By Andy Khouri
Formally announced earlier this week, September will see every title in DC Comics’ “New 52” superhero line temporarily rebranded in the idiom of of the publisher’s legion of super-villains. Among them will be June’s Batman/Superman #3.1, whose villain de jour will be Doomsday in a story written byGreg Pak (Marvel’s Hercules, Vision Machine) and drawn byBrett Booth (Nightwing). Tony S. Daniel provides the cover, which you’re seeing here for the first time (it will be sold in the 3D motion style seen here).
Created by Dan Jurgens specifically to (temporarily) kill Superman in what became one of the best selling American comics of all time, fans have always given Doomsday kind of bad rap as a big dumb monster. Although they never escaped the shadow of the bombastic Death of Superman story in 1992, Jurgens followed up with a number of stories over the years that delved much further into the mythology of the character, whose sci-fi-style origins were revealed to be in the distant past of Superman’s home world. There in fact were so many latter day Doomsday stories that DC eventually collected them into a 400-page omnibus (that’s since gone out of print and now runs for hundreds of dollars).
Being a Doomsday fan, I was pleased to have the chance to ask Batman/Superman writer Greg Pak some questions via email about the character’s first appearance in DC’s rebooted continuity.