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John Byrne Returns With Doomsday

Kelly Cassidy 02/02/2013 Reviews

With a headline like that, you may think that John Byrne is returning to the pages of Superman with DC. No, not that Doomsday. Instead, Byrne is launching an all new book about the more apocalyptic-style doomsday event where the Earth seems to have bigger problems… such as surviving. IDW is bringing us this new apocalypse-based book later on this spring.

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It’s DOOMSDAY for John Byrne!
The Comics Legend Launches a New Series!

San Diego, CA (January 30, 2013) – IDW Publishing is happy to announce DOOMSDAY.1, a new four-issue miniseries coming in May from legendary comics mastermind John Byrne! Harkening back to Byrne’s earliest days in comics, DOOMSDAY.1 tells the thrilling tale of seven adventurous astronauts, who watch in horror, aloft in the International Space Station, as most of Earth is annihilated by a titanic solar flare.

“I’ve been thinking for some time that I would like to revisit a post-apocalypse kind of scenario, such as was seen in my very first ‘dramatic’ work in comics, but this time without the more obvious fantasy elements of that original series (mermaids, alien robots, frozen mammoths, etc.),” said Byrne. “When bits and pieces of this new series first started to percolate around in my head, I knew almost at once the shape that ‘revisit’ would take; something in the ‘All-New, All-Different’ vein. And the first time I doodled some images of my ‘crew,’ I knew I was there!”

When all communication is lost and their home appears destroyed, what are the intrepid astronauts to do? Prepare to cling to a new life in zero gravity, waiting for the space stations supplies to dwindle to nothing? That doesn’t sound very adventurous, now does it? No, the true thrills of DOOMSDAY.1 come when the seven stranded heroes descend back to their decimated home world to confront the dangers left behind by the universe’s cruel ravaging!

“As much as I enjoyed seeing John work on the various licensed titles we’ve done, it’s a continued blast to work with him in developing new concept after new concept this year,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “If Earth has to be destroyed in a flaming conflagration, there’s no one I’d rather see bring that carnage and its aftermath to life than JB.”

This May, a brave new world comes with a brave new series. Don’t be left behind as John Byrne embarks on this fantastic new voyage! Fans will be treated to Byrne on full-color art and writing duties and subscribers will receive a special wraparound subscription variant, packed full of the John Byrne sci-fi magic we all know and love!

DOOMSDAY.1 #1 of 4 – (FC, 32 pages, $3.99), in stores 5/19/13.

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There you have it! Johnny B returns with an all-new series for us in what will end up to be a truly deadly result for the planet. Leave it to Byrne to destroy everything we know and love… again. Will you be giving this title a try? Chime in below.

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About The Author

Kelly Cassidy has been collecting comics for around 30 years and can actually list the first comic he bought with his own money. By day, he works as a technology manager and community leader in web technologies, presenting at web conferences around Canada. By night, he struggles to actually create the list of comics he owns as he keeps adding more to his collection. He also struggles with talking in third person.

  1. Scorp_Moonopoly 02/02/2013 at 2:14 pm

    I'm a sucker for anything apocalyptic, so I can't wait for the reviews to start coming out!

  2. jeffhillwriter 02/02/2013 at 5:20 pm

    I'm a big John Byrne supporter. I'll give it a shot.

  3. Christian_J 02/02/2013 at 8:53 pm

    You can't really go wrong with a apocalyptic title, and the premise sounds great.

  4. @NickFurious 02/03/2013 at 2:57 pm

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE John Byrne. Welcome back John!

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