Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Death of Superman story was one that was incredibly exciting for me personally. I had grown up reading comics and even in recent years have been doing my own reading. However, this particular story was something I did not expect to enjoy at all. In fact, after finishing it I was actually upset that I hadn't read it earlier! Let me tell you why.
The Death of Superman was an excellent introduction to the DC Universe. In this story, titled " Doomsday Clock" by writer Kurt Busiek, the last surviving Superman of the main storyline, Superman lives. However, this doesn't last long. The survivors of the destruction of Superman's home planet learn that another powerful being, called the Omega Ray, has planted a mega particle bomb on Earth, which will kill off all life on the planet.
Naturally, Superman has a problem with this, because he doesn't want to do anything to kill his beloved wife, and also because he knows of the insane plans that were being cooked up by the Riddler. This leads the heroes of the DC Universe to attack the Metaverse, and when they do, they inadvertently save the earth from destruction. This is when the "Doomsday Clock" appears, telling everyone that the only way to stop the impending destruction of the world is for them to unite against their enemies, which would result in the death of Superman and every other living being in the universe. So, the superheroes agree to form the "United Force" to go into battle with the Riddler and do their best to stop the ultimate bad guy.
What a fantastic, amazing, and emotional climax to a fantastic story. Actually, I might even compare the "Doomsday Clock" to the ending of the Harry Potter book and the book itself. That is because in the latter, a prophecy is given stating that "Voldemort will kill Superman." People get so upset at this point, and they start yelling and running around the city, wanting to do whatever they can to stop this horrid force of darkness from taking over the world. This is what makes the "Doomsday Clock" one of my favorite comic book endings, and that's not even because of all the emotions and drama that was brought to the actual plot.
It's because the writer, Dan DiDio, knew what he was doing when it came to writing a good story for "Doomsday" and "DC Universe" and he pulled it off. He knows how important New York City is as an international city, and the implications of such a city being under attack from a darkness that comes from a darker source is huge. The story starts with a series of attacks from an unknown source, which ends with the Riddler having his own doomsday device. The Riddler is a very smart and calculating businessman, who doesn't really have a whole lot of emotions, but when he uses his doomsday clock to make people afraid of monsters, he ends up getting more power than anyone else. He is also the main threat to the entire superhero community.
In the final issue of "Doomsday" we learn that not only is the Riddler behind all these attacks, but that he has also recruited some other superheros into his army as well. In the "Doomsday" reboot of the DC Universe you learn that after the destruction of the earth, another earth called "New Earth" has been created thanks to the efforts of the survivors of the earth-threatening incidents. When this happens, not only is the Riddler out of a job, but the other superheros are too scared to go into battle, while the Riddler begins to take over again.
Bradner and Anderson give us another great storyline, this time with John Constantine making his debut. He is an incredible speedster and has been a fan favorite for quite some time. He joins the previously established world of the Justice League of America and makes a bid for absolute power, using the new doomsday clock. This time around however, he is without his own personal timetable and ends up getting the entire team fired.
The new 52 relaunch of "DC comics" has given fans something to look forward to. While there were a few lesser known characters, it didn't matter because the story was captivating and entertaining. The world of "DC comics" has finally returned to what made it popular in the past and these latest storylines are exciting and fun. I can't wait for " Doom's War" and "Eclipat" to end and start the next chapter of the "revived" DC Universe. I just hope they will give us a few more great storylines to enjoy.