The “Doomed” crossover is now upon us, and things aren’t looking great for Superman. Superman/Wonder Woman #8 is the second issue in the story, or perhaps the third. It’s got “Chapter 2” on it, and Action Comics #31 sports “Chapter 1”, but there’s also a Superman: Doomedone-shot that’s out this week that maybe you’re supposed to read first? I don’t know. Either way, I hope you don’t have to read the other books to know what’s going on, because I’m not going to.
So let’s take a look at what’s plaguing the Man of Steel in Superman/Wonder Woman #8. You might want to embiggen that second page:
Starting off on a positive note, I really like Wonder Woman’s jacket. The one constant for Diana in the New 52 is her fine taste in coats. I also like that the tiara pushed up like a headband look has made it from Wonder Woman to here; that’s a nice Cliff Chiang invention that I really dig. This issue is definitely a sartorial success.
The rest is set-up more than anything else. Superman’s been infected and is turning into some weird Doomsday creature, which we all knew was coming because we’ve seen the cover. It also seems to be making him sort of evil, so much fighting will ensue, I’m sure.
Frankly, this arc just seems like more of the same for this series: Superman-centric stories with Wonder Woman as a side character. If the fact that the story crosses over with other Super-titles wasn’t enough of an indication, Charles Soule’s interview in USA Today, which came out just today, is all about Superman and Doomsday and not at all about Wonder Woman except in passing. This is, first and foremost, a Superman story, and Wonder Woman just happens to be there. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but I like Wonder Woman and when her name is on the cover of a book I expect her to actually have a significant role in it. That has not been the case so far, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon; this storyline’s dragging into July at least, and maybe further.
Superman/Wonder Woman #8 is out this Wednesday, as are a couple of other “Doomed” titles. If you get them all, pop by in the comments and let us know if we’re missing anything important by only reading Superman/Wonder Woman!