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The new and improved Doctor Doom

Infamous Iron Man Vol. 1 - Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev

I knew that Marvel has decided to make Doctor Doom a good guy (for now, anyhow), but it wasn't until a couple of days ago that I learned that they had an entire series devoted to nuDoom.

 

So far it's a fun read premised on the concept of what would happen if the worst of the worst tried to become the best of the best. It's an interesting question on so many levels. Is redemption truly possible? How can people look past the man he was and accept him as the man he has become? And what does it take to right the scales on such a scope? Answers are still forthcoming, but so far Brian Michael Bendis is managing the feat of making Doom a good guy while still maintaining many of the core personality traits we have associated with the character.

Of course, all of this has been superseded by a more real-world question: what will happen now that Bendis is leaving for DC? I can't seem to find any reportage to answer the question, but while the series has been well received, it's difficult to imagine that a change like this to such an iconic villain will be permanent -- which is unfortunate considering the rich vein of possibilities the premise has opened up for Marvel.