Sunday, October 4, 2015

Review: DOOMED #1


[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Scott Lobdell
ART: Javier Fernandez
COLORS: Ulises Arreola
LETTERS: Corey Breen
COVER: Javier Fernandez with Kyle Ritter
VARIANT COVER: Ken Lashley with Hi-Fi
32pp, Color, $2.99 U.S. (August 2015)

Rated “T” for “Teen”

“Doomed, I Say!”

Doomsday is a DC Comics character commonly associated with Superman.  A super-villain, Doomsday made his first full appearance in Superman: The Man of Steel #18 (December 1992), after making a cameo appearance in Superman: The Man of Steel #17 (November 1992).  Created by writer-artist Dan Jurgens, Doomsday was the character that infamously “killed” Superman back in 1992.

In “The New 52,” the revamp of the DC Universe, Doomsday is apparently also connected to a virus.  The “DCYou” publishing event launches a new comic book about a college student who catches that virus.  The series is entitled, Doomed, and is written by Scott Lobdell, drawn by Javier Fernandez, colored by Ulises Arreola, and lettered by Corey Breen.

Doomed #1 (“Doomed, I Say!”) introduces Reiser, an affable student at Metropolis University.  He gets an internship at S.T.A.R. Labs in Metropolis, which he sees as a life-changing event.  What changes in Reiser's life is gaining the power to transform into Superman's most heinous adversary, Doomsday.

Doomed must be one of those “DCYou” diversity books.  Diversity in the DCYou means characters of color, but writers of non-Negro.  That might explain Reiser's blandness.  Honestly, I don't know what to say beyond some sarcastic remarks.  I am curious to see what happens to Reiser, but not enough to make a financial effort to obtain this book.  It is not bad, but I can't honestly give it a letter-grade.  If I do end up reading another issue of Doomed, I'll write about it just for you, dear reader.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux

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