Victor Rides The Rails: ‘Doctor Doom #6’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Doctor Doom is going home. Unfortunately, he is being chased by mercenaries hired by Symkaria, so he must be subtle in his choice of transportation. To this end, he has chosen to head south and travel the deserts of Texas, hopping trains, walking the roads, and riding horses. He has been joined on this trip by Kang the Conqueror, though neither man knows for sure why Kang hasn’t slipped through the timestream yet. As a result, the two are forced to talk and even, gods forbid, bond.

Doctor Doom #6 cover by Salvador Larroca and Guru-eFX
Doctor Doom #6 cover by Salvador Larroca and Guru-eFX

Doctor Doom #6 finds Victor once again laying low with the common man. Circumstances require discretion and what is more discreet for Doctor Doom than riding with the cargo of a train in Texas? 

This is actually a really funny issue. Watching Kang and Doom make small talk is not a thing to be missed. They even deliberately crack a couple of jokes while riding a boat. They’re also accosted by truck-driving rednecks, which ends in a particularly spectacular fashion.

There is also a moment where Doom speaks of having kids and it’s a weirdly sweet and grounded moment for Victor. You’re left to wonder if Doom still wants to create that utopian future or if he has given up on the possibility.

All of this does well to humanize Victor and Kang, but the comic also reminds you that these are two of the most powerful and ambitious men to have ever walked the Earth. All of this humor and levity is accompanied by bloodshed and cruelty and the comic balances it perfectly.

Doctor Doom #6 art by Salvador Larroca, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Doctor Doom #6 art by Salvador Larroca, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Salvador Larroca continues to shine in this series. His detailing is vivid and spot-on, his ability to draw emotion from the iron visage of Doom is impeccable, and his depiction of action and motion is brilliant. This is a damn good-looking book. Color artist Guru-eFX brings it all home with a bright and atmospheric treatment that emphasizes that harsh Texas sun.

Bolstered by humanity, character study, and a sharp sense of humor, Doctor Doom #6 is another stellar issue for this villain-centric Marvel comic. We are treated to a road trip starring Victor von Doom and Kang the Conqeuror and it is not to be missed. You are put into the mind of these two legendary villains while the world around them is brilliantly rendered by Larroca and Guru-eFX. Needless to say, this one gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Doctor Doom #6 comes to us from writer Christopher Cantwell, artist Salvador Larroca, color artist Guru-eFX, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Salvador Larroca with Guru-eFX, and variant cover artist Mike Mayhew.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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