Doom’s control over the new Marvel continuity is beginning to splinter as rival factions rise in power.
Three weeks after the events in issue #5, much has happened. Corvus Glaive and his wife Proxima Midnight have been captured, and Black Swan is now in Doom’s employ. Doom has tasked his daughter Valeria with discovering Stephen Strange’s murderers, and work has been rather difficult. Not only has it been impossible to figure out what the outsiders are up to, but Valeria has doubts about her father’s intentions — she can no longer fight the nagging suspicion that Doom may be the one actually guilty of Strange’s death.
With Reed Richards and his Ultimate Universe counterpart Reed Richards working on a plan to remove Doom from his throne, a new threat called The Prophet has begun taking over areas of Battleworld. Doom, wanting to focus his attention on the outsiders, tells barons Sinister, Maestor, and Madelyne Pryor to handle the usurper, which only tempts Sinister and Captain Marvel into starting some havoc of their own.
While Doom tries to keep his world balanced and steady in the wake of Stephen Strange’s sudden passing, the tangled web of lies starts to unravel.
Tony Stark’s hot on the trail of the sniper who killed Miriam Sharpe, but the unforgiven sins of the past will keep the killer safe for another day.
In Civil War #2, Charles Soule tethers the plot points tightly around relationships as we get a better look at the two factions set to go to war. The Blue and The Iron have been set apart by key ideologies which have only widened the gap.
What if Steve Rogers and Tony Stark didn’t settle their differences in the original Civil War crossover?
What if their solution to the conflict was to split a nation into two separate territories governed by their idealogues?
Charles Soule explores that possibility with a Secret Wars mini-series set six years after Cloak’s teleport saves a squad of superheroes while dooming fifteen-million other heroes and civilians. With the country separated down the middle, Rogers and Stark govern their sides according to the principles that separated them before.
Those in the Iron who exhibit superpowers are required to register with the government, while those in Rogers’ Blue are free to do as they wish as long as they harm no one and help out whenever possible.
The Cabal take on a squad of Thors as the surviving members of the Life Raft come to terms with Doom’s godhood.
Secret Wars #4 packs plenty of punch with developments and explanations in key areas.