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The Harrowing of Doom: A Marvel Untold Novel

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An infamous supervillain risks body and soul for an ignoble cause, in this astounding untold chapter in the life of Marvel’s Doctor Doom

Every year Victor von Doom fights to rescue the soul of his mother from Hell. Every year he fails, but now plans to turn the tables. Blending super-science and sorcery, Victor focuses on creating a singular device, the Harrower, which will
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Aconyte
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Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Each year on the summer solstice, Doom does battle with Hell to free his mother's soul. Each year he fails. Until now. Now he has a plan with hope for success.

I liked that Annandale brought in a bunch of other characters and told parts of the story from their perspective as well. I also enjoyed how Doom is more of an antihero here instead of a straight up villain like he's often portrayed in the comics. Annandale gives him more nuance. He cares for his subjects. It's just that he knows what's be
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun time, hanging out with a super villain. I needed a break from the serious stuff, OK? Reminded me a bit of Soon I Will Be Invincible. Recommended to anybody wanting some fun & escapism. ...more
Michael Botterill
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have been provided with an advance copy of the new Marvel Untold novel The Harrowing of Doom by David Annadale, published by Aconyte Books, so here is the honest review I promised in exchange for the book.

So here is an important disclaimer which is always important to put out there first. I have a casual work contact with Asmodee to demonstrate board games for them in stores and at conventions. Asmodee being the parent company of Aconyte the publisher.

I am also friends with David on Facebook,

Amy Walker  - Trans-Scribe Reviews
Whilst I'm not a huge comics reader, and haven't kept up to date with many of the happenings in the current Marvel Universe, I have experienced a number of stories that have featured the character of Doctor Doom over the years, and have come to enjoy the character somewhat. He's the ruler of a country, is able to leverage that to gain diplomatic immunity much of the time, is a genius level scientist and creates amazing technology, and he's a sorcerer able to go toe to toe with some of the most p ...more
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
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 whil
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“An astonishing saga of revenge, sorcery, malice and darkness where Dr. Doom battles hell to rescue his mother’s soul and to end years of humiliation and agony.”

Victor von Doom: A Supervillain or A Superhero?


The Harrowing of Doom is the story of Marvel Supervillain Victor von Doom who is haunted by years of humiliation and defeat in Midsummer night duel with hell trying to rescue his mother Cynthia’s soul from hell. His burning soul finds some solace in the form of a device named ‘Harrowe
Jordan Barnes
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Harrowing of Doom is pretty much everything that I could have wanted from a Doctor Doom novel. The big draw is that it may offer the definitive version of Victor Von Doom himself, against which all others will be judged. David Annadale is walking on a razor's edge, making Doom a compelling protagonist without sanding off his villainy and menace. Doom has the sympathetic motivation of wanting to rescue his mom and he's being put up against the forces of hell, so Annandale knows that we'll sti ...more
Cat Treadwell
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t quite sure what to think going into this. I love comic books, and have read some of the most poignant and memorable tales within their pages – but my experience with prose versions of the very colourful and vivid characters has been mixed. Somehow words alone haven’t been able to do justice to what is usually a very visual experience.

Within a few pages, I knew I needn’t have worried. I find myself deep in Latveria, home and domain of scientist and magician Dr Victor von Doom, witnessing
Samantha- The Paperback Collector
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When villainous Doctor Victor von Doom set his mind on something, he doesn’t give up easily. Teaming up with the wise Maria von Helm to create the Harrower, a device that will rescue his long-gone mother from the depths of Hell, Doom sets himself on a course that seems destined for destruction. It’s a many-step plan with a great deal of working parts. And when a rebellion begins to rise to knock D
I was given an advanced copy for an honest review.

Victor Von Doom is one of my favorite characters in the all of Marvel Comics, so when I saw a novel based solely on him I knew I had to read it. David Annandale does a fantastic job of writing Doctor Doom in my opinion, keeping you guessing every step of the way as to just what Victor is up to and why.

This novel sees Doom working to save his mother from hell itself, with the help of Maria Von Helm, however a poorly timed uprising will soon caus
Christopher Owens
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Marvel Untold novel

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first of a new series of prose novels taking place in the Marvel Comics universe and featuring characters that might not always be in the spotlight. The Harrowing of Doom centers on Victor Von Doom and his quest to rescue his mother from her imprisonment in Hell while holding off a challenger to his status as ruler of Latveria.

While Doctor Doom made f
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
#Marvel #MarvelEnt #Aconytebooks #review

I'm not a reader of comics, so the world and characters in "The Harrowing of Doom" were completely new to me. I really enjoyed this book - probably even more than I thought I would. It's a gripping story that's a lot of fun. The characters are well-built and interesting. What really carries it off is the writing - it's so smooth you'll find yourself halfway through the book before you know it!

My thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley. This review
Ross Thompson
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
As I am currently wading my way through the early 90s Infinity Gauntlet/War saga and all the crossover issues of comics, I was intrigued at the sometime villain, complex character that is Victor Von Doom. This book seemed to be the perfect chance to put some meat on the bones of this intriguing powerful character.
The book starts on Walpurgis night, as Doom looks towards the coming midsummer and his annual battle with Mephisto's forces of Hell as he tries to reclaim his mother's soul. Beaten once
Michael Dodd
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
For his first Marvel novel, part of the Marvel: Untold range from Aconyte Books, David Annandale tells a tale of iron will and fierce obsession as Doctor Doom sets out to turn the tables on Hell itself. Each year at midsummer, Doom must battle a champion of Hell to try and free his mother’s soul, an impossible task that he’s fated to lose every time. Setting out to change the terms of the duel and weigh things in his favour at last, Doom enlists the help of the sorceress Maria von Helm and a rel ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Harrowing of Doom by David Annandale is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-November.

It's all very majestic with a heavy use of the works of Byron and noble European swaggery in its description, when I really think it's trying hard to be dark, Gothic, and foreboding. Doom designs himself to be a charismatic benefactor, inviting people to be near him, among him, while unwittingly treating them like peons, then fighting against comparative evil to 'save' them and to protect the world fro
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