Doctor Doom #2 Review – Kneel
Doctor Doom #2
Written by: Christopher Cantwell
Art by: Salvador Larroca
Colors by: Guru-eFX
Published by: Marvel Comics
After being accused of causing the massacre at the Antlion Project, Victor Von Doom surrenders himself to the international authorities, in the hope of figuring something out. Knowing that he’s most likely not going to get a fair trial, he escapes the jet he’s been taken on and seeks refuge with Morgan Le Fay, in the hopes of figuring out just what is going on and who’s framing him for the attack.
I’ve mentioned this before, but I am far more a DC fan than I am a Marvel fan. That’s not to say I don’t read Marvel stuff, but the difference is that for Marvel I won’t generally follow characters in the same way that I do for DC. For example, I’m currently following (and loving) Immortal Hulk, but once that’s over, it’s unlikely I’ll keep reading Hulk because I don’t care about the character unless there’s a really interesting story going on. There are, however, some exceptions to this and one of them is Doctor goddamn Doom.
Despite my preference for DC, I will fully and completely admit that Doctor Doom is probably the greatest comic book supervillain ever created. Even when people write him wrong, they usually get a couple of aspects right, because he’s just that awesome. He’s a mad scientist, wizard, dictator with a sympathetic backstory and yet the biggest bastard streak of them all. So when I heard he had a series coming out, I was hyped.
The series is written by Christopher Cantwell, most famous as the co-creator of the show “Halt and Catch Fire”, and generally when someone outside of comics comes in to write superheroes it means one of two things: Either they are mega-fans who are ultra-familiar with continuity or they have no idea and want either a job or to be attached to the big famous character. Fortunately for us, it’s the first one, with Cantwell clearly having paid attention to what was going on in the Marvel Universe to make sure things lined up.
In this issue, we see Doom arrested by a group of agents and heroes, among them Doctor Strange, with whom Doom is intimately familiar with because of Secret Wars and Triumph and Torment. So, when they meet, Strange is the only person to at least suspect that Doom is telling the truth when he says he didn’t do anything.
Basically, the story seems to be about Doctor Doom having to deal with the fact that he’s always going to be seen as a villain, no matter what he does, and that it’s only natural that no one would believe him when he says he didn’t commit the massacre over at Antlion. As it goes, that’s not a bad premise for a villain centric book and Doom has sufficient charisma and humanity to carry it off while not seeming out of character. The book also has one surprising secret weapon that I want to keep seeing in other books: Kang the Conqueror.
Doctor Doom #2
The first issue establishes that, for some reason, Kang keeps being dragged in time back to Doom and so they take the time to chat and be vaguely friendly. This issue, Kang helps Doom escape from the jet where’s he’s being taken to prison, in a set of panels that made me actually laugh out loud.
Seriously Marvel, get on an all-ages book called “Doom and Kang Conquer the Universe” about Doctor Doom and Kang the Conqueror bumbling their way through evil plans. I’d read the crap out of that and I think everyone else would too.
As for complaints, I have just a tiny one regarding Morgan Le Fay. I’m not super familiar with the character, but from what I can remember her relationship with Doom seemed to be a bit more about each of them getting something from one another in terms of power or pleasure. Seeing this panel where Morgan shows a bit of a “schoolgirl crush” side seems a bit out of character, but I admit that might just be my unfamiliarity with her.
I guess I could also point out the lack of really big “I AM DOOM” moments, but I assume those are coming, and that’d be a nitpick regardless.
Salvador Larroca is on art and if you haven’t heard of him before, he’s a bit of a controversial figure in comics. He’s been accused of tracing multiple times and his style does look very awkward and lazy sometimes. Still, from an actual art style look, it’s not as off-putting as Greg Land’s art or something. It’s not great and I guarantee you the only reason Larroca still gets work is because he can deliver on time, but I don’t find it as horribly egregious as some people.
So, in conclusion… This series has been cool so far and hopefully will continue to be as time goes on. While it lacks some of the more badass Doctor Doom moments, it’s still true to his character and the intrigue is compelling enough to keep you going. It’s only on issue 2, so if it appeals to you in any way, you can still catch up. I mean it’s Doctor Doom for goodness sake. Who doesn’t like Doctor Doom?
Doctor Doom #2