Doom Is A Good Person Now, SortaWritten by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Alex Maleev, Matt Hollingsworth and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 28, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion
After one issue I loved and one I thought was only okay, I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of the book this month. Doctor Doom is a really interesting character, so I’m hoping that Bendis can do him justice as the story progresses. Hopefully this issue gets back to the intrigue of the first one.
For those of you that hate the issues of Bendis books where people stand around and talk, you might not want to read this one. However, if you do pick it up and give it a chance, I think you’ll really like it. Sure, not much actually happens, but Bendis does give us a look into why Victor wants to be Iron Man.
Most of this issue is Victor explaining exactly that to Amara, and I thought it was great. Doom takes us back through Secret Wars and how that entire saga led him to becoming a hero, or trying to anyway. It shows that he wants to be a good person and combat evil. But, it also shows that he’s doing it for selfish reasons. I won’t get into it, but Amara points out why he isn’t really a good person if he’s doing it for himself.
And then there’s the part with Doom’s mother, Cynthia, who isn’t as dead as everyone believes her to be. She is shown to be practicing some Dark Arts before seeing Doom fight the Thing. She shows up at the end to confront the Thing herself, and it seems that we might see her in action next month.
Some people don’t like Alex Maleev’s art. I’ve always thought it was pretty good, not great but pretty good. That changed for me this issue. Seeing the uncolored sections showcasing Doom’s time as a god show off just how talented of a penciller Maleev is. I’d love to see his art with some brighter, more interesting colors moving forward.
This issue brought the intrigue back for me. We got to see why Doom is trying to be Iron Man, so hopefully we can move forward with him being a hero and see how he handles that role. I always love a character issue like this, and this is one of my favorites. Even though I didn’t love Secret Wars, going back to it from this perspective was actually really interesting.
Bits and Pieces:
Two out of three ain’t bad. After a subpar second issue, Bendis and Maleev deliver an interesting look into Doom’s psyche while setting the book in a good direction to go from here.