Doomsday crashes into DC Villains Month with Greg Pak, Brett Booth

Sept. 21, 2013 | 6:33 p.m.

Cover art for "Batman / Superman 3.1: Doomsday" is by Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea and Tomeu Morey. The issue is $2.99 for the standard cover or $3.99 for the 3-D motion cover version. (DC Comics)

The craggy Kryptonian monster Doomsday is bursting back into DC Comics, making his New 52 debut in the Villains Month one-shot “Batman/Superman 3.1: Doomsday” from writer Greg Pak and artist Brett Booth.

Doomsday, of course, is most famous for killing (temporarily, anyway) the Last Son of Krypton back in 1992’s bestselling “The Death of Superman” story line during a Metropolis-wrecking slugfest.

His first appearance in the New 52, the rebooted reality of the DC universe that launched in September 2011, is set on Krypton and involves some familiar faces from Superman’s mythology. Hero Complex readers can take an exclusive look at the first five pages of the issue, out Wednesday, in the gallery above or in larger versions by clicking on the links below.

Cover | Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 |Page 5

Yes, that’s Col. Zod, not yet a general, not yet a Phantom Zone prisoner. Pak also wrote that character’s Villains Month title, a Sept. 11 release, in which the power-mad militarist declared (more than once), “I have always loved monsters” for what they bring out in those fighting them. He’ll have his hands full here.

The Doomsday issue won’t be the last that readers see of the Pak and Booth combo. The artist, who recently had a notable run on “Teen Titans,” joins Pak as a regular on “Batman/Superman” with No. 5 in November and told Comic Book Resources last month that he expects to alternate arcs with Jae Lee, who helped launch the title.

Since coming to DC after years with Marvel, where his work included runs on “X-Treme X-Men” and a number of Hulk titles, Pak has gotten heavily involved in Superman books.  In addition to “Batman/Superman” and the Zod and Doomsday one-shots, he also penned Darkseid’s Villains Month spotlight and takes over writing duties on “Action Comics,” paired with artist Aaron Kuder, with No. 25, a “Zero Year” tie-in, in November.

Villains Month is DC’s third straight major September event, following 2011’s New 52 relaunch and last year’s No. 0 issues. It’s part of the greater “Forever Evil” story, which sees rogues get the run of things while the heroes are out of the picture, and follows the events of the summer Justice Leagues titles crossover “Trinity War.”

– Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon | @LATHeroComplex

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