Doomed #1 Review

Written by: Scott Lobdell

Art by: Javier Fernandez

Publisher: DC Comics

With DC taking the chance with some riskier books I decided I’d take the plunge and check out a book that was completely outside of my usual buying habits. I’m not a usually a big fan of Scott Lobdell’s books and Doomsday is a character I find really unappealing so this book really shouldn’t be the book for me. After reading the preview though, I found the concept to be quite interesting and decided to give this book a go. After reading it, I’m rather glad I did, the book is a little shaky in places and looks to have some growing pains, but the concept is still very interesting and looks like it’ll be a fun new addition to the DC’s line-up.

The story actually reminded be a lot of a Spider-Man book, with young protagonist Reiser positioned as a college freshman trying to balance his new intern job, the search for a new roommate and his aunt’s (possible) dementia. After a mistake in S.T.A.R. labs however, he finds himself transformed into the villain known as Doomsday. It’s a pretty good introductory issue, Reiser doesn’t break the mold for teen protagonists but he’s an upbeat, likeable character which makes his positon as the new doomsday all the more interesting. Despite the interesting concept however, the issue is pretty slowly paced with the transformation only happening in the comic’s final page. It’s a little frustrating that the comic ends as quickly as it does, but at least the character set-up stuff is pretty enjoyable. There are the odd storytelling problems such as an overabundance of narrative and some weird pacing in terms of story beats that had me stopping as I thought I’d missed something. Other than that though, it’s a fun introduction that left me wanting more.

The art by Javier Fernandez has a lot of personality had character to it that very much match the tone of the script. Every character looks different and you get a feel for them just through their portrayal, none really feel too clichéd or tropey which gives the art a very fresh and modern visual style. There’s a hint of cartoonish expression to some of the characters but nothing too overbearing, it strikes a good balance and reminds me a lot of Ig Guara’s art on the latest Blue Beetle book. If I had one criticism it’s that I don’t find the new Doomsday design to be all that appealing, but given how the character transforms a lot hopefully it can be tweaked and changed in coming issues. Reisley also looks a little bit younger than he should in my opinion, though he is still a pretty well designed character who avoids any stereotypical designs.

Overall, I think there’s a lot of potential for this series. DC have really shrunk their teen books line so it’s nice to see a new one rise with a brand new and interesting concept. While there are a few issues I had with this debut, I’m interested enough to come back for another issue and see how the story develops. All the elements are in place to spin an interesting new story in the DC universe and give a previously boring villain a great new angle. If you’re in the market for something a little like Spider-Man with a twist, or even something similar to DC’s own Blue Beetle then I’d recommend checking this out.