Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Day I Learned I Was Doctor Doom

If asked to identify my geekery in terms of the big two comic companies, I would say I'm a DC.

That's not to say that I dislike Marvel, their characters, or their stories.  I fell in love with Marvel Avengers after reading one page.  I love Iron Man and Captain America, I never cease to be entertained by Deadpool, I like Cable and the X-Men and I'm a huge fan of most Marvel movies.  It's just that I have a limited amount of money to spend on comics each week and DC happens to have all of my most beloved characters.  If it were Marvel producing Batman, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, The Birds of Prey, etc., I'd be buying their books each week.

But when I first got into comics, a couple of years ago, I wasn't familiar with most Marvel characters.  I grew up watching Superman and Batman cartoons, and the Justice League.  I missed Spider-Man and the original X-Men cartoon.  I did see some X-Men Evolution as I got older, but I didn't know much about Marvel outside of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.  As I delved further into comic culture, and as one of my best friends became an Avengers fanatic, I learned more, about both the Ultimate Universe and 616.

The best day in terms of Marvel-lore, however, was the day I learned about Doctor Doom.

I was in the lounge of my dorm, taking an online quiz to determine which comic book super villain I most resembled.  I was less than thrilled at first when Doctor Doom's image appeared on my results page.  I was only familiar with him as the lackluster villain of the lackluster Fantastic Four movie.  But my potential disappointment was cut short by my Marvel fan friend going into hysterics beside me.

I asked what was so funny, half-expecting to hear that Doom was a terrible excuse for a super villain, so any dreams I may have had for conquering the planet were for naught.  Instead, the answer was "You really would be Doctor Doom.  You're just like him."

I have a funny way of relating to super villains, as I eventually plan to discuss whenever I have the time to devote a week's worth of posts to my favorite antagonists across various forms of media.  I tend to love either magnificent bastard villains who have a plan and an evil speech ready for every occasion, or ridiculous Team Rocket-style bad guys who get foiled by their own absurdity week after week.  And Doctor Doom, king of Latveria and arguably the smartest man alive, just happened to fill both of those requirements.

There's really no moral or lesson to this story, unlike my last blog post about Batgirl.  Being told Doom was my villainous counterpart didn't lead me to any great revelations about myself or the comic industry.  It just led me to google him and think, "Huh, this guy is pretty cool."  I could discuss how Doctor Doom was my gateway into Marvel, I suppose, or talk about how even violent despots can be relate-able characters, but really, I just love Doctor Doom and wanted an excuse to post pictures of him and talk about how great he is.  And in the end, isn't that reason enough for a post?

Thank you, Marvel.

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