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little kon-el

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Subj: I still think it missed the boat, but made such a big splash that I kind of forgive it...
Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 at 09:56:59 am EST (Viewed 280 times)
Reply Subj: Doomsday Clock #12 *Massive Spoilers, Warning*
Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 at 09:25:10 am EST (Viewed 349 times)

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Great issue, I interpret the end to mean that Dr. Manhattan has ended his life by transferring his powers into a boy that he nurtured like the Kents so that Dr. M’s world could have a hero that Dr. M could never be. That is really sad. I was hoping to see more of Dr. M and his place on the cosmic scale of things in future comics.

It was great that Dr. M found purpose and meaning again. His existence up to that point was cold experimentation to try to understand it all, dealing with the frustration of not understanding. In his own universe that he saved, I guess the child will be that universe’s version of Superman. Not of Kryptonian descent but an honorary Superman who meets the role that Superman fills: hope.

Great save by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, I was certain Doomsday Clock #12 was going to disappoint but it didn’t.

I felt that we were going to get something more profound about Superhero comics as a whole. Watchmen pushed the boundaries to show what comics are capable of when you push the Superhero genre to the boundaries. I thought we were going to get that with Doomsday Clock because they were building up to pushing the boundaries again to see what makes the current comics the way that they are. I was hoping for the deconstruction of current superhero tropes.

Instead, we get the affirmation of those tropes already set on by Watchmen 12. Watchmen 12 is the ending, the moving forward, the finding of brightness in the superhero genre while also acknowledging the past. Doomsday Clock just reaffirms this again. I was looking for something more. I mean, I can easily watch the Watchmen TV series for that. But still...I wanted to see comics tackle the deconstruction of current superhero tropes rather than just reaffirming what we know of old superhero tropes.

What I do enjoy is that we do have the reconstruction of the DCU timeline, with Superman as Superboy who is inspired by the JSA and who later inspires the Legion. And because this is happening in the Prime Earth, we have a reconstruction of Earth 2 as the traditional Earth Two. That was a surprise, even though I still like Earth 2.

- l.k.

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