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Doomsday is here. The most brutal force Superman has ever faced is back, killing all life everywhere he goes. But defeating the beast is just the beginning. The evil of Doomsday has taken root inside Superman himself, turning him into an even deadlier, more destructive monster…and leaving the Earth defenseless for an invasion from beyond. However, Superman does not fight his Doomsday is here. The most brutal force Superman has ever faced is back, killing all life everywhere he goes. But defeating the beast is just the beginning. The evil of Doomsday has taken root inside Superman himself, turning him into an even deadlier, more destructive monster…and leaving the Earth defenseless for an invasion from beyond. However, Superman does not fight his battle alone. Lois Lane. Lana Lang. Steel. Batman. Some are superheroes, others just everyday people of extraordinary bravery. It will take all they have to pull Superman back from the brink. It will take all Superman has to save the planet from its enemies-and himself… Writer Greg Pak (BATMAN/SUPERMAN) and artists Aaron Kuder (GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS) and Scott Kolins (JUSTICE LEAGUE) lead the charge against Doomsday -the Last Son of Krypton's greatest challenge yet! Collects: Superman – Action Comics #30-35 and Annual #3.


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Doomsday is here. The most brutal force Superman has ever faced is back, killing all life everywhere he goes. But defeating the beast is just the beginning. The evil of Doomsday has taken root inside Superman himself, turning him into an even deadlier, more destructive monster…and leaving the Earth defenseless for an invasion from beyond. However, Superman does not fight his Doomsday is here. The most brutal force Superman has ever faced is back, killing all life everywhere he goes. But defeating the beast is just the beginning. The evil of Doomsday has taken root inside Superman himself, turning him into an even deadlier, more destructive monster…and leaving the Earth defenseless for an invasion from beyond. However, Superman does not fight his battle alone. Lois Lane. Lana Lang. Steel. Batman. Some are superheroes, others just everyday people of extraordinary bravery. It will take all they have to pull Superman back from the brink. It will take all Superman has to save the planet from its enemies-and himself… Writer Greg Pak (BATMAN/SUPERMAN) and artists Aaron Kuder (GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS) and Scott Kolins (JUSTICE LEAGUE) lead the charge against Doomsday -the Last Son of Krypton's greatest challenge yet! Collects: Superman – Action Comics #30-35 and Annual #3.

30 review for Superman – Action Comics, Volume 6: Superdoom

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B-) 68% | Satisfactory Notes: Beset by blackouts, it's sufficient for the gist of it but useless to persist with it, all tent-poles no skin: a storytelling sin.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Don't waste your money on this, just read Doomed. It collects all of this plus the extra stuff needed for volume 6 make sense. In fact, the only thing in this one I hadn't already read, was issue #30 with Harrow & Ghost Soldier. Not worth it, in my humble opinion. What happens in that issue that you need to know about? Harrow can control ghosts, Ghost Soldier works for her, and she is convinced Superman needs to die. She thinks he's simultaneously too powerful and too soft. And then he goes and pr Don't waste your money on this, just read Doomed. It collects all of this plus the extra stuff needed for volume 6 make sense. In fact, the only thing in this one I hadn't already read, was issue #30 with Harrow & Ghost Soldier. Not worth it, in my humble opinion. What happens in that issue that you need to know about? Harrow can control ghosts, Ghost Soldier works for her, and she is convinced Superman needs to die. She thinks he's simultaneously too powerful and too soft. And then he goes and proves her point by kicking her ass, and then letting her live. Boom! I just saved you the price of admission. You're welcome. This really is the same shit that's in Doomed, except this time around you're missing so much (pertinent) stuff, that it doesn't pack the same punch. In fact, the ending is totally missing. That's Right! The outcome of the battle? NOT IN THIS. Please, I'm begging you to listen to me! Move on, and don't bother with volume 6. If you buy it, you'll be sorry you wasted your money. And if you borrow it from somewhere, you'll be sorry you wasted your time. The overall story is fine (I really enjoyed the Doomed arc), but I think it's annoying when DC wastes my time with cash grabs like this one. 4 stars for the story, 1 star for being greedy bastards.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Skip this collection and read Superman: Doomed instead. You're only getting about 25% of the story reading just this one collection and you're going to be really confused. I hate when DC does this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Hrmmm... No,clue what just happened. Too many gaps, apparently they just published it without having it include crucial story ideas. I liked the ends, as in the moral and growth of Supes from the event, but the getting there seemed silly and stupid. More bearded Clark! Less blue monkey monster boy. We already have BAMFs thanks. Also, stop trying to make Krypto into Ghost from GoT. More Luthor as a goodie anti hero. I love him and Batman in their shared bits. Comedy gold that the Joker and Supes coul Hrmmm... No,clue what just happened. Too many gaps, apparently they just published it without having it include crucial story ideas. I liked the ends, as in the moral and growth of Supes from the event, but the getting there seemed silly and stupid. More bearded Clark! Less blue monkey monster boy. We already have BAMFs thanks. Also, stop trying to make Krypto into Ghost from GoT. More Luthor as a goodie anti hero. I love him and Batman in their shared bits. Comedy gold that the Joker and Supes could never duplicate.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This is another one of those graphic novels that serves to collect the title series in spite of it not capturing the entirety of the story. We get pieces of the Superdoomed story here, with significant gaps left in as it takes place in other titles as well. These issues seem to focus more on Lana Lang and Steel than even Superman. If you're not familiar with the overall story already, you're going to be left wondering here, as most of the major plot points appear to take place in the crossover t This is another one of those graphic novels that serves to collect the title series in spite of it not capturing the entirety of the story. We get pieces of the Superdoomed story here, with significant gaps left in as it takes place in other titles as well. These issues seem to focus more on Lana Lang and Steel than even Superman. If you're not familiar with the overall story already, you're going to be left wondering here, as most of the major plot points appear to take place in the crossover titles. The stuff that's left is okay, but not really enough to support a TPB on its own. I will note that this volume does include the epilogue, which is the high point of this collection (even with its horrid ending). There's nothing particularly memorable about the art, and this is really just a piece of a larger story, so reading it on its own will be practically useless. With the rest of the series, it earns a little more, but honestly not enough to recommend it (the whole Doomed storyline is pretty bad, to be honest).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    "Doomed" is a half-way decent storyline, but this volume is just a collection of the chapter ones for that event. I mean, you can sort of piece together what happens in between the issues collected here, but it is in no way a substitute for the entire thing. My advice would be to skip over this volume altogether and go directly for the "Doomed" TP to get the full experience. 2/5 (because as a TP collection, it makes no sense)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    A different, but enjoyable, take on the Superman/Doomsday story arc.

  8. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Throughout the decades, Superman's invulnerability has made it virtually impossible for many writers to come up with worthwhile villains for him to fight. As a result, the majority of Superman books dealt with emotional issues and issues of conscious. They then created the ultimate Superman villain in Doomsday, who was a mindless beast bent solely on destruction. DC's New 52 version of this ultimate villain is to turn him into an emotional issue and issue of conscious for Superman. And that's wh Throughout the decades, Superman's invulnerability has made it virtually impossible for many writers to come up with worthwhile villains for him to fight. As a result, the majority of Superman books dealt with emotional issues and issues of conscious. They then created the ultimate Superman villain in Doomsday, who was a mindless beast bent solely on destruction. DC's New 52 version of this ultimate villain is to turn him into an emotional issue and issue of conscious for Superman. And that's why the New 52 is awful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Okay version of the Doomsday storyline. Not everything is here making it a little tough to follow at times.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Karpuk

    It's easy to bag on Superman. The almost knee-jerk reaction many fans of super hero comics have is to say he's boring and too powerful. In some versions, yes, that's fair, but even a boring character can be fun. King of the Hill's protagonist Hank Hill is so boring that it comes back around as interesting. The trouble with most Superman writers is that they lack the courage to follow through on the big S's personality traits and their potential results. Let's say you view Superman as a goody-good It's easy to bag on Superman. The almost knee-jerk reaction many fans of super hero comics have is to say he's boring and too powerful. In some versions, yes, that's fair, but even a boring character can be fun. King of the Hill's protagonist Hank Hill is so boring that it comes back around as interesting. The trouble with most Superman writers is that they lack the courage to follow through on the big S's personality traits and their potential results. Let's say you view Superman as a goody-goody. That's fine. Goody-goodies can be loads of fun. Pearl from Steven Universe is my favorite version of that, because they get flustered when moral ambiguities muck up their world view. Let's say you think he's an authoritarian stick in the mud. That's also fine. Benson from Regular Show, Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, and every character Adam Scott has ever played are all great stick in the muds, whose straight-man antics set off amazing stories and great jokes. But the problem here is that bad writers refuse to give Superman any flaws in his character. I want the Superman whose ethics lead him to start childhood fitness programs in Metropolis, who makes bank robbers apologize to tellers for being rude, who blushes when women make passes at him. A few versions have done this, but many have not. For comic book writers, that's not gritty. It's not cool. It's not tough. Guess what, nerds, Superman is none of these things. Quit trying to look bad-ass. Pak's version of this story exemplifies my problems. The Superdoom story is perfectly serviceable, but he stuffs it full of inner monologue that's supposed to take the place of strong, character defining actions. This book also reminds me why I rarely read flagship character books from the Big 2. It feels like I'm getting half the story, and the editorial staff just assumes I'm a huge nerd who will buy the other two or three graphic novels that fill in the rest of the plot line. I'm not being sold a complete product, but a part of a franchise. When I buy a full arc of Squirrel Girl, I get a fully story. I don't have to also buy Squirrel Girl Corps, Squirrel Girl Unlimited, and the limited run of Deadpool Vs. Squirrel Girl to understand the full scope of what's happening. But if I pick up Batman, Spider-man, or Superman, I'm guaranteed to need a Wikipedia trip to figure out why I'm supposed to understand this part of the Spider-Verse, or why the hell Supergirl is a Red Lantern. Maybe they need to hire writers who actually know LESS about these universes sometimes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    via NYPL - "Hey, let's put half a crossover story in a collection by itself. It'll be good to present a story with escalating stakes, paper-thin characters and absolutely no emotional resonance without half of its plot points, including the big resolution." - Somebody in DC Collected Editions, I can only assume.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Victor Orozco

    I must admit I'm biased on any Superman story that includes the New 52 version of Doomsday. At first I enjoyed the story at first with the previous version of Superman/Wonder Woman. Unfortunately the whole Superdoom story has made me sick. The fight against Doomsday is a horrific ordeal and its one that basically spread to endanger the world. So much fury and death. I hate these stories. F

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matt Piechocinski

    This would probably have been okay if read in sequence with the other titles that made up the storyline ... D.C. does a HORRIBLE job "packaging" their trades sometimes ... this is the result

  14. 4 out of 5

    David

    The actual comics are great. This deserves a much lower score for DC's classic "We'll only collect half of a crossover event".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I don't mind this arc, actually thought it was pretty good, better than Death of Superman, certainly- but there's nothing here that isn't collected in the Superman: Doomed tpb. This is just half of a story, and unlike Superman Vol 5 there's no extra stuff here, so there's really no reason for this collection to exist. So either skip this entirely and go to vol 7 if this arc doesn't interest you, or read it from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2.... I don't mind this arc, actually thought it was pretty good, better than Death of Superman, certainly- but there's nothing here that isn't collected in the Superman: Doomed tpb. This is just half of a story, and unlike Superman Vol 5 there's no extra stuff here, so there's really no reason for this collection to exist. So either skip this entirely and go to vol 7 if this arc doesn't interest you, or read it from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marco

    This was not an overly good comic. Having been part of a multi-title crossover, this volume reprints only those segments in the Action Comics title. This makes the reading experience a rather disjointed affair, because this is only part of a story. And, as it appears, not even the really interesting part. That apparently happens in another book. The many artists working on this - some of whose work I don't like - do not exactly makes this better, either.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I'm cheating here as I didn't actually read this volume more skimmed it. It's a waste of time, just by the Doomed collected edition. The art was good though so it can have an extra star. In general superman titles are shit at pulling collected editions together, the Bat family tie ins are much better handled for some reason.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paweł

    Nic sensownego w tej książce nie da się przeczytać nie śledząc jednocześnie serii Superman/Wonder Woman. Wszytko w sumie zawiera się w tomie "Doomed" a historia jest całkiem niezła. Ten zbiór nie ma żadnej racji bytu.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Lois came through in the end and that saved this one for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    To much of the story happens off screen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Greg Pak's Superman is better than previously seen, but I'm not sure if it's enough to entirely redeem the New 52 series in my eyes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Kubasek

    Too many "crossover event" parts missing, but otherwise really good.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    I really dislike 90% of the new 52 and especially the fact that they monkey'd with Superman's costume. But, Pak writes Superman perfectly and gets what works about the man of steel, his supporting cast, his world and the kind of stories you need to make Superman work and he makes all the pieces fit. He gets that you need to create a menace big enough to challenge Superman, while giving us some emotional hook to connect us to Clark and the people around him. These stories work because no matter what I really dislike 90% of the new 52 and especially the fact that they monkey'd with Superman's costume. But, Pak writes Superman perfectly and gets what works about the man of steel, his supporting cast, his world and the kind of stories you need to make Superman work and he makes all the pieces fit. He gets that you need to create a menace big enough to challenge Superman, while giving us some emotional hook to connect us to Clark and the people around him. These stories work because no matter what crossover event the title gets dragged into Pak's Superman always sounds/feels right. Just good Superman comics. Which is a rare thing as so many writers just don't get Superman. He's not grim and gritty. He is good and hopeful. He does good because he can and somebody needs to. The fact that Pak also writes some great kick-ass action scenes is also plus.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hal Halbert

    As part of a crossover, this volume alone is very difficult to follow since the other issues aren't here. Some great moments but ultimately Inc incomplete.

  25. 5 out of 5

    J.R.

    Meh

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Avis

  27. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  28. 4 out of 5

    Khanh Christian

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shane

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