Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 6, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99
Review by: Dino Chapino
DOCTOR DOOM has been taken prisoner by the world itself… but he may find unexpected aid in his escape. Now vulnerable and without his usual strength, he must keep a low profile on the streets of New York, or else risk being captured again. He’ll seek out an old ‘frenemy’ for help and battle lethal opportunists, all while wrestling these visions he continues to have of a better, happier life.
Doctor Doom is 10,000 feet in the air and plummeting to his death. This isn’t even the worst part of his day. So before all this happens we should start at the beginning of this issue Doctor Doom #2 by Christopher Cantwell and Salvador Larroca. This review has a few spoilers.
The issue opens with Doctor Doom in handcuffs and being arrested by a who’s who of the Marvel Universe. Just to name a few we have Dr. Strange, Silver Sable, H.E.R.B.I.E, and Agent Zero. That’s right, folks…H.E.R.B.I.E. Fun fact about H.E.R.B.I.E., he got to be in the Fantastic Four because TV deemed the Thing too scary for children in the old Fantastic Four cartoon, thus H.E.R.B.I.E was created! You’ve come a long way baby!
Anyway, they put Doctor Doom on the plane. While in the air, Kang shows up with impeccable timing and Doom tells him to free him from the plane. Kang literally does this and now Doom is 10,000 feet in the air without a parachute plummeting to his death. While it looks like one of those “didn’t think that one through” problems, with a magical spell Doom lands safely on the ground.
The issue continues with Doom in Manhattan Where he is contacted by Morgan Le Fay. This lady has been popping up everywhere! Just last week she was in Excalibur yelling about flowers in her pool and not too long ago she was in the Acts of Evil Wolverine Annual. Mephisto better watch out because she is giving him a run for his money! She offers Doom to couch surf at her place which he accepts and of course insults the apartment. Really?!? Don’t you just hate when the leader of a foreign nation crashes and then puts down the decor? If I had a nickel…
Well guess what? Doom should of been nicer to Madam Le Fay because karma gets him and he ends up getting shot in the head. Now, I’m not saying that trash talking should get you shot in the head, but I think that insulting Morgan’s place was just the tip of the karma iceberg here. Talk about a rough day for our boy Doom!
Overall this issue has a good pace to it. I like the idea of Doctor Doom on the run. Cantwell’s writing keeps the story moving forward without too many words overtaking the art. Larroca’s art is by far the stand out in this issue doing a great job with both the character design and action sequences. It is fun, with a good amount of action and definitely a must read for Doom fans.