Comic Review: THE CLOCK STRIKES! #1

PrintE-mail Written by Joel Harley

The Clock Strikes! #1 Review

Comic Review: The Clock Strikes! #1 / Writer: John A. Short / Art: Vincent Danks / Publisher: Kult Creations / Release Date: Out Now

Comic books’ (sic) first masked hero returns! Although his return might be slightly superseded by the fact that not many people actually know who he is. On the basis of this atmospheric little noir thriller from Kult Creations, his lack of fame is all the more shocking.

The Clock, a nifty introduction to the comic informs us, was created in 1936 by writer/artist George Brenner and is credited as being the world's first 'superhero' personality. The character has since passed into the public domain to be revived by Kult Creations. Given his dapper appearance, mysterious sounding name and lack of a face, it's surprising that he hasn't been toyed with by the likes of Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman by now. But the big guys' loss is Kult Creations' gain.

Don't let the dodgy punctuation on the front cover put you off – The Clock Strikes is well worth picking up. The vibe is one of old school noir, with realistic black and white artwork and a script more hard boiled than a Frank Miller rendition of Humpty Dumpty. Still, given his seventy year absence from comics, the titular Clock barely gets a look in at his own comic. The story instead follows the path of a scarred, chain smoking cop called Brenner (you see what they did there) as he attempts to track down the vigilante known as The Clock. It makes for a very intriguing introduction to the character, building up his mystery rather than giving us the main man straight away.

Looking like Rorschach after an accident with the ink pot, the Clock appears to dish out Punisher-like justice to mobsters and smear bloody messages on walls. However, he doesn't make things easy for himself, getting both stabbed and shot as soon as he makes his first appearance. Mind, Tim Burton's Batman made a habit of getting himself shot (it's usually the first thing he does after putting on the rubber suit), so that's hardly a smear on his competence or manliness. He certainly rocks the suit and trenchcoat look with the best of them.

The one-shot format works very well. Those enamoured with the character will welcome a full story arc or series of comics, while those less impressed won't be under any pressure to pick up any of his further appearances. Following this fast paced, atmospheric and interesting (sort of) debut, I would certainly be receptive to the Clock's further appearances. I'd go so far as to say I'll be setting my alarm. The Clock has struck and his chime is well worth listening to.



Suggested Articles:
Fanzines have of course been around since fandom began and are a mainstay of our genre culture. Some
The legend of Sir Bevis of Hampton is a story from British medieval mythology which has somehow fall
Billed as ‘A Doctor Who Comics Event’, Supremacy of the Cybermen, a five-issue mini-series from
Julia Davenport has a problem in her sex life – whenever she orgasms, she releases a mysterious de
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Comic Book Reviews

VWORP VWORP! VOLUME 3 26 March 2017

BLOOD AND VALOUR 20 March 2017

DOCTOR WHO – SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN 17 March 2017

OFF GIRL #1 04 March 2017

WRAITHBORN VOLUME 1 27 February 2017

MY SO-CALLED SECRET IDENTITY VOL. 2 26 February 2017

THE BIG COMIC CON 24 February 2017

ROYAL DESCENT #4 14 February 2017

BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 08 February 2017

ROBYN (ISSUE ONE) 07 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner