[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The Antlion Station is being put into place today. It is an all-in-one repair for global warming, able to dispose of waste and aid in producing a new clean fuel. Doctor Doom is interviewed on international television about Antlion and dismisses it as a disaster in waiting. The news anchors accuse Doom of having sour grapes for not being involved in the project, and Victor is enraged by the suggestion. Back in Latveria, Doom continues to reign supreme, but the Antlion situation continues to haunt him. Worse yet, Kang the Conqueror suddenly appears in Doomstadt for an unwanted dialogue. Later, catastrophe befalls Antlion Station as missiles from Latveria are launched at it. Doom is not responsible, but he will most certainly be blamed for it.
Doctor Doom #1 kicks off Christopher Cantwell, Salvador Larroca, Guru-eFX, and Cory Petit’s new series based around one of Marvel’s greatest and most famous rogues, Victor Von Doom.
The series makes a bold start. It balances humor with cruelty and heart. We see Doom belittled as an archetype by news anchors, but this is accompanied with conversations with fearful subjects making compulsive and careful agreements with Doom, reminding us that he is a feared and murderous autocrat.
Doom even has a bit of a sense of humor about himself, playing into the stereotype while still periodically taking angry vengeance.
Above all else, of course, Doctor Doom is brilliant. No action or word is chosen without thought. He doesn’t lash out without reason, and we see how his enemies underestimate him in this regard.
Larroca reminds us why he is such a celebrated artist in this issue. The figures, detail, and shadowing is brilliant throughout, and the color work of Guru-eFX brings each panel to vibrant life.
Doctor Doom #1 is a smart and gripping first installment for Victor Von Doom. Unlike Infamous Iron Man, Doom is embracing his role as a feared monarch in this comic, and Cantwell explores his mind in a manner with skill and intrigue not seen in some time. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.
Doctor Doom #1 comes to us from writer Christopher Cantwell, artist Salvador Larroca, color artist Guru-eFX, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist ACO, and variant cover artists Mike Deodato Jr. with Romulo Fajardo Jr.; and Simone Bianchi.
Final Score: 9/10