Friday, December 17, 2010

The Thing and Doomsday

Yes, Doomsday was the product of a huge publicity stunt, but I thought he was a welcome addition to Superman's rogues gallery. He just doesn't have enough villains that can stand up to him for any amount of time in a physical battle, without his first being weakend by Kryptonite or something. Even big guys like Mongul or Darseid usually operate behind the scenes. So, it was nice to see Superman finally get to let loose and not hold back for once. I was suprised how much I liked the whole Death of Superman storyline, especially the year that followed with the four different Superman candidates. It was very well done - unfortunately it spawned way too many sprawling epics that were more often than not bloated with filler.

I understand that DC is bringing back Doomsday in some fashion soon. It should be interesting to check out, especially if Dan Jurgens is involved. I always liked his work on the character.


Cathy and Dave said...

Excellent cover!

Yeah, If only Doomsday had only been a cool new villain, instead of a stunt. Kinda more like Black Mask than Hush.

Gotta admit, Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg-Superman, is very much like Superboy-Prime - loathesome. It would have been nice to see the other three Supermen make their appearance differently, and not the eventual demise of Coast City.

What did you think of Doomsday on Smallville?

Have to go re-read The Death of Superman, now...

k4f said...

I thought the Superman/Doomsday fight was about as exciting as watching two clumps of drying paint trying to arm-wrestle. They couldn't do much against each other but grunt and strain. Then there was that wonderful panel in which Doomsday spies a "Metropolis" sign and turns in that direction, and I thought of the Gahan Wilson caption, "My God! Do you suppose it can read?"

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