writers: Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak and Charles Soule; art: Ken Lashley
You might be asking yourself, “Wait, you guys are reviewing Superman books? And WILL is the cat doing it? What the hell is going on here?” I know, I know, I can explain. Doomed seems to be kicking off a crossover event with Supes that has a very familiar but still somewhat interesting premise which leads to…the Geoff Johns run for Superman that starts next month with Superman #32. So yes, that’s why we’re here.
As for the book itself, this isn’t a bad iteration of Superman, but even with the evolved growth and power set of Doomsday, we’ve kind of seen this story before. A few times. Instead of Doomsday being this unstoppable force that is perhaps one of the few things in the galaxy that can kill a Kyrptonian, it now has evolved into some poisonous, spontaneously combustible monster that only has to be within 100 yards of something organic to set it ablaze. It makes for a pretty high body count as Doomsday keeps reappearing around the world, ending with a confrontation where Superman to question his goal to not kill. The art is a little uneven at times. Very clean on some spots, complete chaos in others, which one assumes is supposed to mirror the destruction of Doomsday. Still, it could’ve been a little bit more consistent to help follow the action sequences.
Probably the most interesting aspect of the book is the meeting of the minds as they try to figure out how to deal with Doomsday ravaging the planet. Everyone gets to chime in with their opinions including Luthor who’s solution for Superman to leave the planet to draw Doomsday away seems both logical and self-serving, in other words, vintage Luthor. All in all, even with a great team of writers, this one shot is adequate to start the ticking clock on Superman and begin this arc, even if it isn’t a homerun by any means.