I’m a doctor Doom fan. Have been for ages. He’s one of those villains who you kinda look at and go “but maybe he’s just misunderstood for real?” So imagine my joy when it was announced that he’s getting a “positive” solo ongoing comic. Infamous Iron Man doesn’t count a Doctor Doom comic, fight me.
Anyway, here’s 5 things we’re (namely me,) hoping to see from the upcoming Doctor Doom Solo.
I don’t know how they’re going to make this a positive book about Doctor Doom, but that’s what the solicit promised. I am hoping against hope that this book stays away from the grimdark tomfoolery of Magneto’s solo book. (As much as that story was AMAZING, it was dark AF.) Seeing Victor Von Doom being a good guy, doing good things and not resorting to whatever flavour of mass murder is in vogue for the world would be a blessing. Let’s see him use his position of power in Latveria and his mix of technology and magic for good. Maybe not for heroics, but definitely for something good.
Doctor Doom is the ruler of a whole ass country. Let’s go there. Take me to Latveria. Show me that he’s used his powers and technology and money and supposed genius for good. Show me why we should actually care about him as a ruler. Hell, let’s put Latveria in danger. Let’s have this positive story involve him protecting his people and his home. There’s not enough lore surrounding Latveria, or at least not enough that we ever really see, so let’s see it.
Sexy Victor Von Doom
Look. I’m thirsty. You’re thirsty. We all just wanna have some sexy characters to look at and the whole big deal to suddenly regenerated and sexy except for the one little scar version of Victor is exactly what we need. All his fancy redesigns, his designer suits, his sexy potato chip eating… excuse me. I’ll be right back…
Yeah you heard me. Let Doctor Doom do some magic, on top of using all of his weird advanced technology, you cowards. I want to see him live up to his role as a magic user. Let him become the Sorcerer Supreme we all know he could be. And that means letting him fight some magical creatures, too. Iron Man got to fight a dragon, why can’t Doom do something similar? Maybe he can fight a demon or something.
Character Growth and Emotional Development
Please. Let Victor be more than a 2-dimensional character. Let him experience love and loss and joy and anger and really showcase that he’s come a long way from being the one note villain he was in the 60s. Let him reconcile (sort of) with Reed. Let him explore the entirety of human emotion. I know it’s supposed to be a positive book, but I really do think that Victor needs to have his heart metaphorically ripped out. He needs more motivation than respect for the dead Tony Stark to do something. Give him a friend. Give him a lover. Give him something to work towards and something to lose. It’s basic storytelling, and while comics tend to not follow a lot of the basics, I think Doom is one of those characters who has so much to give, and so much growth potential.