Page 45 Review by Jonathan
"Flash. The bloody button we found in the cave after Wally appeared. I was looking over it again, and it had some sort of reaction to Psycho-Pirate's mask."
"Oh, Bruce, hey! So yeah, I'm kind of in the middle of a kind of Samuroid invasion thing. Sorry, can this wait?"
"The radiation we found on the button seems to have spiked. Appeared as if it ripped a hole in the Speed Force. I saw... there was... something wrong at the bottom of the hole."
"Okay... well, there's, like, still thirty-seven of these things coming. Should take me... I don't know.... How about I meet you at the cave in one minute?"
"You said a minute. Of all people, Flash, didn't expect you to be early."
"Flash? No. Quite the reverse, actually."
Ostensibly this is part two of the ongoing epic that sees the regular DC Multiverse and the Watchmen Universe collide (see DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH for a review of part one to get you up to speed as to why the entire New 52 epoch was a... fabrication) which will conclude imminently with DOOMSDAY CLOCK penned by Geoff Johns, as was DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH.
Now... even though Geoff Johns isn't credited with any writing duties on this particular 4-parter that ran through the regular BATMAN and FLASH titles, I can detect his sticky little paws all over it. Not least because, to my mind, it subtly references (in addition once again to FLASHPOINT) two other previous books by Johns in the form of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE LIGHTNING SAGA and FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF 3 WORLDS. Make of that what you will... Yes, many loose ends are simultaneously becoming unravelled and others getting tied up as it all becomes a bit timey-wimey in this bridging volume. Maybe we'll finally find out where that pesky lightning rod came from!
Once again, this is a very well written piece of fun, with not one, but two, real ocular moisture-inducing moments for the more histrionic of DC fans, as Bruce and Barry set off for a jog on the cosmic treadmill to discover precisely why the Reverse Flash is lying dead in a crispy friend fashion on the Batcave floor. I wonder, can we think of anyone previously accused of irradiating people...? Let me give you a clue... he's blue and he has a self-inflicted brand on his forehead.
Just in case you're really not sure by now, the postscript featuring Dr. Manhattan (well, his arm at least) will only tantalise you further as said clock ticks inexorably towards midnight...
I would probably pre-order the DOOMSDAY CLOCK hardcover right now in order to avoid becoming the splattered victim of your own Rorschach Test