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Action Comics Presents: Doomsday Special #44

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Universal acclaim

Based on 15 critic ratings.

It is a creature beyond reason-and the only force in the universe strong enough to kill Superman. It’s Doomsday, the living embodiment of death, destruction, and evolution! In the wake of Dark Crisis and Lazarus Planet, King Doomsday now sits on a throne of skulls across a river of blood, holding court over the demons that swarm in the depths of Hell…and he may have just found a way back to the land of the living. It’s now up to Supergirl and Martian Manhunter to drive the beast back and see that he never again returns to our earthly plane-even if they must die to do it!

Plus: the return of Bloodwynd, the debut of the Doomhounds, and a clue to the next big Superman event!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
44 pages
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15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Action Comics Presents: Doomsday Special #1 sets up a superb ticking time bomb. Doomsday’s fear factor means that even his name seems to petrify anyone who utters it. Just because he is in Hell, does not make anyone safe, even those that reside and rule it. Hell is famous for having creatures crawl out of it. Hell is not a place that is commonly explored within the DC universe, so it was fascinating to get a glimpse of how it is depicted. And two of the kindest and most heroic figures are the ones that are wrapped up in the issue. J’onn and Kara are a fantastic duo, and the two of them are extremely fitting for what eventually occurs in the book. The backup story is just as excellent. It’s a unique concept to another Superman, placing it perhaps the place with the least amount of hope.

  • 100


    With all of the cards in place, Action Comics: Doomsday Special #1 by Dan Watters, Eddie Barrows, Eber Ferriera, Adriano Lucas, Max Raynor, and Andrew Dalhouse is a terrifying and exciting event setup that will lead to a new era of Supergirl and Martian Manhunter.

  • 96

    Superman Homepage

    Story 1: “Doomsday in Hell” – As much as it saddens me, I must say that this will be my last regular review for Superman Homepage. Recent schedule changes, manuscript deadlines and my current workload no longer allow me to do so. I wish to thank Steve Younis and all the past and present Superman Homepage staff for letting me be a part of this wonderful community since I wrote about the 1940s radio serial way back in 2006. It’s been fun, and I hope to return in the future, even to take a look at a back issue or two in my comic book collection. Until then, may Rao watch over you all, and as my father used to say, “Don’t shed a tear, and have a beer.”

    Now, without further delay let’s take a look at this special…

    I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I had. Yet, this issue was surprisingly entertaining. The fact that Superman isn’t fighting Doomsday in this is a welcomed change of pace. Plus, the last panels’ call back to Doomsday’s debut really took me back to when I first read “The Death of Superman”. Overall my last review ends on a high note for the first story. Let’s see how Bloodwynd does for me.

    Story 2: “Bloodwynd: A Superman For Hell” – This story is great, like the previous one. There is just one thing that would have made it perfect. It would have been nice to have a page or two of background on Bloodwynd just before the feature started. Aside from that. Max Watters has given us an incredible special worth its price.

  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    This random standalone special was easily one of DC’s more unexpected treats this month with the Supergirl/Martian Manhunter team-up that works and the overdue return of Bloodwynd. Even if you’re not a regular Superman reader, this is worth checking out.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is one of the darkest Superman stories in a while, with a very vivid and occasionally gruesome version of hell that is compelling but feels a bit out of place in the DCU.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90

    First Comics News

    One of the most revered Superman villains gets his own special and feels more like an episode of “The Outer Limits (The Showtime version)” than a Superman story since the Man of Steel takes a backseat and Supergirl, along with the Martian Manhunter, take center stage when they find out that Doomsday is in hell now it is up to them to keep him from finding a way out. What’s great about this special is how it sets up a new beginning for Doomsday instead of being looked at as the villain who “killed” Superman (Something DC LOVES to run into the ground); it also gives writer Dan Watters a chance to go all out with the edginess and satanic aspects of this special one would find in an old Vertigo title; Overall it’s a fun read but you’ll definitely want to put on some 80s era Metallica or Slayer when reading this. I also got a HUGE kick out of the return of Bloodwynd (An old alias of The Martian Manhunter) and how he’s now called the “Superman of Hell” (I’m not making that up!). Is it weird in every aspect? YES, but it’s a great way to reintroduce Doomsday to where he’s now back to being a force to be reckoned with.

  • 88

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Watters crafts some interesting stories for the character that have the potential to evolve him past the brute monster he’s always been portrayed as. The story makes him calculated in his fury and uses him effectively to create a really interesting potential threat to everyone. The second story crafts an engaging story for Arce as well and allows him a character evolution that I’m interested in seeing more of.

    The Art: All of the artists deliver fantastic visuals throughout the issue. The visual styles are perfect for the setting and environment as well as the dark tone of the story.

  • 86

    Graphic Policy

    Dan Watters, Eddy Barrows, and Eber Ferreira channel late 80s/early 90s DC Comics in a yarn about Supergirl and Martian Manhunter teaming up with the First of the Fallen to keep Doomsday in Hell. I love the parallels that Watters draws between Doomsday and Earth’s Devil, and Barrows’ art has an intricate texture that reminds me of the “mature readers” era of DC like Swamp Thing and early Sandman. In the end, the story is about finding hope in the most hopeless place and balances punching and philosophical captions nicely. There’s also a backup featuring a new Bloodwynd that acts as a kind of Superman for Hell. It’s Extreme Justice meets Dante’s Inferno, and artist Max Raynor is damn good at drawing suffering souls and punching. All in all, Doomsday Special adds new depths to the creature that killed Superman by fusing him to the intricate worldbuilding of DC Comics’ Hell.

  • 85

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    Yes, this was a Doomsday story setting up what seems to be a future arc. I think, in general, Doomsday is sort of overused. But this new wrinkle of a sort of supernatural aspect to him is interesting. But I have to say this was a great Supergirl story. This is who Kara should be – intelligent, caring, feisty, fierce, heroic.

  • 80

    Doomsday is in hell and it’s up to Martian Manhunter and Supergirl to keep him from getting out. This special sets up the new status quo for Doomsday and the human he briefly possessed during a previous run. It’s always fun to dip into DC’s weird Judeo-Christian centric cosmology, with Martian Manhunter feverishly explaining that hell exists within the psychic consciousness of mankind, and honestly the comic gave me a fun retro vibe of those edgy occult-driven comics that weren’t quite so fringe to be placed in Vertigo but clearly had those vibes. I loved the random return of Bloodwynd of all things (easily the most 1990s DC “character”) and it’s cracking me up that he’s now being called the Superman of Hell. Action Comics is at its best when its goofy and weird and this comic is definitely both.

  • 80

    Wakizashi's Reviews

    I enjoyed these two stories very much and didn’t feel lost by not having read the Lazarus Planet event referenced in the Bloodwynd story. They work well as one-and-done stories, but they are also setting up future storylines in the main Action Comics title. This has got me intrigued and I will probably pick up Action Comics when these stories continue in there.

  • 80

    Wakizashi's Reviews

  • 75

    Multiversity Comics

    Krypton meets the infernal realms in this intriguing look at things to come.

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