Superman Gets 'Doomed' in May

The monster that killed the Man of Steel is back for a rematch in May's big crossover event for DC Entertainment's Superman line.
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Before Superman gets to his relaunch at the hands of DC Entertainment's chief creative officer Geoff Johns and newly signed artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson, he has one final villain to deal with. Sadly, it's the one who killed him two decades earlier.

As part of a storyline with the foreboding title "Superman: Doomed," the Man of Steel will have a rematch with Doomsday, the monster responsible for 1992's "Death of Superman" storyline, the success of which led not only to the subsequent "Reign of the Supermen" storyline -- with four different characters appearing to take the Man of Steel's place -- but also a swath of similarly dramatic storylines for other DC heroes including Batman and Green Lantern over the next few years.

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Although the plot of the storyline remains under wraps for the most part, solicitation information for those issues suggest that Superman will transform into … something, while Lois Lane will continue her own transformation as her latent psychic powers come to the fore once more. Are we going to see Superman turning into a Doomsday himself, with Lois having to defeat a super-monster?

Launching with the one-off release Superman: Doomed #1 by Scott Lobdell, Greg Pak, Charles Soule and artist Ken Lashley in May, the storyline continues through that month's issues of Superman, Action Comics and Superman/Wonder Woman.