Is 'Superman: Doomed' more than just a rehash of 'Death of Superman'?
(CBR) DC Comics' Superman has faced dozens of villains, both new and re-imagined, over the course of the four years since the launch of the New 52. Now, "Action Comics'" Greg Pak & Aaron Kuder, "Superman/Wonder Woman's" Charles Soule & Tony S. Daniel, and outgoing "Superman" team Scott Lobdell & Ed Benes are teaming up to pit the Man of Steel against one of his toughest adversaries ever in the April crossover event "Superman: Doomed."
The villain at the heart of the 1992 "The Death Of Superman" storyline, Doomsday appeared in the New 52 most recently in his own Villains Month one-shot, written by Pak, and in Soule's "Superman/Wonder Woman." With the new Doomsday connected to General Zod and Krypton, there have also been hints in other books, such as Grant Morrison's "Action Comics," that Doomsday and Superman have met before.
Joining forces across the Superman books (and the country) Pak, Soule and Lobdell spoke with CBR about the upcoming event, Lois Lane's role and the status of "The Death Of Superman" in the New 52.
CBR News: To start off let's talk about the basics of this event. Obviously, we've seen Doomsday pop up in the New 52 in the Villains Month one-shot Greg wrote, and then he popped up again in "Superman/Wonder Woman." With that in mind, when did you know you wanted to do a Superman event with Doomsday, and were either of those stories setting up for this event?
Charles Soule: Doomsday appearing in "Superman/Wonder Woman" was something that just seemed like a great place to start -- we wanted "Superman/Wonder Woman" to launch big, so we thought we'd give them a big villain to deal with. Not very long after that we had our first big in-person summit on what this event was going to be, which was all the way back in last October, right guys?
Greg Pak: Yes.
Scott Lobdell: Yep!
Soule: It was in that meeting that Doomsday was what we wanted to do, so as far back as then, we were talking about it. Obviously, the specifics have evolved, but Doomsday was the plan all the way back then.
Pak: When I was pulled on to do the Doomsday book, the Villains Month book -- you know Doomsday is a huge piece of the Superman universe and we knew we were going to do something with him -- exactly what and how he'd come back, we weren't sure, but we were laying the groundwork for it back then. So when we all came together for those Superman summits, the groundwork had be laid out so that we could start to play.
Lobdell: It's like the breadcrumbs thing -- the more Greg introduced his Doomsday elements, and the more Charles introduced his, it naturally led us to start examining what we could do with Doomsday in the New 52. The idea was that we wanted to construct a story that plays to the strengths of Doomsday as one of Superman's most major characters, ever. We took those initial appearances and used them as a launching point towards a story that we're going to get progressively bigger with until we end up with one of the first big new Superman events of the New 52, I think.
Pak: Yeah, definitely.
Your three books look at different aspects of Superman/Clark Kent and his personal relationships with people, so how are you guys tackling this crossover? Are we going to see different emphasis or different sides to the same central story in your individual books?
Pak: We're all telling the story, so you want to jump on and get 'em all, because it's going to be awesome! [Laughs]
It's a big story, and different parts of the story will be covered in different books; each book will lead to the next. We're also writing so people who are reading only our books can pick that up and have a great story, but I would highly recommend getting them all because the sum impact of all of these together is going to be something special. The other thing I'll say is that each one of us is writing his own book, so we're going to continue to imbue them with the special, loveable quirks that make them our books! [Laughter] But at the same time we're working together to tell a big story, so it's the best of both worlds.
Soule: I think a good example of that -- just to add to what Greg has said -- one book that you can definitely pick up that will help you, even if you're only going to follow one thread in the Superman line during the event, you should pick up the big "Superman: Doomed" one-shot that I think comes out beginning of May. It's a big, annual-sized issue that gets everything going with a bang, so to speak. Get that for sure, and then follow your heart! But as Greg pointed out, it's going to be a lot more fun if you read them all.
Lobdell: Reading Greg's "Action" book, there's a lot of emphasis on the Tower and the Ghost Soldier and Lana's connection with Clark and Smallville, and Charles is keeping focus on where Superman and Wonder Woman are dealing with the impact of "Doomed" #1. And in "Superman" #31, I've been telling and building this Lois/Brainiac fallout story for the last several months, so each of our books are still reflective of the storylines we've been working towards. But in the bigger scheme, they all tie into this week-to-week story. Greg has put his stamp on "Action," and Charles' "Superman/Wonder Woman" has its own flavor as well, so people who have been buying these books all along are, I think, going to be happy with the fact that its not a crossover where there's no room for the existing stories. What we've done is make sure these books still read as the books the fans have been enjoying.
Pak: There's a fun thing when the crossover starts, too, where you'll see characters that have mostly been in one book pop up in other books. I got to write fun Wonder Woman stuff, and you'll see that sort of crossover happening, which is a lot of fun.
Soule: There is a big character from the Superman world that has yet to make an appearance in "Superman/Wonder Woman." She shows up in issue #8, which is the one where we're sort of dealing with what happens in the "Doomed" one-shot -- and that is Lois Lane. We will finally get to see Lois Lane in "Superman/Wonder Woman," which hasn't happened before. I think it's a pretty fun scene people will like. She has a pretty big role in the crossover in general, so she'll start to show up more.
Lobdell: Is there a catfight?
Soule: I don't know, Scott! Maybe? You'll find out! [Lobdell meows as Pak and Soule groan]
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