SCOOP: John Byrne Returns To Doomsday

Originally published by Charlton in the seventies, then republished by Fantagraphics in the eighties, Doomsday + 1 was John Byrne‘s first “proper” comic book series, created with Joe Gill. In which a South American country fires nuclear missiles against the USA and the USSR simultaneously, each of whom then retaliate against the other. Three astronauts who return to Earth ally themselves with survivors and try to survive in a new apocalypse,.

And now it’s back, in title and concept if nothing else, in a new series by John Byrne to be published by IDW.

Doomsday.1 or Doomsday Point One is completely  new four issue mini.. As Byrne says;

This is a whole NEW series, with DIFFERENT characters, and DIFFERENT events. A similar title, mostly in the way of a “nod” to the “old timers” and that’s ALL.

So what’s it about?

 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!

The first issue will be published in May.