Episode 12 – Doomsday Clock #10…What Does It Mean?

Most of the time, when I read a new comic I go through it, decide if it was good or not, and move on quickly.  Occasionally I like a book so much that I just have to talk about it with friends.  Rarely does a new comic grab me and not let go, but Doomsday Clock #10 did just that.  I just couldn’t get it out of my mind.  Forty-eight sleepless hours and several re-reads later I finally realized why and decided to talk about what this issue did to me and what it possibly means.  What is Doomsday Clock?  What does it represent for the larger DC Universe?  What does it mean and say about Superman?  Do certain characters represent something in the real world?  Can background music serve as a running joke that only you, as the host, will get?  All of those questions (with the exception of the last one) are discussed and explored.

Below is a gallery of images from Doomsday Clock #10.

Also, here are some of the “Polaroids” I “took” for the cork board posted above.

Next Time: Again…no idea.  This show isn’t planned out.  But, something will be coming at some point, because vague is always good when it comes to podcasting.

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  1. I like your take here on Doomsday Clock #10, and what it might mean about DC’s approach(es) to Superman over the last several years. I must admit that I haven’t read any of this series, partly because I was not a fan of “The Watchmen”, because, although I understand deconstruction, I don’t generally find it enjoyable. Now, however, and based mainly on this episode, I will probably, when the Trade comes out (whenever that may be) read it.
    I liked your analogy, in your reply to Don Doherty’s comment, that shouting at the rain doesn’t stop the rain, although the rain may stop on its own. Shouting at the rain doesn’t make you a bad person, but it might make you look a bit “off”, sometimes. I’m a solid and stalwart fan of the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths DC, myself, and I have a couple of friends who often rail against the post-Crisis stories and truly wish that we could have stories like those of our youth back again. I’ve pointed out that there have been some good stories during the past 30 years or so, and that we’re as unlikely to see true Silver Age-style stories again as we are to see people driving DeSotos or Studebakers again. I’ve also pointed out that people of our age and tastes are probably a small and less profitable audience, as far as the publishers are concerned, so we should probably celebrate the 25 or so years’ worth of stories we enjoyed and which are still available to us in various forms. I have found sampling some of the newer material, deciding what parts of that I like, and simply walking away from what I don’t enjoy to be the best path for me. That’s one of the best parts about listening to your podcasts and others in the comic book genre: They alert me to possibilities that I might enjoy, so I can at least check them out to see if I will like them.

  2. Ashford says:

    This podcast episode, constructed perfectly with measured thought, consideration of all sides, and insight that not only made me think, but encouraged me to run out to my local comic book store to read issue 10.

    Just like you mentioned in the podcast, after about four issues, I dropped the book because of the irregular release dates. I was ignoring the book all together, and I wasn’t even waiting for the trade, but after listening to you speak on the way way Geoff Johns used Dr. Manhattan to navigate and exercise his voyeuristic time/space jumping, I was definitely intrigued. And yes, after reading I was quite impressed.

    And I rather enjoyed the musical cues you used, especially where the topic switched to Henry Cavil, where I believe you used his Superman theme.

    Awesome stuff as always. And do you know when you’re covering Trail of Superman from the 90’s?

  3. Travis Vance says:

    Excellent take on an outstanding issue. Like you I read it several times to take it in. On my first read through the pieces didnt really click for me until the last page where it reminds us of all the times Manhattan did nothing when he could have prevented horrible acts. The line of Manhattan as a being of inaction on a collision course with a man of action has really stuck with me. I hope you you will cover 11 and 12 as well. Great stuff man.

  4. Zane Johnson says:

    So, I listened to this podcast a few times, then re-read the book a few times. As I said in a separate email to you, I think your conclusion is true. Here’s a question for you – do you think Johns is being *self-critical* at all regarding Superman’s revisionism throughout the years? After all, he was one of the last architects of doing yet another Superman origin via “Secret Origins” (which I have some reservations about, but issues 5 and 6 save that series from being a complete dud, IMHO), so any criticism about revisions must include him. Or, is he only critiquing the “New 52” era? Another great episode!

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