WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for DC’s Doomsday Clock #1, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, in stores now.
The comic book world did a collective spit take in 2016 when DC Comics revealed that the world of the Watchmen would clash with the DC Universe proper. Anticipation for the inevitable clash has been running high ever since, and now the first issue of Doomsday Clock has finally found its long way into our hands. As of today, we can finally begin to learn all about the return of Rorschach, what Doctor Manhattan has been up to, and just how Superman factors into all of this.
But that’s not all. While Geoff Johns and Gary Frank have embarked on the intimidating task of delivering a sequel worthy a comic considered by many to be a closed book with a perfect ending, they’ve mixed a bit of the familiar with a dash of the new. Doomsday Clock #1 takes place almost entirely in the universe of the Watchmen characters, transporting readers back into Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ dark and unforgiving world. It very much feels like a true successor to the original, but rather than simply focusing on familiar characters like Doctor Manhattan, the Comedian and Nite Owl, Johns and Frank have instead opted to use Rorschach (an all-new Rorschach, no less) as the window character to introduce us to two new players in the unfolding drama, a pair of incarcerated criminals known as The Marionette and The Mime.
It doesn’t take long for these two characters to feel right at home in this world. I just a few short pages, Johns and Frank manage to make both the Marionette and the Mime standout additions in a reality that is already filled with iconic and unique characters. We first meet Marionette when Rorschach breaks into a prison cell to let her out for unknown reasons. Before long, we learn that the two have clashed before, which immediately helps meld the character into Watchmen history. Her husband, the Mime, a brutal and violent killer who likes to put on a show as he murders his victims, is also in this prison. Even as the pair realize that this is not the Rorschach they once feared, readers learn that the husband and wife are actually a violent criminal duo.
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