While Infamous Iron Man #6 doesn’t attempt to explain the bizarre reveal that Cynthia von Doom is alive, and apparently involved with Reed Richards, the comic series’ latest issue does offer a glimpse into the past of Doom, Richards, and Ben Grimm. Given the unburdened character striving for redemption we’ve seen in action over the past few issues, this is a sobering reminder of who Doom used to be.
I’ll admit I’m a bit lost as to what’s happening here. Here’s what we know: Doctor Doom has taken over the role of Iron Man. S.H.I.E.L.D. sent the Thing to find and take down the former super-villain turned hero. Discovering Ben Grimm went to Latveria in search of his prey, Doom returns home to the country he once ruled with an iron fist only to discover… his mother? What is going on?
Doctor Doom‘s attempt at a heroic turn as Iron Man continues as the former super-villain sits down with Commander Maria Hill aboard the S.H.E.I.L.D. Helicarrier. Okay, the fact that he wasn’t welcomed (and they attempted to arrest him), doesn’t get off to a great start, but things could certainly have gone worse. Although he doesn’t convince Hill of his good intentions, he does manage to leave without making things worse. And he learns an important piece of information that leads the former monarch of Latveria home.
Doctor Doom‘s stint as the new Iron Man continues here with the reformed villain paying a visit to another former associate. As with the first issue where Doom confronted Diablo, in Infamous Iron Man #2 Victor von Doom confronts the Mad Thinker. When his associate refuses to see the world through Doom’s new hero-colored lenses, the two fight out their issues.
The most ambitious Marvel Studios’ movie to date, Captain America: Civil War attempts to merge aspects of Marvel’s two best movies (The Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier) into a cohesive whole while telling a very streamlined version of the comic event of the same name. You know what? It’s pretty damn good. It may not be the best of the Marvel movies, but it’s certainly more successful than Avengers: Age of Ultron and halts the backslide we’ve been witnessing in the quality of the Marvel films since Winter Soldier.