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The Death Of Superman (The Death and Return of Superman #1)

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The story that drew national media attention when DC Comics killed their greatest hero is collected here. When a hulking monster emerges from an underground resting place and begins a mindless rampage, the Justice League is quickly called in to stop the colossal force of nature. But it soon becomes apparent that only Superman can stand against the monstrosity that has been ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published 1993 by DC Comics
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Alejandro
The Earth's Greatest Hero has fallen...


WHICH IS THE MONSTER THAT EVERY COMIC BOOK TITLE FEARS???

There is a monster even more terrifying and powerful than Doomsday that inflicts fear into the heart of any comic book title...

The Low Sales' Monster!

The four Superman titles selling at that time were suffering low sales, and the editorial team thought that if "nobody" was reading them, then it was better to kill off the character.

This is something hardly new in the business.

The Batman titles, ba
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Andy
It's no wonder that this is the best selling comic book of all time. "The Death of Superman" combines everything I love about WWF pro wrestling with the tight plotting of a Michael Bay film. Forget all the psychological nuance of Frank Miller's "Dark Knight" comics, Superman is GOOD and that's all you need to know. And who is Doomsday? Where does he come from? Why does he want to kill Superman? Does it really matter? You might as well ask why Hulk Hogan needs to body slam his opponents or why Go ...more
Sam Quixote
Now that you’ve read the title you can say you’ve read the book because that’s all this comic is: the title. Superman dies. The end.

If you do decide to read this you’ll be introduced to the most one-dimensional and worst villain of all time, Doomsday. Forget that post-Death of Superman we learn more about his “character”; in this book we know nothing about him besides the fact that he’s a monster who’s been imprisoned beneath the Earth for some reason, is now free for some reason and causing ha
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StoryTellerShannon
Superman may have met his match as some indestructible being (simply named “Doomsday”) filled with hate marches to Metropolis and obviously creates a path of destruction in its wake. Other JLA superheroes try to stop it but even as a group they are no match. Then Superman joins one JLA group and after they are defeated he's the only one left standing.

See Lois Lane with red hair. Watch Superman give his all against an impossible foe. See other JLA member get “pwned” even if they're third tiered s
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
Cult Classic Graphic Novel READ!



But am I impressed?



Not really because I know Superman is not really dead.



I think I was in 10th grade when Superman died. Then I think it was the very next year that they brought him back.....



I've never been INTO Superman until recently when I started watching Smallville. I've always liked the idea of Superman but never have been too thrilled with him.



The Death of Superman was just that. It was ok but I wasn't thrilled.



I was shocked to see that Lex Luthor had been
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Kirk
Most comic book fans know the story. DC was scheduled to do a Superman wedding run, but Louis & Clark was already going in that direction on television, so they figured killing Superman would be the next best way to boost sales.

So they set out to kill Superman (boost sales). But hey, DC had a bunch of titles that were selling like shit cakes dredged from a city gutter, so they decided to have the story arc cut across every shitty title they had in a desperate attempt to boost sales.

And it w
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Michael
Things to know before reading this book:
1. Supergirl in this one is not kara Zor el. its actually matrix, a shapeshifter from a pocket universe(yes you read that right) who was created by the lex Luthor of that universe to defend their world but ultimately got destroyed. DC comics at the time wanted superman to be the last son of krypton, which ment no kara Zor el, no krypto, no zod and the phantom zone criminals.
2. Lex Luthor in this book is actually lex Luthor junior, a clone of lex Luthor w
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Scott
The story here is simple: This crazy strong evil monster who's REALLY REALLY ANGRY arises from somewhere and beats up the Justice League, beats up America, and then beats up Superman until they both die. The end.

That's it. I'm totally serious. I mean come on! This was the Man of Steel. The Man of Tomorrow! Krypton's ichiban ass-kicking muchacho!! And the best death story they can give him is "a big monster punched him really hard"?!?

And Lex Luthor's like: "Punching him! Of course! Why didn't I t
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John Yelverton
This book made me cry for days after I read it. Heroes are not supposed to die!
Mike (the Paladin)
The heading on this says it's the best selling graphic novel of all time. I can see that.

I've noted before that when young I was primarily a Marvel fan. Still, till I was 12 or so DC comics were the only ones I'd run across. Superman was the small boy's hero...as a kid I tied a towel around my neck and jumped off the porch. I ran through the house hands out "flying". For my 4yh birthday I got a "Superman suit".

And I watched the Superman TV series with George Reeves.

So of the DC heroes Superman i
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Nicolo Yu
At one time, this was the biggest event in comics. DC Comics killed the world’s first and greatest superhero in a crossover event that drove a record number of units out of newsstands and comic shops and probably made the biggest bubble among those who speculated in comics at that time... That bubble busted eventually, driving the entire comic industry to its knees.

Superman returned in another crossover event, but it proved that DC Comics was willing to gamble on such a risky gambit. At that tim
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Helmut
Also bitte...

Wie kann man dieses Comic als das beste Superman-Band beschreiben? Es ist letztlich nichts anderes als eine recht lahme Aneinanderreihung von Schlägen. Ein einziges Splash-Panel, sozusagen. Die Zeichnungen geben kaum etwas von der in den Dialogen stehenden Dynamik und Schnelligkeit, in der der Kampf geführt wird, wieder. Der Mann, der Planeten bewegt und Atombombenexplosionen überlebt wird verwundet, weil die Knochen von Doomsday so scharf sind? Wie bitte?

Laaaaaaangweilig. Und eines
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Eric
Wow. First it's funny to realize that without obsessing over this arc... and/or the internet (it was 1993!) how much you actually missed. There was a lot to the story that I hadn't realized I never got the first time around.

Sadly it takes a hit because no one has the balls to actually kill off a character. There's always going to be some absurd method for bringing the top tiered characters back to life... hell even some not so top tiered but at the end of the day this could been epic. Truly epic
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Hrishi
I'd read bits and bobs of this a while ago, so came to it thinking it'd be epic. And it was, right? Quite epic... in places. Some panels were just great, the writing passable, with some glimmers of above average... and the art in general fantastic, and less dated for my taste. But...

Maybe it was that I knew they brought him back to life soon after.. Maybe it was that the whole thing was just one long fistfight, without reason... Maybe it was the complete lack of back-story or motivation for Doom
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Jason Jordan
Pretty bad! Which results from the lack of Doomsday's character development. Where's he from? Don't know. Why's he so powerful? Don't know. What's he want? Don't know. The characters explain that his motivation is to destroy, but that's not nearly enough information. Also, the Justice League B-team takes him on, too, but naturally I wanted the, ahem, A-team (consisting, primarily, of Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman) to see the action instead. The art and coloring are ...more
Miles Darcey
Not a big fan. This was a big publicity stunt to try to sell more Superman comics as Superman was not selling well at the time. One of the main problems I have with the story is well........ The lack of one. Basically, this story is a big WWE bit where Superman and Doomsday have a giant punching contest throughout the 8-9 issues in this series. It also doesn't help that they gave absolutely no background to this Monster that kills the most iconic superhero of all time. He just seems to randomly ...more
Raghav Modi
Yes, the plot is very basic. Yes, there are a number of loopholes in the story. Yes, it's just a massive fight sequence. But, The Death of Superman is a lot more than just what the title suggest.

When an "alien" being called Doomsday starts to cause havoc across America, it's up to the JLA and Superman to try and stop him. That's about it when it comes to the story. There is not much we know about Doomsday or even why he's doing what he is doing. But there is a certain anxiety in this mystery. T
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Eric
I don't know, for the best-selling graphic novel of all-time, there wasn't much here besides the fact that superman died (note: he did come back). There wasn't much of a narrative, just watching this creature (whom we knew nothing about) destroy the city until it and Superman fought till the death. I've never been much of a fan of the Superman comics anyways, but I did expect more for, perhaps, the most shocking incident in comic book history.
Vivek Mathews
Much has been written about this graphic novel. The title is self explanatory and eye catching. Fans have long argued its merits and limitations.

In all honesty I was slightly disappointed by it. The entirety of this work consists of a mindless physical battle between Superman and his would be slayer Doomsday. The Justice League plays the role of the sidekicks who get beaten up without much effort on the villain's part. The title of this book is in a sense counter-productive as it feels like a jo
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Adam Howells
The Death of Superman is obviously a keystone in the Superman canon; however, if you’re expecting any kind of story depth, then go elsewhere. But then again, the lack of depth kind of the point, isn’t it?

This volume is a kill-first-ask-questions-later kind of read. A mysterious, rage-filled being dubbed Doomsday breaks free (from where, we don’t know) and heads for Metropolis (for what reason, we don’t know) cutting a wide swath of destruction in his wake (you guessed it—we don’t know). The Ju
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Félix Soto
Siempre he tenido un problema con Superman y con todo DC. Y es que el 90% de sus personajes son demasiado heroicos. Y Superman, además de ser el más heroico de todos es DEMASIADO fuerte. Es por eso que nunca me ha gustado este héroe. Todo lo resuelve con demasiada facilidad ni siquiera hay espacio para la duda de si lo logrará o no. Obviamente salvará la Tierra y todos serán felices por siempre. Que aunque aquí no lo logra, está muy forzado, fue una simple ocurriencia de los escritores Y de hech ...more
Charles
I thought it was pretty weak. I might have liked it better if I'd been keeping up with reading comics but it's been a long time, and this sort of reminded me of why I don't read them much. The action parts were OK. But not much in the way of any kind of deeper story or justification for what was happening.
Tomás
A este cómic lo leí de chico, en plenos años noventa. Me la compró mi viejo y no me puedo acordar que editorial lo editó, si Zinco o Vid. Me había gustado bastante, era la época del Mortal Kombat y ver como Superman se pasaba moliendose a palos con semejante enemigo era algo muy satisfactorio. Asique hace unos días volví a comprarlo (la que me regaló mi viejo se habrá perdido por algún lado) para comprobar si en efecto era un buen cómic después de tantos años. La respuesta es que no. No lo es en ...more
Stephen Olley
Blue Beetle! Booster Gold! Bloodthingy! Icey Lady! That's right - It's the famous Justice League! Er... what?
Some odd things in here for someone, like myself, not familar with the early nineties DC universe.
But got to say that I enjoyed this a lot.
An unstoppable foe, non-stop action (which isn't always my thing but is done well here), and a fantastic final few pages. The simplicity of the story (monster comes out of ground, walks across America fighting superheroes, and then has another fight) a
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Mont'ster
"Stunt" is right - this graphic novel compilation of the much hailed "Death of Superman" is actually the seventh time that Superman has been "killed". Just one more reason that I have always preferred Batman.
Gerard Brown
Plenty of other readers have observed that there seems to be a hole lot of fightin' in this without a whole lot of conflict. From time to time, a character will ask, "Who is Doomsday? What does he want?" and then more fighting will ensue. What comes close to redeeming the book are its final few pages, where the action slows down in some full page illustrations that have a kind of solemn gravity after all the conventionally formatted panel pages. Here the story tellers seem to realize the value o ...more
Bob Foster
One of comics' great publicity stunts. Good read, but like some other graphic novels I've read, full of continuity distractions. Why Lex Luthor is masquerading as his own son in a cloned body, why Supergirl turns into a blob when she's hit really hard, the whole mystery of who is Bloodwynd and Maxima. The thuggish chuckles of Doomsday make the adversary seem one-dimensional and hyperbolic, and the side plot of the teenager who comes to realize the true coolness of Superman is mawkish. But it was ...more
Christopher
I remember flipping through these issues when they came out, but this is the first time that I've read them. The issues leading up to the fight were terrible. There was an ongoing subplot about an orphaned kid that kept going to the sewers looking for his mom only to discover monsters living there. Superman also battled Mr. Myxzlplix and some Lobo wanna be. Each issue of the lead-in to Doomsday showed Doomsday punching his way to freedom. The actual battles between Doomsday, the JLA, and Superma ...more
Mambabasang Miong
Obviously, Superman dies here. But how? Even without reading this book, you'd certainly know that the Man of Steel would die getting beat up by an outrageously strong villain because Supes dying by flying a bomb away from earth seems to be less climatic. The Death of Superman is a compilation of devastation, earth-shattering punches, and deaths. Some of the issues are a struggle to read but the last one's a visual treat - Doomsday and Superman is giving each other hell! And for us that's colorfu ...more
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