Wednesday, April 17, 2013

League Assignment- First impressions.

Another week, another assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers. This week, the topic is,

You never get a second chance at a first impression–what moment in pop culture had you saying “Now, that’s how you make an introduction!”

When I read the assignment, immediately I thought of this:

Like it says on the cover, this was the first issue in what would be a multi issue fight between Doomsday, Superman, and a bunch of other heroes. This issue was also the first Superman comic that I had ever bought in the wild. I was looking over the comics section at A&P, and the picture of this green suited and bound monster jumped out at me. I must have read that book dozens of times over the next couple of weeks.

I was hooked on the story from the very first page. There's an ominous "KRAANG" noise echoing through the valley. We're shown that it's coming from underground, and that this is the source:
Eventually, the green suited creature breaks out of its cell, and bursts out of the ground. "Doomsday is coming" is the only clue we have as to the creature's identity.

The main story of Man of Steel #18 really wasn't anything special. A boy named Keith needs Superman to save his mom from a bunch of renegade Underworlders. The Underworlders are plotting to steal Metropolis' electricity and then...well I'm not quite sure what they planned to do after that. They seemed to think they were going to take over the world above with their war machines, but Superman easily kicks their asses while barely breaking a sweat. While all this is going on, we see Doomsday, with one arm still tied behind his back, destroying everything and everyone in his path. 

There's one scene though, right after he breaks out of his cell, that shows us just how evil a creature Doomsday can be. He's standing there in a field, looking off into the distance, when a small bird flies up.

Seems touching, right? The large and obviously powerful being, appearing mesmerized by this tiny and fragile creature. It's almost as if he's giving the bird a place to rest before continuing on its journey. Unfortunately, the bird didn't know that Doomsday was created by cloning and killing a baby thousands of times, to the point that it grew to hate all living creatures. When you land on the hand of a being like that, there can only be one outcome.

Now that, is how you make an introduction.

What made an impression on my fellow bloggers?

Nerd Rage Against the Machine thinks Doctor Who makes the best introductions

jathniel truly believed a man could fly.

Newt got his quarter's worth on a Super Mario Bros. 3 arcade machine.

Geek Chunks has good taste in cartoon intros.  

Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks is on the move, Goodwill Hunting for Geeks is on the loose.

John at the Batcave Toy Room also believed a man could fly.

LeAnn at Retro Toy Safari wants to with Solo.


  1. When this book came around I wasn't collecting comics anymore but I could see myself being lured into buying this because of that cover.

    1. It really isn't the deepest of storylines, and sometimes the more interesting parts are the ones that show how the events are affecting other people. It's worth picking up the TPB for cheap if you want a quick read though.

      Or you could get the novelization of the whole story. It's been a long time since I've read that though, so I'm not sure how it holds up now.

  2. I still have that one too, and I agree. I remember wondering what Doomsday could possibly look like under that containment suit or whatever it was. I still wish we could get an action figure of that version of him!

    1. I think my copy is still in a friend's attic.

      Doomsday really is lacking in the figure department. I came this_close to buying that Hunter/Prey two figure pack back in the 90's, but I couldn't get over Superman and Doomsday's poses. Everything had to be pre-posed back then..

    2. The pre-posing was stupid but the figure is actually great.

      Although the best Doomsday figure ever is the JLU version, in my opinion!

    3. I'm with you on the JLU version. That version is pretty spiffy.

      I think he would have worked well as a Build-A-Figure in the DC Universe line. At least he would have been more to scale then.

  3. Yeah, this book/storyline started off really good. And I was surprised when they actually went through with it (the killing of Supes). However, I was disappointed that it really wasn't a true death. Great blog post.

  4. Any comic that starts with the shoutout to the greatest ruler of Dimension X is alright in my book!

    Seriously though, you have to love that they disguised Doomsday in typical over the top 90's gear, only to have him look nothing like that underneath. Where did his spikes go? Such a silly concept.

    And killing Tweety Bird? Man, that's just wrong.

    1. Hmm..maybe his spikes started growing more as he was getting beaten. I do remember Superman making a comment to that effect during their battle. Either way, it's probably best we don't look into it too deeply, it is a 90's comic after all.

      Funny you should mention the ruler of Dimension X. When I first found that picture, I kept staring at the word. I couldn't figure out why it looked familiar. Then it hit me, Kraang is the new "Krang". Now I can't unsee that.


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