Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Aaron Kuder
This is part 1 of Enemy of the State, the new chapter in the Doomed saga that doesn’t show any sign of stopping anytime soon. After the events of last issue, Superman gets seen by the world while trying to help the Teen Titans and...wait a minute, you mean the Teen Titans just disappear…? Anyway, Superman was helping SOMEBODY while being discovered, and Brainiac-infected Lois convinces the world that Superman is not himself anymore and is now a monster.
Lex and co. try to convince the world that Superman just has a disease, but nobody is buying it. Lane and Metallo are put into action to stop Superman. If there’s anything the New 52 has done well for Metallo, it’s that the writers have done a great job making readers feel sympathetic towards him. All he wants to do is get together with Lois while serving his country. Unfortunately for Metallo, General Lane tries to use his feelings for Lois to his advantage, turning Metallo into a “Universal Monster Movie” gone wrong.
Superman is still trying to combat the Doomsday virus while having Steel and Wonder Woman help him out during his fight with Metallo. The problem is that the country has decided to make Superman an enemy of the state (hence the title) in order to convince the world that he cannot be trusted. It’s an interesting turn of events for Superman; he isn’t himself and is starting to pose as much a threat as Doomsday.
The best part of the book (while also the saddest) has to be the last few pages during the encounter between Metallo and Superman. It shows how far Metallo is willing to go to prove his patriotism to a country who turned his back on him, making it a very touching scene while also very brutal. Greg Pak has done a great job making the supporting characters more interesting than Superman himself and right now it’s not a bad thing as Geoff Johns and John Romita are getting ready to take over Superman later this month. So far, Greg Pak is doing the best job during the Doomed crossover and it’s great to see that he’s starting to take over the writing duties for this series.
Written by: Cory Robinson