Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 BY CHIP ZDARSKY, RAMÒN K. PÈREZ AND FEDERICO BLEE Story Art Characterization Summary MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 is a memorable issue filled with awesome character moments, especially for Dr. Doom. Plus, Chip Zdarsky creates a truly interesting new alternate reality this issue. On top of that, it’s got some fantastic art by Ramòn K. Pèrez and Federico Blee, who create a real sickly looking dystopian wasteland. 96 % Definitive Doom MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 finds our heroes Ben, Johnny, Doom, and Rachna in an alternate reality where the first Superhuman Civil War ended quite differently. Chip Zdarsky keeps up his writing streak with this fantastic issue. We get more of Zdarsky’s incomparable Dr. Doom, which is worth the price of this issue alone. Plus, we learn the secret behind the team’s mysterious scientist, Rachna Koul. Artist Ramòn K. Pèrez and colorist Federico Blee accurately represent how dark and dingy this dystopian alternate Earth is. Pèrez also creates some cool new designs with Ben and Johnny’s desert wear. I’d buy an action figure of both of them. If you love Dr. Doom and/or dystopian futures, you have to pick up MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7. Doom Hungers in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #6 Are You Not Entertained in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7? MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 opens with the makeshift team touching down on a new alternate Earth. This one’s a desolate wasteland of sand and destroyed architecture, with one structure still remaining: a run-down football stadium. Inside, Ben, Johnny, and the gang are accosted by a one-eyed, bearded Dr. Strange, who takes away Doom’s armor and magic abilities. They learn that in this universe, during the Superhuman Civil War, Iron Man was killed and Captain America was imprisoned by a former hero. It turns out this hero was none other than Spider-Man. This crazed version of Spidey runs a gladiatorial arena called Battleworld inside the stadium, and he forces Ben, Johnny, and Doom into the ring. During the gladiatorial fight, we finally learn the secret that Rachna’s been hiding for a few issues. Wanna know what it is? Pick up MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7. MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 page 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment. Zdarsky, once again, comes up with a supremely intriguing alternate reality. Since we don’t have a proper WHAT IF? series running now, this book is the closest we’ll get to scratching that itch. It looks like we’ll still be in this universe next issue, which is good since I want to learn more about it. How did Spider-Man killing Stark lead to a desolate post-apocalyptic MAD MAX wasteland? For this issue, though, even just the slight tease of this new universe was enough to keep me enthralled. I hope Zdarsky keeps making the various alt-universes this intriguing in future issues. Doom Remains Doom in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 I know I’ve said this in the past, but I’m still in awe at how amazingly Zdarsky writes Doom. Not since Jonathan Hickman has a writer so thoroughly written Doom as Stan Lee intended. As much as I enjoyed Brian Michael Bendis’ INFAMOUS IRON MAN run, something always felt off about his Doom. He seemed not nearly haughty and conceited enough. Zdarsky, though, piles on the selfishness. Doom should be a jerk, even when he’s being a hero. He’s been evil for so long he doesn’t quite understand what it is to be “good.” He describes his new philosophy as re-dedicating his “life to helping others without ruling them” in this issue. Zdarsky understands that Doom always thought he was helping others. That’s what made him such an interesting villain; he truly believed that he was working for the greater good. Now, Doom is doing the same thing, only without trying to rule the world. This issue alone did a better job characterizing Doom’s semi-heel-turn than the entirety of Bendis’ run with the character. Kudos to Zdarsky. Now, who can I contact at Marvel to tell them we need a Zdarsky-written solo Doom title? The Desolate Wasteland in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 Pèrez and Blee do a fantastic (pun intended) job showing the depressing wasteland that is this alternate Earth. The shot of the stadium in the distance with the group walking towards it (as seen a few sections above) looks downright depressing. The sickly orange glow of the tainted-looking air surrounding the dilapidated structure takes away any hope of this being a fun place to live. Then, in the shots located within the stadium, it doesn’t look any better. Everyone is walking around in nearly-identical drab, tattered robes. It truly sets the scene for this depressing reality where a crazed Spider-Man rules. MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment. In addition to this, I want to give special commendations to Pèrez for his character designs throughout the issue. The road-worn desert attire that Ben and Johnny wear looks pretty cool. I could see it being an action figure or a statue at some point. The alt-reality Spider-Man is also a beautifully bizarre design, with Spidey wearing a Captain America mask and Kraven’s lion vest. Just from the design, you could see how insane he’s become. Final Thoughts: MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 Your Weekly Vacation: Marvel’s Latveria MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 is a fabulous issue, especially for Dr. Doom. It really highlights the character well in the beginning, showing his motivations for becoming a “hero,” as well as his ever-present disdain for anyone he sees as inferior to his intellect. Plus, Zdarsky creates an intriguing new alternate universe, one I hope we see more of in the future. Add in Pèrez and Blee’s stupendous artwork, and you have one memorable issue.