I picked the series back up again when I received the first two issues of DOOMWAR in the mail (thank you Comic Viner from Chicago who shall remain nameless!) along with a request for a video review. Honestly, there was far too much I wanted to address that I could not in a video review, so I thought an article would be a better idea. Having said that, we are three issues into the mini series and I don't even know where to begin with my complaints.
After reflecting on the events that occurred in DOOMWAR, I've concluded that while I am rather disappointed with the direction they have taken the series. For starters, when did Storm turn into the damsel in distress?
== TEASER ==
She can control the weather, and is supposedly one of the most fearless hand to hand, unarmed combatants in the Marvel Universe, right? Trained by Wolverine, Storm has (whilst depowered) beat Cyclops and even beat Calisto in order to gain control of the Morlocks. However, accoriding to DOOMWAR, when she is in a courtroom being publicly humiliated she does nothing and all she can say in her own defense is "I do not believe for a moment that my husband has abandoned me." Really? When did Storm's character resort to simply being a pawn in a game far greater than herself? Not only is Doctor Doom using her as leverage, but T'Challa is letting him. Frankly, based upon the way she is being written, Storm kind of sucks.
In this first issue, T'Challa seeks the help of the X-Men and explains during a brief dialogue with Wolverine that he had to choose between "his wife's life and the future of his entire country." Needless to say, T'Challa chose his country. This after Storm sacrificed her own life to save his, twice since the start of this most recent Black Panther series. His decision to sacrifice Storm's life comes following his discovery of the "nanite tech" that had infiltrated Wakanda's "food and water." So, rather than being proactive, he runs into the woods and allows his wife, as well as his people, to continue to ingest Doctor Doom's nanite tech. There, in the woods, T'Challa does a lot of thinking.
The main problem I have with this series have been the inconsistencies. For example, is T'Challa Wakanda, or are the Wakandian people Wakanda and T'Challa simply their self appointed leader? Looking back at the second issue of DOOMWAR, it is indicated that the Desturi overthrew the previous government (Black Panther/the royal family/Shuri) "without resistance from the citizens." By returning and claiming to be the "true ruler" of Wakanda, T'Challa is sort of acting like a terrorist, isn't he? Not to mention the fact that Shuri proceeds to go on a killing spree and is later called out on it by Nightcrawler. What of the political repurcussions? Nightcrawler brings up a good point when he asks Shuri if she wants her legacy to be about bloodshed. He asks,
It bothers me that they refer to themselves as Wakanda. It's selfish. I can understand the idea of there having been an appointed position of leadership, but that doesn't mean they "are" Wakanda. It would have been nice to see a mention of the political implications and the fact that Wakanda is a nation built on the backs of people as opposed to writing T'Challa as this overly pretentious character who has appointed himself King.
"When the Desturi came to power, did they shed blood?"
The third issue of DOOMWAR was as inconsistent as the previous two, particularly in the scene where the Cat God questions Doctor Doom. Is he a security system, or is he the Panther God? It is not clear. He is depicted as this all powerful being (or whatever he is). If this is the case, then why do we see Doom narrating his explanation of what is the "only possible future [where] mankind becomes united," i.e., Doomworld. If this is an all powerful being that can read through Doom, than why does he look so surprised? Why does Doctor Doom have to narrate his innermost thoughts in this scene? These inconsistencies take away from the story as a whole.
Perhaps I have been a bit harsh on this storyline, and you may very well disagree with me, but that is what the comments section is for afterall. What do you guys think? Have you been reading DOOMWAR? Are you enjoying the story and am I completely off base, or do I present some good arguments?