REVIEW: Magic Mystery Tour in Wastelanders: Doom #1
In Wastelanders: Doom #1 by Torunn Grønbekk, Julius Ohta, Bryan Valenza, and Cory Petit, with a main cover by Josemaria Casanovas, we get a tale set in the world of Wastelanders… and it’s focused on none other than Doctor Victor Von Doom, ruler of the region himself!
Wastelanders: Doom #1
In this issue, we get a story that places an emphasis on the essential role that magic plays in the tapestry that is Doom. In case you aren’t aware, Doom is not just an expert in science, he is also an expert of magic. This is thanks in part of the education he received from his mother (a fact that is not forgotten here).
Magic has served Doom well over the years, and his willingness to wield it is one of the key character elements that separates him from one of his most important character foils, Reed Richards. In this issue, that distinction is also remembered: specifically, because Doom used magic to ensure the safety of both mother and child when Sue Storm was giving birth to the Valeria, daughter of Reed (and goddaughter to Doom).
I enjoyed Doom’s investigation into the town that was magically protected from the harsh setting of the world of Wastelanders, and I especially enjoyed the revelation that a magically leveled-up Baron Mordo ended up being the ultimate villain of the issue. Plus, seeing Doom rescue Agatha Harkness opens up some promising narrative possibility for the future of the Wastelanders comics (even if my very favorite stories see the witches emerging from the upper hand, at least crossing paths with Doom again will give Agatha another opportunity to prove she’ll always be the best magic user in the Marvel multiverse).
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