We Rank Your Favorite Superhero… Or Villain
Round 1: Match-Up #30, we have Sinestro vs Doomsday.
|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
HEIGHT: 6’7″ MALE
WEIGHT: 290 LBS (132 KG)
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
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
|NAME: DOOMSDAY, “THE ULTIMATE”|
RELATIVES: BERTRON (CREATOR, “FATHER”, DECEASED)
BASE OF OPERATIONS: NEW EARTH, KRYPTON
AFFILIATION: SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS III
HEIGHT: 7′ 0″ (2.13 M) MALE
WEIGHT: 615 LBS (279 KG)
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 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
|WONDER WOMAN SNAPS MAXWELL LORD’S NECK! OH NO!|
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.
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 ‘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.
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 ‘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.
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 ‘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.
|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.
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?
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
|Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 1 in DC Database.|
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey Vol 1 3 in DC Database.
Enter the two contestants on Apokolips. On the left side, is Doomsday, the Ultimate and on the right side is Darkseid, the God of Evil.
Let’s look at the stats.
In ‘Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey’ (1994) #1, Doomsday arrives on Apokolips by cargo ship programmed by Cyborg Superman. As Doomsday destroys Apokolips and its army, he faces the awesome might of Darkseid!
The battle to decide who is the cosmic destroyer!
‘Superman: The Man Of Steel’ (1992) #17, marks the first cameo appearance of Doomsday. Superman must face the menace of the Underworlders.
In ‘Superman Doomed’ (2014) #1, Lex Luthor performs an intelligence feat. The Justice League has to confront the menace of Doomsday that has eradicated a million animals with its spores. During a Justice League meeting in an emergency bunker in Washington D.C., Lex Luthor hacks the Justice League’s communication systems.
How much intelligence does it take to hack the Justice League’s communication systems?
For our database entries on DC Power Levels, visit the DC page!
Head over to ‘What Is the New 52 – Know Your Universe’ by Comicstorian.
In ‘Superman/Batman #10’, Superman performs an energy projection feat. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Amazons battle an invasion from Apokolips. Superman faces, an army of Dr. Bedlam’s estimated… 3,000 Doomsday “animates”.
How much energy does it take to melt 3,000 Doomsday “animates”?
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Head over to ‘How Powerful is the Post Crisis Superman?’ by Comic Books vs The World.