IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED
In Super Power Explained: How Do Superman’s Powers Work?, we attempted to explain Superman’s powers within Byrne’s framework. Now, we attempt to answer a popular question about his deadliest nemesis, Doomsday.
PHYSIOLOGICALLY, DOOMSDAY IS A SOLAR BATTERY
DEATH OF SUPERMAN
Perhaps, the most difficult question in all of comicdom: How do Doomsday’s powers work? Though there have been multiple explanations for Superman’s fantastic super powers under the yellow sun, there have been few for his nemesis’.
When Doomsday first appeared in Superman: The Man of Steel (1992) #18, very little was known of it. To begin, it escaped the bowels of the Earth and dug his way through to Earth’s surface. Then, it began its rampage across America; and Superman and the JLA had to stop it.
After the JLA was defeated, Superman was the only one left to stand against the monster. Soon, it became clear the creature was a foe of overwhelming power, and only an all-out Superman could stand a chance.
Heroically, the battle led to the Death of Superman in Metropolis, who stopped the monster.
DOOMSDAY’S ORIGIN STORY
A few years later, Doomsday creator Dan Jurgens gave fans an origin story about the creature. During the mini-series called Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey, we learn of the Legend of Krypton. Originally, the creature is a creation of geneticist, Bertron, on early Krypton.
Through forced evolution, the baby that evolved to become Doomsday was cloned and harvested after exposure to its harsh conditions. Finally, it was born: The Ultimate!
Particularly, with its powers of reactive evolution and immortality, Doomsday resurrects from death and evolves abilities beyond what killed it.
In the comic, the monster appeared every bit as ferocious and even powerful enough to put Darkseid near death. In the end, an amped Superman and Waverider triumphed over the monster by sending him to the end of the universe.
Since Doomsday is from Krypton, we theorize that he is also a solar battery similar to Superman. Though his rocky exterior precludes the existence of any organs, he may possess the ability of solar absorption through his rocky skin. Let’s explain its powers below.
HOW DOOMSDAY’S POWERS WORK
WHY DOOMSDAY IS AN ORGANIC LIFE-FORM1. GRAPHITE IS A NATURAL MATERIAL WITH THE HIGHEST MELTING POINT ON EARTH
In Superman/Batman (2004) #10, Superman vaporizes an army of Doomsday animates with his heat vision. Though we rated the feat Stellar-Level in Energy Projection, let’s explain Doomsday’s durability.
In fact, H/P Doomsday withstood an explosion equal to a million nuclear blasts in his fight against Superman on Calaton. Indeed, Doomsday’s rocky exterior and his solid mass precludes the need for organs.
Moreover, we theorize that Doomsday’s rocky exterior is due to metamorphism and may be composed of graphite. In fact, we can explain Doomsday’s incredible durability, adaptation and controlled bone growth as results of this material.
When the creature was repeatedly exposed to the harsh environment on Krypton and its deadly creatures, it is possible that his body underwent metamorphism or even a process similar to the formation of igneous rocks in magma.
Since the primary feature of organic life is that it is carbon-based, it is possible that at least 99 percent of Doomsday’s body is composed of only carbon.
Certainly, the exact composition of his body is unknown but his rocky exterior suggests his skin is composed of the hardest materials on Earth, probably a hard and rocky material such as graphite. Importantly, graphite can have a melting point of 4000 degrees Celsius.
Also, we know graphite has out of space origins, from meteor deposits. Hence, it is possible for the material to have existed on prehistoric Krypton.
Moreover, Doomsday’s reactive evolution and controlled bone growth may be a metamorphism as a result of injury.
As the Batman v. Superman video suggests, injury seems to trigger this process of bone formation similar to igneous rock formation due to increased pressure and temperature inside the Earth.
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Generally speaking, Doomsday’s boundless super-strength is a result of extreme natural conditions. Since Doomsday was created on prehistoric Krypton, his physiology and appearance reflect the conditions of the era.
Moreover, we know the conditions inside the Earth’s mantle reflect more or less the harsh conditions on prehistoric Earth. Similarly, we theorize that Doomsday’s boundless super-strength and reactive evolution are suited to a more prehistoric environment.
In How does Graphite form: from pressure & temperature, we learn that the process of metamorphism requires 75000 pounds per square inch. In terms of force, that’s 6178474747.5 Newtons over Doomsday’s estimated 12 meter squared surface area.
Given that the pressure at the core of the Earth is 360 GigaPascals, Doomsday can reach Planetary-Level of Super Strength. However, his battles with Superman and Darkseid suggest the creature may have an unlimited amount of strength.
Moreover, since Superman has normal strength on Krypton, the gravity on Krypton has been estimated to be at least a 100G. In fact, it means under Sol, Doomsday is at least a 100 times stronger. Definitely, a Stellar to Solar System-Level of Super Strength.
In fact, his immortality and reactive evolution may be due to a molecular or nuclear bonding to natural forces and processes like volcanoes, geothermal vents or even earthquakes. In a sense, he is a force of nature.
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WHY DOOMSDAY IS A SOLAR BATTERYTHE PHOTONUCLEIC EFFECT GRANTS ORGANIC MATTER NEW PROPERTIES
In Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (1994) #3, Superman manages to permanently stop Doomsday. Using Waverider’s Temporal Transporter, Superman transports Doomsday to the end of the universe killing it. Fortunately, Waverider recovers from Doomsday’s attack and saves Superman from death, transporting him back to the present.
In some respects, Doomsday may function as a solar battery or a reactor. Previously, we theorized that Superman functioned similarly. At the same time, the basis for Doomsday’s powers may be what is termed the Photonucleic Effect.
Under a class-G Yellow Star, Doomsday’s carbon atoms may have the ability to absorb sunlight granting them additional properties. As a result, the Kryptonian creature may display incredible abilities. In fact, early Krypton may have been under a yellow star.
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Certainly, Doomsday’s super-strength, super speed and immortality may be effects of the photonucleic effect. Though he has no cells, his solid mass does comprise of carbon atoms that have the potential to develop the abilities of a Kryptonian under a yellow sun.