Diamond Retailer Summit 2009

Diamond Summit '09: Doomwar

Writer Jonathan Maberry sends the heroes of the Marvel Universe to war against the Latverian monarch Doctor Doom

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By Kevin Mahadeo

The battle begins this February in DOOMWAR, a five-issue limited series by writer Jonathan Maberry uniting the Marvel super heroes against a common and deadly foe: the egomaniacal dictator Doctor Doom.

"They go after him in a major way; not just personally, but going after all of his operations, which we'll find out is a much bigger thing than we've ever seen before," explains Maberry. "It's kind of a 'we've had enough,' line-in-the-sand sort of thing. It's going to involve some key players and a whole lot of action."

The first sounds of battle ring out when Storm, stalwart former leader of the X-Men and bride of the Black Panther, stands trial in Wakanda with a death sentence looming. With their friend's life on the line, members of the X-Men set into motion events that reveal Doom's influence and lead to the current and former Black Panthers, the Fantastic Four and more joining together to save Storm and bring down the Latverian's empire once and for all.

Every hero involved in the coming conflict desires vengeance on Doom for various reasons, including his former Cabal compatriots Emma Frost and Namor, now both members in good standing of the X-Men. Storm's husband, T'Challa, feels a particularly ferocious passion for eliminating Doom after the malevolent monarch's recent attack led to the hero losing not only his title as Black Panther but also his kingship.

Doomwar teaser art by John Romita Jr.
"T'Challa wants some payback," says Maberry, "but in order to get that he's going to have to bring in a couple of random elements-some x-factors."

Although Maberry wants to keep a few of these wild cards a secret, the writer admits to two characters that play very important roles in the heroes' war strategy: the six-clawed Canuck, Wolverine and the epitome of unpredictability, the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool.

"From a strategic point of view, if you're going to put together a team that is going up against tremendous odds, you're going to want somebody who is going to be able to take a lot of injury and keep on fighting," says Maberry. "That's Wolverine. He's the person you want at your back in any fight. As far as Deadpool goes, I mentioned that what needs to tip the scales in this type of match is a chaos factor. You throw him into the mix and literally, anything can happen."

And as Maberry points out, what's the point of waging war against Doom without including the heroes who have foiled his every scheme since the character's first appearance, the Fantastic Four? A longtime fan of Marvel's First Family, Maberry says the members of that team all play key roles throughout the series. Arguably the only person smarter than Doctor Doom, Reed Richards' expertise provides an equalizing factor against Doom's advanced technological defenses. With the Storm siblings, Maberry says that while the Human Torch goes on the offensive, his sister, the Invisible Woman, acts more covertly and that "she's going to play into a couple of big reveals." As for the Thing, when it comes to this battle, it's clobberin' time.

"I've always loved when the Thing gets into the middle of a big brawl," admits Maberry. "There [are] a lot of jaws he can punch, a lot of things he can tear apart. I want to let him rip through this."

The fallout from this limited series looks to drastically change the landscape of the Marvel Universe, both on a political scale and on an emotional one. Maberry says the last issue contains quite a bit of shock value and a few last surprises:

"There is something else that is going to happen at the end of the series that is going to affect quite a few characters across the board. Echoes of this will be showing off in Marvel Comics for a while."

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spider-warrior
spider-warrior member

The thing that was cool about Dr.Doom was that he was invincible. That no matter who he faught, he would be the victor 80% of the time. But he'sbeen defeated so many times now that he just doesn't seem that cool tome anymore.

Saqism
Saqism

Half the people who read this book will be Deadheads (Core Deadpool Fans, of which I am one).

squirrel
squirrel

Yeah, turns out Mayberry won an award for non-fiction horror writing. I don't know if that's more or less impressive than fiction horror, or if it'll translate into anything in this classic [sic: cliche] super-hero story. He also is the author on the new Black Panther book, which has been thoroughly hyped, but because of its last incarnation, I've been quite uninterested in.

FueLz
FueLz

dunno about this. sounds very predictable. and that is one of the worst covers I've ever seen.

Ezekiel_Stane
Ezekiel_Stane

Another? As awesome as it sounds, Nick Fury already invaded Latveria and then the Mighty Avengers went in and arrested Doom. As long as you keep it different, it sounds cool. :venom: :grider: :hawkeye: :dead: :devil: :carnage: :cap: :hulk:

professorhulk
professorhulk

Wait im confused. Is this dealing with the after math o f SEIGE? or is it tottally unrelated becouse it sounds tottally unrelated.

kreemarvel
kreemarvel

[color=seagreen] I just wish they hadn't included so much story in a preview post here... I would love to be surprised when reading the actual issue, not before...[/color]

michaeltill
michaeltill

[quote] Posted: 13 Oct 2009 17:12 ."this is classic comic book stuff, the reason why people read super hero books.[/quote] I agree. Even though this is status shifting, I'll read this. Lots of players coming into action. Glad it's not a 6+ issue series though.

GundamAce
GundamAce

this is classic comic book stuff, the reason why people read super hero books.

Saqism
Saqism

[quote@Spideybuff Maybe cause after the Siege, Doom is in charge of everything once Norman falls...so they have no choice. I am betting Storm and T'Chala are rulers of Latveria by the time it's done. I was thinking maybe Reed, but it will be tough to take the FF to europe...T'Chala is more available now that he is no longer the only Black Panther, defender of Wakanda.But what do they do with Doom...how many times can he be deposed and defeated, but never destroyed?[/quote] He hasn't been Deadpool'd yet. A few rounds with Wade, and he'll be begging to die.Seriously though, how can his ego take it?

Spideybuff
Spideybuff

Maybe cause after the Siege, Doom is in charge of everything once Norman falls...so they have no choice. I am betting Storm and T'Chala are rulers of Latveria by the time it's done. I was thinking maybe Reed, but it will be tough to take the FF to europe...T'Chala is more available now that he is no longer the only Black Panther, defender of Wakanda.But what do they do with Doom...how many times can he be deposed and defeated, but never destroyed?

squirrel
squirrel

Sounds wack. Why Doom. We already had Secret War, and that was amazing. Why take him on again. You can't win, because he's a stock character, he can't die. All you can do is mess with his status, and that was done already. Frikkin T'chala, he was dope for a minute, but now I'm tired of it. Same thing with Deadpool, I loved the character as a kid (maybe that's why I'll be him for Halloween) but you can't write good stories with crazy. This one is definitely for kids.