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Ask Chris #287: The Death And Return Of Superman

Ask Chris #287, background art by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding

Q: I’m reading The Death and Return of Superman, and it's way better than I've remembered. Why do people hate it if it works? And am I crazy to say this was the last time DC did right trying to contemporize Superman? -- @robotfrom1984

A: It seems like a lot of people have been working their way through the Death of Superman over the past few weeks, which probably has a lot to do with DC recently putting the entire saga out in four gigantic paperbacks. I even spent the last week reading through it for the first time myself --- I'd read Death, of course, but I never made it through the rest of the story to get the whole weird picture.

That said, I'm not sure that it's actually all that hated. I mean, sure, it's easy to dismiss it for its excesses, but it's a hugely successful story that, for better or worse, defined Superman for a decade. And like you said, when you read it all at once, you can see that it does a whole lot that goes way beyond just having Superman get punched to death by a bone monster.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About Doomsday

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at Doomsday, who, despite being described by Chris Sims as grey Hulk in bicycle shorts with bone claws, is nevertheless going to be making his major motion picture debut this year in Batman v Superman. Though he is still best known for his debut story in which he and Superman "killed" each other, we will take you through Doomsday's history, starting with his origin as a repeatedly murdered baby all the way to his fate as a mind-controlling purple dust in Superman's lungs, with all the twists and turns along the way.

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Link Ink: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Director Eyes ‘Black Widow’ Movie, Stan Lee Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge (Sort Of) And A ‘Sinister Six’ Teaser

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Link Ink: A ‘Bakuman’ Movie, Pugvengers And X-Men: Days Of Future Axe

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Click through for all of Wednesday's links.

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DOOMSDAY: Greg Pak Brings The Superman-Killer Into The New 52 For ‘Villains Month’ [Interview]

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Formally announced earlier this week, September will see every title in DC Comics' "New 52" superhero line temporarily rebranded in the idiom of of the publisher's legion of super-villains. Among them will be June's Batman/Superman #3.1, whose villain de jour will be Doomsday in a story written by Greg Pak (Marvel's Hercules, Vision Machine) and drawn by Brett Booth (Nightwing). Tony S. Daniel provides the cover, which you're seeing here for the first time (it will be sold in the 3D motion style seen here).

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Gaslight Batman And Doomsday Get ‘Infinite Crisis’ Game Profiles [Video]

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Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turbine are keeping up their regular Infinite Crisis multiplayer online battle arena game profiles, this time with videos spotlighting Gaslight Batman and Doomsday...

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Apocalypse-Themed Pin-Up Girl Calendar Offers An Alluring Take On Doomsday

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Nuclear war, devastating climate change, alien invasion, a zombie attack or the rise of sentient machines -- there are just so many cool ways the world could come to an end. And as we all know, one or some combination of those and other apocalyptic scenarios was/is supposed to befall the planet Earth in 2012, in keeping with some sort of dubious conclusions based on the ancient Mayan calendar...

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Link Ink: Disney’s Unmasked Spider-Man Figure, ‘Unico’ Gets Funded And The Gundam Hotel

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Toys: Starting in July two new variant Marvel Select figures of The Amazing Spider-Man will arrive at MarvelStore.com, DisneyStore.com and physical Disney Store locations: one with swappable "unmasking" body parts and one that's entirely metallic...

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Ask Chris #102: Superman’s Terrible Villains

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions...

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ComicsAlliance Recaps ‘Smallville’ Episode 8.22: Doomsday

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Love it or hate it, the Smallville TV show has been one of the most popular mass media adaptations of a comic, reaching millions of viewers each week with stories of what Clark Kent's life was like before he became Superman...

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