In the 90’s, there was one Superman villain that was so powerful that he was able to “kill” Superman. Back then this was a huge deal, not only in comics but also in the mainstream media. It made the news, was on the front page of newspapers and was a big talking piece. This villain was Doomsday. Ruthless, almost indestructible and motivated only by pure hate, Doomsday was a villain that could really match Superman. Although, since his early appearance he has not been able to make such an impact. This could all change with Doomsday’s first big conflict in the New 52 era – the upcoming crossover event, Superman: Doomed.
DC is keeping quiet on many of the details of Superman: Doomed, but what we do know is Superman will face Doomsday, but that will only be the beginning. The fight between the two will create consequences for the Man of Steel, potentially from Doomsday’s unknown new abilities, which will fuel further conflict elsewhere.
We’re telling a brand new Doomsday story that goes in a new direction. We love that classic story and we tip our hats in a big way, but we’re using it really as a launching point for something hopefully very different that will challenge our character in entirely new ways.
It will be interesting to see what new ideas they can bring to Doomsday and how he will be a challenge for Superman.
Crossovers can be a little confusing, this is why I have created a Superman: Doomed reading order checklist. This checklist includes the preferred reading order for this event, as well as listing the dates of release.* You can take a look at it below.
I’ve listed Action Comics #30, Superman/Wonder Woman #7 and Superman #30 as preludes as while the feature Doomsday, it doesn’t seem to be the major focus. These titles will lead to Superman: Doomed #1, but also wrap up their current arc. As this is the case, I would say that these preludes are not essential reading and you should be fine with starting at Superman: Doomed #1.
Action Comics #30 – April 2nd
Superman/Wonder Woman #7 – April 9th
Superman #30 – April 23rd
Superman: Doomed Reading Order
Superman Doomed is split up into multiple acts, which have their own names to differentiate them. They are made to be read one after each other and are the next progression in this storyline.
Superman Doomed #1 – May 14th
Action Comics #31 – May 14th
Superman/Wonder Woman #8 – May 14th
Batman/Superman #11 – May 21st
Superman #31 – May 28th
Enemy of the State
Action Comics #32 – June 4th
Superman/Wonder Woman #9 – June 11th
Action Comics #33 – July 2nd
Superman/Wonder Woman #10 – July 9th
Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1 – August 6th
Action Comics Annual #3 – August 6th
Action Comics #34 – August 6th
Superman/Wonder Woman #11 – August 13th
Supergirl #34 – August 20th
Superman: Doomed #2 – September 24th (originally August 27th)
Action Comics #35 – October 1st
Superman/Wonder Woman #12 – October #8
Supergirl #35 – October 15th
Well, I hope this Superman: Doomed reading order checklist has been helpful for you. Enjoy the event!