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IN EXTINCTION

J’ONN J’ONNZ IS THE LAST SURVIVOR OF MARS

In Detective Comics (1955) #225, Dr. Erdel accidentally teleports J'onn J'onnz to Earth.
In Detective Comics (1955) #225, Dr. Erdel accidentally teleports J’onn J’onnz to Earth. DC Comics.

During the Silver Age, Martian Manhunter debuted. Over the years, Martian Manhunter’s super powers expanded. In The Brave And The Bold (1960) #28, Martian Manhunter joins the new Justice League of America. In later stories, Martian Manhunter was often a replacement for the Silver Age Superman.

Post-Crisis, the 1988 four-issue limited series Martian Manhunter established his modern origin: Martian Manhunter is the last survivor from Mars. Teleported to Earth by Dr. Erdel’s experimental beam, he became a champion on Earth. In fact, J’onn J’onnz was displaced in time and space. Indeed, the Martian race has been dead for years.

OVERPOWERED, J’ONN J’ONNZ HAS THE POWER TO MOVE A PLANET

In JLA (2003) #75, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso.
In JLA (2003) #75, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso. DC Comics.

Notably, Martian Manhunter has been called the Swiss-Army Knife of the Justice League. Regularly, he serves as the League’s telepathic link, strategist, advisor and detective. In fact, Martian telepathy has been able to scan minds, repair damage, contact over vast distances and enter into mental battles. Indeed, J’onn is able to effect his super powers on a vast scale. Even, to the Planetary-Level.

In JLA (2003) #75, Martian Manhunter showcases why he is one of the strongest beings in the DC Universe. In the issue, the Earth is pulled out of orbit by the Atlantean villain Gamemnae. With a spell, Manitou Raven increases the size of Wonder Woman’s lasso. Heroically, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso.

Really, Martian Manhunter has too many super powers as a result of Martian physiology: Super strength, super speed, nigh invulnerability, flight, heat vision, EM vision, telescopic vision, microscopic vision, super hearing, super breath, regeneration, invisibility, phasing, shapeshifing, telepathy, telekinesis, matter absorption. Later, we will see what happens when his powers are unleashed against his friends.

BECOMING #AWEAPONOFMASSDESTRUCTION, J’ONN EVOLVED INTO FERNUS THE BURNING

In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light.
In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light. DC Comics.

In JLA: Trial By Fire, Martian Manhunter becomes Fernus The Burning. On multiple occasions, Martian Manhunter has been stated to be the most powerful being in the DC Universe. In fact, the Burning Martians were so powerful that the Guardians of The Universe had to genetically suppress them. Thanks to his love for Scorch, J’onn J’onnz overcame his fire weakness. Indeed, he became Fernus who was so powerful that it took the entire JLA to match up to him.

Only Plastic Man was able to take him on mano-a-mano since his brain was no longer organic. Sinisterly, the Burning Martian needed fire and pain from human extinction in order to spawn. Using his love for Scorch, he detonated the nuclear weapons on Earth. Desperately, the JLA managed to destroy them. However, Superman failed to destroy the last one. Catastrophically, the weapon exploded in Chongjin, North Korea.

In JLA (2003) #89, Flash (Wally West) was able to save the 532,000 inhabitants of the city in a fraction of a second.

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WHY J’ONN J’ONNZ IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

HIS TELEPATHY CAN AFFECT COSMIC ENTITIES

In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, J'onn repairs Spectre's mind.
 In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, J’onn repairs Spectre’s mind. DC Comics.

In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, the Spectre is knocked unconscious. Previously, during the Trans invasion, the Spectre had merged with the JLA. Now, the Spectre lies on the floor traumatized. Surprisingly, Batman fears the worst. Amazingly, Martian Manhunter reveals ghosts cannot die. Then, he proceeds to repair the cosmic mind.

AS FERNUS, HE DESTROYED ALL HUNDRED WHITE MARTIANS IN THE PHANTOM ZONE OFF-PANEL

In JLA (2003) #86, Fernus kills the White Martians in the Phantom Zone.
In JLA (2003) #86, Fernus kills the White Martians in the Phantom Zone. DC Comics.

In JLA (2003) #86, the JLA battle Fernus for the first time. On the lunar Watchtower, they find Superman phased onto the Justice League table. Soon, Fernus attacks them. Eventually, Batman revives Superman and Manitou Raven opens his mystical eyes. For the first time, Superman sees the enemy: Fernus!

Fortunately, the JLA manage to escape the attack. Soon, they regroup at the Fortress of Solitude. There, Superman plans to use the Phantom Zone Projector. First, the Leaguers must check on the White Martians imprisoned there after Terror Incognita.

Shockingly, the Leaguers find Fernus with the butchered corpses of White Martians. Behind Fernus, they are floating in the Phantom Zone. Though the genocide occurred off-panel.

Per our calculations, Fernus performed a Galaxy-Level feat of Energy Projection.

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J’ONN CAN REGENERATE FROM A HEART ATTACK

In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, Martian Manhunter regenerates from a near death experience.
In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, Martian Manhunter regenerates from a near death experience.

In JLA: Paradise Lost, Heaven is under attack by Asmodel’s and Neron’s demonic armies. To seek revenge against the JLA and the angel Zauriel, Asmodel makes an alliance with the demon Neron. At the Watchtower, Asmodel attacks Martian Manhunter. Brutally, he leaves J’onn for dead and departs seeking Zauriel.

Later, the JLA find the comatose Martian Manhunter. In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, J’onn J’onnz has a near death experience. As matter of fact, Batman has a plan and enlists Aztek’s and Flash’s help. In theory, J’onn’s Martian physiology is a complex immune system at the molecular level. With Flash’s Speed Force, it is possible to excite J’onn’s molecules, reviving his immunity and invulnerability.

Successfully, Martian Manhunter’s heart starts pumping blood again. According to Aztek’s readings, J’onn should recover. Actually, J’onn J’onnz is pulled out of his coma.

J’ONN CAN AMP HIMSELF TO DEFEAT HUNDREDS OF INCOMPLETE AMAZOS

In Justice League (2019) #27, Martian Manhunter amps his size to destroy incomplete Amazos.
In Justice League (2019) #27, Martian Manhunter amps his size to destroy incomplete Amazos. DC Comics.

At CBR, J. Richland Anderson writes All Of Martian Manhunter’s Powers, Ranked. Indeed, he ranks matter absorption as fourth on his list.

In the Rebirth continuity, J’onn has amnesia issues. In Year Of The Villain, the Justice League are working to locate Lex Luthor. As matter of fact, he is in league with the cosmic villain Perpetua to find the Apex Predator.

In the issue, Professor Ivo captures Martian Manhunter. Strongly, J’onn breaks himself free. Then, a robot Ivo unleashes Amazo. Again imprisoned, Hawkgirl frees J’onn, crushing Amazo’s head.

Incredibly, Martian Manhunter amps himself, growing in size. As he does, he barrels through the hundred of incomplete Amazos. In conclusion, they realize Ivo is also a robot. Also, Lex Luthor is alive.


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DC vs Marvel: 5 Reasons Why Superman Is Stronger Than Hulk

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SUPERMAN AND HULK HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR INFINITE STRENGTH

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

At DC and Marvel, Superman and Hulk are the top two powerhouses in terms of super strength. Previously, we showcased five feats where Superman demonstrated the potential for infinite super strength. At the same time, Hulk has shown on many occasions feats of infinite power. To find out about Hulk’s time travel feat, visit THE Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy Ranks The Top 10 Heroes And Villains By The Potential For Infinite Strength.

Over the years, flaming wars have raged over who is the stronger: the Last Son of Krypton or the Green Behemoth. Indeed, if Superman has near-limitless strength, the madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. Though they are in the same strength class, let’s list five reasons why Superman may be stronger.

5 REASONS WHY SUPERMAN IS STRONGER THAN HULK

5. GREATER WILLPOWER

In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman increases the GL energy beam by 20 percent with his willpower.
In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman increases the GL energy beam by 20 percent with his willpower. DC Comics.

To begin, one of Superman’s greatest strengths in his fights is his willpower. Despite overwhelming odds, Superman never backs down but continues fighting. Over the years, it has been explained that Superman has some of the strongest willpowers in the DC Universe. At one point, Superman was a candidate to receive a Green Lantern ring. In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman and the Green Lanterns fight a mount of dirt. In an assault, Superman adds his willpower to the GL beams, increasing it by 20 percent.

Though Hulk also has unbelievable willpower. However, in most incarnations, he lacks the corresponding intelligence. And in a battle against such a savage foe, willpower is everything.

4. STRONGER ENEMIES

In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #13, Superman is angry at the death of Kara Zor-El and battles Darkseid. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Notably, this argument is debatable. Indeed, Hulk regularly meets with top-tier and cosmic-level foes. Some of them include the U-Foes, Abomination, High Evolutionary, Silver Surfer, Thor, Sentry, Galaxy Master and even Marvel Zeus. However, Hulk has suffered from low-quality opponents. Due to his baseline strength being lower, Hulk has had trouble with street-level opponents. For example, Spider-Man once knocked out Hulk with a punch.

In the Post-Crisis continuity, Superman more often fights opponents in his strength class. Many are Superman-level, but others like Darkseid, Brainiac 13, Fernus, Imperiex, Dominus and Mandrakk are Planetary, Universal to Multiversal-level threats.

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3. BETTER LIFTING FEATS

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Perhaps, one department of super strength that truly separates Superman and Hulk is lifting feats. Unquestionably, Hulk has better striking feats. In fact, his punches often explode with the force of bombs, or turn back time.

However, Superman may outclass Hulk in raw strength. On two occasions, he has pushed past the boundaries of infinity. In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel/Shazam lift the Book of Limbo. Indeed, it contains infinite pages all occupying the same space. On another occasion, Superman lifted eternity. In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre.

2. SAVING THE DAY

In ‘Justice League’ (2019) #25, in a battle against the World Forger, Superman breaches the Sixth Dimension and shatters the Forger’s Multiverse creation with a punch. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In Superman, The Greatest Story, I argue that Superman is the strongest hero. Both on the strength of his story and by feats. What really makes Superman work, is that he is the quintessential American superhero. In fact, Superman always saves the day. In part, it is due to his willpower. Also, it is due to his humanity. Indeed, proving that super strength is also a matter of determination.

Though, Hulk also is a superhero. However, he lacks at times his humanity. In fact, a factor that may mean life or death in a crisis.

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1. BETTER FIGHTER

In Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses pressure points on a Kryptonite-Man-possessed Batman.
In Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses pressure points on a Kryptonite-Man-possessed Batman.

When it comes to fighting, both superheroes have had a bad reputation. Over the years, Hulk has been viewed as a mindless brute. At the same time, Superman has often fought like a brawler. Generally, Superman is the better fighter. Post-Crisis, he has received combat training from Mongul, Batman and Wonder Woman.

In Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses the pressure point technique against a Kryptonite-Man possessed Batman. In addition, Superman has mastered the Infinite Mass Punch. Recently, in Rebirth, Superman performed the speedblitz on Doomsday.

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Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: In ‘Public Enemies,’ #WeDefendCyborg’s Decision To Turn Himself In To The U.S. Government.

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Writer(s)

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Penciler(s)

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Colorist(s)

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Publication Date

March 23, 2016

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

#WEDEFENDCYBORG AND THE INTELLECTUAL RIGHTS OF INVENTORS

In ‘Cyborg’ (2016) #9, Cyborg turns himself in due to the Federal Cybernetic Registration Act. At the JLA Watchtower, Cyborg convenes a meeting with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam. Imminently, the Federal Cybernetic Regulation Act will pass in Congress. After the Technosapien Invasion, anyone infected with cybernetic enhancements will be detained indefinitely. Under so-called National Security, their tech will be made to comply. As Aquaman states, it is a means of control. To this end, #WeDefendCyborg and the intellectual rights of inventors.

At the Batcave, Cyborg hacks into N.S.A. databases to find the concentration camps. There, he finds three locations off the grid operated by a company called Cyber-Tech. No wonder, Cyber-Tech is lobbying for the legislation. In the draft, the same company will outfit every detainee with a standard Remote Access System Override Sequencer. In other words, Cyber-Tech will replace Cyborg and others with their standard microchip. At Amnesty Bay, Cyborg reveals his plan to turn himself in to federal agents. In fact, Cyborg knows his body will be disassembled and his tech reverse-engineered.

In 'Cyborg' (2016) #9, Cyborg is "Public Enemy #1.'
In ‘Cyborg’ (2016) #9, Cyborg is “Public Enemy #1.” AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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At Amnesty Bay, Cyborg makes a revelation to his friends. In fact, he hasn’t shared his secret with anyone yet. Since he trusts them, Cyborg shows them he has become fully human. In fact, his tech has evolved to re-grow Victor’s body fully. Now, the boundaries between man and machine have been blurred.

Before, Dr. Silas Stone had intellectual rights over Cyborg since he invented his tech. Now, with Cyborg fully human, he can no longer be considered a machine. Indeed, he is Victor Stone. Nevertheless, Victor complies since he plans to infiltrate Cyber-Tech and find out their operation.

In 'Cyborg' (2016) #9, Victor Stone's tech has evolved to become fully human.
In ‘Cyborg’ (2016) #9, Victor Stone’s tech has evolved to become fully human. AP Photo/DC Comics

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AGAINST CYBORG: IN A RUSE, CYBORG FOUGHT FELLOW JLAER SHAZAM

Since Cyborg planned to surrender, he needed a diversion. In a staged fight, Cyborg was going to clash with fellow JLAer and friend Shazam. In fact, Shazam was going to be pro-Regulation. On the other hand, Cyborg was going to be against-Regulation.

But, resisting arrest would diminish Cyborg’s status as a Justice League member. In fact, given the nature of his tech, it would make Cyborg “Public Enemy #1.” Officially, a potential conflict between the government and the Justice League.

In 'Cyborg' (2016) #9, in a staged fight, Cyborg fights fellow Justice League member Shazam.
In ‘Cyborg’ (2016) #9, in a staged fight, Cyborg fights fellow Justice League member Shazam. AP Photo/DC Comics

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‘Superman: Doomed’ (2014) #1 Cover. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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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.

This is a comic you do not want to miss. Share this comic to comic clubs and to comic collectors. It is definitely worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Doomsday! And Superman!

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  • “Superman: Doomed #1.”
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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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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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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.

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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

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

Super Power Explained: 5 Feats That Show Superman Has Infinite Super Strength

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SUPERMAN EXCEEDS A STELLAR LEVEL OF SUPER-STRENGTH

In 'Justice League' (2012) #6, Superman bullrushes Darkseid into a Boom Tube.
In ‘Justice League’ (2012) #6, Superman bullrushes Darkseid into a Boom Tube. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Since “Superman Reborn,” the New 52 Superman and the Rebirth Superman have been merged into one. In effect, it is the same Post-Crisis Superman. Moreover, the Rebirth and New 52 universes merged into a single DC Universe. Nevertheless, Superman’s Post-Crisis history has been preserved. In addition, the 10 years stolen by Doctor Manhattan have been restored.

Over the past decades, Superman’s strength level has fluctuated. Noticeably, John Byrne’s Superman decreased Superman’s strength level considerably. Since the “Death of Superman,” the Man of Steel has steadily increased in super strength. Normally, Superman can move or shatter planets. Also, he is strong enough to hold a miniature black hole in his hand. Therefore, the Man of Steel can exceed a Stellar Level of super strength.

However, since Post-Crisis, Big Blue has performed feats that displayed a potential for infinite strength. Let’s list five feats that show Superman’s infinite strength.

‘FINAL CRISIS: SUPERMAN BEYOND’ (2008) #1

In 'Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel/Shazam lift the Book of Limbo. Really, it is a book with an infinite number of pages. In “Superman, The Greatest Story,” I argue that it is feats that define Superman’s story. In ‘Final Crisis,’ Superman is not only the strongest story, he is also the strongest hero. Definitely, this feat takes the top spot on this list.

‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’ (2019) #25

In ‘Justice League’ (2019) #25, in a battle against the World Forger, Superman breaches the Sixth Dimension and shatters the Forger’s Multiverse creation with a punch. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In the conclusion of the “Sixth Dimension” storyline, Superman battles against the World Forger. Freed from his prison on Prime Earth, Superman sundips multiple times in yellow suns. Then, flying at high speeds through the cosmos, Superman reaches the speed of light. In an instant, he becomes a line and all time and space is perceptible to him. With a devastating punch, Superman shatters the World Forger’s 20 billion years old multiverse.

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‘JLA/The Spectre Soul War’ (2003) #1

In 'JLA/Spectre: Soul War' (2003) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre.
In ‘JLA/Spectre: Soul War’ (2003) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Superman and Wonder Woman are two of the strongest warriors in the DC Universe. In ‘JLA/Spectre: Soul War’ (2003) #1, the Spectre comes to ask the JLA for help to stop the Trans’ invasion. During the invasion, Spectre merges with the JLA. As the Spectre and JLA investigate, Spectre is knocked unconscious. In free fall, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre.

Indeed, considering the free fall and that Spectre’s weight is eternity. Definitely, this feat requires infinite strength.

‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’ (2006) #649

In 'Adventures of Superman' (2006) #649, Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen clash over the death of Earth-Two Lois Lane.
In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (2006) #649, Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen clash over the death of Earth-Two Lois Lane. AP Photo/DC Comics.

To sum, “Infinite Crisis” is largely a question about who is the true Superman. Indeed, Earth-One Superman, Earth-Two Superman, Superboy and Superboy-Prime all contended for the title.

During the crisis, Earth-Two Superman successfully brought back Earth-Two with Alexander Luthor Jr’s help. And, when Earth-Two Lois Lane died, Earth-One Superman journeyed to Earth-Two to help. However, Earth-Two Superman blamed Kal-El for her death.

Dangerously, a clash followed between the two Supermen that threatened time and space. The Men of Steel’s punches threatened reality and opened a rift of chronal energy. Then, each Superman was transported to the other one’s Earth, reliving its history.

Eventually, Wonder Woman had to come to Earth-Two to restrain Earth-Two Superman. To consider, opening a chronal rift requires time travel. Definitely, this feat requires infinite strength.

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‘ACTION COMICS’ (2001) #782

In 'Action Comics' (2001) #782, a sundipped Superman transports Warworld and Imperiex to an instant after the Big Bang.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2001) #782, a sundipped Superman transports Warworld and Imperiex to an instant after the Big Bang. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Well put, Superman asks Brainiac-13 “What’s infinity times infinity?” In ‘Action Comics’ (2001) #782, a cosmic Superman transports B-13’s Warworld an instant after the Big Bang.

During “Our Worlds At War,” Imperiex sought to hollow the universe. When Imperiex’s armor was cracked, Brainiac-13 absorbed its energies into Warworld. To that end, Brainiac sought to rule the universe.

Via a temporal Boom Tube, the sundipped Superman transported Warworld to the beginning of time. Though, the temporal Boom Tube was created by Steel’s Entropy Aegis. Nonetheless, Superman’s feat still involved time travel.

Indeed, it is debatable whether the feat required an infinite amount of super strength. At the same time, pushing Warworld through a temporal Boom Tube definitely required an incalculable amount of super-strength.


RESOURCES

VS Battles Wiki: Superman Feats Timeline Project.


SOURCES

Justice League Vol 2 6 in DC Database.
Superman: Reborn in DC Database.
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 4 25 in DC Database.
JLA/The Spectre: Soul War Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Adventures of Superman Vol 1 649 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 782 in DC Database.

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Super Power Explained: ‘Justice’ Proves Shazam May Be Faster Than Superman On The List Of DC’s Best Speedsters

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THE DC UNIVERSE IS ALL ABOUT SPEED

'DC Nation' (2018) #2 ranks the Top 10 speedsters in the DC Universe
‘DC Nation’ (2018) #2 ranks the Top 10 speedsters in the DC Universe. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In the DC Universe, speedsters are capable of moving at tremendous speeds. Indeed, these are metahumans possessing tremendous super speed. To this end, ‘DC Nation’ (2018) #2, lists the Top 10 speedsters in the DC Universe.

For our purposes, let’s list them according to classes: 1. Speed Force Users. 2. Kryptonians. 3. Greek Pantheon and Magic Users. 4. Martians.

I. INFINITE CLASS: SPEED FORCE USERS

In the DC Universe, the Speed Force is the super power that powers the best of DC’s speedsters. In fact, this multiversal energy allows its users to generate an infinite amount of kinetic energy. To sum, DC’s best speedsters are Speed Force conduits that can reach an infinite amount of super speed.

1. FLASH (WALLY WEST), ‘JLA’ (1997) #3

In 'JLA' (1997) #3, Flash's infinite mass punch sends Zum into escape velocity at seven miles per second.
In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash’s infinite mass punch sends Zum into escape velocity at seven miles per second. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash (Wally West) showcased why he is the Fastest Man Alive. At the time, Wally endeared himself to us. Remembering Barry’s “Flash Facts,” he used a combat technique known as the Infinite Mass Punch.

In a race against the White Martian named Zum, Wally shattered general relativity. Indeed, he accelerated his mass to infinity as he approached the speed of light. Then, he hit Zum with the IMP generating an infinite amount of kinetic energy. At high speeds, Zum hit escape velocity and landed across the planet.

In ‘The Flash’ (1999) #148, Flash hits Reverse-Flash with a white dwarf punch. Definitely, the IMP enables Flash to take on Superman-level foes. Considering this, Wally deserves the top spot on this list.

VISIT FEAT: FLASH, ‘JLA’ #3.

2. FLASH (BARRY ALLEN), ‘FLASHPOINT’ (2011) #5

In 'Flashpoint' (2011) #5, Reverse-Flash reveals to Barry that the hero caused Flashpoint over grief for his mother.
In ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #5, Reverse-Flash reveals to Barry that the hero caused Flashpoint over grief for his mother. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Certainly, “Flashpoint” is the most important DC crossover event of the new millennium. In a few words, in ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #1, Barry Allen awakens at his desk. Strangely, he notices details of his daily routine are off. Also, he has no speed.

Furthermore, the most important detail is that his mother is alive. Afterwards, visiting the Batcave, Barry meets with Batman who is Thomas Wayne. In the end, Barry realizes he is living in an alternate timeline and suspects the Reverse-Flash is the cause.

In ‘Flashpoint’ (2011) #5, Reverse-Flash reveals to Barry that the hero caused Flashpoint over grief for his mother. When Barry found out Eobard murdered his mother, he time travelled to the past. Tragically, he saved his mother which resulted in the new timeline.

In the end, Barry attempts to restore the timeline. Unfortunately, this creates the Prime Earth multiverse. Certainly, the Speed Force grants its users infinite energy. Here, Barry shows his super power: time travel and the ability to recreate the DC multiverse. Definitely, this requires an infinite amount of kinetic energy.

VISIT FEAT: FLASH (BARRY ALLEN), ‘CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS’ #8

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3. REVERSE-FLASH (BARRY ALLEN), ‘FLASHPOINT’ (2011) #5

In 'The Flash' (1993) #79, Reverse-Flash reveals he replicated Flash's powers in the 25th century.
In ‘The Flash’ (1993) #79, Reverse-Flash reveals he replicated Flash’s powers in the 25th century. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Among his rogues, Reverse-Flash is Flash’s most dangerous foe. J. Richland Anderson at CBR.com, lists him third on the “10 Fastest Characters In All Of The DC Multiverse”. In the 25th century, technology has solved the problem of crime. As a result, there are no superheroes.

A wealthy man, Eobard Thawne was obsessed with the Flash. Successfully, he replicated Flash’s powers in an experiment and became… Reverse-Flash! Time traveling to the 20th century, he plagued Flash for years.

Among his super powers are: dimensional travel, time travel, reality alteration and Speed Force Negation. Lately, Thawne has created the Negative Speed Force.

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II. COSMIC CLASS: KRYPTONIANS

In the second class, are the Kryptonians. In a few words, under the light of the yellow sun, Kryptonians are capable of running, reacting, flying and traveling at superhuman speeds. Really, Kryptonians derive their super speed from the yellow solar radiation stored in their super dense cells. In effect, they are supermen who can move at FTL speeds.

1. SUPERBOY-PRIME, ‘INFINITE CRISIS’ (2006) #6

In 'Infinite Crisis' (2006) #6, Superboy-Prime escapes the Speed Force in his solar armor.
In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #6, Superboy-Prime escapes the Speed Force in his solar armor. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Originally, Superboy-Prime was destined to become Superman. Tragically, Alexander Luthor Jr’s machinations during “Infinite Crisis” caused him to become an evil Superman.

In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #4, believing himself to be the true Superboy, Superboy-Prime attacked Superboy. As a result, the Doom Patrol, Teen Titans and JSA came to the rescue. Critically, many members of the super-powered teams were injured. Left with no choice, Bart, Jay and Wally sent SBP to the Speed Force. There, he was imprisoned under a red sun.

In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #6, proving no prison could shackle him, Superboy-Prime escaped. Definitely, it requires to be faster than the Speed Force to escape it. Is SBP faster than infinity?

2. H’EL, ‘SUPERMAN’ (2013) #14

In 'Superman' (2013) #14, H'el teleports Superboy.
In ‘Superman’ (2013) #14, H’el teleports Superboy. AP Photo/DC Comics.

During the “H’el on Earth” storyline, Superman meets a foe unlike he has seen before. In a few words, H’el is Superman with additional super powers: teleportation, telekinesis, telepathy and size alteration.

In ‘Superman’ (2013) #14, H’el teleports Superboy so fast that Superman can’t see his movements. Considering Superman’s perception, this definitely requires FTL super speed. Certainly, this feat is the reason why H’el belongs on this list.

3. SUPERMAN, ‘ACTION COMICS’ (2014) #35

In 'Action Comics' (2014) #35, Superman travels endless space in 60 days.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2014) #35, Superman travels endless space in 60 days. AP Photo/DC Comics.

On multiple occasions, the Man of Steel has demonstrated he can travel and react at FTL super speed. Particularly, the speedblitz is a combat technique that allows Superman to punch his foes at tremendous speeds.

In ‘Action Comics’ (2014) #35, Superman demonstrates a cosmic class feat in the New 52. During the Brainiac invasion, Superman succumbed to the Doomsday Virus. On his return to Earth, Superman travels endless space in 60 days.

In conclusion, this is a FTL super speed feat. Definitely, it is the reason why Clark deserves a spot on this list.

VISIT FEAT: SUPERMAN, ‘SUPERMAN’ #207

III. STELLAR CLASS: GREEK PANTHEON AND MAGIC USERS

Third, is the Greek Pantheon and magic users. In short, these metahumans derive their super speed from divine enchantment and the pantheon of gods. Incredibly, they can move at near the speed of light. As a matter of fact, they regularly compete with DC’s best speedsters.

1. WONDER WOMAN, ‘WONDER WOMAN’ (2005) #214

In 'Wonder Woman' (2005) #214, a blind Wonder Woman tags Reverse-Flash moving at near light-speed.
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #214, a blind Wonder Woman tags Reverse-Flash moving at near light-speed. AP Photo/DC Comics.

To begin, Wonder Woman regularly competes with DC’s best speedsters. In ‘JLA’ (2008) #23, the League has been defeated by an upgraded Amazo in Red Tornado’s body. Thus, it’s up to Wonder Woman to save the day. Using their combined super powers, the JLA defeats Amazo.

In the issue, it is stated that Wonder Woman’s combat speed is faster than Superman’s. Though, Superman may have unlimited travel speed potential.

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2005) #214, a blind Wonder Woman reaches Reverse-Flash moving at near light-speed. Considering the Reverse-Flash is powered by the Speed Force, this is a feat requiring near infinite kinetic energy. Therefore, Wonder Woman belongs in the Stellar class.

2. CAPTAIN MARVEL (SHAZAM), ‘JUSTICE’ (2006) #7

In 'Justice' (2006) #7, Captain Marvel outruns the Fastest Man Alive.
In ‘Justice’ (2006) #7, Captain Marvel (Shazam) outruns the Fastest Man Alive. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Throughout DC continuity, Captain Marvel (Shazam) has been recognized as Superman’s equal. As matter of fact, the “Justice” series proves this to be the case. In ‘Justice’ (2006) #7, the League recovers from an attack from the Legion of Doom.

On the ocean, Superman and Captain Marvel find Flash running. Atrociously, his accelerated metabolism prevents Flash from stopping to run. Sensing the danger, Superman admits only Captain Marvel may be able to save Flash. Then, the Captain has a plan.

Pouring on the speed, he catches up to Flash. In a flash of lightning bolt, he utters the magic word: Shazam! Then, he transforms back to Billy Batson and Barry is knocked out. Quickly, Superman saves them both.

In the issue, Barry states he can run around the planet in a heartbeat. Considering a human heart beats 60 to 100 times per minute, the World’s Mightiest Mortal travelled at 22 percent of the speed of light. Therefore, it is a reason why Captain Marvel may be faster than the Man of Steel.

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IV. PLANETARY CLASS: MARTIANS

Finally, the Green and White Martians can think, run and fly at speeds multiple times the speed of sound. Incredibly, they can fly around the Earth in seconds. Some can even travel in space under their own power.

1. MARTIAN MANHUNTER, ‘JLA’ (2013) #5

In 'JLA' (2013) #5, Martian Manhunter flies from Mars to Earth.
In ‘JLA’ (2013) #5, Martian Manhunter flies from Mars to Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Definitely, Martian Manhunter is a speedster. In the New 52, J’onn J’onnz has demonstrated flight from Mars to Earth. Certainly, this is an inter-planetary feat.

2. ZUM, ‘JLA’ (1997) #3

In 'JLA' (1997) #3, Flash reveals Zum has the powers of Superman with some military training.
In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash reveals Zum has the powers of Superman with some military training. AP Photo/DC Comics.

In the JLA’s first meeting with Hyperclan, Wally West battled Zum. In a race, the White Martian used military tactics and superior speed. As matter of fact, Zum was running so fast, he was creating after images. In some sense, he may have been approaching the speed of light. In fact, that is what it took for Flash to defeat Zum.


RESOURCES

REDDIT: Respect Wally West, the Flash (Post-Crisis).

SOURCES

DC Nation Vol 2 in DC Database.
JLA Vol 1 3 in DC Database.
The Flash Vol 2 148 in DC Database.
Flashpoint Vol 2 1 in DC Database.
Flashpoint Vol 2 5 in DC Database.
The Flash Vol 2 79 in DC Database.
10 Fastest Characters In All of DC’s Multiverse in CBR.com.
The 10 Most Evil Things Superboy-Prime Ever Did in CBR.com.
Infinite Crisis Vol 1 4 in DC Database.
Infinite Crisis Vol 1 6 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 3 14 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 2 35 in DC Database.
Justice League of America Vol 2 23 in DC Database.
Wonder Woman Vol 2 214 in DC Database.
Justice Vol 1 7 in DC Database.
Justice League of America Vol 3 5 in DC Database.
Justice League Comics to Read Before the Movie in IGN.

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2000s SUPERMAN STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: “WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY” (2001).

Collects ‘Action Comics’ #775.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2001, Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo collaborated on “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice And The American Way”. The extra-sized issue of ‘Action Comics’ #775, has been collected in the “Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told Vol. 1” Trade Paperback. According to Brian Cronin at CBR.com, ‘Action Comics’ #775 contains a meta-message.

Normally, comics are commentaries, criticisms and causes against society, mores and even political climates. However, here, the story comments on the place of Superman in the modern age. The question aptly put is whether the world still needs the old-fashioned Superman.

The storyline is about the Elite, a new breed of violent metahumans. Its team members are leader Manchester Black, a psychokinetic; Hat, with a magic hat; Coldcast, endowed with power over subatomic particles; and Menagerie. After they stop a terrorist threat in Libya, they announce themselves as the new breed of superheroes the world needs. Moreover, the people actually celebrate this new brand of violence. Due to the great loss of life involved, Superman questions their methods.

As Mr. Cronin points out, the meta-message is the popularity of the Authority at the time. In fact, the series was out-selling the Superman titles. Certainly, there have been plenty of stories involving Superman’s idealism and modern penchant for nihilism. One story, which is a classic, is “Kingdom Come” published in the 1990s. Nevertheless, where this story stands out is the fact it showcases how far Superman is willing to go to protect the people. Embracing their brutal tactics, the Man of Steel shows the Elite that American idealism is the best protection against violence.

Definitely, this story is one of the greatest Superman stories ever told. Successfully, the comic has been adapted to animation as “Superman vs The Elite.” In fact, it is available on Amazon in DVD and Blu-Ray formats.

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BEST: “SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW” (2004).

Collects ‘Superman’ #204-215.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

“Superman: For Tomorrow” is one of the less celebrated and more controversial Superman stories. But this is precisely why it is near the top of this list. Normally, Superman is a man of action. Here, Superman is both a man of brain and brawn.

The collaboration on the work is top-notch. If Brian Azzarello seems to lose the subject in the second half of the storyline, Jim Lee’s pencils and art only get stronger over the course of the issues. Perhaps, one of the most original stories that cause Superman to question his place in the world. The plot centers about disappearances on Earth called the Vanishings which Superman has traced to an obscure corner of the Middle East. Moreover, the threat is personal since Superman’s wife, Lois Lane, disappeared during the events. So, Superman goes to confess his sins to a Catholic priest named Father Leone. He tells the priest: “My sin, was to save the world.”1

Throughout his history, Superman has been a vigilante, superhero and cosmic being. But here, he is something else. Indeed, Superman appears as a messiah. What makes this story stand out is because it covers the breadth of the character from a journey in space, to his work with the Justice League, to what he means to Metropolis and to his sanctum at the Fortress of Solitude. Though the writing can be cryptic, this is certainly one of the most innovative Superman stories both with regards to art and to story-telling.

Definitely, this story is essential Superman and belongs in your Superman collection.

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BEST: ‘SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT’ (2003).

Collects ‘Superman: Birthright’ #1-12.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2003, Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu created ‘Superman: Birthright.’ At the time, the 12-issue series was meant to be the de-facto origin story of Superman. In fact, it replaced the 1986 ‘Man of Steel.’ Julian Beauvais at CBR.com, states five reasons why ‘Superman: Birthright’ is the definitive modern take on Superman’s origin story.

Generally, ‘Superman: Birthright’ may be divided in two halves. The first half is Superman’s proper origin story and discovering his alien heritage. The second is Lex Luthor’s origin story in Smallville and his connection to Krypton. In truth, fans of Smallville, will definitely love the pairing of both characters and of how Luthor played a hand in one of Superman’s weaknesses.

Certainly, Birthright works well as a coming-of-age story. Indeed, Clark discovers his origins from an alien Kryptonian pad. In true fashion, he decides to don his Kryptonian family’s costume in order to help humanity. In some sense, it is a modern approach that focuses on Clark’s humanity despite his alien nature. Moreover, another element works well. The public initially does not trust Superman, and Lex Luthor is chiefly the reason why. However, the problem that subsists is that despite Superman’s obvious intelligence, he shows little interest in decoding his history. In the end, Luthor unwittingly connects him to his past.

This series is certainly a must-have for your Superman collection, with a blend of adventure, action, plenty of comedy and sci-fi themes.

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BEST: ‘SUPERMAN/SHAZAM!: FIRST THUNDER’ (2005-2006).

Collects ‘Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder’ #1-4

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Over the years, Superman and Captain Marvel (who became Shazam in the New 52 and Rebirth) have shared amazing adventures. Similarly, Judd Winick’s 2005 four-issue mini-series is no exception.

In truth, “Superman/Shazam” is the tale of the explosive first meeting between Superman and Captain Marvel. Successfully, Judd Winick has crafted a strong story narrated by the wizard Shazam. At the same time, Joshua Middleton’s art shines by its vibrant coloring and its strong lines.

In a few words, let’s discuss the storytelling. The storytelling is fast-paced and action-packed. Centrally, the action and the plot focus mainly on Doctor Sivana’s latest plot to destroy Captain Marvel. In fact, Marvel and his world are the focus of the story. Also, Superman plays an important part to the story and his dynamic with Captain Marvel adds heart. The final pages bring a satisfying conclusion to the story arc.

Winick’s mini-series is certainly a fan-favorite and a reason why Superman and Captain Marvel as a dynamic duo has tremendous potential. Fans of Captain Marvel will love this series.

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GOOD: “SUPERMAN/BATMAN: SUPERGIRL” (2005).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Surely, “Superman/Batman: Supergirl,” is the high point of Jeph Loeb’s run. On the heels of the hardcover sell-out, DC rushed solicits of the trade paperback. At the time, the popularity of Supergirl was at an all-time high. Successfully, the comic has even been adapted to the very popular “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.”

Supergirl’s return to the DC Universe created tremendous enthusiasm. In fact, the new origin story of Supergirl showed her common heritage with Kal-El. At the same time, it distinguished her from him. Perhaps, Supergirl’s brashness are the results of her age, Kryptonian upbringing and her unfamiliarity with Earth.

What makes this comic work is the inherent tension within DC’s Trinity. First, Superman recognizes Kara Zor-El as his cousin and trusts her. Second, Wonder Woman wants to train her as an Amazon in the use of her super powers. Third, Batman does not trust her and fears his enemies might exploit her. In fact, Batman is correct. A threat looms large that threatens the DC Universe.

Michael Turner is the penciler and Peter Steigerwald is the colorist. There is a sense of eroticism in the art. Indeed, the male superheroes are drawn as exaggeratedly muscle-bound. In contrast, the females are drawn with large breasts and petite physiques. Though the art is appealing, the story and the action carry it. Definitely, the trade paperback offers a great experience.

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GOOD: “OUR WORLDS AT WAR” (2001).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

“Our Worlds At War” was a massive crossover event in the early 2000s. Though, it has not had any earth-shaking impact on DC continuity. Nevertheless, it did show Superman making compromises with then President Luthor in order to save the DC Universe. Certainly, the existential threat is Imperiex, the embodiment of entropy. As usual, the cosmic villain seeks to hollow the universe in order to create a perfect one.

The event crossed over all the major DC titles at the time: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Young Justice, Green Lantern to name a few. The comic documents Superman’s progress in space along Doomsday, destroying the Imperiex probes. Finally, Superman has to unlock his cosmic power and with the help of DC’s cosmic powers, triumph.

The crossover is collected under “Superman: Our Worlds At War.”

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SOURCES

Review: Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol. 1 trade paperback (DC Comics) in Collected Editions.
Meta-Messages – Joe Kelly Wonders What IS So Funny ‘Bout Truth, Justice and the American Way? in CBR.com.
Action Comics Vol 1 775 in DC Database.
Superman: For Tomorrow in DC Database.
Super-Stars (Part 1): Mark Waid’s “Birthright,” The Official Origin in CBR.com.
Superman: 5 Reasons Why Birthright Is His Definitive Origin (& 5 Why It’s Man Of Steel) in CBR.com.
Superman: Birthright in DC Database.
Smallville: 10 Changes To Superman’s Origin Story That Made Him A Better Character in CBR.com.
Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder Vol 1 in DC Database.
DC Comics Rush Solicits “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” TP in CBR.com.
Superman/Batman Apocalypse Blu-ray Review in IGN.
Our Worlds at War in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman #204.

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