Hemingway, the Batcave & the JSA: Doomsday Clock #2, Annotated

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We covered the first half of Doomsday Clock #2 yesterday (the annotations can be found here), and now we're back with an even bigger Part 2. As you might expect, the issue continues to play around with timelines in some interesting ways, though that's not all we have to discuss today.Clearly there will be SPOILERS from here on out, so grab your copy of issue #2 and follow along!

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Doomsday Clock issue #2 was written by Geoff Johns, drawn by Gary Frank, colored by Brad Anderson and lettered by Rob Leigh. Brian Cunningham was the Editor, with Amedeo Turturro as Associate Editor.

Welcome To Gotham City (Pages 16-20)

Raise your hand if you were at all surprised to see (on Page 16) that Gotham City has a nice abandoned amusement park just perfect for an otherdimensional crash landing.

Page 17 seems to give us Rorschach II's first name, "Reggie."

Ozymandias' Page 18 remark that his cat is "the compass" makes us wonder a) if this is actually a clone or other re-creation of the Bubastis who got shredded alongside Doctor Manhattan in an intrinsic-field remover in Watchmen #12; and b) if she can sense Doctor M's intrinsic field because of this "relationship."

Nathaniel Dusk (Page 19) was a 4-issue DC miniseries (February-May 1984) by Don McGregor and Gene Colan. It and its 1985 sequel followed the adventures of the eponymous 1930s New York City private investigator. Because the art was reproduced directly from Colan's pencils (and then colored by Tom Ziuko), it heightened the series' noir elements. Neither Wikipedia nor IMDb know anything about an actor named "Carver Colman," real or fictional. In fact, McGregor and Colan stated on the very first page of Dusk #1 that Robert Culp (of "I Spy" and "Greatest American Hero" fame) would make a great Nathaniel Dusk.

Nathaniel Dusk
Nathaniel Dusk meets Mrs. Grant Morrison(!), by Don McGregor, Gene Colan and Tom Ziuko

The French filmmaker Jacques Tourneur (1904-1977) directed a couple of atmospheric classics, namely Cat People (1942) and 1947's Out of the Past. (Both were remade in the 1980s, with Out of the Past's 1984 version retitled Against All Odds and paired with a popular Phil Collins song.) Tourneur's career as a director spanned over 30 years, from his French films of the early 1930s to 1965's City Under The Sea (a/k/a War-Gods of the Deep).

Gotham City was named for the longstanding New York City nickname. Indeed, Batman's earliest adventures took place explicitly in New York (see, e.g., September 1939's Detective Comics issue #31); but by early 1941 the texts had started calling Batman's home "Gotham" (Winter 1941's Batman #4, February 1941's Detective #48, etc.). The name comes from Washington Irving's nickname for New York City. According to a New York Public Library essay, the old Anglo-Saxon name "Gotham" or "Gottam" means "goat's town." Medieval folk-tales use this word to describe a village of simpletons, or (more charitably) people playing dumb to fool the evil King John. Irving used this less-than-flattering meaning for his satirical takes on New York life.

What do "Hemingway, Woolf and Mayakovsky" have in common? Well, each was considered a pioneer in his or her chosen field. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a writer, journalist and adventurer who first gained fame for driving an ambulance in World War I. Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) was a Russian futurist and activist whose various works often brought him into conflict with the emerging Soviet state of the early 20th Century. Nevertheless, he was a strong Communist, admired Lenin, and after his death was lauded by Stalin. British author Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) popularized modernist sensibilities and the stream-of-consciousness technique, and her perspectives on womens' issues helped inspire modern feminism. On a much darker note, however, all three committed suicide. In this context we wonder if Ozymandias' mission to DC-Earth isn't his own last hurrah.

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