Doom Shall Rise Again: Doom 2099 #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Three Thorites drag a battered and unconscious body across the Ravage. That man is none other than Victor Von Doom and he awakens. He fights off two of the Thorites and the third offers to help Doom. The young Thorite, named Franz, takes Doom to the Tinkerer. In the Tinkerer’s workshop, Doom recreates his armor and weaponry. However, he’s also plagued by visions of Reed Richards and their last battle, which brought Doom to 2099. A man calling himself the Kingpin breaks into the Tinkerer’s workshop to kill Doom–on orders of Doom himself. This Kingpin is not enough to stop Doctor Doom, and now Victor knows there is a pretender out there to slay.

Doom 2099 #1 cover by Tomm Coker and Michael Garland
Doom 2099 #1 cover by Tomm Coker and Michael Garland

Doom 2099 #1 finds the dauntless Doom in the future, and he is still fighting to maintain his place in the world. Though Reed Richards is long dead, he still haunts Doom’s mind and pretenders and would-be kings fight to keep Doom away from the throne he deserves.
Chip Zdarsky does an excellent job of inhabiting the mind of Victor Von Doom here. The arrogance, entitlement, and will to survive are all there and played believably enough as to never make Doom look like a petty cartoon villain.
And how could you not root for Doom? He is a driven ruler with an unshakable loyalty to Latveria. It is only the machinations of the pathetic Reed Richards that keeps Doom from reaching greater heights.
You want to watch Doom rise again, and you want to watch him smite the pretender who made an attempt on Doom’s life.
Doom 2099 #1 art by Marco Castiello, Chris Sotomayor, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Doom 2099 #1 art by Marco Castiello, Chris Sotomayor, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Marco Castiello gives the book a gritty treatment fitting of Doom. The characters are well-detailed and expressive and Doom himself is shown as the regal form he deserves. We also get to see his scarred face through much of the issue. The book looks downright fantastic and the color work of Chris Sotomayor adds an extra layer of atmosphere and life to the story.
Doom 2099 #1 finds the Latverian ruler stranded in the future and still fighting for the throne he rightly deserves. We get to watch Doom once again rise from the ashes while rebuffing visions of Reed Richards. The story and visuals are both top-notch, and the book earns a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read. 
Doom 2099 #1 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Marco Castiello, color artist Chris Sotomayor, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Tomm Coker with Michael Garland, and variant cover artist Max Fiumara.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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