The following post will contain SPOILERS for Doomsday Clock.
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock is one of the highlights of the comics’ world in 2017. The first issue of the monumental series did a lot of work of establishing the seven years that passed after the events of Watchmen. After the destruction of much of Manhattan thanks to Ozymandias’ grand plot, the story only delved a little into the various players, particularly those on the DC Universe side.
However, in the second issue, we were given a lot more to explore on both sides including characters and plot. Ozymandias, Rorschach, Marionette and The Mime breaching the barrier separating the two universes and arriving in the DCU to search for Doctor Manhattan.
However, as we learned in the last issue, this is not the Rorschach of the original (although he still monologues like him). The most popular theory is that the new Rorschach could be the son of Malcolm Long, the psychiatrist at Sing Sing who treated Walter Kovacs – the original Rorschach – while he was in jail.
Most interesting for fans was the meeting of two like-minded and grim people. Rorschach and Ozymandias have split up, each of them going to talk to the two smartest people on the planet. Ozymandias already called dibs on Lex Luthor, which leaves Rorschach with his competitor: Bruce Wayne.
It all happened when Rorschach broke into Wayne Manor for some late-night pancakes. A piece of tin foil flies off the table where he’s eating and the masked vigilante follows it down into the Batcave where he comes face-to-face with the Caped Crusader. The whole meeting seems a little lackluster, but perhaps that was the intention. The composition of the meeting; the two panels being split down a large coin penny is a nice touch, symbolizing these two characters are not just two sides of the same coin but perhaps one half of the same side.
Doomsday Clock #2 is available in stores and online now.