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Old 10-13-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default Beating the drums of the DOOM WAR!

Thereís Doom, and then thereís everyone else.

Thatís the view from inside the mind of Doom, but it can also be said looking from the outside in at Marvelís top echelon of villains. Besides the fact that he has appeared more times than any other villain in Marvel. Doom has stood toe-to-toe with not only the Fantastic Four, but Mephisto, Silver Surfer and Galactus... and best of all, he is Stan Leeís favorite villain. But although heís the favorite in one of the principal creatorís of the Marvel U, heís far from it from the heroic inhabitants of that universe.

And in the upcoming Marvel miniseries Doomwar just announced at todayís Baltimore Retailer Summit, the Marvel U is out to get Doom. Long-time adversaries the Fantistic Four join the X-men, Deadpool, and the Wakandans TíChalla, Storm and the new Black Panther to take on Latveriaís supreme ruler. Although this has been a long time coming, recent events such as his involvement in the Cabal as well as the ravaging of Black Panther have put him at the top of a growing assemblage of heroesí list.

Crafting the five-issue Doomwar series is writer Jonathan Maberry and artists Will Conrad and Ken Lashley. Maberry is the current scribe of the Black Panther series, and this fresh-faced newcomer to comics is a weathered veteran of the written word with multiple awards (including a Bram Stoker) for his fiction books including Ghost Road Blues and Patient Zero. Between all that, heís an 8th degree black belt in Shinowara-ryu Jujutsu and is a member of two separate Martial Arts Halls of Fame.

I think thatís a first for a comic writer.

Newsarama talked with the writer about this 2010 miniseries, and what Doom is up against Ė and what the heroes are after.

Newsarama: Jonathan, what is Doomwar about?

Jonathan Maberry: Doomwar is a major Marvel event where a number of Marvel heroes band together to wage an all-out war against Doctor Doom. The X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, TíChalla (the former Black Panther) and his wife, Storm; and the current Black Panther. Itís a helluva line-up.

And...theyíre not just going to war against Doom, theyíre squaring off against his entire network, which includes various villains (human, meta-human and Ďotherí) who work behind the scenes to provide Doom with money, materials and muscle. I mean, letís face it ĖDoom runs an entire country. You donít do that alone. And at any given time heís got a lot of operations going, so there has to be a massive support system and considering who the boss is, that system wonít be made up of nice guys.

Doom has is Ėand always will be-- a major power player and heís launched attacks Ėovert and covert-on several fronts. In the process heís hurt a lot of people in the Marvel Universe. Everyone has a personal stake in want Doom taken off the board.

So...the time has come for some serious payback.

Nrama: What is the final straw that forces such a large-scale attack on Doom?

Maberry: Capturing Storm and arranging for her to be executed is a start. Also, he tried to murder TíChalla and did murder two of TíChallaís bodyguards. Heís also destabilized a couple of nations. But the real kicker is that heís discovered that a certain element found in only one place on earth will increase his powers by an order of magnitude. He obtains some of it and it allows him to create a new generation of Doombots and other weapons that are substantially more dangerous than anything heís thrown at our heroes before.

If he succeeds in getting enough of it, he will quite simply become the most dangerous person on earth, and possibly in this plane of existence. It would be like him becoming a living Cosmic Cube or the embodiment of the Infinity Gauntlet

Nrama: With his name in the title, letís talk Victor Von Doom. How do you see him as a character?

Maberry: Iíve always thought that Doom was Marvelís most fascinating and dangerous villain. I used to write Doctor Doom stories when I was a kid, imagining plots and counterplots going on all the time, and thatís how I still see him. If heís defeated by, say the FF or Thor or someone, then all that means is that one of his many wheels within wheels goes off the rail; but he always has a hundred other things spinning.

Heís a super genius, a sorcerer, and the head of state. Iím going to show some behind the scenes stuff, so we can see why heís able to manage so many threats and plots all at the same time. He has a whole lot of very smart, very devious, and very dangerous people working for him.

Doom has done so much harm for so long that heís created an army of enemies. At the same time heís amassed quite an army of his own, and the collision will send shockwaves throughout the Marvel Universe. He also has awesome technology that blends machinery with sorcery. Iím going to explore that in Doomwar. Weíll see some very nasty new toys from the Doom arsenal.

Nrama: Coming up against him in this are the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Deadpool; it seems like an unlikely team-up, so how do they come together?

Maberry: The FF donít need much urging to sign on, considering the amount of history they have with Doom. More than anyone else on earth, they grasp the scope of Doomís power and understand his potential. Reed Richards will go to great lengths to stop him. We also get to see a more devious side of Reed and Sue than weíve seen before.

The X-Men are brought into it initially because Storm is a prisoner of Doom and is scheduled for public execution. Her team-mates are part of a search and rescue operation that warps into a search and destroy. Plus, one of the X-Menís most feared villains gets an upgrade to become far more deadly. The X-Men have a real stake in making sure this threat is never unleashed on the world.

As for Deadpool, well...depending on which of his personalities you ask, heís either in it for the money, or in it for the chicks.

Or both.

Probably both.

He gets hired by TíChalla and the Black Panther to come in and lead a special wet-works team, doing some things that the more moral and mainstream heroes would not do.

Itís also important to understand that Doctor Doom is a master strategist; but strategy is based largely on knowing the nature and specifics of your resources. How the hell do you strategize with a wildcard like Deadpool? Heís Chaos Theory in red tights.


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Old 10-13-2009, 07:58 PM   #2
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Sounds pretty interesting, I'll pick it up.

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Old 10-13-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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**** yes, fallout.

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Old 10-13-2009, 11:24 PM   #4
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Is this Black Panther revenge arc?

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Old 10-14-2009, 03:16 AM   #5
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Black Panther is not a fan of black ops, so I have no idea why he would hire Deadpool (especially Deadpool of all people!) to do his dirty work for him.

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I have to say, I'm a little disappointed that this exists. I was looking forward to Doom and Loki taking on the Avengers during/after Siege, but I guess Doom will branch off and fight the Fantastic Four (again) and a bunch of random other characters. Meh. Granted, I'll see how it goes and I'm not really judging it right now, but I'm not particularly excited for it.

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Old 10-14-2009, 12:46 PM   #7
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But...

Deadpool vs. Doom?

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This seems to be mainly a Black Panther story considering the writer and reasoning for some of the characters like deadpool.

I was kinda hoping it would be Loki to kick doom's ass though.

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Old 10-14-2009, 01:16 PM   #9
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I'm hoping some Avengers make it to the pages of this. Considering Doom just recently saw something in the Eye of Agamato in Doctor Voodoo, I wonder if he'll come into play.

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Old 10-14-2009, 01:28 PM   #10
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Please tell me this won't be some sick version of WWH. I have disgusting visions of WWH dancing through my head. Hopefully this won't involve nearly as much jobbing as occurred in that sour episode in Marvel's history.

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What jobbing are you expecting? There's no one involved in the crossover that Doom shouldn't be able to beat with ease except for Reed. Maybe T'Challa, if he's especially on his game.

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Panther will put Doom into an arm lock.

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Doom will steal the power of the Silver Surfer and... wait... s***!

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I was thinking jobbing against Doom. I agree, none of them should really have much of a chance against him if he's prepared...even Reed and T'Challa. I'm just hoping there's more of a story to this than there was to WWH. I enjoyed PH, only to be violated with the debacle that was WWH.

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Same here.

But I think this should at least have some more thought put into it, if nothing else. Doom's forte has never been just busting in and dominating everything in his path like the Hulk.

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Crap...I forgot about the cosmic arm-bar technique. Maybe T'Challa will have a chance.

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I have to say, I'm a little disappointed that this exists. I was looking forward to Doom and Loki taking on the Avengers during/after Siege, but I guess Doom will branch off and fight the Fantastic Four (again) and a bunch of random other characters. Meh. Granted, I'll see how it goes and I'm not really judging it right now, but I'm not particularly excited for it.
I hadn't really thought of that, that would be better. I'm not following Dark Reign of Benvengers so I wasn't thinking about that. It's just nice to see Doom doing something more than suck, well hopefully anyway

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It's worth noting that Doom didn't "suck" until Bendis had him lose to about the simplest attack strategy ever from Iron Man in MIGHTY AVENGERS (which was "fly in, punch everything, repeat step two"). Millar chewed him out a bit in his FF arc but in the end wanted to rise him to greatness, albeit in a complicated way. Notice once again an area in Marvel turning to garbage once Bendis does something, much as all the waxing when he decided to say in a throwaway line that Hulk killed people.

I'm all for a DOOM-WAR, but I wasn't looking forward to the heroes failing to take down Norman Osborn, i.e. the big threat of an event, AGAIN, in a Bendis-written event. Think about it.

HOUSE OF M = Heroes are incompetent, fail to stop Wanda.
SECRET INVASION = Heroes are incompetent, fail to stop Skrull Queen.

I was hardly looking forward to "SIEGE = Heroes are incompetent, fail to stop Osborn." I mean, even Jeph Loeb doesn't just tell the same crappy story every time, he finds new ways to write crap. Bendis at least should do that, instead of just repeating the same **** he's written back in 2000-2004 until we all die. Chris Claremont basically does nothing but repeat himself, but after a career that has lasted over 30 years, I can understand. I can't for someone hitting spin cycle after five. Sorry.

To be fair, Marvel is moving more along the lines of ACTS OF VENGEANCE style stuff, as in having interconnected subplots rather than a sea of direct tie-in's like CIVIL WAR and THE INITIATIVE had (hell, even WORLD WAR HULK) had. A normal person with zero editorial experience might have suggested that was the way to go immediately, but it always impresses me when it takes Marvel about 2-3 full years to reach the common sense, no brainer solution to something (sarcasm). It'll probably be another ten before they figure out what to do with the X-Men that any layman would have done five years ago.

The only event where the heroes "won" was WORLD WAR HULK, in which it was against an anti-hero, Hulk (who didn't really want to actually kill anyone, anyway, just beat them to a pulp).

So if DOOM-WAR not being a full scale event means the heroes won't literally have to thank Loki and Doom at the end of SIEGE, then I'm all for it.

That said, Doom does need to get his groove back. The problem is doing it at someone's expense.

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Written by JONATHAN MABERRY
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Doctor Doom's latest power play has the Marvel Universe up in arms. Wakanda has been conquered and Storm faces execution in the next 48 hours -- unless the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the two Black Panthers can rally to the rescue! With Doom only minutes away from stealing enough Vibranium to help him conquer the world, T’Challa faces the most dreadful decision possible: let Doom win...or let Storm die!
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DOOM needs no exit strategy.

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The Fantastic Four join in as the fires of DoomWar escalate into a full-blown inferno!
Sometimes you can win every battle and still lose the war. That’s the hard truth facing the Black Panther and the X-Men as they reel from Doctor Doom’s most crippling blow yet. Doom now has everything he requires to become the most powerful force on Earth. All he needs is the time to bring his newly invincible armies into the field. The clock is ticking and Doomsday is coming.
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