We've had a lot of Doomsday over the last few years, and he's long since worn out his welcome. So having him show up at the end of the last issue's Action Comics had me nervy. He's a big old monster who exists only to bash people to death - not very interesting, and I'd have been delighted if he'd vanished for ever after his initial appearance in the Death of Superman story.
Superman has similar feelings - he can't believe that having relocated to a parallel Earth, a Doomsday, maybe his Doomsday, has shown up in Metropolis. And just when he was trying to sort out Lex Luthor, self-declared heir to the mantle of this universe's recently killed native Superman.
Watching from a distance are Superman's wife Lois and son Jon, via TV, and the mysterious Mr Oz, via Secret Headquarters TV, while reporting on the carnage in the centre of the city are photographer Jimmy Olsen and writer... Clark Kent?
I've never been a fan of all-out, slam-bang, bad old battle issues, they tend to be repetitive and light on the character moments. That seminal Death of Superman story back in the Nineties was the ultimate example, interesting as an event but hardly a rich experience.
The writer of that book was Dan Jurgens who, a couple of decades on, handles this issue too. Beautifully. I can't remember enjoying a non-stop fight quite so much. The efforts of Superman and a surprisingly decent Lex to stop Doomsday while keeping the citizenry safe add up to a more than solid A-plot, while the supporting moments involving Lois, Jon and co are plenty entertaining. And just what is the deal with this new Clark Kent? Hopefully Lois will leave Jon with a qualified babysitter - that's anyone this side of the Robot Teacher From Krypton - long enough to use her investigative skills to find out.
Jurgens once again demonstrates that being a veteran doesn't mean you can't deliver a fresh script, while Patrick Zircher's art simply gets better. The choice of angles, the dynamism of the fight choreography, the humanity of the players... Zircher's A-game has gone A-plus.
Artistic partners Ulises Arreola on colours and Rob Leigh on letters keep the quality high, while Mikel Janín's regular cover is attractive... as for Ryan Sook's variant, it's stunning.
The DC Reborn Action Comics is shaping up to be an unmissable series, a fortnightly treat. Even with Doomsday.