What a load of horseshit This is the most preposterous, shallow, unexplained, pointless story arc ever told You want to kill Superman You first need to think about everything that hasn t killed him yet Every villain like Luthor, Brainiac, Mongul, Batman in his crazy mech suit, Anti Monitor, all the crazy shit of Crisis, going through planet cores and stars and dimensions I m envisioning some thing incalculably huge and powerful, something I ve never seen before But no Knowing this book wi What a load of horseshit This is the most preposterous, shallow, unexplained, pointless story arc ever told You want to kill Superman You first need to think about everything that hasn t killed him yet Every villain like Luthor, Brainiac, Mongul, Batman in his crazy mech suit, Anti Monitor, all the crazy shit of Crisis, going through planet cores and stars and dimensions I m envisioning some thing incalculably huge and powerful, something I ve never seen before But no Knowing this book will live in comic book history forever, the writers came up with a brainless, wordless fuckhead that punches Superman to death PunchesThe only reason this was the best selling graphic novel of all time is because they killed off, for little purpose other than because they could, comics greatest hero ever SPOILERSThis starts off just great Doomsday punches a wall and we get no less than three pages and twelve panels showing his break out Of where I think the Cadmus Project, but I m not sure and it makes no difference Then an inner city black orphan goes into the sewers to rescue his missing mother from monsters Lois Lane finds a note seemingly from this kid, but somehow from a homeless man that Lois happens to serve at the soup kitchen that indicates something is happening in the sewers that threatens Metropolis Naturally Lois is captured, Superman rescues her, and that s the end of that first issue What the hell does that have to do with Doomsday Then Doomsday starts his warpath in Ohio, and the 90s Justice League International is called in, including Booster Gold, Maxima, Bloodwynd, Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, and Guy Gardner I have only heard of Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and Guy Gardner, but it makes no difference because this is not the A Team Where s the DC Trinity when you need it Switch gears and Superman is being interviewed on a talk show that s being piped in to high schools in the Midwest Again, not sure how this is relevant Meanwhile Doomsday crashes the Beetle airship with a big stick Riveting so far.But wait, who is Doomsday Clearly a capitalist, destroying the environment and killing animals with his bare hands We learn from Maxima s telepathy that Doomsday is hate, death and blood lust personified NothingAnd here Doomsday requires of the reader a suspension of logic Super strength and invulnerability are his only powers, and these heroes like Guy and Blue Beetle who have faced a 1000 foes are suddenly no match for him I m unconvinced so far For some reason, perhaps for literal sake, Doomsday s arm is tied behind his back until the entire JLI is energy blasting him simultaneously Then it gets real, because he s got both arms free Look out It s when Booster Gold says he sfaster thanFlash that I rolled my motherfucking eyes Excuse me The Cadmus scientists confirm that Doomsday moves at half the speed of sound, or 382 mph That s fast, but I m pretty sure Flash has him beat by running, you know, the god damn speed of light, through time, through fucking dimensions So you might wanna fact check that shit Superman later says we ve never quite faced anything like this before Really, not in forty years Doomsday, the idiotic monster, is barely literate He speaks worse than stupid Hulk does Me angry is too complicated He says MHH TRR PLSS instead of Metropolis, a four syllable word And nothing stops this asshole Not the entire JLI Not Supergirl, who seriously gets one good shot in, not Superman, who I might remind you wasn t even killed during the whole god damn Crisis On Infinite Earths Doomsday is a mindfucked professional wrestler He isn t even one dimensional He s a physical being who lacks even the most basic forethought Even, I don t know, a puddle of hot maple syrup would possesstactical knowledge than Doomsday And based upon all that, this monster who is dumber than even Frankenstein s monster, who is technically braindead, this thing beats Superman Wow Utterly flabbergasting And 112 pages into the fight Superman says got tochange my tactics Maybe if Ihit him with something What the fuck else have you been doing The worst thing about this book is that Jurgens is actually a great writer, and Return of Superman for instance is absolutely epic I don t know if this was forced on him, quickly plotted and only there for follow up books, I m guessing so, but this is fucking terrible The story that drew national media attention when DC Comics killed their greatest hero is collected here When a hulking monster emerges from an underground resting place and begins a mindless rampage, the Justice League is quickly called in to stop the colossal force of nature But it soon becomes apparent that only Superman can stand against the monstrosity that has been nicknamed Doomsday Battling their way throughout America, the two fight to a standstill as they reach the heart of Metropolis Going punch for punch, Superman finally ends the threat of Doomsday as he throws one last punch and collapses forever You may have saved citizens in distress, prevented nuclear holocaust or stood your ground while fighting a war against forces of evil But does that make you a great superhero No, comrade, it does not If you want to be a great superhero, you ll have to ask yourself this question Seriously, You gotta die and get resurrected at least once if you want to be the greatest superhero or supervillain ever I m pretty sure it was Jesus who did it first successfully.Anyways, now It s Superman s turn You may have saved citizens in distress, prevented nuclear holocaust or stood your ground while fighting a war against forces of evil But does that make you a great superhero No, comrade, it does not If you want to be a great superhero, you ll have to ask yourself this question Seriously, You gotta die and get resurrected at least once if you want to be the greatest superhero or supervillain ever I m pretty sure it was Jesus who did it first successfully.Anyways, now It s Superman s turn to fly through the cycle of death and resurrection, and it all begins here Never have been a death so spectacular and so uh hollow DOOMSDAY IS COMING Ladies and gentlemen, gather around to witness a monster like no other A mad alien with unlimited power, unlimited rage, no morality, no history and NO PERSONALITY Why is he here Sorry, we have no clue What is going to do He is going to kill Superman to boost sales going destroy everything that stands in his way He is the sort of final boss in a video game everyone hates because it s simply too frustratingThe most conveniently monstrous monster award goes to DOOMSDAY Well, now it s time for a good news bad news situation The good news is that Justice League is here to stop the Doomsday The bad news is that Justice League s current roster is a bunch of losers When all hopes seem to be lost Enter Superman We witness an astonished Superman as he falls and fails to stop the monster in his first attempt But fear not, the rest of the story is filled with Superman s attempts to stop Doomsday Over and over and over again Here is the deal, the story is okay ish and a good portion of art is iconic To be honest, art is the only reason I m not giving this a lower rating Doomsday, while brutal, is not a good villain If you replace Doomsday with a giant asteroid or something, the story will still be same It s that easy to replace Doomsday because he is just a placeholder for destructionThe saving grace Iconic panels The writing and dialogues are passable Some of the characters like the random kid who hates Superman is a drag Justice league is far from impressive and Superman does what Superman always does.To be honest, I found the history and public reaction to this story arc in the real worldintriguing than this comic book The phenomenal sales, the news coverage, the return of Superman, the pissed off readers, the decline of readership, and the backlash I m telling you, there is enough content in that story to turn Death of Superman into a documentary The first of many deaths of DC characters to boost sales Doomsday is just this boring unstoppable force that destroys everything in its path He pummels the Justice League before taking on Superman They punch each other at the same time and kill each other The end. Now that you ve read the title you can say you ve read the book because that s all this comic is the title Superman dies The end If you do decide to read this you ll be introduced to the most one dimensional and worst villain of all time, Doomsday Forget that post Death of Superman we learnabout his character in this book we know nothing about him besides the fact that he s a monster who s been imprisoned beneath the Earth for some reason, is now free for some reason and causing ha Now that you ve read the title you can say you ve read the book because that s all this comic is the title Superman dies The end If you do decide to read this you ll be introduced to the most one dimensional and worst villain of all time, Doomsday Forget that post Death of Superman we learnabout his character in this book we know nothing about him besides the fact that he s a monster who s been imprisoned beneath the Earth for some reason, is now free for some reason and causing havoc because that s what he does Doomsday is just a terrible character His name is idiotic I mean why not Evil Villain or Mister Bad Guy but then Dan Jurgens awful creation Booster Gold christened him that so that s unsurprising We re introduced to him as this guy with one hand tied behind his back who smashes stuff with his free hand and laughs He destroys a forest of trees by punching, laughing He punches a giant truck and laughs, etc Who is he Why was he imprisoned How is he so powerful Why is he so angry and full of hate Why is he headed directly to Metropolis None of these questions are even acknowledged in the book He s as bland as possible, a character there for one reason to kill Superman After fighting the JLA and if you thought the JLA of today is bad, back in 1992 they had characters like Maxima, Bloodwynd, Fire and Ice, who were so terrible even they don t have New 52 titles , Doomsday fights Superman This is how every encounter between Superman and Doomsday goes they punch each other, really hard That s it Punch, punch, punch, punch, punch, etc until the final punch when they kill each other I m not sure Jurgens could ve written atedious storyline if he d tried That said, Superman and Doomsday smash their way through a lot of buildings and property so if you enjoyed the final third of Zack Snyder s Man of Steel, this might be the book for you as it s nothing but smashy smashy all the way through I ll give the creative team this in the last four issues, they structured it so that the fourth issue from last had four panels per page, the third issue from last had three panels, and so forth until the final issue was just giant single panels per page The idea being that the action and tension were increasing the closer it got to the finale, which is a great idea actually and would ve been inspired if there was any narrative tension, but there wasn t because this story was so repetitive and flat.And that s the real problem with Death of Superman, is the lack of feeling when Superman does die You know it going in, you re expecting it as you read, and yet when the moment finally comes, there s no emotion to it it just happens and then Lois is bawling And I guess we re supposed to as well I certainly wasn t and I LOVE Superman I was relieved I didn t have to read anyof Jurgens awful writingthan anything Lazy non writing that did nothing to make the story stand out doesn t make for an emotional read instead this whole enterprise came off as completely contrived and cynicalthan anything Death of Superman stands out not because it s a great Superman book or a classic Event comic it s neither but because it sold a ton of comics and put DC in the news That s the real legacy of this comic Marvel and DC learned that to make headlines and money they had to kill off their characters They d bring them back in a year or two but the act itself would be worth it for them, financially It s a legacy we re feeling to this day where big name characters get the chop this year s death was Wolverine, last year s was Damian Wayne, year before that was Professor X, and so on , only for Marvel DC to bring them back shortly after It s hardly a noble legacy to have but that s Death of Superman for you a cold cash grab.As I said, if you already know Doomsday kills Superman in Death of Superman, you really don t need to read the actual book itself as doing so doesn t add anything further to that knowledge Seeing him die is unimpressive and reading it is a complete bore Superman deserved better than Dan Jurgens and co It s no wonder that this is the best selling comic book of all time The Death of Superman combines everything I love about WWF pro wrestling with the tight plotting of a Michael Bay film Forget all the psychological nuance of Frank Miller s Dark Knight comics, Superman is GOOD and that s all you need to know And who is Doomsday Where does he come from Why does he want to kill Superman Does it really matter You might as well ask why Hulk Hogan needs to body slam his opponents or why Go It s no wonder that this is the best selling comic book of all time The Death of Superman combines everything I love about WWF pro wrestling with the tight plotting of a Michael Bay film Forget all the psychological nuance of Frank Miller s Dark Knight comics, Superman is GOOD and that s all you need to know And who is Doomsday Where does he come from Why does he want to kill Superman Does it really matter You might as well ask why Hulk Hogan needs to body slam his opponents or why Godzilla is awesome And finally, a DC comic that ignores the so called favorite characters like Batman and the Green Lantern in favor of the second stringers we all really love Now Maxima, Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle all have their moments to shine And I can t believe it took them over 50 years to draw a comic book without panels Those fragmented pages have been confusing me since day one Now every page is like a giant poster, and only the text is there to distract me from the violence Here s a spoiler, what do you think kills Superman Is it betrayal An arrow with a Kryptonite tip A nuclear blast Nope It s getting punched a whole bunch of times really hard by the strongest super villain ever If you read one comic book in your entire life, make it this one Purely classicSuperman and Doomsday go head to head in this epic battle which ends in one of them walking away only one of them.This comic book series is jam packed with epic battles, cheesy one liners, and pure comic book gold This is one for the ages If you have not read this one yet then you need to remedy that Superman may have met his match as some indestructible being simply named Doomsday filled with hate marches to Metropolis and obviously creates a path of destruction in its wake Other JLA superheroes try to stop it but even as a group they are no match Then Superman joins one JLA group and after they are defeated he s the only one left standing.See Lois Lane with red hair Watch Superman give his all against an impossible foe See other JLA member get pwned even if they re third tiered s Superman may have met his match as some indestructible being simply named Doomsday filled with hate marches to Metropolis and obviously creates a path of destruction in its wake Other JLA superheroes try to stop it but even as a group they are no match Then Superman joins one JLA group and after they are defeated he s the only one left standing.See Lois Lane with red hair Watch Superman give his all against an impossible foe See other JLA member get pwned even if they re third tiered superheroes See the regular people use missiles and other armaments against this impossible foe At the end it looks like Superman bites it and I m not giving anything away per the title of this piece.The particular tale came out in 1992 and did incredibly well in sales The follow ups to this graphic novel are Funeral for a Friend and Reign of Superman ARTWORK PRESENTATION B plus ACTION SCENES B plus to A minus CHARACTERS DIALOGUE A minus STORY PLOTTING B plus WHEN READ end of June 2012 OVERALL GRADE B plus to A minus view spoiler I m sure this was probably big back in the early 90s but killing superheroes is never taken seriously these days because they always bring them back How many times have some of our favorite superheroes died and returned I am trying to grade it on a level of fresh but if it were today my grade would be lower hide spoiler One of the most iconic moments in the DC Universe and the title says it all This story arc introduces us to a threat that the world has never seen before and who is rightfully named Doomsday He is completely unidimensional and is simply a killing machine His powers Pure brutal and unmatched strength Not even the Justice League although a very, very lame ensemble of heroes in this case could stop him Everything relies on Superman.The writing is nothing special, and it has the tell rather One of the most iconic moments in the DC Universe and the title says it all This story arc introduces us to a threat that the world has never seen before and who is rightfully named Doomsday He is completely unidimensional and is simply a killing machine His powers Pure brutal and unmatched strength Not even the Justice League although a very, very lame ensemble of heroes in this case could stop him Everything relies on Superman.The writing is nothing special, and it has the tell rather than show thing going on It can get annoying for modern readers who aren t used to it since you don t want everything to be written for you Let the artwork do its job, right Besides that, the artwork is pretty decent to be honest Of course it has the style of its era, but it s still pretty cool, especially Superman.You d think that the death of Superman might have a clever and complex plot attached to it, but it s honestly just a boxing brawl that goes all the way to the 12th round.Yours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog Cult Classic Graphic Novel READ But am I impressed Not really because I know Superman is not really dead.I think I was in 10th grade when Superman died Then I think it was the very next year that they brought him back..I ve never been INTO Superman until recently when I started watching Smallville I ve always liked the idea of Superman but never have been too thrilled with him The Death of Superman was just that It was ok but I wasn t thrilled.I was shocked to see that Lex Luthor had been Cult Classic Graphic Novel READ But am I impressed Not really because I know Superman is not really dead.I think I was in 10th grade when Superman died Then I think it was the very next year that they brought him back..I ve never been INTO Superman until recently when I started watching Smallville I ve always liked the idea of Superman but never have been too thrilled with him The Death of Superman was just that It was ok but I wasn t thrilled.I was shocked to see that Lex Luthor had been killed off a while ago I have no clue how and his son was now in charge of LexCorp or LuthorCorp they have both in Smallville lolz and had a massive mane of red locks I thought maybe Lex stumbled upon Rogaine at first I had no clue that was Junior till it was mentioned OH And Lex jr was shacking up with Supergirl Waaaaa The dialogue was pretty simple and Superman let loose one cuss word gasp But maybe that s because the people behind Superman figured the kids were going to read it.The beating up Superman in my opinion was pretty tame It didn t make me cringe like my husband said it would view spoiler He pretty much died of exhaustion not because Doomsday pummeled him hide spoiler It wasn t like Superman was pounded to hamburger meat Although there is a part where a bird is crushed and a deer is choked I got excited over that Before you call PETA they were cartoon animals and I m sure they are back to happily frolicking on the piece of paper they were drawn on I just liked it that they pushed the envelope I m odd After reading the comic I started to wonder how they would have done Superman s death today My husband rolled his eyes at me and told me it wasn t that long ago Uhhh yeah it was Like almost 20 years Look how far we have come We re not afraid to show hamburger pounded beefcakes.While the Superman of yesterday didn t wow me I would read it again if it was ever redone just out of curiousity and shock value