Doom is — extremely dangerous. He sees himself as the Overman — he’s overcome human failings to become something greater than human. I’d say it’s quite Nietzschian, but Doom thinks he’s a better philosopher than Nietzsche, and he’s had several books of philosophy published to prove it.
From an interview with alewing about his new “Tenth Realm” comic. I love this aside about DOOM. It reminds me of my favourite ever Doom scene, in (I think) the DAZZLER AND BEAST miniseries from the mid-80s, where Doom is in his castle admiring his art collection and his impeccable taste, and - it really helps here that the artist is a mid-drawer mid-80s Marvel artist - the actual pieces of art are clearly completely horrible, souvenir shop tat: a crystal statuette of a rearing stallion, etc.
Doom’s insane self-belief is his defining trait, which is usually treated as hubris (he’s almost as smart as Reed and it’s his insistence he’s smarter that stops him ever becoming so), occasionally as admirable (Secret Wars!) but also just as a nightmarish halo effect - Doom of course believes he is great at everything, because he is Doom, and the definition of great for a given thing warps to the precise shape of Doom’s capabilities at it. (This is, in my experience, generally true of rich or powerful men, whose several books of philosophy clog the business racks at airpoirts - which makes Doom an even more enduring villain.)
BATGIRL #35 cover, 2014. I am taking over Batgirl starting in October! I’m co-writing with my friend Brenden Fletcher, doing covers and layouts for the amazing Babs Tarr, who will do finished art, and colours by the equally amazing Jordie Bellaire. New tone, new aesthetic, new costume, new everything. Really excited.
This sounds AMAZING.
This is happening!