With DC’s New 52 promising to take up most of the comic news and reviews for September, this August the Cedar Rapids Comic Examiner will take a look at some of the comics available in Eastern Iowa from the other member of comic’s Big Two, Marvel.
In the 2000s, screenwriter and producer Reginald Hudlin was brought aboard Black Panther in an attempt to revitalize Marvel’s first black character. His attempts brought a lot of media attention and some critical success, but never really translated in to a sales success.
An attempt to relaunch the title with the original Black Panther, T’Challa, replaced with his sister Shuri met with even worse sales than previous volumes and Hudlin gracefully exited the title. His replacement was novelist Jonathan Maberry who continued the plot threads set up by Hudlin to the logical conclusion
That conclusion was Doomwar.
Maberry, artist Scot Eaton, and cover artist John Romita Jr. brought Shuri, T’Challa and his wife Storm together in a battle against Doctor Doom. The famous doctor, regularly a Fantastic Four villain, wants the Panther’s supply of vibranium, the native resource of the Panther’s kingdom, Wakanda. In order to accomplish this goal Doom stages a coup in Wakanda and takes over the country from the sidelines. He sets out to break down a vault that leads to the most powerful magically infused vibranium.
With Storm captured by the forces of the coup, T’Challa and Shuri recruit X-Men members Nightcrawler, Wolverine and Colossus (all friends of Storm) to go in to the country and take it back. They succeed in only the first two chapters of the story, but not before Doom absconds with the vibranium.
This leads to an international war between Wakanda and Doom’s home of Latveria that embroils several other Marvel heroes. The Fantastic Four, War Machine and Deadpool all play a part in the Black Panthers’ grand strategy to stop Doom from using the vibranium from taking over the world.
While a few flaws hinder the story (like the three X-Men’s strange disappearance after issue two) and the ending seems somewhat hollow, Doomwar does a great job of solidly ending an era of the Black Panther in comics. For fans of T’Challa or Doctor Doom it’s well worth a buy. For fans of big adventures, it’s an interesting, fun tale.
It’s definitely worth giving another look.
Doomwar is now available in a collected issue for sales or order wherever comic collections are sold (such as Alter Ego in Marion or the Collins Road Barnes & Noble here in Cedar Rapids).
Stay tuned for more Marvel related articles as Marvel Month in Eastern Iowa continues.