Get ready for another showdown between Superman and the villain who once cost him his life.
We all remember The Death of Superman, right? The now-legendary DC Comics storyline that chronicled the demise of the original superhero was one of the most-hyped and best-selling comic-book events not just of the 1990s, but of all time, and it's still one of the defining moments of the often-excessive, always-entertaining world that was comics in the '90s. It also introduced the villain Doomsday, an unstoppable force who basically just beat Superman to a pulp. In the years since killing Superman, Doomsday's popped up several times in DC Comics to battle the Man of Steel again, but he's only been briefly featured in the company's New 52 continuity ... that is, until now.
This May, DC Comics will launch the crossover event Superman: Doomed, which will chronicle a new and reportedly very different chapter in the battle between Superman and Doomsday. The story will begin with a one-shot, Superman: Doomed #1, written by Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak and Charles Soule and drawn by Ken Lashley, and will continue into Action Comics, Superman and Superman/Wonder Woman throughout the month. As for where the series will take this seemingly well-trodden rivalry ... well, we don't exactly know yet, but the synopsis for Superman: Doomed #1 teases something different from the old battles.
"Beginning the super-event you have been waiting for in The New 52: Superman vs. Doomsday in a way you've never seen before! And with Doomsday's deadly new abilities, in this battle there can be no winners. The Man of Steel must unleash insane levels of power in order to do the job, only to terrify the world he's saving. Beating Doomsday is only the beginning of this never-ending battle!"
Granted, that doesn't give us much in the way of plot, except the tease that Doomsday's got some new powers to bring to the fight. If we look into the synopsis of the second issue of the saga, though -- Action Comics #31 -- we find that Doomsday's apparently done more to Superman than just beat him up.
"Superman barely survived his battle with Doomsday and now realizes that his wounds are not healing. Not only that, but he's suffering disturbing physical and emotional side effects. He is changing . . . and the newly enlisted Men of S.T.E.E.L.--Metallo, Ghost Soldier, Atomic Skull and Steel--are about to find out into what!"
Again, these are nothing more than deliberate teases to get us pumped for the issues, but it would certainly appear that something new is going on here. And according to Lobdell in a recent interview with Newsarama, that's all in the service of doing something more than just a Death of Superman rematch.
"I am sure I speak on behalf of both Charles and Greg when I say that anyone who is expecting a cover band version of the Death Of Superman is going to be sorely disappointed," Lobdell said. "That story was told nearly 20 years ago. There is zero interest on anyone's part to do a New 52-version of it.
"After the finale of Superman: Doomed #1 is read, you'll understand that there is no possible way for us to re-tell that story again."
So it looks like we're set for a whole new take on the Superman vs. Doomsday tale, though we don't know yet just how different it will be. To find out, head to your local comics shop on May 7 to pick up the first two issues of the crossover: Superman: Doomed #1 and Action Comics #31.