Synopsis for "Doomsday"
Continued from last issue...
Following their encounter with the cosmic powered Doctor Doom, Reed Richards provides information to the US Chief of Staff, who orders a full mobilization of military forces following the grim news. Reed is about to give up, but Ben purposely agitates Reed with a fight in order to get the him thinking of a solution. The ploy works, when Reed stops the fight to go work in his lab. Meanwhile, the Russian military sends fight jets to attack Latveria before Doctor Doom can strike at them, but the jets are annihilated by Doom's fantastic new powers. Following his easy victory, Doom then pays a visit to the Silver Surfer who is still a captive in his dungeon to gloat over stealing the Surfer's powers and his future conquest of the world.
As Reed works in his lab he struggles to find a solution when he is told by Sue and Ben that Wyatt is worried about Johnny. Reed contacts Wingfoot and learns that Johnny has been training with soldiers in order to prepare for another battle with Doctor Doom. Reed forbids Johnny from going on this mission, and Wyatt manages to convince Johnny to follow orders. As they drive back to the Baxter Building, Wyatt is relieved that Johnny is focused on something other than the Inhumans for once.
Meanwhile, at the Great Refuge of the Inhumans, Black Bolt has come to the only conclusion there is in order to remove the Negative Zone barrier that blocks his people from the outside world. He silently orders all his people to go to the shelters deep below the city. Only Maximus refuses to go to shelter and even though he is completely mad wishes to stand by his brother's side. Black Bolt allows this and then suddenly screams. The force of the scream is powerful enough to shatter the Negative Zone barrier, but also decimates the Great Refuge as well.
While around the world Doctor Doom gives the people of Earth a demonstration of his power by plunging a European village into darkness, turning the Aegean Islands into a frozen wasteland, and mutating a gorilla in Africa into a powerful rampaging monster. After observing this, Reed Richards shows Ben a miniaturized prototype of the weapon he plans to use against Doctor Doom. Testing it out on Ben angers the Thing and he attacks Reed but is still too weak from his battle with Doctor Doom to put up much of a fight.
Back at the Hidden Land of the Inhumans, the people emerge from their shelters to find that they are free but their cities are in ruins. Black Bolt then decrees that while his people are rebuilding their home, the royal family shall venture out into the world. Soon Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Medusa, Karnak and Triton leave in a ship. Maximus is happy that they are gone and begins scheming on how to take over the throne once again, but when he tries to gain loyal followers none wish to work with the madman.
While Reed Richards is hard at work constructing the full sized version of his weapon against their foe, Doctor Doom grows tired of his show of power and decides to finally use his power to take over the world.
With their defeat at the hands of a cosmic powered Dr. Doom, Reed Richards warns the military not to attack Doom as it could spark a war which only Doom can win. Meanwhile, Doom flies around the Earth causing chaos wherever he goes, making one part of the world eclipsed in total dark, a tropical region frozen, and turning apes into super-monsters to terrorize humanity. Meanwhile in the Hidden City, Black Bolt finally decides to use his super-powerful voice to destroy the Negative Zone barrier that keeps the Inhumans sealed in the Hidden Land. Although his voice causes untold damage to the city, he manages to destroy the barrier. While Reed and the other prepare to tackle Dr. Doom one more time, the Inhuman Council decrees that the royal family must leave the Hidden Land until it is rebuilt. After their departure, Maximus tries to cease the opportunity to take over and amass an army, however, the other Inhumans ignore him. Elsewhere Dr. Doom continues to terrorize the Earth in his bid to become the planet's master.