Superman: Doomed #1

Superman: Doomed #1

Event\Storyline: Superman: Doomed Writer: Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak, Charles Soule Artist: Ken Lashley Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 14, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 8
7.3Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Beginning the super-event you have been waiting for in The New 52: Superman vs. Doomsday in a way youve never seen before! And with Doomsdays 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 hes saving. Beating Doomsday is only the beginning of this never ending battle!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Jason Inman May 17, 2014

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  • 9.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jay Bamberhil May 14, 2014

    I bought this book because I read the Superman books and didn't want to miss a chapter. I wasn't expected much, but was blown away. This was an amazing start to what I hope is a great crossover. There was so much depth and detail, I can't wait to read more. I highly recommend this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - William Mercado May 16, 2014

    Regardless, I'm not totally knocking this book. I really, REALLY liked it. I liked where it went and I already know I'm going to like where it's going. (While this is technically a stand alone tale, the story continues in other titles.) Together, this team made Superman: Doomed something to admire, especially when they could have easily slipped into silly repeats and money-grubbing cliches. I was already a fan, but I didn't need to be. If you haven't picked up this title, go to the store or flip open another tab in your browser and purchase this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - uuoo93 May 22, 2014

    Almost everything else in the issue is either amazing or downright perfect. The fact that it has some weaknesses definitely doesn't keep it from being an excellent read. I have extremely high hopes for what is to come in Doomed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 15, 2014

    Doomsday is already dead, in the prologue! So on to the next chapters. And as I said, this was better than anticipated. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 15, 2014

    Even with a ton of writers on board, Superman: Doomed has a simple enough concept and a strong enough coherence in terms of characterization that this knock-down, drag-out fight between Superman and Doomsday still packs a wallop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wombatapult May 15, 2014

    I highly recommend this book for Ken Lashley's sake alone, and we all know how I feel about my homeboys Pak and Soule. I rolled into my shop expecting a passable 5/10 comic, but instead I left knowing I'd encountered a rare treat. I like dissecting my comics as literature most of the time, but this one is just too fun to criticize. It's the comic your inner nine-year-old will go nuts over this week. Worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Bryan Huth May 21, 2014

    Overall,Superman: Doomed#1 was an exciting start to the man of steel's newest battle. The beautiful art and strong writing hold the book together well and may have even set the bar a little too high as the story moves into the cross-over titles before coming back this series in August. Be sure to check out more news and reviews on Superman: Doomed as well as everything else DC here on We The Nerdy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Lachlan R May 31, 2014

    SUPERMAN: DOOMED #1 is most certainly the meatiest Superman story we'll read all year. I'm not sure any subsequent issue will be able to measure up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond May 15, 2014

    Aside from the fact that Doomsday is super cool and has a lot development potential that will again go untapped, Lobdell, Pak, and Soule make a pretty cool opening issue to the Doomed crossover. It'll be interesting to see how Superman's latest run in with this destructive threat impacts the character's development in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson May 25, 2014

    The art by Ken Lashley is very good and it's surprising that he doesn't get more work within this event, or even at DC. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz May 21, 2014

    Overall Superman Doomed exceeds expectations. Is it the best issue to lead of a huge crossover….no…but it has many fine points that will leave fans of the franchise satisfied. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 15, 2014

    Superman: Doomed is a decent start to the crossover with some explosive events. It does however end rather suddenly and fail to give any speculative hint towards the crossovers future. It still however gets a recommendation from me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis May 14, 2014

    That being said, I am really excited to see where and how the story develops. For a first issue it's a good start with a really great story that ties together both the pre-New 52 Superman/Doomsday and this modern New 52 take. It's yet to be seen if we are going to be witness to something as epic as that original news making tale, but I'm happy to be along for the ride once again. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 14, 2014

    Superman Doomed #1 doesn't quite generate the excitement that an event book should, returning to familiar beats rather than creating new ones. It's not a total loss by any means, but given the talent involved one can't help but wish for more. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 14, 2014

    I have been looking forward to the Doomed event, but I came away from this issue disappointed.  Doomsday is a characterless brute and Superman is just going through the motions.  Ken Lashley's art is unnecesarily confusing, but at least the book ends in an interesting cliffhanger.  I can't recommend this to anyone not already ready all the books involved.  If you aren't, just pass on these issues and wait until Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. start on the book next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson May 16, 2014

    For all its pitfalls, “Superman: Doomed” #1 remains a step above most Doomsday stories by not placing the whole focus on the monster. Pak, Soule, and Lobdell wisely choose to focus on characters first, and the effect that Doomsday has on them. The fight between Superman and Doomsday is far the endgame, and the point where the story leaves off has interesting implications for the Superman books moving forward. There's enough impetus to follow the story into the Superman books one is already reading, rather than resiliently waiting for this crossover to pass. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman May 14, 2014

    It's an okay start for the event, but I'll admit I'm still curious enough to see how this will all play out (especially taking into account what solicits have revealed). The story isn't all that gripping and the subplot isn't doing anything to standout, but the action was a blast and the upcoming development has my interest. With such a big cover price (there's 35 pages or so, but still, $4.99 is asking a lot when we have so many titles on our pull lists), I can only suggest that die-hard Superman fans should consider picking this one up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher May 20, 2014

    Flawed concept or not, the execution of the story is still solid and the conflict it creates is set to expand into every Superman title. The connections to this story are still not in place, but the scale of the conflict has been effectively set. Superman Doomed #1 manages to set itself apart from a typical Superman-battles-a-killer-monster narrative. It creates a conflict that is both daunting and personal for Superman and one that will rely as heavily on his supporting cast as it will on his strength. While the concept may be akin to a very simple tool with a singular use, this doesn't make that tool any less effective. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 20, 2014

    Overall this issue failed to hook me into reading future installments of the Doomed storyline. I'm already reading Action Comics so I'll be forced into following Doomed into issue thirty-one of that title, but past that, I've seen enough. This is a DC crossover kickoff that has failed to bring me onboard as a reader of the entire event. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 17, 2014

    Doomed is shaping up to be a crossover unlike any other: epic in scope and stakes, yet still retaining a sense of the intimate. With writers like Greg Pak and Charles Soule leading the charge, this may be worth continuing to look into. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 14, 2014

    Lobdell promised that this wouldn’t be a “cover band version of ‘Death of Superman’” and he’s absolutely right. There’s no way that Doomed will play out like that at all. But as far as being a Superman story for the ages, this one has a ways to go. There are a lot of balls in the air plot-wise and if they’re resolved in the other titles that cross over with Doomed then the main narrative will suffer. This is definitely the most ambitious Superman story that has been done in the New 52 and hopefully, it will clear away some of the detritus that has built up across the Superman titles and really allow future iterations to fly. But for now, this issue stands as a red herring that does little to make us care about the arc as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson May 14, 2014

    "Superman: Doomed" #1 has its moments and it's really nice to look at, but is only essential for those who have committed to the remainder of the storyline and is too unsound to be enjoyed otherwise. Read Full Review

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