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Subj: Re: Q&A on GN of Deathtrap and Emperor Doom???
Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2001 at 06:57:51 am EST
Reply Subj: Q&A on GN of Deathtrap and Emperor Doom???
Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2001 at 05:58:15 am EST
> 1] Avengers-Deathtrap: The Vault
> Writer: Danny Fingeroth
> Penciller: Ron Lim
> Inker: Joe Rosas-Joe Kaufman
The superhuman federal incarceration facility known as the Vault suffers a major escape and hostage situation. The Avengers and Freedom Force (formerly the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants) are dispatched to deal with the situation. Things are complicated by a somewhat psychopathic warden, a self-destruct countdown, and a lot of distrust and old history between the two super-teams trying to solve the situation.
It's a nice enough read, but it's not a classic. It's worth having in your collection if the price is right.
> 2] Emperor Doom
> Writer: David Michelenie
> Penciller: Bob Hall
Dr Doom captures and exploits Killgrave the Purple Man to send out mind-control rays and take over the world - and succeeds. He becomes world emperor and apparently runs the planet quite well for several months. Then Wonder Man, who has been comatose for reasons that elude me just now, wakes up and eventually manages to gather a team of Avengers to fight the rest of the Avengers who are now Doom's personal bodyguard. The Sub-Mariner is in there on Doom's team too, but he changes sides by the end.
It's quite a nice what-if story, but it leaves a lot of questions unanswered, not the least of which are: (1) Where were the FF in all of this? Even if Doom had them mind-controlled surely he'd at least want to crow over the capotured Reed Richards? (2) If Doom makes such a good ruler why do we keep trying to stop him taking over the world, since he's a damn sight better than any of the current alternatives? and (3) Why has none of this ever been referenced in any other comic if it's meant to be mainstream? Nobody NOTICED that Doom ran the planet for months?
My main objection to this story is that Doom is badly micharacterised. He even LIES to Namor, which is a huge no-no. Doom deceives, Doom plots, but his word is his bond.
Still, it's another fun read, and a must-read for Wonder Man fans since Simon Williams gets a lot of air-time, including a forgotten romance and a definite chance to save the world. Again I'd say get it if the price is right. But don't take it seriously.
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