One of the most historic Superman storylines of all time, created because of a delay caused by the Lois and Clark television show, is the Death of Superman. Besides the massive story in the comics, DC put out a novelization, a YA book, and years later in 2007, a cartoon movie.
Doomsday is a rampaging creature who gets loose on earth. Superman is the only one who can stop him. During a gigantic battle in the heart of Metropolis, Superman defeats the beast, but dies as a result of his injuries. What happens afterwards, to his loves, friends, enemies? And how will Kal-El conquer death?
Sometime after Superman’s passing, Lois Lane goes to Smallville to comfort Martha Kent. It is an excellent scene, full of emotion and truth and love. I have always loved when those closest to Clark, the real Clark, gather together. It makes him more human.
Going totally to the opposite side of the spectrum, we have a part with Lex Luther that is disturbing to say the least. Lex has a pet clone of Superman made, which at one point he proceeds to beat mercilessly. It is unflinching in its depiction of Lex’s insane hatred.
Even with its violent battles and harrowing death scene, Superman Doomsday is a great tribute to the legacy of the Last Son Of Krypton. Even in (temporary) death, Superman affects all around him. Just like we all know he does.
…is currently reading In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood.
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opened Friday, June 14th 2013. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.