This lengthy comic is generally a ferocious battle between a super villain called Doomsday and first the JLA and then Superman. Doomsday seems unstoppable, when he first appears the JLA minus Superman do battle against the rampaging monster to no avail. They are seriously defeated, some injured to near the point of death. Doomsday is not a monster with an agenda; the mind of the creature cannot be probed beyond the point of having the simple goal to destroy everything it encounters. A television journalist is interviewing Superman when he is informed of the defeat of the JLA and he immediately flies off to enter the battle, and what a battle it is. The mindless monster has a goal of traveling to Metropolis and no force seems capable of stopping it. They thrash each other with blows so powerful they damage nearby buildings yet Doomsday seems invulnerable to even the mighty blows of the great Superman. Things come to a climax when Doomsday knocks Superman down and begins to descend on Lois Lane. Finding reserves of power and energy that he never knew he had, Superman delivers the most powerful blow of his career while receiving the most vicious punch he has ever received in return. Both blows prove fatal and Superman dies while being cradled in the arms of his beloved Lois Lane as his blood flows down her arms and her tears flow down her checks and onto his battered face. This comic was a watershed event in the history of the comics, an icon of the superhero genre dies in defense of the world and those he loves. Very well done and packed with action, this is a comic book that all fans of the superhero segment of the comic book literature should read.
It's taken a long time for comics to get where they are today. At the present, comics are widely regarded as a serious art form, although the medium still has a long way to go before everyone buys that. It's true, though. Unfortunately, when most people think of comics, they think of the original comics from the '40s, '50s, and '60s, back when Batman and Robin were fighting "Blockbuster," a villain who could kill Batman with his flashlight, or when Lois Lane could only watch helplessly as Superman … more
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The Death of Supermanwas a 1992 stunt that turned out to be DC's bestsellingSupermancomic ever. The massive 11-issue crossover among four different series (Superman,Superman: The Man of Steel,Action Comics, andJustice League of America) introduces an unstoppable alien named Doomsday who creates a path of destruction on his way to the heart of Metropolis and whom Superman must stop at any cost. It's of interest as a milestone of the Superman mythos (though of course the outcome didn't last), but casual fans might be underwhelmed by the unfamiliar villain and the unfamiliar Justice League (with Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and other minor heroes rather than the traditional lineup), the drawn-out story (by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson, and Roger Stern), and the ordinary art (by Jurgens, Jon Bogadanove, Tom Grummett, and Jackson Guice).--David Horiuchi