DC Day: Rocking A Deadly Grandmaster Costume, Cyborg Superman Joins The Sinestro Corps

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DC DAY

Writer(s)

Geoff Johns


Penciler(s)

Ethan Van Sciver


Inker(s)

Ethan Van Sciver


Colorist(s)

Moose Baumann


Cover

Ethan Van Sciver, Moose Baumann


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

August, 2007

IN SUPERVILLAINS

THE FIRST COSTUME WAS THE SUPERMAN COSTUME

In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (1990) #466, Superman fails to save the Excalibur crew. Originally, Cyborg Superman was an astronaut named Hank Henshaw. In fact, he was on the Lexcorp space shuttle called the Excalibur. Namely, the team consisted of Hank, his wife Terri, Steven and Jim Garrison. Caught in an accident caused by cosmic radiation, their bodies were destroyed.

Only their minds survived by creating themselves bodies. Tragically, Steven used pure cosmic radiation whereas Jim used rocks. Meanwhile, Hank’s body was decaying. On the other hand, Terri’s body was disappearing into an alternate dimension. However, Superman failed to save them and all astronauts died, except Terri. Despondently, Superman blamed their accident on his tossing the Eradicator into the sun. But, Terri confirmed their accident occurred before.

In 'Superman' (1993) #79, Cyborg Superman wears the SUperman costume at the White House.
In ‘Superman’ (1993) #79, Cyborg Superman wears the Superman costume at the White House. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

CYBORG SUPERMAN, THE MAN OF TOMORROW

In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (1990) #468, Hank survived. Apparently, he transferred his mind into Lexcorp’s mainframe. When he appeared as a robot before Terri, the shock killed her. Strangely, Hank beamed himself onto Superman’s Kryptonian Birthing matrix orbiting Earth. Then, fashioning a space craft, he left Earth to learn about the universe. Soon, Hank would blame Superman for his wife’s death. In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (1990) #500, Cyborg Superman appears in Metropolis. Moreover, he is wearing the Superman costume.

In ‘Superman’ (1993) #79, Cyborg Superman stops a terrorist attack at the White House. According to White House scans, he is Superman’s genetic match. In the issue, Ron Tourpe, Clark Kent’s Daily Planet replacement is working on assignment. During the terrorist attack, Cyborg Superman withstands a barrage of energy blasts. Indeed, which Tourpe confirms the original Superman could not. Eventually, in “Reign of the Supermen,” Cyborg Superman would use Mongul and Warworld to destroy Coast City.

In 'Superman' (1993) #79, Cyborg Superman stops a terrorist attack at the White House.
In ‘Superman’ (1993) #79, Cyborg Superman stops a terrorist attack at the White House. AP Photo/DC Comics.

THE SECOND COSTUME WAS ON APOKOLIPS

In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey,’ Cyborg Superman resurfaces. Previously, at the end of “Reign of the Supermen,” Superman shattered Cyborg Superman’s body. So, he did by vibrating his left hand at an incredible speed. But, the cyborg survived having previously downloaded his consciousness on Doomsday’s back.

In ‘Superman/Doomsday’ #1, Cyborg Superman guides Doomsday’s lifeless body to Apokolips. On course to Apokolips, Captain Slaven encounters an asteroid floating in space. After a scan, there is no sign of organic life form. So, he orders the asteroid into his space freighter. Terrifyingly, the crew realizes it is Doomsday. When they try to dispose of the cargo, it is already too late. Horrifyingly, Doomsday slaughters them.

In 'Superman/Doomsday' (1994) #2, Cyborg Superman resurrects with an Apokoliptian exo-armor upgrade.
In ‘Superman/Doomsday’ (1994) #2, Cyborg Superman resurrects with an Apokoliptian exo-armor upgrade. AP Photo/DC Comics.

THE APOKOLIPTIAN EXO-ARMOR UPGRADE

In ‘Superman/Doomsday’ (1994) #2, Hank Henshaw has a costume upgrade. Finally, Doomsday lands on Apokolips by cargo ship. Immediately, the Ultimate slaughters the Apokoliptian army. In his resurrection, Cyborg Superman rebuilds his Kryptonian body and cybernetic parts. Here, he uses exo-armor from dead Apokoliptian soldiers.

Notably, the exo-armor upgrades Henshaw’s durability. Indeed, Cyborg Superman is able to withstand a full blast of heat vision from Superman. Even Darkseid’s Omega Effect has no effect. But at his peak, the Omega Force destroyed Cyborg Superman. At the end, Darkseid imprisons Cyborg Superman’s consciousness in a Father Box.

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey' (1994) #2, Cyborg Superman withstands Darkseid's Omega Beams.
InSuperman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #2, Cyborg Superman withstands Darkseid’s Omega Beams. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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THE THIRD COSTUME WAS THE GRANDMASTER COSTUME

In ‘Green Lantern’ (2007) #22, Cyborg Superman joins the Sinestro Corps. Previously, Henshaw led the Manhunters as Grandmaster. During the battle against the Green Lanterns, most of his organic body was destroyed. Now, the cyborg is being imprisoned on Oa. There, he is being questioned by the Guardians of the Universe. Particularly, about his knowledge of their secret: the 52 parallel universes of the DC multiverse. Surprisingly, the Sinestro Corps attacks the Green Lantern Corps. In addition, Superboy-Prime is freed from his sciencell.

Separately, and Cyborg Superman, they are transported to Qward in the Antimatter universe. After the attack, the Ion entity is ripped from Kyle Rayner’s heart. There, the cyborg is repaired and with them joins the Sinestro Corps. In ‘Tales Of The Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman’ (2007), Cyborg Superman finally defeats Superman. Sporting the Grandmaster costume, Henshaw has added durability and strength. And he is amped by the Yellow Lantern ring. Definitely, rocking the costume is one of Cyborg Superman’s best fashion moves.

In 'Tales Of The Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman' (2007), Cyborg Superman finally defeats Superman with the Yellow Lantern ring.
In ‘Tales Of The Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman’ (2007), Cyborg Superman finally defeats Superman with the Yellow Lantern ring. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Adventures of Superman Vol 1 466 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 468 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 500 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 2 79 in DC Database.
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #2 in Comic Vine.
Green Lantern Vol 4 22 in DC Database.
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg-Superman #1 in Comic Vine.

“Superman: Doomed #1” Review

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“Superman: Doomed!” part 1. The Man of Steel must unleash insane levels of power in order to defeat the monster known as Doomsday, but beating his enemy is only the beginning of the battle. Continued in ACTION COMICS (2011- ) #31.

Bombastically, the monster that killed Superman returns. Terrifyingly, everything that Clark holds dear is threatened. In particular, “Superman: Doomed” pushes Superman to the limits. Indeed, Doomsday evolves a terrifying power.

Ken Lashley’s pencils are anatomically correct. There is a horrible quality to the antagonist that is only matched by blood and gore. Definitely, this comic is for fans of brutality and action.

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  • “Superman: Doomed #1.”
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  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 38 pages.
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Really, “Superman: Doomed #1” is the most significant Superman comic in the New 52. Directly, it leads to the Doomsday Virus, Brainiac’s invasion and turmoil in Superman’s relationship with Wonder Woman. Indirectly, it sounds the end of New 52 Superman.

In fact, this comic is excellent for your collection. Indeed, you will definitely love the brutality of the action and the urgency of the art. Visually, the panels bleed into the next, succeeding each other. Moreover, the story-telling is narration by the main protagonist of the story: Superman.

This product has 2 global review ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.7 out of 5. There is a great satisfaction with the product: “Now this is the way you write a Superman man story! Have the Hero go up against an threat the world can not handle. An enemy no other cape hero can go up against…this is Superman at his finest!”

Overall, this comic was great.

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I recommend this comic as the most significant storyline in the New 52 Superman series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Super Power Explained: Male And Female Warriors And Superheroes Ranked That Performed Best To Worst Against Doomsday

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DOOMSDAY’S REACTIVE ADAPTATION GRANTS IT UNIVERSAL-LEVEL DURABILITY

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey' (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid!
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid! Photo/DC Comics

In “Super Power Explained: Is The Omega Effect, Universal Or Multiversal In Power Level?,” we rated Darkseid’s Omega Effect. In a few words, Darkseid’s Omega Effect is Universal Level since it managed to kill Doomsday. However, due to Doomsday’s reactive evolution, the monster survived the onslaught. Dangerously, it nearly fatally injured Darkseid. To rate the super power, we looked at the destruction of Doomsday at the end of “Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey.” To sum, it took the entropy at the end of the DC Universe to kill the monster.

On this list, let’s rank those heroes and incarnations that have performed best to worst against the Ultimate in battle. In addition, let’s list the relevant issues.

BEST: POST-CRISIS SUPERMAN, ‘SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY: HUNTER/PREY’ (1994) #3

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3' (1994), Doomsday is taken to the end of time by Superman and Waverider.
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey’ (1994) #3, Doomsday is taken to the end of time by Superman and Waverider. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #3, Superman learns the origin of Doomsday from Waverider. 200,000 years ago, the Ultimate was born on Krypton from genetic engineering by a scientist named Bertron.

Despite Mother Box’s amps, Superman is no match for Doomsday. In effect, his reactive adaptation enables him to evolve to counter Superman’s attack. And, his power of immortality prevents Superman from killing him in the same way twice.

Nevertheless, using Waverider’s Temporal Transporter, Superman transports Doomsday to the end of the universe. There, entropy effectively kills Doomsday. Then, a reconstituted Waverider transports Superman back to the present.

Clearly, one of Superman’s clearest victories. Here, Superman used both brawn and brain to put down the monster. Definitely, it belongs at the top of the list.

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BEST: NEW 52 SUPERMAN, ‘SUPERMAN: DOOMED’ (2014) #1

In 'Superman: Doomed' (2014) #1, Superman rips Doomsday in half in Smallville.
In ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1, Superman rips Doomsday in half in Smallville. AP Photo/DC Comics.

During the New 52, Doomsday resurfaced as a plague. Terrifyingly, the monster was stealing sentient life forces. To this end, it was in order to be powerful enough to fight Superman.

In ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman hunted down the creature in Botswana. However, it spent its time teleporting around the Earth. In fact, it was corrupting all life in its vicinity with its toxins.

Eventually, Superman confronts the menace in India. Then, he takes the fight to outer space. On Venus, Superman destroys the monster with a blast of heat vision. Back in Smallville, the monster follows the Man of Steel. In a vicious attack, Superman rips Doomsday in half, ending the threat.

Clearly, one of the most decisive victories against Doomsday. Definitely, a Herculean effort.

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GOOD: NEW 52 WONDER WOMAN, ‘SUPERMAN: DOOMED’ (2014) #1

In 'Superman: Doomed' (2014) #1, Wonder Woman rumbles against Doomsday.
In ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1, Wonder Woman rumbles against Doomsday. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Previously, Doomsday held Wonder Woman on the ropes in ‘Superman/Wonder Woman’ (2013) #1. Until Superman arrived on the scene. Then, Doomsday teleported away.

Similarly, in Round Two, the situation repeats in ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1. But, this time, Wonder Woman performs better against the plague. With a strike of her sword, Wonder Woman pierces Doomsday’s thorax. As a result, the monster releases deadly poison. Though Wonder Woman is infected, she continues the fight.

As Doomsday attacks, he is blasted by a dose of heat vision. In the nick of time, Superman has arrived to save his girlfriend. Strangely, before Superman can take down the monster, Doomsday teleports away. Perhaps, in fear of the Kryptonian.

Definitely, a victory for the Power Couple.

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GOOD: POST-CRISIS MAXIMA, ‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’ (1992) #497

In 'Adventures of Superman' (1992) #497, Maxima battles Doomsday.
In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (1992) #497, Maxima battles Doomsday. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Promptly, it is time for a Maxima revival. Post-Crisis, the Queen of Almerac is a heavy hitter of the JLA. During “The Death of Superman,” Maxima and the Man of Steel were the only JLAers left standing against Doomsday.

A warrior-born, Maxima performed impressively against the creature. Though, her fierceness and her battle lust may have caused her undoing.

In her battle lust, Maxima removed a light pole from its base. With the gasoline gushing from a nearby gas station, the sparks from the light pole caused a huge explosion. Caught in the explosion, Maxima and Superman were knocked out. Later, Superman and Maxima are revived by Guardian. In the end, Doomsday survived and Superman decided to stop the monster alone.

Indeed, a good showing by a female warrior against the Ultimate.

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BAD: POST-CRISIS MARTIAN MANHUNTER, ‘SUPERMAN’ (2001) #175

In 'Superman' (2001) #175, an intelligent Doomsday breathes fire on Martian Manhunter.
In ‘Superman’ (2001) #175, an intelligent Doomsday breathes fire on Martian Manhunter at the White House. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Superman’ (2001) #175, Joker unleashes Doomsday on the anniversary of the Last Son of Krypton’s death. On that day, President Luthor gives a speech commemorating recent events during “Our Worlds At War.” At the White House, President Luthor is under attack by the Berserker.

Disguised as a secret agent, Mac transforms into Martian Manhunter. For the first time, Doomsday displays intelligence and speech. Unfortunately, Martian telepathy has no effect. When Doomsday blocks J’onn’s punch, the Martian notes the creature is sentient.

Then, Doomsday brings Martian Manhunter to his knees. Though the monster acknowledges J’onn’s power, he states the Martian is no Superman. Finally, Doomsday demonstrates another super power. Atrociously, the monster breathes fire on Martian Manhunter, defeating him.

Definitely, a bad performance against Doomsday.


RESOURCES

REDDIT: Respect Doomsday (Post Crisis).


SOURCES

Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 3 in DC Database.
Superman: Doomed Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Wonder Woman Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 497 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 2 175 in DC Database.

Battles Of The Week: Wonder Woman vs Doomsday (Heroine vs Villain)

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OUR REVIEW RATING SCORE:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Charles Soule, Greg Pak, Scott Lobdell and Ken Lashey.


SYNOPSIS

Three fighter jets arrive on an island and intend to destroy Doomsday. But, their jets are destroyed in proximity to the monster. Superman arrives and saves them. When he returns to the island, it is in ruins and Doomsday has vanished.

The world-wide hunt for the monster begins. In Botswana, Wonder Woman arrives first on the scene of Steel’s battle against the rampaging behemoth.

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

WONDER WOMAN RESCUES STEEL IN BOTSWANA!
In 'Superman: Doomed' (2014) #1, Wonder Woman rescues Steel from Doomsday in Botswana.
In ‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1, Wonder Woman rescues Steel from Doomsday in Botswana. AP Photo/DC Comics

Enter the two contestants in Botswana. On the left side is Wonder Woman, the Amazon Princess and on the right side is Doomsday.

Let’s look at the stats.

WONDER WOMAN – PRIME EARTH
Super-Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Speed: Stellar 67%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Planetary 50%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Leader 33%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Lasso Of Truth.
  • Wonder Woman’s Tiara.
  • Magical Sword.
  • Themysciran Shield.
DOOMSDAY – PRIME EARTH
Super Strength: Stellar 58%
Super Speed: Stellar 67%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Planetary 50%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Neophyte 8%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • None.

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THE FIGHT

In Botswana, Wonder Woman hunts down Doomsday. There, she rescues Steel from the monster. Then, she engages the behemoth in a brief fight.

The battle to decide who is the true warrior!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Wonder Woman piercing Doomsday’s thorax with her sword. Doomsday responds by infecting Wonder Woman with toxins.

WONDER WOMAN INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACK: 4 DAMAGE PTS.
DOOMSDAY MATTER MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.


On the following page, Doomsday infects Wonder Woman again.

DOOMSDAY MATTER MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.


In the end, the arrival of Superman causes Doomsday to teleport away.

DOOMSDAY BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL ATTACK: -6 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the battle, Wonder Woman has won the battle though she is infected.

TOTAL


DIANA’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-12 DAMAGE PTS.

-(12 DAMAGE PTS * 1.1944444*10^17 W * 60 s * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -20476189714.3.

DURABILITY: PLANETARY

Durability: Planetary 58%
DOOMSDAY’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-10 DAMAGE PTS.

-(10 DAMAGE PTS * 3.6*10^14 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -857142.857143 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: PLANETARY

Durability: Planetary 58%

OUTCOME: WONDER WOMAN WINS BY BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL

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DOOMSDAY IN COMICS

‘Superman: The Man Of Steel’ (1992) #17, marks the first cameo appearance of Doomsday. Superman must face the menace of the Underworlders.

'Man Of Steel' (1992) #17, marks the first cameo appearance of Doomsday. Superman must face the menace of the Underworlders.
‘Superman: The Man Of Steel’ (1992) #17, marks the first cameo appearance of Doomsday. Superman must face the menace of the Underworlders. Photo/DC Comics

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Superman: The Man of Steel Vol 1 17 in DC Database.

“Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (Superman (DC Comics))” Review

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The Man of Steel must cross a galaxy to hunt down Doomsday, the creature that killed him. But as Superman gets closer and closer to his quarry, he becomes Doomsday’s prey! This fast-paced story reveals the shocking origin of Doomsday.

“Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey” shows character evolution for a major supervillain in the DC Universe. It is mainly an origin story on the supervillain named Doomsday.

Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding pair up to deliver this classic 90s series that packs a wallop! You will not believe the pages of this comic and definitely will want more action. The unexpected connection between Superman and Doomsday is revealed.

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  • “Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (Superman (DC Comics)).”
  • Publisher: DC Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 151 pages.
  • Dimensions: 6.63 x 0.25 x 10.25 inches.
  • Publication Date: September 1, 1995.

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This comic completes “The Death of Superman” storyline. It provides an origin story on Doomsday and belongs to your ’90s Superman collection.

The comic stands out because of its fast pace and the urgency of the storyline. This is Superman at his most vulnerable and confronting his mortality. Doomsday is depicted as a threat not even the Man of Steel can overcome on his own power. The comic definitely changes the DC Universe status quo by modifying the hierarchy of power.

This product has excellent reviews and has 26 ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.7 out of 5. There is a great satisfaction with the product.

One customer review said: “I’ve been fascinated by this story since I first read it. I ordered this book for my niece to get her on board with what to me is the greatest story ever told in comic book history.

This story is actually the sequel to the classic Death Of Superman trade paperback. In this collection they go back and tell how the aliens created Doomsday.”

The reviews were overall very positive with 3 negative reviews. A problem cited by a negative review was the poor writing: “When is someone going to write Superman so that it does not sound like the same writers that were writing for him in the 1930’s? This book is full of the same cornball dialogue that has become a plague throughout Superman’s career. Superman grew up human – why not make him sound like it? This book does allow us to see a more human side to Superman – one with fears and an eroding self-confidence. The problem is that this unique storyline is overshadowed by the grade school, dumb it down writing. The story also uses the old fail safe, when it doubt make it Kryptonian safety net. ”

Overall, this comic was great.

CONCLUSION


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  • Sequel to “The Death Of Superman.”

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  • Poor writing.

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I recommend this Paperback as an action-packed sequel to “The Death Of Superman.”

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Bio: Steel

Steel

Steel – New Earth
NAME: JOHN HENRY IRONS

RELATIVES: CLAY IRONS (BROTHER), NATASHA IRONS (NIECE)

BASE OF OPERATIONS: STEELWORKS, METROPOLIS; FORMERLY WASHINGTON D.C.

AFFILIATION: SUPERMEN OF AMERICA, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

CHARACTERISTICS

HEIGHT: 6’7″ MALE

WEIGHT: 290 LBS (132 KG)

ALIGNMENT: GOOD

ORIGIN STORY


John Henry Irons’ parents died when he was young. In order to achieve power and money, John attended Yale on a sports scholarship before being hired by Amertek Industries.1

As a ballistic expert, he designed hi-tech weapons for a contractor with government ties. When his weapons were used in a war in Qurac, Irons destroyed his prototypes and relocated to Metropolis under Henry Johnson.

During the battle of Metropolis, Irons was saved by Superman who was battling Doomsday. “Henry” told Superman he owed him his life and Superman told him to make it count for something.2

BECOMING STEEL, THE NEW SUPERMAN

During the “Reign of the Supermen” storyline, Irons found out his weapons called “Toastmasters,” were being sold on the street. Irons decided to take action and designed an armour suit, flight boots, a kinetic hammer, an S-emblem and a cape. He became Steel. People believed he was Superman coming back from death. At the time, there were three other Supermen in Metropolis.2

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STORY ARCS


  • Reign Of The Supermen.
  • JLA: World War Three.

NOTABLE COMIC BOOK BATTLES


  • Steel vs Metallo.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Steel Volume 2 #0.
  2. Superman: The Man Of Steel #22.

Bio: Doomsday

Doomsday

Doomsday – New Earth
NAME: DOOMSDAY, “THE ULTIMATE”

RELATIVES: BERTRON (CREATOR, “FATHER”, DECEASED)

BASE OF OPERATIONS: NEW EARTH, KRYPTON

AFFILIATION: SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS III

CHARACTERISTICS

HEIGHT: 7′ 0″ (2.13 M) MALE

WEIGHT: 615 LBS (279 KG)

ALIGNMENT: BAD

ORIGIN STORY


200,000 years ago, an alien scientist named Bertron had the dream of creating the Ultimate on Krypton. Early Krypton was very harsh and hostile and the life-forms living there were the deadliest creatures in the universe. The child that would become Doomsday was created by a process of forced evolution. He was exposed to the harsh environment, killed, its remains collected then cloned then the process was repeated a thousand times. Eventually, the creature evolved the ability to come back from the attack that killed it. Doomsday proceeded to eradicate all the harsh life-forms on Krypton.

Per it’s genetic programming, it returned to Bertron’s lab and killed Bertron and all the scientists there. Then it boarded the cargo ship that supplied Bertron’s lab and went to other planets destroying lives.

Doomsday ended up on Calaton, a very scientifically advanced world. For three years it laid waste to the planet until it reached the capital. The scientists worked to devise a solution and finally, the members of the Royal family who had meta human abilities were merged into the being called the Radiant. For a week, he battled Doomsday until in an all-out energy attack he was able to kill the creature. Doomsday was bound but its body was not destroyed to prevent it from entering the afterlife and sent into space. It crash-landed on Earth, buried deep within its mantle.1

DOOMSDAY AND SUPERMAN DIE IN BATTLE IN METROPOLIS

Doomsday emerged to the Earth’s surface. He was met by the Justice League and was named Doomsday by Booster Gold. Doomsday beat them with ease with one hand tied behind his back.2,3 Superman soon met him and a battle across the U.S. states followed. Superman realized the creature was headed for Metropolis.4,5 Eventually, Superman fought Doomsday to a standstill. Finally, both combatants dealt each other the final blow. Apparently spent, they both died.6,7

POWERS


POWERS

ABILITIES

WEAKNESSES


  • Entropy: This is the one thing that Doomsday cannot adapt to nor form an immunity to. When sent to the end of time, he was finally destroyed along with end of the universe.[34]
  • Single-Mindedness: Due to the fact that Doomsday was unintentionally programmed to hate everything that lives, Doomsday will focus only on killing, and could potentially be led into a trap.
  • Monstrous Appearance

STORY ARCS


  • The Death Of Superman.
  • Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey.
  • The Doomsday Wars.
  • Reign Of The Doomsdays.

NOTABLE COMIC BOOK BATTLES


  • Superman vs Doomsday.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #1.
  2. Justice League Of America #69.
  3. Superman #74.
  4. Adventures Of Superman #497.
  5. Action Comics #684.
  6. Superman: The Man Of Steel #19.
  7. Superman #75.

DC Day: In The Events Of ‘Superman: Sacrifice’, Wonder Woman Kills Maxwell Lord In Cold Blood

DC DAY

WONDER WOMAN SNAPS MAXWELL LORD’S NECK! OH NO!
In ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Wonder Woman kills Maxwell Lord to free Superman from his control by snapping his neck. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN DC UNIVERSE

SUPERMAN… A THREAT?

In the events of ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Wonder Woman kills Maxwell Lord. In ‘Superman (2005) #219, Clark and Lois are watching a documentary about Superman in bed. The documentary states natural disasters are particularly devastating and beyond human control, then it compares them to Superman. Clark turns off the documentary and wonders if the public sees him as a menace.

He mentions recent events at Puccalpa where he fought an OMAC to a standstill and people died. The event turned the people against him and he wonders why the attacker attacked him. The Disaster Week documentary continues and states that Superman’s heat vision is “off the charts by any of the standard scientific measures.” In between, are scenes of Clark at the Daily Planet talking to Jimmy Olsen. Jimmy mentions that Metropolis may be safer without Superman. At that moment, a beam attacks the Daily Planet.

In ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Superman’s heat vision is the subject of Disaster Week which shows him as a menace. AP Photo/DC Comics

Asking Jimmy to take cover, Superman takes into action in order to trace the beam to an apartment. Talking to one of the bystanders, Superman finds out the attacker has been using wires and screaming like a crazy person about Superman. Superman meets the super-villain, named Blackrock. He engages Blackrock in combat. Superman attempts to take down Blackrock in a series of attacks then resorts to the use of heat vision.

With an “enough!”, Superman resorts to an uncontrolled blast of heat vision. He pours the energy destroying the camera that Jimmy Olsen’s camerawoman was holding. A gas tank blows and things are catching fire. Even though Blackrock is no longer drawing power from the rock, Superman continues. When Jimmy Olsen shouts to Superman “Superman! He’s done!”, Superman stops. Asking why Blackrock attacked him, Blackrock states it is because he is Superman and an alien. Asking Jimmy how he is, Jimmy says he is alright. However, the woman is scared and flees. The public responds Superman is not human and nothing can hurt him. Superman takes the rock and throws it into the sun.

In ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Superman’s heat vision is out of control in order to defeat Blackrock. AP Photo/DC Comics

SUPERMAN IS MIND-CONTROLLED WITH VISIONS OF KILLING HIS ROGUES

In ‘Action Comics (2005) #829, Superman is mind-controlled with visions of killing Brainiac. In the morning, Lois awakes in bed in Metropolis and asks for “Clark.” She thinks about her marriage to Superman and says she does not understand him. She talks about his vision powers and how awe-inspiring they are. On the phone, Lois says she is worried about Clark because he did not come home. She found it new that Clark looked at her with doubt.

Elsewhere, Clark and Jimmy Olsen are on the scene on the latest Blackrock incident. Clark is happy no one was seriously injured. Jimmy asked the Daily Planet’s science writers to estimate peak temperatures and it seems it reached to about 1000 oC of glass melting. Clark asks Jimmy if Superman over-reacted and Jimmy is unsure. Jimmy does state that Superman used to save the nuclear option to big-bads like Doomsday and Gog and not second-raters like Blackrock. Clark heads back to the Daily Planet and asks to see Lois Lane. Peaking through the walls with his X-ray vision, he see Brainiac flirting with Lois Lane. Clark storms through the door.

 

In ‘Action Comics (2005) #829, Lois Lane wakes up worried that Superman didn’t come home. AP Photo/DC Comics

Clark attempts to reassure Lois that he is here to save her. Lois tells Clark Brainiac is a friend. Lois says Clark is scaring her. Superman takes Lois away and activates the security protocols at their apartment. At the Fortress of Solitude, he is hunting down Brainiac with the Superman robot. Brainiac takes over the Superman robot and Superman quickly defeats him. Brainiac guides Superman to his location seven miles beneath the ocean in the Marianas Trench. It is the Brainiac Skull Ship. Superman engages Brainiac in combat. Brainiac states Lois he has looked into Lois’ mind and she does not know whether to call him Superman or Clark.

He states the problem is Superman is hiding from the truth: he is pretending to owe allegiance to a world he does not belong to. He is an alien. Brainiac states the humans fear Superman. Superman says “wrong!” and breaches the ship’s hull. Superman says he can withstand 16000 psi, but wonders if Brainiac can. At that moment, Brainiac shows Perry, Lana, Jimmy and Lois bottled up. Superman can’t save them and they are submerged by the waters. Then, Superman decides to kill Brainiac in order to avenge them. At that moment, a bright light erupts. Superman is at the Fortress of Solitude, kneeling, with blood in his hands and the Superman robot at his side. Then, the Justice League arrives.

In ‘Action Comics (2005) #829, Superman is mind controlled that he is fighting Brainiac. AP Photo/DC Comics

SUPERMAN TAKES DOWN THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA IN ORDER TO TAKE ON MAXWELL LORD

In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2005) #642, Superman realizes his visions were a mind control that resulted in him nearly killing Batman. Superman is on the Justice League Watchtower on the moon, inspecting Batman’s bruised. He recognized the thumbprints on Batman’s neck and realizes they are his. However, he refuses to believe it. Wonder Woman who had been standing behind Superman for thirty minutes comes into the room to operate the purple ray on Bruce.

Superman states he did not do it and she says she knows. Wonder Woman states Superman is “the strongest of us in almost every way.” Superman states he keeps seeing images of Lois dying, of Brainiac, Doomsday, Darkseid or Ruin. Wonder Woman says she will join him in the Conference Room where Martian Manhunter has finished his analysis of the security recordings.

In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2005) 642, Superman realizes his visions were a mind control that resulted in Batman’s near death. AP Photo/DC Comics

The security recordings show Superman attacking Batman, slamming him on the Watchtower computer and then engaging turrets and a defense drone. Superman fires heat vision at Batman. At that moment, Wonder Woman teleports on the Watchtower and blocks the heat vision. Then, she ties Superman with her lasso. Strategically, Superman breaches the Watchtower hull twice, once to counter Wonder Woman and then to escape.

Superman says he thought he was fighting Ruin. Following a mind scan to heal the implanted psychotic episode in Superman’s mind, it is found that Maxwell Lord is at the origin of the mind control. Wonder Woman teleports away Batman to safety. As the Justice League prepares to place Superman in a teleportation loop. Superman sensing their menace, attacks.

In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2005) 642, Superman fights the Justice League of America. AP Photo/DC Comics

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WONDER WOMAN GOES TOE TO TOE WITH SUPERMAN

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #219, Wonder Woman has tracked Superman’s whereabouts to Maxwell Lord’s location. Speaking to Maxwell Lord, she finds out he secretly stole Batman’s Brother MK I, murdered Blue Beetle and has Superman under mind control. Maxwell Lord says he has absolute control over Superman and that he has filled him with visions of paranoia. As Wonder Woman is about to convince Maxwell Lord, Superman comes in at high speed. Maxwell Lord has convinced Superman that Wonder Woman is Doomsday and that she has murdered Lois.

Superman fires heat vision at Wonder Woman who can barely get her bracelets up. Then, he takes her to the sun. As they approach the sun, Wonder Woman takes out some Kryptonite. However, Superman punches her back to Earth. She blacks out for an instant. Wonder Woman crash lands in Wyoming. As she comes out of the crater, Superman freezes her. As Superman listens to find Wonder Woman, she hits his ears with her bracelets causing a concussion. Then, the turn of the battle. Though Superman manages to break Wonder Woman’s wrist, she uses birds as a distraction in order to slow him down, get away and find Maxwell Lord.

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #219, Wonder Woman goes toe to toe with Superman. AP Photo/DC Comics

IN COLD BLOOD, WONDER WOMAN KILLS MAXWELL LORD

In ‘Superman: Sacrifice’ (2005), Wonder Woman kills Maxwell Lord to free Superman from his control by snapping his neck. AP Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Superman: Sacrifice in DC Database.
Superman Vol 2 219 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 829 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 642 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 2 219 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman #219.
  2. Action Comics #829.
  3. Adventures of Superman #642.

Super Power Explained: Is The Omega Effect, Universal Or Multiversal In Power Level?

SUPER POWER

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey' (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid!
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid! Photo/DC Comics

IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED

Today, we talk about a destructive super power. I speak of the Omega Effect.

On October 12th, we had Battles Of The Week: Doomsday vs Darkseid. Darkseid actually kills Doomsday “with the unsurpassed force of my Omega Beams.”1 A question that has intrigued fans for some time, is to determine the Power Level of the Omega Effect.

What is the destructive super power called the Omega Effect?

Read on!

The Omega Effect is a strange force of entropy, perhaps a destructive side to the often creative nature of the Source.

It is Darkseid‘s possession of the Omega Effect that allows him to fire his Omega Beams from his eyes. These beams are capable of vaporizing, erasing, as energy blasts/energy beams or transmuting any form of matter, living or non-living. They can send/retrieve something from different places, times, dimensions, and even universes.

Darkseid uses his Omega Beam to send Batman back in time at the climax of Final Crisis. From there Batman had to journey through time in order to get back home to his own time period.

It is practically impossible to avoid, dodge or deflect Darkseid’s Omega Beams, as the beams are able to make sharp turns around obstacles and few can withstand a direct hit from them.

The Omega Effect, Comic Vine

Because the Source is Multiversal in Post-Crisis continuity, it might seem that the Omega Effect super power is also Multiversal in Power Level.

Let’s dig our comics!

‘SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY: HUNTER/PREY’

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey' (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid!
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #1, Doomsday faces the awesome might of Darkseid! Photo/DC Comics

In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey’ (1994) #1, Doomsday resurrects then guided by Cyborg Superman, lands on Apokolips. There, a brutal confrontation between Darkseid, the God of Evil, and Doomsday, the Ultimate, follows. Darkseid states in the issue, that he can equal Doomsday’s power. If Darkseid can equal Doomsday’s power then he used the full power of the Omega Effect. During the battle, Darkseid uses the destructive super power to kill Doomsday. However, Doomsday comes back from death and evolves beyond the attack. At the end of the battle, as Doomsday defeats Darkseid, Darkseid says that Doomsday is a being of legend, citing the fear he creates.

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #3' (1994), Doomsday throws Superman into Calaton's nuclear reactors causing an explosion "equal to a million nuclear blasts."
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #3’ (1994), Doomsday throws Superman into Calaton’s nuclear reactors causing an explosion “equal to a million nuclear blasts.”
In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3' (1994), Superman exclaims he has found his limit and can't move, due to surviving the concussive force of an explosion "equal to a million nuclear blasts" on Calaton. Doomsday survives unscathed!
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3’ (1994), Superman exclaims he has found his limit, surviving the concussive force of an explosion “equal to a million nuclear blasts” on Calaton.

In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3’ (1994), Doomsday and Superman survive an explosion “equal to a million nuclear blasts!”2 This durability feat is Stellar in Power Level and we used it to rate a similar feat.

In 'Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3' (1994), Doomsday is taken to the end of time by Superman and Waverider.
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter Prey #3’ (1994), Doomsday is taken to the end of time by Superman and Waverider. Photo/DC Comics

Since Superman is unable to defeat Doomsday with the help of Mother Box and Waverider, he takes Doomsday to the end of time where the universe is ravaged by the forces of entropy. Doomsday’s destruction ends there. This indicates that Doomsday’s durability is Universal.

As a result, since the Omega Effect succeeded in killing Doomsday once, it is Universal in Power Level. The destructive super power is capable at full power of destroying even the Ultimate. However, Doomsday comes back and evolves from the attack. At the end of time, there is nothing that Doomsday can come back to since the universe is ravaged by the forces of entropy. As Doomsday keeps coming back to an entropic universe, he cannot evolve from entropy, he eventually dies.

ENERGY PROJECTION POWER LEVEL:

UNIVERSAL

                       

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SOURCES

Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 3 in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #1.
  2. Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey #3.