The first issue of Doctor Doom was fantastic and exceeded expectations. Doctor Doom #2 delivers that and then some. This is an amazing second issue to a series delivering one of the best new series of the year.
Writer Christopher Cantwell has put together an amazing second issue that’s full of twists and turns as he brings The Fugitive to comics. Doom has surrendered to the world after being accused of attacking the moon base. He proclaims his innocence though those around him doubt his statements. It’s an interesting new direction for Doom as we get to see him in a vulnerable state. This isn’t the ruler of Latveria. He comes off as a man scared in many ways and one that’s stripped of his strength.
But Cantwell delivers more than just a man on the run. He includes the political implications of such actions. Latveria is threatened by its neighboring nations. Its embassies are raided by the world. Their sovereignty is being challenged by the world in a new way. Cantwell has thought out the implications of a super-powered ruler that the world sees as a villain.
Artist Salvador Larroca nails the art. Joined on color by Guru e-FX with lettering by Cory Petit the issues shows the vulnerability of Doom physically. Doom’s exposure and is laid bare. His defenselessness is for all to see. The details and lack of, throughout tell so much about the characters and what’s going on. A scene in an apartment is a prime example of this. The coloring pops with a focus on Doom’s greens and blues.
This series has been amazing from the start and a solid first issue is followed up with an amazing second. This is a smart series that mixes superheroics and a political mystery. Doctor Doom #2 is a fantastic issue that helps plant the flag for one of the best series on the shelves today.
Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru e-FX Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
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