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Subj: Re: In defense of DOOMSDAY (as a character)
Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2022 at 04:22:32 pm EST (Viewed 109 times)
Reply Subj: In defense of DOOMSDAY (as a character)
Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2022 at 12:39:24 pm EST (Viewed 122 times)

    Poor ol' Dday is often derided as a non-character; which I suppose is true to an extent.

I always say that and I'm not trying to be insulting, just realistic. A big strong guy popped up out of the ground and just started destroying everything. He was never really given a reason beyond instinct. He's like a shark. He's not even evil. And he was that way for so long that trying to mature him into a real character would feel jarring at this point. I'm not saying that a wild animal can't be used well in a story, but he's often been too much of the focus.

    I believe Jurgens simply conceived of him as a Savage Hulk with some 90s jagged claws and nasty teeth thrown in for good measure.

    BUT I think Ddays (original) design is a good one and quite memorable. Don't know why Snyder chose to discard the classic look in and use the generic looking thing from BvS.

Both when he was wrapped in the suit with one arm tied behind his back, and his eventual hairy/bony appearance, were more memorable than the LOTR troll we got in BVS.

    And I think Dday was effective in DOS. It was kind of shocking and mysterious (at the time) that just some random beast would appear and murder Superman out of nowhere.

The lack of motivation is almost why it worked. It was just a natural disaster to be overcome. I always say that "Doomsday" the 6-issue arc was a well-paced and effective spectacle.

    And I think "Hunter/Prey" was an awesome mini-series that gave a cool origin for Dday, satisfying rematch, and nice Krypton connection.

HP had a lot of hype, the rematch, they had to do it for the marketing. Stupid not to. I just was never satisfied with the story. I'm not sure why setting his origin on Krypton mattered, especially since he's not Kryptonian. Is that supposed to tie him to Superman more? And the cloning/evolution thing was interesting to a point, but when did he get the ability to resurrect from the dead? The end of the story seems to forget that according to the origin he needed a science guy to clone him in order to come back. But it just skips to he can resurrect. It wasn't explained well.

And now Superman has to resort to weapons since he is not powerful enough to stop Doomsday, and that's still not enough. He doesn't defeat Doomsday in this story, he has Waverider do it for him. It's the ultimate death that no one could come back from and yet he comes back. Which isn't the fault of HP, of course.

But it seemed like a final grab for the last of the hype surrounding the DOS event.

    But that's where the character should have ended, really, as the concept had run it's course and could no longer have any real impact.

Every time he came back he seemed a little bit weaker. So I was never sure of the point.

I kind of like when Jurgens did the "Day of Doom" for what, the 10th anniversary, he actually didn't bring back Doomsday, but created a new villain.