YMMV / The Death of Superman

  • Genre Turning Point: Part of the reason that this comic was so important was that, for better or for worse, writers realized that they could kill off a major character and just bring them back later. Starting with this, Death Is Cheap has become so prevalent in comics that it's almost impossible to take any death seriously.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • During "Reign of the Superman" a fan commented in his letter that "It's amazing how far comics have come in twenty years. Then Doomsday would have been some monster thrown from Krypton or something". When Doomsday's origin was eventually revealed, it turned out comics actually hadn't changed that much.
    • During his fight with Doomsday, Superman muses that he would suspect Luthor was responsible for creating Doomsday if he were still alive. Sure enough, Luthor ended up being the one who created Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Idiot Ball: Doomsday may be really tough, but he also presented absolutely no threat if he couldn't get within arm's reach of anything. Despite the Justice League having multiple telekinetics at the time, nobody thought of simply picking him up. Granted it probably wouldn't have worked since Doomsday was made unstoppable but point for trying.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Kill DC's Mascot permanently? Yeah, right.
    • As Max Landis "educational parody film" The Death and Return of Superman explains, this wasn't really the attitude of comic book readers at the time. At the time, death wasn't something focused on in comic books, especially the main characters dying. As such, when The Cape himself died, it was a big thing for both readers and people who didn't even bother reading comics. What caused this trope, then? After it happened to Superman, every comic book with a dead character decided that it would be equally cool to return.
      Max Landis: "The Sacred Suspension of Disbelief, as far as death, had ended. 'Death of Superman' didn't kill Superman. It killed death."
  • Moral Event Horizon: The destruction of Coast City. Mongul and Cyborg Superman killed seven million people.
  • Narm: The original cover to The Death of Superman Graphic Novel looks painful and goofy compared to later releases.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Because of the "Death Is Cheap" trope (whose former Trope Namer is "Comic Book Death"), this story is hard to take seriously today. However, it's believed to be the Trope Maker for Death Is Cheap, so at the time it was a big deal. Heck, it made the nightly news, at a time when Comic Books were believed to be culturally irrelevant.
  • The Woobie: Lois Lane. Watching the man she loves fighting and dying while still determined to recording the fight is hard enough, but what made her cross into this territory is that, unlike the other heroes and civilains, she is both completely powerless to do anything and, at this storyline, knows both Superman and Clark Kent. While the story's focus is on actions, poor Lois's grief and pain is detailed very clearly, especially with the four new Superman who crop up later in the story.