Iron Fist / Doop
This is your brain. This is your brain on Doop. With all of the dark material we're diving into in various titles (death of the this, death of the that), sometimes it's nice to just have a short dose of ridiculous wackiness... and that's exactly what this story delivers. It's a super trippy experience that's perfectly complimented by David Lafuente and Jim Campbell's abstract and cartoonish artwork. Doop makes insanely adorable faces, seeing Iron Fist chop dudes is a blast, and the panels are filled with so much craziness. It's a much needed dose of levity since most of our other books are filled with so much gloom and doom.
Loki / Mr. Sinister
While the Iron Fist / Doop story is filled with nonsensical fun, this "team-up" with Loki and Mr. Sinister brings a polar opposite style of humor to the table. Writer Kieron Gillen provides a sharp script with dialogue that's sure to make you laugh out loud. Seriously, Loki offering to friend Mr. Sinister on Facebook is absolutely hysterical. This chapter isn't all laughs, though. There's a legitimately interesting premise underway as well and I wonder if we'll see Mr. Sinister's plot continue in another comic. Additionally, major credit to Gillen for having Sinister create a very amusing weapon.
Colorist Jim Charalampidis is the other star of this brief tale. The scenes are brought to life in an incredibly vivid manner. Lightning cracks across the sky, illuminating the forest and enhancing the drastically different vibrant colors on each character's costume. Each page looks fantastic.
Both of these stories might be a little too out there for some of you. If you don't think it's hysterical, then odds are it's not going to connect with you and this'll be one very perplexing reading experience. There's some stiff/awkward dialogue in Iron Fist's tale and I thought the Loki / Mr. Sinister chapter concluded on a bit of weak note compared to everything we just experienced.
If you want a little break from the serious and emotionally compelling titles, this issue is absolutely worth purchasing. It's a short read that'll relentlessly tickle your funny bone and massage your eyes with it's delightfully unique and vivid panels. Plus, it has Doop. Everyone loves Doop, yes?