Partying with Doom - Tobin on Dr. Doom & the Masters of Evil
by Zack Smith
Date: 11 November 2008 Time: 11:03 AM ET
Tobin on Doom & the Masters of Evil
Let the madness commence… Newsarama: Paul give us the basic premise of the book – also, is this a miniseries, a one-shot? Paul Tobin: Doom has reached into his bag of dirty tricks and come up with yet another way to gain ultimate power, and all it takes is a few willing lackeys. Or unwilling lackeys. Or just plain tricked lackeys. Unfortunately, it's going to take a lot of doing in order to achieve his ends, so Doom has to go through a lot of lackey subsets. We'll see Doom "team up" with the Sinister Six, and take sides in a war between the Circus of Crime and the Masters of Evil, and we're even going to get all cosmic. It's also a chance to see just how far Doom is willing to go to get what he wants. Hint: He doesn't bake any cakes or cookies in this series. In fact, you could say he's downright evil. As far as format, we're going with four issues on this project, and each issue can be read alone, or as part of the overall storyline. I'm about halfway done with the scripting, and having myself a barrel of fun. NRAMA: Why is Doom finally putting his ego aside to team up with villains? PT: Whoa! Who said anything about Doom putting that ego aside?! It's his absolutely best-est friend; the only one who has never betrayed him. In Doom's mind, he's not teaming up with anyone...he's allowing others to serve him. When you see the first issue, and how Doom "teams up" with the Sinister Six, then you'll know that Doom's ego is fully intact, and in fact freshly buffed and shined. NRAMA: What led to your doing this story, and what do you enjoy about working with Marvel's dark side? PT: Uber-editor Nate Cosby called me up and asked if I'd like to play around with some villains, and I was on that like the Blob on an all-day breakfast buffet. Marvel has some really amazing villains, but unfortunately we writers don't always get to delve into them with any depth. A villain is there most often as an obstacle. He comes in at one point in the story, and then gets his dreams oh-so-cruelly thwarted (in a process usually involving bruises) and then he goes away. We don't ever see any other side of them than the villain side. We don't see that their car broke down on the way to the bank job, and so they had to call the towing company, and now part of that earlier jewelry store heist is going to have to pay for a new transmission, and he shouldn't have ever trusted his cousin-in-law to fix it anyway. Okay...we're not quite going that far in this series, but we ARE getting a better view of those people behind the villainous deeds, and it's making it awfully fun for me. Go Mysterio!!! NRAMA: What characters have you enjoyed writing the most? PT: For this series? So far...Mysterio. Absolutely. He has a depth of personality that can be revealed by his illusions. Plus, I like the Vulture very much, because it's so obvious that if he didn't have wings he simply be a cranky old guy on his porch, yelling "You kids stay out of my yard!" and cackling evilly each time the sandlot baseball squad knocks a ball onto his lawn, which he always picks up, never returns, simply putting it in a big barrel full of baseballs, labeled "Crushed Dreams." In the second issue the Masters of Evil face off against the Circus of Crime, and I have a special love for both the Enchantress (which I guess makes sense) and then Princess Python, so I'm sure the script will zoom by too fast. And, yeah, what writer doesn't like to write Doom? The guy is both noble and totally without morals. Excellent! NRAMA: What words have you in praise of the Scherberger? PT: Awww, Patrick's great. Right now he's turning in pages for a What If? special that he and I are doing together (What If: Newer Fantastic Four #1) and let me tell you, the man draws a mean Thanos. And his tech work is aces! I'd be remiss, though, if I didn't mention that the stellar art of Jacopo Camagni will be on half of the first issue's pages. There's an amount of flashback material in our first issue, and editor Nate Cosby and I decided to give a different feel / artist to that. Jacopo and I have worked together before, on MA: Avengers and Super-Heroes, and I really love his stuff. He picks, and pulls off, some amazing angles, and his work is always fresh and dynamic. So, for the first issue, readers (and me) get two artistic treats! NRAMA: What's different about working with the mainstream Marvel Universe, as opposed to Marvel Adventures? PT: Different toolbox. Guns here, but not there. Sexier in one than the other. Embracing continuity in one place, but tossing it around in the other. They both have their advantages, and I like to keep my hand in both. NRAMA: Who's your favorite obscure Marvel supervillian, and why? Handicap:: You cannot pick the Hypno-Hustler or Swarm. Everyone picks those. PT: Everyone picks the Hypno-Hustler? Really? Where do you hang out, Zack? Round here, in these parts, we always pick Batroc. At my last visit to a comic shop I saw that Brubaker was using Batroc, and I was both crushed (NO! Batroc is mine!!) and super-pleased (Yes! Brubaker, basically my favorite writer, is using Batroc!).