Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: David Marquez and Justin Ponsor
Iron Man and Doctor Doom are discussing current events in Castle Doom, Latvia. Doom is no longer wearing the customary outfit but instead he’s wearing a business suit with a face that no longer requires a mask. Doom is still the powerful scientist and magician and it takes a short squabble before Iron Man realizes that Doom needs him more than he might be comfortable with. Madam Masque continues her treasure hunt and a surprise visit from Tony Stark doesn’t go as planned, for either of them.
The majority of this issue was back and forth dialogue between Doctor Doom and Iron Man. It was excellent. The character of Doom looks different but sounds familiar. This is a smooth, calculating and determined Doom. He’s not interested in reclaiming his country. He has new goals that only he is aware of. He’s a powerful mystic and the dialogue between Tony and his A.I. Friday was delightful. The realization that Tony might need help from Doctor Strange was a nice touch of flavor to an already fantastic issue.
This issue gives us some more insight into what Madam Masque is searching for. It also did well to inform us how certain artifacts come to be found on earth and where in the larger universe our planet resides. The art work shows what Tony’s new armor is capable of and how the constant evolution of his armor is necessary for increased threats on his life and the planet. This was another fantastic issue both visually and in exposition.
Overall, this issue continues to impress. If the next few issues continue building momentum at the pace I’m experiencing this could very well become a phenomenal series.
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