The short comic series Doomwar came out nearly a decade ago, but it’s all the more exciting now in a post-Endgame world. Doomwar stars T’Challa, Shuri, Storm, Dr. Doom, the Fantastic Four, some members of the X-Men, the Dora Milaje, and Deadpool, and features James Rhodes and a host of other Marvel faves. It may have been a limited series, but it definitely wasn’t limited when it came to its cast of characters. With the Thanos era coming to an end and MCU going into Phase 4, now is the perfect time to revisit series such as Doomwar.
Doomwar was written by Jonathan Maberry, penciled by John Romita Jr., Scot Eaton, and Will Conrad, and colored by Dean White. The six-issue series is essentially a game of chess between two well-equipped and evenly matched adversaries, Victor Von Doom and T’Challa. Dr. Doom takes all of Wakanda’s vibranium to carry out his never-ending quest to rule the entire world as he sees fit. As you can imagine, things get messy quickly. It opens with Storm on trial in Wakanda for a crime she didn’t commit, framed by the very group trying her in court who later find her guilty and sentence her to death. On top of all this, her husband and sister-in-law have ghosted Wakanda, and the hostile group called the Desturi have overthrown the Wakandan government. Things get worse from there.
The X-Men are a ride-or-die bunch, as we are reminded when T’Challa and Shuri show up to ask them for help. Storm’s trial was broadcast live and none of the X-Men are too happy to see T’Challa and Shuri in front of them while Storm is locked up. They’re all very vocal about it, with Cyclops and Wolverine being the ones to voice most of their concern and essentially dragging T’Challa.
In this series, Shuri is the princess regent as well as in possession of the Black Panther mantle. She’s very much the HBIC on and off the battlefield. Shuri wants blood and gets it several times over. There is a scene involving Nightcrawler bamfing Shuri and T’Challa to the location of the leader of the Desturi — and Shuri snaps his neck.
The Dora Milaje have several shining moments themselves. Led by Aneka, they take on several thousand Desturi and Wakandan soldiers, holding their own against such massive numbers.
Victor Von Doom is his normal petty self. He sips from his bedazzled wine goblet while delivering verbal daggers to just about anyone in his vicinity. Victor strips nude at one point in the series and stands before Bast, the panther god, and in all his abhorrent glory convinces Bast he is worthy of Wakanda’s vibranium. It's an interesting exchange but shows how committed Doom is to his ideas and how he really is his own brand of a savior, even though he may be the only one to see himself in such a way.
Doomwar is a quick fun read that will have you longing to see its characters together on the big screen — especially the Dora Milaje and Deadpool. Who wouldn’t want to see Danai Gurira and Ryan Reynolds share the same scene? Plus, Dr. Doom is the next great villain to introduce to the MCU, given that he has ties to both the Black Panther and the Fantastic Four. It would be an excellent excuse to reintroduce a new Fantastic Four to their new home within the MCU, not mention Storm and the X-Men. The Doomwar series is basically an ultimate Marvel team-up against one of the universe’s most formidable villains — and it could be a Phase 4 delight.