DOOM! Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1
If you have been reading Marvel comics recently (after Secret Wars) then you know Victor von Doom has had some changes. Gone are his scars, replaced by an unblemished face. No longer does he want to seek, destroy and conquer, but to help and save. Dr. Doom has become the Infamous Iron Man! But is that truly what Doom is? Recently he has been helping his old enemies Ben Grimm—the Thing—and Johnny Storm in their search of the multiverse. Ben and Doom know the truth that Reed, Sue and the kids are dead, keeping that from Johnny for now. With Reed dead, one mystery still eludes Doom. When Reed defeated him at the end of Secret Wars, why can’t he remember what happened? The truth lies in the pages of Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1.
Marvel Two-in-One has been a great series since it started, so I was excited that we got an annual issue this early in its run to explore Doom’s motivation for helping. Chip Zdarsky has done a wonderful job with these characters and continues to balance the emotional weight of the series well. The team-up of Ben Grimm and Doom in Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1 is fantastic and Zdarsky lets the two characters play off each other. Having Doom finally dig into a question of why he has changed is something that many fans have been questioning since the end of Secret Wars. Doom has become a hero of sorts, but the question of what truly happened has never been answered until now.
Zdarsky ties Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1 in well with the ongoing series and makes it something readers of the series are not going to want to miss. It is not mentioned much, but Doom knows Rachna Koul is up to something, and it has me very interested for that final reveal in issues to come. The story is well paced and Zdarsky uses the extra pages well to fully explore what is happening.
Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1 boasts some strong artistic talent with the team of Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. I was a huge fan when they teamed up on Moon Knight a few years ago, so I was very excited to see them on this issue. Shalvey does not have as a bombastic style as Jim Cheung or Schiti. He has a little simpler style that works perfectly well for this smaller, more intimate story being told in Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1. Shalvey’s tight line work is phenomenal; he brings out great detail in Doom’s armor without a ton of lines. Shalvey also structures the pages and panels superbly well. Once again the panels are “simple” and not complex or anything really different but the way he structures them and angles his shots look fantastic and flow perfectly.
Jordie Bellaire gives Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1 a flat tone coloring that is beautiful. The coloring makes this issue feel like an older era comic to me. Bellaire is also not afraid to mix in some brighter coloring schemes when the scene calls for it and what should be jarring comes off natural and fitting to the issue.
Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1 is a great issue. It ties in well with what is happening with the regular series while answering some old questions about Dr. Doom that have been lingering on for quite a while. Plus, how can you not like the art duo of Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire delivering some sequential goodness? Has Dr. Doom truly turned over a new leaf or will the truth finally set him free? One way to find out read Marvel Two-in-One Annual #1.
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