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Subj: Re: In defense of DOOMSDAY (as a character)
Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 at 05:57:16 pm EST (Viewed 72 times)
Reply Subj: Re: In defense of DOOMSDAY (as a character)
Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 at 05:40:14 pm EST (Viewed 87 times)

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Doomsday was best when had no back story, was just a mindless destructive force of nature!

Perhaps he would have worked better if his origins had been kept a mystery.

When you look back to The Death of Superman and the following Reign of the Supermen what you see are two storylines that partially work by introducing main characters who are a complete mystery - a captive Creature breaks free of an underground chamber, goes on the rampage, and beats Superman to death with his bare hands. Four new Supermen appear in Metropolis, all with mysterious origins. When we watch the strange and disturbing Cyborg-Superman break into Cadmus and retrieve Doomsday's lifeless body we are teased by the mysterious Cyborg with the mystery of the creature... and when that issue ended, with a lifeless Doomsday floating through space, only to be shown coming back to like on that last page, it echoes some of the horror film tropes of the time - of Jason Voorhees' unkillable nature for instance. But as a scene it also hammers across the fact that this creature could be anything. Like Jason Voorhees It is a walking nightmare.

But they felt that Doomsday had to be explained. And while Hunter/Prey was a good satisfying story, its origin for Doomsday was a little strained for my liking. It was created on ancient Krypton, but it wasn't Kryptonian as far as we know. Despite this it is apparently powered by the sun, just like a Kryptonian. So what is it? Where did Bertron get the original test subject from...?

They never addressed these points, and in hindsight I do prefer the idea that he would have been best left ambiguous. An anomaly in the Universe...

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