I know I like to have fun with this blog but this issue was just flat out awesome. There was plenty to chuckle at but the last 2 pages of this comic kind of distract for the silliness. So long story short Namor got his ass kicked in the last issue and Doom is watching him get carried off and decides to help. On his way there to save Namor Doom comes across Betty, one of Namors old girlfriends. So anyway they get to Namor to save him and a huge battle ensues and Dr. Dorcas draws a rifle and aims it at Namor. Betty jumps in the way and is shot and killed. Namor breaks free of his chains and runs to her as she is dying. Now this is where the dialogue and art are just amazing. As Namor sits there with Namor holding his dying girlfriend it goes into an explanation of all the people that Namor has lost over the years and how Betty doesn’t get to say anything before she dies. It then goes into this badass writing “For a very long time, it seems, no one dares to move, and no one speaks. Then…Namor looks up.” I can’t find the page to post here but trust me, Sal Buscema draws such a great picture of Namor with a look of rage on his face that would make the Hulk shit his pants!
How do you not pick up a cover like that?! Doom being the greatest villain in all of comics this is bound to peak your interest. So this is a pretty interesting issue. It says that Doom wouldn’t have become the Doom we all know, love and fear, if he just would have been successful in his experiment in collage and reached his mothers soul in the afterlife. At this point, once he does just that with the help of Richards, he just becomes an all around noble hero. Even thanks Richards and then flies off to Latveria to claim what is rightfully his, the throne. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention he helps his mother’s soul out of the hell and on to a better afterlife. This of course pisses Mephisto off to no end. So any way the whole issue is Doom doing great stuff and giving speeches about how great his and how much he wants to help the world. He of course gets the throne and his people love him and he marries the gal of dreams, Valeria. They ride off in a “just married” car talking about how great life is. All out of no where Mephisto stops time and pulls Doom into the underworld and tells him “You can’t be taking souls from me, so give me your soul or I take Valeria’s” Ok so easy choice, Superman would do that for Lois, Reed for Sue, Thing for Alicia. But Doom? Nope not Doom, even after an entire issue titled “Doom became a hero” and crams down our throat how much of a great guy he could have been Doom says “Nope, take her soul. I am to important to the world!” And that’s it! Oh they try to resolve it by saying once a year he tried to get her soul back. Well that makes it all better! Once a year he tries to get her back and fails, “Eh, better luck next time!” Yeah, even after all this Doom still turns into a giant dick. There is your noble leader Latvaria.
So this one picks up right where we left off, kind of. When we left off Doom and Namor just got done beating up and drowning all the androids Doom created. They walked off together talking about taking over the world with robots instead of androids. But this one starts with Namor yelling at Doom “I DON’T THINK I WANT TO TEAM UP WITH YOU!” Yes, I have already lost count of how many times these 2 have gone back and forth and I’m only on the 3rd issue. The other great thing here is Doom stopped being all romantic with Namor and just started a pissing contest. “Well why wouldn’t want to team up with me?! I have badass armor and I am really damn smart!” Also there are like 2 flashbacks in the first 8 pages of this issues. All of them showing Namor and Doom’s biggest failures. The best being when Namor leaves Doom and Doom pulls up all these images on a computer of him losing to the FF and Hulk and other heroes and kind of coming to the realization that for as awesome as he is he should have won by now. But that quickly ends with him smashing the computer and saying BAH! Why would I need anyone!? Even though we literally just saw why he would. Any way Namor goes back to his comatose people and gets jumped by the 3 villains he has and it ends with him unconscious. I wonder whoever will end up coming to his rescue in the next issue?
I love this damn series. It is so damn random. This issue starts with Namor just popping up and sinking a giant oil tanker, but don’t worry! He gives the hard working men on board 5 minutes to abandon ship before he does. So after the sinks this tanker he returns to Atlantic to hang out with his comatose people. While there Atlantis randomly gets attacked, and I mean multiple ships descending down on the city just blasting away. No naturally Namor defends Atlantis and wrecks all the ships and starts attacking the pilots, we of course after ripping off one of their mask he sees his best buds face, Dr. Doom. So he joins Doom on his ship and Doom of course ask Namor to team up with him! After the last issue I just wrote about, AND after Doom just pops up and attacks Atlantis! Because every time I want to hang out with a friend I go over their house and throw a molotov cocktail at their house. So this leads to a very romantic scene of Doom taking Namor on a nice flight around the world showing him all the places they could take over together, all the while just telling him how great and powerful Atlantis is and how Namor is just like Doom in his greatness. I really can’t stress how romantic it is. And this 24 pages into the comic, they haven’t even started fighting androids yet like you see on the cover! So they finally get to Latvaria and Doom is just showing off all of his cool new shit, “Oh Namor look at this awesome computer! Look at my awesome solar power generators!” Well he feels the need to show Namor that he has created androids that do whatever he says and has 2 of them fight to the death in front of them. Long story short Doom unintentionally creates androids that feel emotion and create their own religion! Oh and they have to breathe oxygen for some reason because Namor and Doom end up drowning them! That is after a random character named Andro shows up and explains for 2 pages how he is a clone of Doom! So the issue ends with Andro and Doom locked in the old Hulk Hogun power grip with each other after Doom stops Namor from killing him so he can kill him. Well of course Andro just decides “I’m leaving now!” and disappears. Leaving Doom to explain to Namor don’t worry, we’ll take over the world with my good old fashioned robots! Second smartest man in the Marvel universe right there, folks.
What better way to start this comic blog than with a series that features 2 of my all time favorite characters and, pardon my French here, is ultimately just 2 ego maniacs blowing each other. I mean almost every issue of SVTU consist of Namor and Dr. Doom telling each other how much of a badass ruler the other one is all while having inner monologues of “The fool, once we get past this obstacle I will kill them!” So this issue starts with Dr. Doom floating lifelessly in the ocean, how did get there? A story involving Doom making Silver Surfer think his ex-gf Shalla-Bal is in Latveria, that was a fun issue because it went from the girl knowing she wasn’t Shalla-Bal to thinking she was, to knowing she wasn’t to wishing she was. That story ends with a creation of Doom’s, Darkoth, making Doom blow up in his asteroid base. So Doom of course survives the explosion and re-entering Earths atmosphere to just end up floating in the ocean. Namor pops up and says “Finally! I got him!” So Namor brings Doom back by just electrocuting him with his Atlantian sub. And then explains that he wants to team up with Doom because his people are in a suspended animation. Now the fun of this issue comes in when Doom and Namor then go into flashbacks of all the times they have teamed up and then ended up betraying each other. I mean at this point Namor could have picked so many other people to help him, Reed Richards, Captain America, hell Triton and the Inhumans. Yet Namor explains how he has been searching for Doom, the guy that has betrayed him enough times that they have enough to dedicate a whole issue to the subject, for months! So thankfully, after the flashbacks, Doom is the smart and says “NO!” and proceeds to attack Namor, I guess for rescuing him and bringing him back from the edge of death. They fight for awhile before Doom just takes off, but the kicker here is the issue ends with Namor yelling “Namor and Doom will fight side by side again, and rule the world!” Yes, he still wants the fucking team up! Even after Doom himself reminds Namor of the time Doom held him captive and deprived him of water. This is the man you’ve chosen to rule over you Atlantis!
Welp, here we are again. At the end of another marathon. Let’s be honest with each other, this one was not much of a challenge compared to the Predator summer. I watched a different zombie movie every night, I basically do that already, I just had to be more disciplined when it came to it. It was was, but just like last time I am feeling relief that it is over. There are a lot of movies that I have been wanting to watch and these marathons kind of make that difficult. Because of that I will be taking a break from them until next year. I will be turning this into a comic blog until than. Mean while you can hear me rant about horror movies on horrorhounds podcast (http://www.horrorhound.libsyn.com) and I am sure I will have some write ups in an upcoming issue, also I will be having listeners of the podcast send in ideas of an upcoming movie marathon and than decide which I am going to do, so that could be dangerous. Anyway, let me do a very quick recap of this marathon and telling you the best and the worst of the ones that I hadn’t seen before this marathon. Best: The Battery, Plague of the Zombies, ParaNorman, The Child. I loved those damn movies. There were a lot that I could say were the worst but here is the list: Zombie Island Massacre, Gore Met, Zombie Chef from Hell, Remains, Apocalypse of the Dead, Bloodlust zombies, Biozombie (I imagine that one may piss some people off but damn I hated that). Well, that’s it. I have made it thru again. Thanks to my awesome wife, Dawn, for sitting thru way to many of the shitty ones with me. My buddy, Andy, who came up with this idea. My buddy Aaron and Dave who provided me with some of the viewing over the past 2 months!
Ok, so I totally went against what I said yesterday. I watched a movie I had never seen before. In all fairness I have really been wanting to see this movie. They mentioned it in the last issue of Horrorhound and since than I have been wanting to see it. Turns out my buddy has had a copy of it this whole time. I was not disappointed at all. It’s about a child that visits her mothers grave and ends up befriending a bunch of zombies, she then sends them after people that bother her. Great looking zombies with a very original plot, how can you go wrong? Ultra low budget cinema at it’s finest.