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DOOM is life. DOOM is the gift that always keeps giving.
That has always been my mantra when it came to the character of Doctor Doom. I wasn't even a fan of comics, but I always knew of Dr. Doom when I was a kid. Seeing him in 80s Spider-Man cartoon was always burned into my mind. This was a guy, that commanded your attention and imagination. Why, when I had the Secret Wars line. Anything Dr. Doom related was a must have. The Tower of Doom, the Doom Wheel, and Dr. Doom himself. These were all MUST have's for me. And damn was it always fun having Dr. Doom be the final boss, the ultimate foe. Be it the mastermind behind Lex Luthor or Brainiac. The puppeteer pulling the strings of Cobra or the Empire. DOOM is the finality of the heroes' challenge.
So when I became a comic fan. I ate up anything Doom related. Sadly, when I came on, they killed Doom off in the 616 Marvel Universe (killing himself and that accursed Reed Richards in one final go). But thankfully, there was Doom 2099. Now there was a comic that to this day I enjoy still reading to this day. Doom was the protagonist and the world itself was the antagonist. I live Doom and I breathe Doom. If the character is there, I will be there slapping money on the table for the adventure.
So, you know it's truly fucked up in the world of Marvel Comics when I cannot find it the mental strength or a chore to read another the latest Doctor Doom ongoing, Infamous Iron Man. It's another DOOM is the protagonist. He's trying to go a different path about things? How is this not something I'd read day in and day out.
The thing is though-- it's being written by Brian Michael Bendis. Now Bendis infamously wrote an arc in Mighty Avengers that well...
Yeah. Not the best written Dr. Doom. I will confess Bendis did a better job of writing the character in "Dark Reign" event and in the opening arc of Dark Avengers. But-- at the end of the day. Is it memorable? Not really. Bendis's portrayal of Doom is just there. Nothing that ever commands your attention. Which is already missing the point because Dr. Doom is a character that commands your attention.
Mark Waid knew this. Why even though I disagree with the path he went with the character in his and Mike Wieringo's Fantastic Four run. It still l was Doom. Even, the arc he wrote about Doom in Avengers. It was something snapped to your attention.
Bendis? It feels like he's always in autopilot mode since his epic runs on Daredevil and Ultimate Spider-Man (Pete and Miles, even the later feels like this now too). Writers at Marvel have even poked at his brand of writing-style:
Infamous Iron Man suffered because of this. It fell into a lot of the same traps Bendis has written prior. None of this feels like a proper conclusion. This feels like a series that ended prematurely because he got simply bored. Bored is what this series felt like. Plot holes out of the ying yang and subplots that don't even go anywhere (what was the entire point of S.H.I.E.L.D. in this? Or even the Maker's role when the entire point was him being a disguise that was a disguise of the obviously true antagonist of the series. And then another writer even on another comic tried to bring continuity to this and simple looks foolish now). Or suddenly throw in a new subplot at the very last second with other villains pissed at Doom that he broke a code.
Seriously, we're gonna spend an entire page of villains talking about a villain code that we heard hide nor hair of until now? One that could have been put in when Doom was hunting other villains early on? Also, how is this going to be enforced when it's freaking Dr. Doom and these are all C-list villains.
Or even better, throw in the love interest for both Tony Stark and Doom then build toward some pathetic drama that'll be answered I guess in another comic. Nope. I ain't following. It was traumatic enough. I know how this song goes. I am so not down with its beat.
The most ironic thing is the monologue of Mephisto in this issue. He goes on monologuing longer than the actual fight he has with Doom in this. Like it ends as anti-climactically as it had begun.
The worst crime of all though. Are we've seen these stories of Dr. Doom done before and done better. You want THE Dr. Doom story of him against Mephisto, Dr. Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumphant and Torment graphic novel is all you need. Not this waste. This is entire comic as a whole is a pale shadow of that story. A Doom that "attempting" to play "nice"? Anything by Jonathan Hickman's FF run or of Doom during this time period in other Marvel Comics is what you need.
Again, how did that happen? When Dr. Doom was in the FF he was everywhere with them. He was everywhere in the Marvel Universe. This? We just got one appearance in Avengers and an all-too-brief cameo in Gwen Pool (which so happens to be a post-comic apparently he'll be showing up in next). When did Marvel become so hesitant to show Doom in other comics? He, the Punisher, and Wolverine were always everywhere. Now? It feels less of a world in the Marvel Universe than it should be.
This issue and entire series was a waste for all involved. A waste of Bendis since he's on cruise control now apparently. A waste of amazing art from Alex Maleev. Especially, a waste of reader's time. Cause if this means that Bendis is going to be writing the Fantastic Four next, then God help us all. It's gonna blow/suck as badly as this comic. Cause it seems like there is 0 fire or passion in the writer anymore.
I see nothing but the usual plot tricks he's used in the past, and the negative traits that have come to define him as a writer. When that happens, you seriously need to rethink and recharge your batteries. Not just keep throwing workout. Cause this? This is nothing but a lesser tale that's going to be forgotten by next month. Just another notch of forgettable runs currently going on in Marvel sadly. Which is a damn shame. A real damn shame.
Because any ongoing that features Dr. Doom as a lead character? It should never feel like this ever. It shouldn't EVER feel like this:
But it did. This ongoing literally figuratively did feel like this. And that alone is the tragic thing of all. Because when you're writing one of THE greatest characters in the Marvel Universe and failed this badly? There needs to be some serious rethinking and recharging that needs to be done.
But if anything is ever certain. It is the story of DOOM and hopefully, a better one will be given to us eventually again. Because we sure didn't get one here. You might say, this book was DOOMED. But then again, denial is the first outpost of the DOOMED. It sure feels like the place Marvel is at lately.