(I didn't pick up the last one, and I'm not following Axis, so I think I'm too lost to keep up at this stage, but it looks like there's some good stuff with Doom and Valeria, anyway. Though I'm confused about the timing, since Val's already left Latveria in other comics.)
Specifically, that - surprise, surprise - they've changed Doom's origin story into something even less recognisable than the previous F4 films. Collider.com has an interview with Toby Kebbell:
KEBBELL: He's Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I'm sure I'll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I'm a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I'm "Doom".
...And this right here is why I will continue to cry over the fact that Marvel can't get the F4 rights back.
It seems Marvel is conducting a campaign this month to bankrupt me with expensive but good-quality Doom appearances. This issue was apparently supposed to come out last week, so it actually takes place before Agent of Asgard #6, but there's some good stuff in here even with the outcome somewhat spoiled by reading that first.
I haven't been following this title since the last Doom cameo I reviewed which was, er, all the way back in issue #7, so given the density of Hickman's plotting I expect to be a bit lost. But his version of Doctor Doom is always worth showing up to the party for.
All in all, definitely quality stuff. (And dare I hope it's also a good intro to Doom for movieverse fans new to the comics who are following this title for Loki?) Very much looking forward to the next issue.
The MARCH to AXIS continues! • Loki’s back from the Tenth Realm - and facing his greatest challenge yet! Can you say... DOCTOR DOOM? • But with Valeria Richards in the mix - who’s the hero of the story? And who’s the villain? • A new jumping-on point for the series fans literally can’t get enough of! Grab it while stocks last, true believer! • And looming in the wings: AXIS!