Batman/Superman #3.1

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Brett Booth Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
6.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Long before Superman fought the unstoppable monster known as Doomsday, the beast's reputation for death and destruction haunted The Man of Steel's home world of Krypton.

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 28, 2013

    Buy the fancy cover, and buy the issue, because its a great story and has some of the best artwork on the stands today. Some added bonuses to this story were the portrayal of Supermans mother as a badass, a relatively new concept, as well as the Kryptonian family tree further explored. In comics of the past, I always felt a little distant from Supermans non-Earth family, but the New 52 has successfully ingrained in me a sense of understanding that yes, Superman and Supergirl are cousins, but theres more to it than that. The family aspect has been steadily grown over the last few years and, with the help of the new movie, I actually finally care about the House of El and their trials, tribulations, and triumphs. So congrats, Pak and Booth. You did your job well. I care now. So bring on the Doomsday! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Herotaku - Brian Benjamin Sep 25, 2013

    Overall I found myself really enjoying this issue nation. There wasn't a thing I didn't enjoy about this issue. I mean Greg Pak's writing and Brett Booth's art work for me is a winning team. One of the best things about this issue is that you don't have to read prior issues to understand it and that to me is really important with some of these villain issues. So I highly recommend checking this one out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Sep 25, 2013

    Those seeking a well written, non-traditional Villain’s Month one shot, will not be disappointed here. Come see a master of subversion at work. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 30, 2013

    And I am a big fan of Brett Booth. I loved his Supergirl in his Justice League run. And I think this Doomsday is a monstrosity of spikes and brawn. On top of that, we I love the switch in styles to create that storybook feel to the Word of El. It is hard for me to believe I almost didn't pick up this book. I am a believer in these creative teams. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 28, 2013

    Before I even touch on the story, I have to mention how amazing the art is. No page has wasted space, there are several full page spreads of delicious action AND halfway through the book the Art gets stylized, the colors change and it's absolutely amazing it's one team doing a swap like that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Daniel Gehen Oct 3, 2013

    Greg Paks issues during Villains Month, both this and Action Comics #23.1 have given readers plenty of reasons to check out his upcoming run on Action Comics. Doomsday #1 is an enjoyable entry point for new readers, while teasing the canonical status of one of the most popular stories of all time. Paks use of a bedtime story to frame the narrative makes for a solid read. And the artwork by Brett Booth helps elevate this issue above the letdown of unanswered questions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 28, 2013

    This was a fantastic issue and although not quite the Doomsday issue I was expecting it was still very enjoyable. The issue also had a lot of drama and excitement, with some of the best artwork that I have ever seen from Brett Booth. There was also plenty of emotion and even a bit of lightheartedness, and if there was more of Doomsday this could have easily have been a perfect issue. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this, especially if you're fans of Pak's work, but if you are Doomsday fans I'd recommend caution as you may be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    We The Nerdy - Mario Miranda Oct 1, 2013

    Recommendation: The Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens and various Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 25, 2013

    Brett Booth does some of his best work in years here. This issue looks great. There's an energy to the pages; a sense of destruction and violence when Doomsday slams to the ground. The best bit comes during the previously mentioned fairytale section. Booth switches up his style and shows us something dynamic and exciting, a new side of his work that we haven't seen. Honestly, I thought for sure that section had been drawn by a different artist, it's that unique. This isn't a great Villains Month title, but it's a pretty fun read that looks fantastic. You could do worse. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Sep 27, 2013

    Doomsday's Villains Month issue isn't the best that Villains Month has to offer, but it's better than most of the titles being released by DC this month. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 25, 2013

    I would of really preferred a straight forward story of Remembrance Day like the book started.  But what we got was a cluttered story that didn't seem to know what it wanted to be.  The artwork by Brett Booth was fantastic like always, but when I end a story and I don't know what exactly went on, I find myself robbed a bit.  Greg Pak is a decent writer so I have no idea why the middle of this issue becomes the Death of Superman story.  Just seemed like filler that didn't need to be there. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary Sep 26, 2013

    Batman/Superman #3.1 was fine. It was pretty much exactly what you'd expect. While it does have some ramifications for the upcoming crossover that will be ravaging the Superman-family titles, fans looking for an interesting standalone story will be disappointing. Hardcore readers may appreciate the tiny hints of world-building in service of whatever world-shattering event is coming up for Krypton, but everyone else can safely avoid this. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 27, 2013

    For an issue ostensibly about Doomsday, Doomsday is the least interesting figure in it. It's most useful for those who missed Action Comics #23.2: Zod, but even then you won't get much out of it. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Sep 26, 2013

    As the only character to ever kill Superman, Doomsday holds a special place in the DC Universe. Unfortunately, the "Doomsday" issue of Villains Month is a jarring mass of flashbacks and perspective shifts. It does nothing to address the character's confusing place in the New 52, and in actual fact features little of the titular villain at all. There are some interesting moments, with visually interesting art, but it isn't enough to prevent "Doomsday" from feeling like a missed opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 29, 2013

    But good, or even great, art cannot make a terrible story palatable or acceptable. And that is the case here. After the enormous disappointment of all of Greg Pak's work for DC that I've read so far, I'm not inclined to support the writer in any way. I just can't stomach such terrible stories. Read Full Review

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