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Superman: Reign of Doomsday

3.1  ·  Rating Details ·  242 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Doomsday has returned! The monster that originally took Superman's life in a battle that destroyed half of Metropolis comes back for another round with the Man of Steel--already savagely beating some of Superman's closest allies. Writer Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, KNIGHT AND SQUIRE) pens a tale that not only puts Superman in a fight for his life--but in a fight for the life ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by DC Comics (first published November 8th 2011)
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Entertained reading but it could be far better

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Action Comics #900 - 904

Writer: Paul Cornell

Illustrators: Kenneth Rocafort, Jesus Merino, Pete Woods, Axel Giménez, Ronan Cliquet, Dan Jurgens, Gary Frank, Rags Morales, Norm Rapmund, Ardian Syaf, Jamal Igle, & Jon Sibal

Rating: *** ( 3 stars )

This storyline started on the issue 900 of Action Comics with a quite great dialogue betw
After reading some of the other reviews of this, I've come to the conclusion that not very many people actually like Superman. Even though he is also probably considered the most iconic and recognizable superhero out there. You'd think he'd get some love just for that alone, right? Ehhhh. Not so much.

After much soul-searching (approximately 5 minutes), I think I've come to a deeper understanding as to why so many people love to slam the Blue Boy Scout. According to every self-help guru out there
Jesse A
Aug 29, 2015 Jesse A rated it liked it
Started off well but went off the rails and got overly convoluted by the end. Disappointing.
Lee Battersby
Apr 20, 2013 Lee Battersby rated it it was ok
When it comes right down to it, there just isn't any way to make Superman actually interesting, is there? As a character he's sadly two-dimensional, and his supporting 'family'-- Steel, Superboy, The Eradicator and Supergirl-- are unutterably lightweight, both as personalities and as heroic characters. Nobody really believes they stand a chance against an antagonist of genuine power, and the problem with Superman is always that he is so damned powerful himself that his antagonists have to be con ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
The final Superman crossover event before the rebooted New 52. A collection of cloned Doomsdays attack Steel, Superboy, Supergirl, Eradicator, and Cyborg Superman, defeating the collective "super family" and imprisoning them. Meanwhile, Superman defeats an overpowered Lex Luthor and rushes to the aid of his allies.

Rather than a typical divided love/hate split, the ratings for this volume are mostly average (40% are three stars). I guess I get it. The setup for a couple of the characters is uncle
Jan 17, 2013 Kyle rated it it was ok
Shelves: dcu
I guess they wanted to go out with a bang before the New 52 rebooted the Superman universe; thus, I guess it is fitting to bring back the one enemy that actually "killed" Supes.

This volume is nothing compared to the issues that introduced Doomsday though. This whole story arc fizzled for me. Sad to see. Not sure if I will even follow superman in the New 52 now.

May 25, 2012 Keith rated it it was ok
The Doomsday story didn't do much for me: too extreme, too fast-paced, and lacking emotional or thematic heart to raise it above the level of slug-fest. It was one of those typical examples of how the character of Superman (and his Super Family) is so powerful the writer has to come up with insanely powerful villains to even suggest a challenge. Ah, but then of course, who has any doubt that Superman will overcome? I didn't buy that Jimmy Olsen was worried. Yeah, one of the Super Family appears ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok
Return of Doomsday is repetitious and tiresome and struggles to rise to even mediocrity. Strong graphic storytelling and a dash of character-work makes Jeff Lemire and Marco Rudy's Superboy chapter the only individual issue that's worth even paging through.

Reign of Doomsday (GoodReads seems to list them as the same book, but they're not) is marginally better, but unfocused and lacking any heart or depth. As much as I enjoy Team Superman, Cornell doesn't give any of them any characterization (and
Mar 27, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won Superman: Reign of Doomsday through goodreads first-reads. Now, I'm not much of a fan of Superman to begin with, he's not my type of superhero. But that being said, I thought this book was good even though I didn't know the story leading up to this point. Some parts were hard for me to grasp, but I imagine that's because I'm not that familiar with the characters. All in all, I give this book three stars. Happy reading everybody. :)
Oct 25, 2014 Geordie rated it did not like it
Superman: Reign of Doomsday is a graphic novel, continuing the story begun in Superman: Return of Doomsday. In the previous collection several mysterious copies of Doomsday attack and overwhelm people with powers or image connections to Superman. In this one Superman tries to rescue his abducted friends, and defeat the mastermind at the center of the plot.
I usually only give one-star ratings to books I really hate, and I didn't hate this comic. However, I was repeatedly disappointed by just how
Apr 22, 2014 Blind_guardian rated it liked it
For a villain that killed Superman, Doomsday has gotten really played out. He's gone up against Supes a dozen or more times since Death of Superman, and every time they 'rid the universe of him forever' until he comes back yet again.

This time, there's LOTS of Doomsdays, each of them enhanced with powers based upon one of the replacements from Reign of the Supermen. And they're in a weird, Hypercube-like infinite maze where the Super-family (Supergirl, Superboy, Eradicator, Steel, and the Cyborg
Aug 24, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
Superman: Reign of Doomsday is mistitled, since the storyline that comprises the bulk of this volume was titled "Reign of the Doomsdays," paralleling the "Reign of the Supermen" storyline. "Reign of the Doomsdays" would have earned a single star, but Reign of Doomsday earns a second star due to the short tales "Life Support," "Autobiography," & "Friday Night in the 21st Century." They alone redeem Action Comics #900, for the main tale, by the author of "Reign of the Doomsdays," is rubbish; i ...more
Feb 25, 2012 dsneaks rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received Superman: Reign of Doomsday by Paul Cornell for free through Goodreads first-reads giveaway. Okay first off I do like comic books, but I've never been to much of a fan of superman comic books. I really didn't like this book. I felt like the story was a little all over the place. I didn't like it at all. I liked how all the different type of superman type hero's were in it. I didn't like how the art work kinda changed from page to page. You could tell when a different artist was ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Arturo rated it it was ok
I don't think Iv given any Superman book below 3stars, it's rare I give below 3 in general. I was wondering if i missed something but i had to face facts. This not a good book. And I had to face another fact. The previous book, The Black Ring just like this, is a simple story that was made overly complicated. The only other thing Iv read by Cornell is Captain Britain and MI13 vol1. Since it was part of the Secret Invasion. And the book stuck out in my mind as memorable and made me want to read ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Alec rated it really liked it
I have just finished reading Superman: Reign of Doomsday (Collecting issues 900 - 904 of Action Comics)and enjoyed it for the most part. Not having read the Lex Luthor story line that lead up to this point I was a little lost with what was happening, along with not being familiar with the super family. One of Superman's biggest villains (Doomsday)has come back to earth again, after killing superman the first time, and has captured the rest of the super family in a spacecraft floating above ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Nicholas rated it liked it
This was not half bad and is a fitting close to the pre-New 52 era for Superman. Fresh off the proverbial interplanetary boat from the now defunct New Krypton, Clark manages to find his stride again and his place among the people of Earth. There's nothing particularly clever about this installment. The greatest compliment I can pay it is that they did it right. I don't know how many people get Superman just plain wrong. Cornell manages to encapsulate the legacy of the character and the impact ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 06, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
I found Cornell's Superman finale to be somewhat disappointing. He does offer an interesting alternative take on Doomsday, and has some fun with it, but there's not a lot of meat to the story. The best element is probably getting to see this version of the Superman family together for one last time.

The short stories that finish the volume are actually more interesting, as each of them is a fun vignette.

Overall, though, this volume is entirely missable. You might as well stop at the end of the Bl
Feb 17, 2012 Keith rated it liked it
Lots of fun to read. Is it the best Superman story? Not really. Is it the worst Superman story? No, not by a long shot. Instead, just accept it for what it is: a good and enjoyable Superman adventure. The artwork is great, the writing (for the most part) is solid, and the short stories included are fun to read as well. Most importantly, the book really nailed the humanity of Superman and the gallant nature of his character. If you're a fan of the Man of Steel, you're sure to enjoy this book. ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Joseph rated it liked it
Recommends it for: comic fans
Recommended to Joseph by: first-reads give away
Shelves: first-reads
Hard back Graphic novel. The illustration of the comic is very good. For new readers that do not follow or know the history I think would be confused by the story line. I had read the Death of Superman when it was first release in the comic book stores. I also have watched the Doomsday video. This book did a good job expanding the story line. I have never been a huge fan of Superman. I do like some of the character development that has been going on with the character. That is what has always ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Annice22 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, adventure, action
This marks the last book I will read in 2012 and I'm glad it was this. Superman: Reign of Doomsday was an action packed story featuring the Super Family (along with other heroes) trying to stop multiple Doomsdays.

I really enjoyed these last few issues of Action Comics. I especially love the ending with Lois and Clark.
Anne Barwell
Apr 23, 2014 Anne Barwell rated it liked it
Very light read with not much depth to it, either in story or character development. The number of Doomsdays felt a bit ridiculous by the end of it - like a movie which has too many fight scenes just because they can. I did, however, like the last scene between Lois and Clark - their relationship and that conversation had the depth to it the rest of the story was lacking.
Aug 28, 2012 Karl rated it liked it
Honestly I don't get into this kind of book so much. Too many big panels make for a waste of money most of the time, when it's story you're after. However the short vignettes at the end of the book really left me feeling better about spending the time reading this. There's better story in those 6-9 page comics than were in the whole main deal.
Apr 05, 2016 Eddie rated it really liked it
Right before New 52 but I never read It. Cause me to miss the old boy, Superman wanting to make a plan, study something and put other people 1st? What is up with this guy. The short stories were excellent.
Mar 06, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Terrific fun!

This is the follow up to "Superman: Return of Doomsday" which on it's own was rather disappointing. But when you see where the story is going in the volume you hit pay dirt!

It's the best adventure story for the entire Superman Family in years. Buy both volumes and enjoy!
Jedi Sunni
This was kind of a weird story that was all over the place. I would not want to read it again. The short stories at the end were the best part of this book. The art work was decent but not much more to this book.
John Yelverton
Mar 01, 2013 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
You could tell that it was down to this book or "Flashpoint" as the event book that year for DC. Sadly, "Flashpoint" won.
Amadio C
Feb 15, 2012 Amadio C rated it really liked it
A descent read but very confusing and choppy. A rushed ending with no significant detail to it. But a true and true Superman outcome.
Chayce rated it it was amazing
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Kenny rated it did not like it
Nov 27, 2012
Dan rated it it was ok
Aug 26, 2013
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Paul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out ...more
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