Review VO – Doomsday Clock # 1

What was a big joke in the last twenty years is becoming a reality. "It's as unlikely as a follow-up to Watchmen!" The world is going crazy. The reactions were various to the announcement, and yet, the publisher has deployed the great means with advertising on various platforms. Reassuring remarks from all around, until the first receptions in the United States, but what is it really? To talk about it in more concrete terms, let me warn you, the spoilers are out.Exercise d'imitationWatchmen is a work written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons. Alan Moore's writing has made the best use of sequential art with finesse, mixing background and form in an alchemy capable of creating gold. The challenge is daring, and Geoff Johns embarks on an arena, alone with hundreds of thousands of fans on the lookout. In form, Geoff Johns pays a perfect homage to the work. The boxes follow one another, form a scene, and we feel a link with cinematographic art. The imitation is felt even in the design of Gary Frank, very neat, irreproachable, and a colorization that tries to match that of Gibbons but in the idea of ​​a modern publication. Farewell bright colors and united, Brad Anderson will nevertheless serve us the nuances to remind us that it is indeed about the universe of the Watchmen. Note that on this level, the colors are provided with effects too many reflections, denaturing the work of Gary Frank.References rain towards the original work, with symbols, a slight tackle to Trump who gives a tone of revolt but too light. A detail, certainly, but that could have made these figures figures of revolt against a real geopolitical situation in a fictional world. This first issue immediately presents itself as Geoff Johns' lack of commitment to Alan Moore and this is noticed. Johns seems to be trying to create a product that respects a cult work, in the knowledge of the risks, while Alan Moore was looking for an art form. What is felt in the very construction of the story. Where Alan Moore found this harmony of substance and form, which gives to Watchmen this impression of total fusion and a perfect understanding between the screenwriter and the draftsman, Geoff Johns seems to take into account only the form with the talents of Gary Frank, as well as a similar breakdown. A report creating a problem in dialogues. We find the diction of Rorschach without ever finding the strength of his sentences, nor his dirty vocabulary. Johns gives us a kind of Watchmen leaning towards an aspect, a priori, more human, more spectacular, and a humor at once faithful in its form, but far too present. This is a terrible task next to Alan Moore's phrasing and testifies to the gap between writer and writer. The crisis aspect is almost forgotten in favor of a kind of cliffhanger and a thread that will aim to find the mythical figure of the team and possibly creator of the DC universe.The Teasing force This first issue of Doomsday Clock seeks to dazzle us by all means and find its place as an additional issue of the Watchmen maxi-series. Apart from this powder thrown in the face, it must be said that there is not much left. There is nothing left of Geoff Johns. That is to say, small pieces of plot scattered, in order to interest the reader and let him believe in any material. An error that the screenwriter keeps repeating to a lesser extent here. If we can blame this technique, we can not blame its effect on this issue. The wait has been so strong, so long (and will be so for a long time), that we can not help ourselves at the same time to remain on our hunger after this reading, but also to seek the meaning in the smallest box. What is basically a defect in itself, since the lack of content does not allow to give value to an interpretation or precise theory. And has the gift to leave us in a complete blur for the sequel.Soigner aspect of the title makes a good number. Moreover the reader does not seek to be dazzled, but to be amazed, which goes through several factors in the creation of a comic strip. This first issue, which could be described as "too introductive", is only a very brief presentation of the context. The interest lies mainly in its comparison with Geoff Johns' original work and treatment. A comparison whose result and the distance between the approach of the world of comics by an artist of twenty years ago, and a current artist. It's up to you to judge.What you think … CONNECT TO GIVE YOUR ADVICE! Sort by: Most RecentMain ScoreMost UsefulPrevious ScoreBe the first to give your opinion. {{{review.rating_title}}} See more

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