The clock is ticking, and the end is nigh. Since the events of DOOMSDAY CLOCK #7, we have come to learn that something ominous is upon the DC Universe. According to Doctor Manhattan himself, the end of the world may very well be on its way, and Superman is at the center of it. Now, in DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8, we witness the events that may actually be the catalysts for the apocalypse.

With these moments, Doctor Manhattan’s words begin ringing true. The Man of Steel has found himself in a crossroads, one in which he must choose a path to walk down. Unfortunately for him though, it seems as though he never truly had a choice, since Ozymandias has been pulling the strings all along.

Warning, potential spoilers for DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 are below!

It’s Not Firestorm

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DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 Cover. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 finally gives us the central focus on Superman that this series has needed. We’ve known his role in this series is and will be astronomical. Thus, the developments that this issue comprises in regard to his character helps bring cohesion to the overarching story.

The issue opens with Lois and Clark at the Daily Planet. Upon witnessing Firestorm completely lose control of his abilities in Russian territory and turn a crowd of people into glass, Superman races across the globe to find him.

When Superman finds Firestorm, he witnesses a distraught hero, one who is attempting to undo his actions in Russia. Ultimately, he is trying to reverse his transmutation on a Russian child. So, with Superman’s support, Firestorm succeeds in changing the child back.

Thus, Superman and Firestorm travel back to Russia with the intention of saving the people and returning them to their natural state. However, they’re met with negative reception and hostility. Thus, Superman takes a stand and opens up about his condemnation of the global hostility towards metahumans; much to Batman’s chagrin, who demands that Superman not take a side.

No More Superheroes

As a result of Superman’s statements, the Russian military commences an attack on him. To the world’s surprise, Superman begins fighting back. The most tragic aspect of this battle though lies in the bullets that fire through the glass citizens; people Firestorm could have saved had this battle not broken out. Now, there’s no chance for them.

So, Firestorm loses control once more, just as Batman warns Superman that their nuclear ally isn’t who he claims to be. Consequently, Firestorm emits a catastrophic, blinding explosion; much to Ozymandias’ pleasure.

Overall, DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 succeeds in its expansion of Superman’s role in the story. It’s truly captivating to see the Man of Steel act as a divisive character. However, I continue to find faults with this series’ pacing. There is a multitude of loose ends that persist in this story. Of course, there are still four issues remaining. I just hope that the series doesn’t rush to tie these ends together in the final installments.

The Many Hues of DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8

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DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 Variant Cover. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Unsurprisingly, Gary Frank’s artwork excels. I believe it’s safe to say that the image of Superman toppling a Russian tank will be one of the most famous moments from this issue. It perfectly exemplifies Superman’s rage upon witnessing the death of innocent people.

However, I do wish some of the panels were broader in scale. Much of the focus in this issue and the series as a whole has been on the intimate perspectives of individual characters, capturing their expressions and responses to words and actions. Thus, much of this issue’s imagery feels tight, enclosed on lone characters rather than the broader scene. As a result, it can be difficult to gauge the action of a scene. Besides this though, each and every image never fails to convey essential details.

What Lies Beyond

There are only four issues remaining in DOOMSDAY CLOCK, yet there’s still a plethora of unanswered questions.

Superman’s role has now been defined by the perception of metahumans on a global scale. However, is he truly the catalyst for the end of the world? Additionally, what does Ozymandias want this world to become? All we can do is wait and see. Though these waits are getting longer and harder as we grow closer to the finale!

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank
Art 8.5
Characterization 7.5
Plot 7
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 marks a major point in Ozymandias' master plan. However, the issue struggles somewhat to maintain dynamic movement through its uneven pacing.
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