- We're on our way to rescue a queen, overthrow an evil wizard, and win back a country. Care to join us?
- -- Wolverine
Appearing in "Doomwar (Part 1)"
- T'Challa (Main story and flashback)
- Black Panther (Shuri) (Main story and flashback)
- Dora Milaje (Main story and flashback)
- S'Yan (Death) (Main story and flashback)
- Ramonda (Main story and flashback)
- Desturi (Main story and flashback)
- Dr. Doom (Victor von Doom) (Main story and flashback)
- Broker (Walter Declun)
- Mrs. Tickle
- Wakandan Army
- President Obama (Mentioned)
- Damage Control (Referenced)
- W'Kabi (Only in flashback)
- Klaw (Ulysses Klaue) (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Tri-Sentinel (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Agent Zero (Christoph Nord) (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Panther God (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- Doctor Doom's Armor (Main story and flashback)
- Wolverine's Suit
- Cyclops' Visor
- Panther Habit (Main story and flashback)
- Captain America's Shield (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Vibranium (Mentioned)
- Sonic Disruptor (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
Synopsis for "Doomwar (Part 1)"
It has just been two days since the Desturi took over the government of Wakanda. Already, they are trying Storm for assaulting an unarmed farmers, practicing and crimes against humanity. The possible sentence is life in prison or death. As she stood before the Desturi leader T'Kan, who accuses her of corrupting Wakanda, Storm defiantly refuses him and swears that her husband T'Challa will come for her and retake Wakanda. After she is taken away, T'Kan declares that they shall isolate Wakanda once more and deport all foreigners. However, the chief of the Marsh tribe asks him if he had outside help. T'Kan denies it.
Meanwhile, Doctor Doom is attempting to crack the vault locks containing the vibranium he needs. However, the combinations on the next lock are alchemical symbols, which contradicts T'Challa preference for science. Doom is able to crack it with his magic and a blood sacrifice. His aide Akeja then ask what if T'Challa and Shuri are planning to retake the throne. However, Doom isn't concerned, for when he is done, Wakanda will be no more.
Meanwhile, in Utopia, the X-Men are at the table, learning about the Wakandan coup and announcement of isolation. Just then, Cipher and Psylocke informs them that T'Challa, Shuri and the entire Dora Milaje brigade are at their door. Cyclops assumes that they has come to ask for asylum, though Shuri states that it is not the case. T'Challa explains that the Desturi are a dissident group who is well-connected in the Wakandan government. They worked together with Doom to take him out. He later found out that every person in the palace was infected with nanites through food and water, making them living camera for Doom. He tried to crack them but the nanites simply self-destructed. Only he and Shuri escaped infection because being the Black Panther allows a heightened sense of awareness; T'Challa himself did not consume any food or water from the palace and confided his concerns with Shuri.
Right now, T'Challa has realized that Doom has only helped the Desturi to gain access to Wakanda's vibranium. The reason why is because vibranium has a secret that no one else knows about: it can amplify mystical energies and effects are infinite. With his mystical know-how, Doom can use the vibranium to make himself unstoppable.
Meanwhile, Storm is placed in a cell specifically designed to nullify her powers. T'Kan also adds that T'Challa designed it himself. However, Storm is able to unlock the door with her technical skills, only to find Doom waiting for her. He demands her assistance in decrypting the final lock, requiring a "thief's touch". He then threatens to kill T'Challa's family if she doesn't comply. Unfortunately, she doesn't' complete by the time and Doom motions for his goons to shoots Ramonda, only for S'yan to take the bullet for her. Doom then demands that if she doesn't cooperate, he'll kill everyone in the room and ten thousands subjects a minute. Grudgingly, Storm decodes the second-last lock.
Somewhere on Easter Island, The Broker and his assistant Mrs. Tickle prepare an army of Doombots to conquer the world.
Back in Utopia, Shuri asks for the X-Men's assistance in retaking Wakanda. Unfortunately, Cyclops states that their global status is fragile at best and that last thing they need to to look like aggressors to the rest of the world, who may unite against them. Therefore, he cannot sanction any X-Man's involvement, to which T'Challa understands. Thirty minutes later, as the X-Men supply the Dora Milaje, Cyclops asks T'Challa about what to do with the nanites in Storm if she is rescued. The former Black Panther answers that he has a "friend' whose working on that. He then commends how Cyclops is making decisions like a true leader, who would have to make difficult decisions. Cyclops then states that he can't sanction the X-Men's involvement, but that doesn't mean that he can't dissuade them from going of their own free will. Already, Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler have packed up. As their planes leave, T'Challa elaborates on Wakanda's defenses, which is virtually impenetrable. However, since he had personally designed the defense grid, there are a few surprises that the Desturi won't expect. Unfortunately, there is no way that can retake the country without killing anyone. However, Shuri considers that those who allied themselves with the Desturi have betrayed their heritage and she is willing to do whatever it takes to retake their home.
Meanwhile, T'Kan is informed by his generals that workers are claiming to have fallen under an illness. However, he refuses to believe that a simple illness is affecting them and demands that they interview these people. Just then, he is alerted to the arrival of T'Challa, Shuri and the Dora Milaje. T'Kan appears before them holographically, asking if they intend to spill the blood of their people. Shuri answers that they are waging a war against the Desturi. She demands that they stand down from control and avoid bloodshed, if they want clemency and involvement with the political process. T'Kan rebuffs her, asking if they would kill innocents in the streets. T'Challa then declares, "You are not Wakanda--" Halfway into his sentence, Nightcrawler teleports both T'Challa and Shuri into the throneroom, where the latter snaps T'Kan's neck. T'Challa finishes saying, "We are."
Wakanda has been conquered, its Vibranium reserves plundered. Storm faces execution in the next 48 hours. And Dr. Doom stands triumphant. It will take the combined forces of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and the two Black Panthers to stand against him. A war has begun that will pit the world's most relentless super-villain against a collection of the world's most powerful super heroes -- one that will span the globe, offering twists and turns and surprise players (hello, Deadpool!) that neither side will see coming.
the story continues from Black Panther Vol. 5 #12
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