Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Esad Ribic
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Although the first page is emblazoned with the words “Three Weeks Later”, in reality, it’s been nearly two months since we last visited Battleworld in the pages of Secret Issues #5, so if you’ve forgotten everything you’ve read in this series so far, don’t beat yourself up. In the previous issue, we saw the funeral of Sheriff Strange
This issue begins at Castle Doom, where Valeria Richards is giving report on the Foundation’s findings about the survivors of the two life rafts. She reports that Corvis Glave and Proxima Midnight have been captured by Apocalypse, and the two of them are being kept in stasis tanks inside Doom’s throne room, but not much else is known about the intruders into Doom’s kingdom. Black Swan, who has seemingly become a loyal subject of Doom, informs him that these two are generals of Thanos, but that she does not know what their plans are.
Later, we see Peter Parker and Miles Morales investigating outside Castle Doom, where the two of them are discovered by Valeria Richards. She asks if they had anything to do with Strange’s death, and after learning they did not, she opens a trapdoor beneath the statue of the Molecule Man that leads to the place he is being held, where they interrogate him as to the source of Doom’s power.
Meanwhile, Doom questions some of the barons from the various districts of Battleworld, who inform him of a rebellious figure known as the Prophet. The Prophet, they say, has raised an army that is toppling kingdoms. Doom instructs his barons to eliminate the Prophet, but it seems as if the barons have plans of their own.
Black Panther and Namor arrive at the Hidden Isle of Agamotto, where they encounter a hologram of Sheriff Strange. The hologram ascertains that they have come by the Eye of Agamotto honestly, and bestows upon them two gifts that will help them in their impending battle with Doom – the Siege Courageous and an Infinity Gauntlet.
Finally, we see Thanos at the Shield, the wall that separates Battleworld from the Deadlands, Perfection, and New Xandar. Curiously, Thanos is talking to the wall, and, even more curiously, the wall speaks back. The wall is revealed to be a very recognizable character from the Marvel universe, but I won’t spoil that bit for you.