Doctor Doom Explains Why He Respects a Major X-Man


Marvel Comics presents an exclusive preview of S.W.O.R.D. #7, by Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli.

Marvel Comics has given CBR an exclusive preview of S.W.O.R.D. #7, by Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli. In the preview, Doctor Doom has a meal with Storm on the planet Arakko — previously known as Mars — after the dictator demanded to speak to the Sol’s representative in the previous issue. During their meal, Doom explains precisely why he respects Storm.

After complimenting the bouillabaisse, Storm makes reference to the events of 1981’s Uncanny X-Men #145, by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, Joe Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Gylnis Wein. That issue saw Storm and the X-Men going to Doctor Doom’s castle to rescue Arcade, who had allegedly angered the then-deposed dictator of Latveria. While Storm and Doom are having dinner, Arcade reveals that he’s actually a guest of Doom’s, and the latter villain uses a weapon called the Metabolic Transmuter on Storm to turn her into chrome. Although the X-Men eventually free her, being trapped inside the chrome does psychological damage to Storm, who is claustrophobic.

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Doom responds to Storm’s reminder by saying, “Ah yes– that unfortunate business with Arcade… how long ago? I sent a robot in my place, as I remember. Clearly, the machine was suffering some grotesque internal fault to so cavalierly break the sacred bonds of hospitality. The true Doom would never disrepect a Goddess.” As such, Doom, like many others, respects Storm because he sees her as a goddess.

S.W.O.R.D. #7 is part of “The Last Annihilation” crossover, which includes such books as Cable: Reloaded and Guardians of the Galaxy. The crossover promises to change Marvel’s cosmic universe in big ways.

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You can see CBR’s exclusive preview of S.W.O.R.D. #7 below alongside the solicitation information for the issue. The book, which features covers by Valerio Schiti and Ivan Shavrin, goes on sale July 28 from Marvel Comics.

S.W.O.R.D. #7

  • Al Ewing (W) • Stefano Caselli (A) • Valerio Schiti (C)
  • The Hellfire Gala is over…but not all the guests have gone home. Victor Von Doom is staying for dinner. He’s chatting to an old friend in a very new setting — about thrones, empires, magic, Mysterium…and the LAST ANNIHILATION!
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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