The Destiny Of Doom: ‘Doctor Doom #5’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

The Antlion situation worsens and Doctor Doom has begun experiencing more visions of the woman named Fruzsina. Doom has begun to feel that marrying her is his destiny, so he goes about trying to track her down. Dr. Fruzsina Markovich is a meteorologist and she is in New York experimenting with cloud-seeding. During Doom’s search, he learns of the regime-change in Latveria. Silver Sable and Victorious have made it to New York and are searching for Doom. Blue Marvel and H.E.R.B.I.E are also searching for Victor. Plus, Kang the Conqueror returns.

Doctor Doom #5 cover by Tomm Coker and Michael Garland
Doctor Doom #5 cover by Tomm Coker and Michael Garland

Doctor Doom #5 brings Victor ever closer to making his visions a reality. He knows the name of the woman “destined” to be his wife and the mother of his children, he only needs to find her now. 

Of course, forces conspire to prevent this. Doctor Doom is still the world’s most wanted and Blue Marvel, H.E.R.B.I.E, Victorious, and Silver Sable are each seeking him out.

Doom also has a rendezvous with Kang that ends in a brawl. Kang belittles Victor’s obsession with finding Fruzsina and the good Doctor doesn’t take kindly to it.

This is all building up to Doom finally finding Fruzsina and it doesn’t go the way anyone could have expected. It’s a shocking climax that reminds us the kind of person Doom truly is.

Doctor Doom #5 art by Salvador Larroca, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Doctor Doom #5 art by Salvador Larroca, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Salvador Larroca once again impresses with his gorgeous and highly-detailed styling. His rendition of Kang the Conqueror in this issue is particularly impressive. Guru-eFX gives it all a well-balanced and dynamic palette, making for a truly gorgeous comic.

Doctor Doom #5 brings Doom’s hunt for his destiny to an explosive climax, where Victor and the people hunting him are forced to remember why the name “Doctor Doom” strikes fear. It’s a hell of a read and easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.

Doctor Doom #5 comes to us from writer Christopher Cantwell, artist Salvador Larroca, color artist Guru-eFX, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Tomm Coker with Michael Garland, and variant cover artist Belén Ortega with Paul Mounts.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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