Ozymandias succeeds in summoning Dr. Manhattan in a mêlée that includes the Joker, Batman, the Comedian, Rorschach, Marionette, and the Mime. Dr. Manhattan tells the people from his world why he escaped and lives in the one peopled by Batman and Superman. He cannot see a future for himself and think he may be killed by Superman. What has the rewriting of the history of life of the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott to do with this?
This is the one issue where the plot finally moves along. There is still some exposition but now, we understand why Manhattan has crossed over this universe. There are hints that Captain Atom, his doppelganger has something to do with the situation, but little is told. Geoff Johns continues to weave a very intricate story worthy of Alan Moore’s original.
There were so many revelations this issue that it is difficult to make sense of everything yet, I know that the rest of this adventure can only be good. It is hard to assess and compare Johns’ story with Moore’s. Perhaps the end will not be worthy enough. However, the journey thus far is.
Gary Frank may be late on this series, but every issue has been a delight. Although he does not draw like Dave Gibbons, his interpretation is as authoritative. He helps Johns weave many clues that many will miss. I for one, do not perform as close a reading as I could as there is so much hidden in these pages. Frank has the patience to deliver those clues to willing readers.