrown around by Geoff Johns here.
The angry crowd turns into a mob and rushes the Veidt tower.
The scene is set perfectly by page 1: The world of The Watchmen has turned ugly since last we visited it. Continue reading Read Along With Ghostmann: Doomsday Clock #1