Penciled By: Kenneth Rocafort & Jesus Merino
Coloring By: Brad Anderson
Lettering By: Rob Leigh
Edited By: Matt Idelson
Associate Editor: Wil Moss
Cover By: Dan Jurgens & Andrew Dalhouse
Superman Created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
Doomsday is back! And along with him comes…more Doomsdays! Along with them comes Doomslayer, a mysterious, yet powerful being with plans to destroy Doomsday and any if his clones once and for all. How will he do this? By destroying the Earth! Superman along with his superfamily must now climb to the challenge of defeating Doomslayer and stop him from blowing up Earth.
My Awe Inspiring Opinion
Action Comics #900 left numerous Americans in a state of pissiness after learning Superman declared himself to be a citizen of the world and not of America. (poor Americans…does baby need his bottle?) I was in the minority of people who felt this move was an intelligent one on DC’s part, but sadly the David Goyer tale from issue #900 seems to be an uncannonized aspect of the Superman folklore as Obama cries out on national TV for Superman to stop the oncoming meteoractic threat to the world. Will the concept of Superman’s “un-American” ways come back to the pages of DC? I certainly hope so, it would make for great storylines.
But allow me to move away from personal tangents to talk about my unbiased opinion of Doomsday’s latest story arc in the Superman universe…IT SUCKS! I say that only because Doomsday, when he killed Superman and was allowed an origin story, was great when he first stepped onto the pages of Superman. But now it seems Doomsday has become more of an annoyance and a snooze fest despite his menacing and beastly image. #901 brings us the common Doomsday tale where he seems to blindly go about on a destructive rampage with clones following close behind. I did enjoyed Superman’s endless love for all living beings when he chose to save the unconscious Doomsday from an inevitable death however. (He would have come back anyway, might as well save him.) But overall, this isn’t an arc I wanted to see Superman involved with.
Paul Cornell is an amazing writer, but his execution of #901 felt very choppy and strange to me; border lining on being way too hokey and giving us some awkward dialog transitions from panel to panel. Doomslayer’s announcement of who he is and what his purpose was made me wonder if this was what comics were like when my mother was a child growing and up reading about superheroes. I have trouble stomaching corny superhero and super villain name proclamations of that nature…BARF! Thank God Cornell recognized that the Cyborg needed to go…one literal glowing aspect of this issue.
Kenneth Rocafort is unfamiliar to me but I would like see more of his work as I’m still up in the air about it. Superman felt very “boyish” with a button nose and all, as did all the other characters bearing the big red “S” on their chest. Jesus Merino came in to do some artwork for a few pages, which was nice, but my preference would have been to have one artist throughout the entire issue. Rocafort’s art, while he did make these super characters that have been around since the mid 1900’s seem as young as I am, does have a strong sense of definition within the body structure of each character and a fantastic skill of making detailed background. Let’s keep this artist on board with Action Comics DC, I want to see more of his work.
My Majestically Climactic Conclusion
I was kind of bored with the bulk of this issue. Superman and Doomsday have been going head to toe with no end in sight. At least his life long feud with Luthor has some life too it, Doomsday just keeps doing the same thing over and over again, and it’s boring! With the few minor golden moments, it doesn’t really help this issues sturdiness…or lack thereof.
4 out of 10 stars