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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1ST edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232535
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Robinson is the writer of the Starman saga, as well as Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Terminator, WildC.A.T.S. and the acclaimed Leave it to Chance. Jeff Lemire is the creator of the Vertigo graphic novel The Nobody and the acclaimed Essex County Trilogy. Ed Benes has pencilled such varied titles as Birds of Prey, Gen13, Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men and WildC.A.T.S. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. Steirer on November 9, 2011
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Superman: Return of Doomsday collects Steel #1, Outsdiers #37, Justice League of America #55, Superman/Batman Annual #5, and Superboy #6, all originally published in 2010. The graphic novel is part of DC's cheaper paperback line (thus the low price); it has fairly thin pages and includes no extras.

As far as stories go, this graphic novel barely has one: Doomsday (or a monster looking like him) appears out of nowhere to battle the four "substitute" Supermen who first appeared in the aftermath to the original Death of Superman storyline in 1992. Like the original Doomsday/Superman fight, each battle here is fairly straight forward: the combatant and Doomsday hit each other until one of them falls down. Plot-wise, that's about it--no back story, no hints at a larger plot, no characterization. To be fair, these stories are supposed to be a prologue to a larger Superman event titled Superman: Reign of Doomsday, but even as prologue, this stuff is shallow. While it is true that the Outsiders story and the JLA issue do involve some other plot events, they have nothing to do with the Doomsday storyline and will prove very difficult to follow for readers who haven't been reading recent issues of those books.

Unless you're a Superman completist (but beware--Superman himself does not appear in this collection!) you'll probably want to skip this graphic novel. Even those interested in the Reign of Doomsday event are probably better off passing on this one--there's nothing here you'll need to follow that storyline.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Xavier Zavala Heras on November 24, 2011
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I didn't found this book as bad as the other reviews.

These are the things I didn't found so good (spoiler free):

Doomsday came out of nowhere
No explanation is given about where he came from and how he got his new "gifts"
This book have no end
The book is too short

That being said... I knew from the begining that this is just the build up for Reing of Doomsday storyline (that hit stores next year), so I didn't expect any closure on this one.

Here's the good stuff:

The art is pretty damn good!
All the issues are action pack
Although there's no real explanation of where Doomsday came from, you can enjoy the story and action
The price is right for the number of pages

Anyway, I think that, if you decide to wait on this one, is ok. Check the reviews for Reing of Doomsday first and see if this one really worth the purchase.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By VASS on November 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Very messy and quite unexciting. I loved the Supergirl battle. That was well told. Though setting up for the next story line, this just dragged out for too long. Being that the DCU rebooted, this is not at all a book that would be deemed a "must have".
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Purchased on a whim and my whims didn't pay off. Doomsday returns to battle the Supermen he previously fought but this. This Doomsday is less random and cahotic. There seems to be a method to him and a greater plan at work. Steel, Eradicator, Cyborg Supes and Superboy are all here however, what is lacking is the story. Doomsday, now adaptive brings no new surprises and the outcomes are telegraphed pages in advance. The Justice League story was the most interesting involving Grayson Batman/Super Girl along with some hidden features about The Watchtower. I appreciate this is prologue the Reign of Doomsday but I did find little that would compliment it. It answers few questions and comes off as filler. The art was ably done the most striking image being Doomsday incorporated into the Watchtower.
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