Original done back in July 1975 thru May 1976 as a six part story by writer Joe Gill and penciled/inked by John Byrne Doomsday +1 took place in a apocalypse aftermath of earth. So now years later John Byrne updates this story for IDW. In this updated telling of the story we find a group of astronauts orbiting the earth in a international space station and have discovered a large solar flare heading for earth. Unlike the original story it is the solar flare that causes the apocalypse and not man. The book cuts between the astronauts on the station and their fight to survive the coming solar flare and four different scenes that will play out later in the story. Two of the side stories do look interesting. The Pope using a double to help keep the frighten crowds some hope while he flees to safety and feeling little for the people that about to die. A group of inmates at a Texas prison that escape and like all good apocalypse stories will become the motorcycle, gun welding crazies that wander the now scotch earth. Oh boy there be some good killing coming.
I like John Byrne’s art style. His art work on the magazine of Star Lord is what got me hooked on comics and I have bought and read almost all of his work. The story is quick and fast pace like the opening act of action/disaster movie. Introduce the main characters of the story. Show what story A will be and sub stories and lets get to the action with some dialogue to help move the story along. If you think I am dishing on Mr Byrne hell no. I am hoping that as any good action movie the story will get better and the action faster as the book moves on. So bring on the next chapter of the story and lets hope for a bumpy and fun ride.
I give Doomsday .1 3 solar flares out of 5
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