Comic Battle >> View Post
Post By

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
In Reply To

Member Since: Sun Feb 11, 2018
Subj: Re: I agree with you Poltargyst...
Posted: Fri Oct 08, 2021 at 12:55:49 pm EDT (Viewed 71 times)
Reply Subj: I agree with you Poltargyst...
Posted: Fri Oct 08, 2021 at 08:18:47 am EDT (Viewed 97 times)

Previous Post

Doom looms above them all as the closest thing to the Platonic ideal of a supervillain that the genre has ever seen.

He has tremendous pride and a firm sense of honor; he hides his face in a mask due to a disfiguring accident in a hubristic experiment; and he hates the leader of the Fantastic Four, the brilliant Reed Richards, because Doom has a bit of an inferiority complex. He’s motivated both by that neurosis and by an almost — almost — altruistic belief that he would rule the world better than anyone else.

That’s it. His gist is both elegant and internally consistent, as well as wholly unique. He isn’t a boilerplate desirer of riches, he isn’t an overcomplicated supernatural being, he isn’t a blindly murderous monster, he isn’t just the resentful rival of a hero. He’s his own thing, and he’s been a perpetual part of the Marvel Comics legendarium for 55 years.

Doom has been ensconced in a bevy of terrific stories over the decades, ones that have demonstrated what makes him work so well as a supervillain. The first and foremost factor is his nobility. I mean that in both a literal and figurative sense: He has a dashing and charismatic regal quality to his personality, but he’s also the actual sovereign of a nation. The latter factor makes him unique in the pantheon of top-tier superhero antagonists, and provides a fascinating twist on the usual archetypes for that canon: He has, in a way, already accomplished his goal of conquering — and, what’s more, he’s quite good at it.

When it comes right down to it, Doom is pretty much the perfect villain. He's a man of undeniably tremendous ability who could easily be the greatest hero of them all if he could get past his own ego and terrible jealousy. He's a man fueled more by his own perceived inadequacies than his abilities and this is what makes him so perfectly evil.

Beyond that, there's all of that ability- his amazing intellect, his powerful magic, and his peerless armor. He's a world leader with a powerful robotic army and he speaks in the third person. He's pretty much everything a villain should be.

Doom is the antihero of Marvel, along with Magneto, and would be very interesting for him to tangle with the resident one in DC, Black Adam!

Posted with Mozilla Firefox 93.0 on Linux
Alvaro's Comicboards powered by On Topic™ © 2003-2022 Powermad Software
All the content of these boards Copyright © 1996-2022 by Comicboards/TVShowboards. Software Copyright © 2003-2022 Powermad Software