“Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.”
- Doctor Manhattan
Here it is everyone! The book we’ve been waiting for since the ending of DC Universe Rebirth #1. Doctor Manhattan and the rest of the world of the Watchmen come face to face with the mainstream DC Universe. Will this be a worthy follow-up to the original or will it crash and burn? Let’s take a look!
It’s 1992 and the world is at the brink of nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia after learning that Ozymandias faked the space squid attack at the end of Watchmen which caused the now broken alliance between the two countries. The U.S. government has become far more authoritarian, Adrian Veidt has become public enemy #1, and as the bombs begin to fly and everyone heads to their bunkers, Rorschach of all people is breaking into a prison.
That’s right folks, it’s Rorschach but this isn’t Walter Kovacs, he’s still dead. This new Rorschach is busting out Marionette and (reluctantly) her husband The Mime, in order to gain their help for a task he needs to complete. In return, Rorschach promises to help them find their missing child. He leads them to the city, through the sewers to Night Owl II’s old base where they find Ozymandias.
Ozy has partnered up with new Rorschach and their ultimate goal is to find God… oops I mean Dr. Manhattan. Ozy is hoping that they can find him in order to fix their world, but he’s apparently been long gone to a world “less complicated” than this one. The focus of the remainder of the story shifts to the main DC Universe and Clark Kent having a nightmare of when his adoptive parents, Ma and Pa Kent, died which is odd because Superman doesn’t have nightmares; in fact he’s apparently never had a nightmare.
And so we have our first foray into the Watchmen vs DCU storyline, and I have to stay, it’s pretty darn good. Geoff Johns really knows how to craft a good story that pays respect to the original Watchmen as well as satisfies our comic book loving needs. Gary Frank’s art is stupendous, period. Easter eggs and small touches such as Adrian’s baby Bubastis, his ironic punishment of getting cancer, Marionette and Mime being based off of the Charlton Characters Jewelle and Punch (as all the Watchmen characters are based on Charlton Comics Characters)make it a great read and interesting for the eagle-eyed hardcore fans. They even give us some newspaper clippings and such just like the original Watchmen.
That being said, I would not go into this book without having read Watchmen as this comes off as a possible direct sequel with plot points, characters, motives, etc. being integral to the story. If you pick this book up, don’t go in blind. I would recommend this book to any fan of Watchmen or DC, or even just those curious to want to know what’s going on in the DC Universe.
I give it 10/10 dead Comedians.