Review: The Harrowing of Doom: A Marvel Untold Novel by David Annandale

Author: David Annandale
Series: Marvel Novels
Publisher: Aconyte
Released: December 1st, 2020
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of The Harrowing of Doom in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Harrowing of Doom is the latest Marvel Untold Novel, written by David Annandale. I’ll admit that it’s almost odd seeing Annandale in this franchise, as I’ve gotten so used to seeing him write for Black Library. Still, it’s a refreshing change.

Fans know the story well. Doom lost his mother to Hell. Not figuratively, but literally. Ever since, he has fought to gain back her soul, and her freedom. Even while ruling all of Latveria, that has been a goal of his.

A goal that has never felt closer, thanks to an idea and new allies. With the use of his mother’s old friend, and a citizen of Latveria, Doom has a bold plan. A plan that this time around, might just work to free his mother.

“In Latveria, the people did not plead for protection from witches. They plead for the protection of witches.”

I didn’t quite know what to expect, when I picked up The Harrowing of Doom. I knew that I wanted to read it, and desperately at that. Doom’s story has always left room for curiosity, and I was eager to see if this novel would succeed in making him feel more sympathetic.

What surprised me is that Doom is not the main perspective for this novel. Or rather, he’s not the only main perspective. There are several characters who lend their eyes for this tale, providing a more solid understanding of Doom, Latveria, and the world he has worked hard to shape to his will.

It was fascinating, and yet it did leave me wishing that there was more. I’m not quite sure what I wanted more of, but I wanted it. Perhaps I wanted to see more of this epic and yearly battle. Or the enemies. Or the humanity. Or perhaps it is a combination of all those things.

I do love that The Harrowing of Doom forced readers, once again, to question if Doom was a hero or a villain. Personally, one of my favorite Doom-oriented series is Infamous Iron Man, so I couldn’t grab this book fast enough.

It was fascinating to see all of Doom’s struggles, aggravations, and failures. More than that, to see all of this through the eyes of his people. Both those that are loyal to him, and those that are most decidedly not. It added several layers to this story. Actually, that feels a bit like an understatement. I almost wish there had been time to explore this whole concept further, if I’m being honest.

Ultimately, I did find myself enjoying The Harrowing of Doom. It was a quick yet fascinating read. One that I would recommend to any Victor von Doom fan out there, as it will be especially satisfying for them.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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