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The Mandarin

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Subj: Infamous Iron Man 10 review
Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 at 05:43:22 pm EDT (Viewed 165 times)

Cynthia Von Doom is presented here as a blood ritual thaumaturgist. That's an interesting change, in that it makes her a more intellectual character than I think she was originally conceived of as being. One gets the impression that she's trying to seduce Victor into studying blood-magic, and becoming a sort of metaphorical vampire.

That's a big change from previous presentations of Doom's magical studies, where I got the vibe that he was seeking knowledge that was inherently insane and cosmic from beyond reality and antithetical to reality.

Bendis' story uses an inherently more banal interpretation of magic, but that's not to say it is any less effective in the context of a story built around it. Cynthia isn't trying to seduce him into learning Secret Man Was Not Meant To Know, she's just trying to get him to enjoy selfish, practical blood-ritual thaumaturgic practices designed to sacrifice others for his pleasure and profit.

Thaumaturgy is a rather banal, mechanistic interpretation of what magick IS, but it works in the context of this story, as this is essentially Gordon Gekko seducing Bud Fox, so Magick as Mechanism works better than, say, magick as Wonder-Itself, or magick as a form of sanity-destroying Secrets-Man-Was-Not-Meant-To-Know.

Doom rejects her. He does so clearly as a child, and implicitly as an adult. It's made clear that Doom believes the strong should protect the weak. Of course, there are hints that Doom believes the strong should protect the weak ruthlessly, and whether the weak want to be protected or not, but simply wanting to protect the weak at all makes him morally superior to Cynthia, who is essentially a thaumaturgical version of a vampire.

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