After thirty years of imprisonment, Doctor Doom has freed himself and seeks revenge on the former allies who betrayed him on The Day The Villains Won. To achieve this, he teams up with Valeria Richards, the daughter of his most hated enemy, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four – but whose side is she really on?
Marvel's Wastelanders: Doom is the fifth installment in the “Marvel's Wastelanders” audio epic. Starring Dylan Baker as Doctor Doom and featuring performances by Danny Burstein (Hulk), Keith David (Kingpin), John Hawkes (Klaw), Kristen Johnston (She-Hulk), Elijah Jones (Johnny), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Valeria Richards), Hamish Linklater (Sandman), and Nadine Malouf (Cora). Directed by Jade King Carroll. Original sound design and music by Mark Henry Phillips. Story by Mark Waid. Written by Mark Waid and James Tae Kim. Learn more at marvel.com/wastelanders.
Chapter One: A Super Hero Walks into a Bar
Doctor Doom embarks on his quest for world domination by attempting to make an alliance. Meanwhile, Valeria Richards enlists the help of a hired gun and sets out to catch up with Doom.
Chapter Two: A Fantastic Four
Doom, Valeria, Johnny, and Recorder escape from Maximus’ lair, but with the Sub-humans hot on their tail, they need to figure out where to go next.
Chapter Three: Mask-less
Stranded in the woods, Doom and the group split up. Valeria is forced to re-live her family’s traumatic past.
Chapter Four: Destructive Interference
After being captured by Klaw’s soldiers, Johnny and Valeria meet a member of the Neo-Babylonian resistance. On a secret rescue mission, Doom makes right a bargain gone wrong and discovers the exact location of a coveted item.
Chapter Five: Truth Serum
In an effort to uncover Doom’s plans, Valeria concocts an “elixir” to get the truth out of him.
Chapter Six: Thunder Sandstorm
Doom, Valeria, and their crew prepare to head to the Negative Zone to procure the Cosmic Cube, but upon arriving at the portal, they encounter an old foe standing in their way.
I’v read every Wastlanders comics and this is just amazing and fits so well.
It’s not not bad
I want to be kind to Marvel audio dramas, because they’re trying something cool and I want it to work. But it doesn’t work. Podcast format is telling with no showing, and comic book characters/storylines are built fundamentally around being shown. And that’s just one glaring reason why this show misses the mark.
More problematic is the writing. You can’t write a character smarter than yourself of course, but the writers for this show must not have heard about that. It stars Doom and Valeria, two characters who are supposed to be among the very smartest people on Earth. Yet their story is completely predicated upon everyday mistakes and gaffes. It’s not even a tale about the satisfying sting of hubris revealed, it’s just dummies being dumb while saying they’re smart. It falls so flat that the characters, despite the voice actors trying their best, sound like whiny losers throughout.
I do think you should listen anyways, because I do think Marvel is gonna keep making these and eventually figure out how to make them good. We just ain’t there yet.
AS A DOOM & FF STAN, A++++
I’ve read an ABSURD amount of fantastic four comics. I’ve followed doctor doom’s entire history. I’ve read every panel Valeria Richards has been on. As an ENORMOUS fan, this podcast was practically MADE FOR ME. It was SO GOOD! On the whole they seemed in character and added really interesting developments, and I LOVED this podcast. It’s so fascinating how all the comics I’ve read technically did occur in the past - and that this is almost the true finale of it all! I love this podcast and I can’t preach about it any more. Best depiction of doom & Valeria’s relationship I’ve EVER seen.