- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Hardcover: 136 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (April 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785128344
- ISBN-13: 978-0785128342
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Iron Man vs. Doctor Doom: Doomquest (Marvel Premiere Classic) Hardcover – April 9, 2008
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Doctor Doom is frequently held up as being Marvel's greatest villain (I myself favour Magneto, but perhaps Doom is a superior pure villain), and these stories pit him against Iron Man in a battle of the men wearing suits of powered armour. The first story, a two-parter featured in issues 149-150, see Iron Man and Doctor Doom sent back in time to the days of Camelot by one of Doom's opportunistic minions. There they form alliances with King Arthur and his evil sister Morgan le Fay, respectively; Doom planned the trip in order to enlist Morgan's aide in freeing his mother's soul from Hell. The end result is Doom leading an army of undead warriors against the Knights of the Table Round, all illustrated by John Romita Jr. before his style descended into the scratchy, boxy mess that it is today. Along the way, Tony gets his groove on with a court-supplied courtesan. This first story is just pure fun comics, maybe my all-time favourite Iron Man story.
The second story, from Michelinie and Layton's second run, with Layton on art, sees Iron Man and Doom taken into the far future to defend the reborn King Arthur, at Merlin's behest. The central plot of this one is a lot less inherently interesting, pitting Iron Man against an evil future descendant and Doom against a cyborg future version of himself, but the devil is in the details: Iron Man equipping himself for battle with tech acquired at a futuristic version of Radio Shack; both armoured men trying to wield the legendary Excalibur; Merlin's general demeanour, and the explanation for why the reborn Arthur himself is unable to fight he menace; and, in the premiere dramatic moment, Doom's summary handling of a future version of himself that he finds to be extremely substandard.
I strongly recommend this collection to anyone who is looking to try out some of the best material involving a long-time but low-profile Marvel hero.
Iron Man and Doom's conflict is only briefly in the present day. The first story (Iron Man #149-150) puts them in the time of Camelot, where Iron Man joins with King Arthur while Doom joins forces with Morgan Le Fey. The second story (Iron Man #249-250) is a sequel that sends them to the future, to help a reborn King Arthur.
What's especially nice is each story is told in only two issues. If told today, they would each be six-issue "events".
My only disappointment in this collection is the lack of extras. Given that this collects only four issues, I was expecting a few pages of extras, sketches, etc. The only extra is the cover of the TPB edition from 10 years ago.