Planet Hulk #1 (Secret Wars) 

Planet Hulk #1 (Secret Wars)

Written by: Sam Humphries 

Art by: Marc Laming 

Cover by: Mike Dep Mundo 

Released: May 20, 2015 

This first issue was a really cool tie-in for secret wars. In the bigining we see Captain America trying to find out where Bucky Barnes is. Later on the sherif of Battleworld (Docter Strange) tells him that Bucky is beig held captive by the Red King which is where the hulks are. Cap and Devil Dinosaur must kill the Red King and save Bucky.

I’m really excited to see where this story is going to go. As we know this is a three part event so far it’s good and let’s keep hoping it does well. The artwork Laming does in this issue is amazing. Everything looks nice! In all I would rate this issue an 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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A-Force #1 (Secret Wars)

A-Force #1

Written by: Marguerite Bennett, G. willow Willson 

Art by: Jorge Molina 

Cover by: Jim Cheung

Released: May 20, 2015 

With this first issue, the writers are more interested in good, old-fashioned superhero spectacle than gender politics. Much of the book revolves around a brawl between A-Force and a giant, prehistoric shark. In that sense, A-Force is exactly the kind of book Secret Wars promised. It’s fun, it’s weird and it takes advantage of the fresh canvas of Battleworld. It doesn’t require more than a basic familiarity with the premise of Secret Wars. 

Which is good, since this more than any other tie-in may become a gateway for curious new readers. A-Force features the rock-solid characterization the two writers are becoming known. Sure only a handful of the many team players have the opportunity to stand out in this fast-paced first chapter. Even so, the general team dynamic is enjoyable, and the book is anchored by elements like She-Hulk’s “heavy is the head” conflict and the bond between Miss America and Loki. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #8

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #8

Written by: Al Ewing 

Art by: Luke Ross

Cover by: Luke Ross 

Released: May 13, 2015 

Writer Al Ewing had a tough job to pull off here in this issue. He had to have the events leading to the final incursion explained to the Mighty Avengers characters without being derivative to readers, had to tie the issue in with the team’s appearance in the Time Runs Out story, and had to capture the feelings of individual characters as they learned that the Illuminati left them out of their grand plans.

For the most part Ewing succeeds in tying together these elements to create a worthy tie-in issue. I say for the most part, because it’s hard at this point to hear Steve Rogers give the Mighty Avengers lineup a rundown of what had been happening in New Avengers over the past few years without it sounding like a retread. It’s hard to imagine that readers of this title aren’t at least aware of the incursions and how the Iluminati attempted to stop them. If for some reason it’s all new to you, Ewing does a great job distilling the facts down into digestible chunks. For those readers that have been reading Hickman’s work one of the best parts of this issue will be the reactions of the Mighty Avengers. These reactions are all over the emotional spectrum (pun intended), and in including these characters this issue retroactively helps give more weight to the Time Runs Out story that ran in Hickman’s Avengers titles for the eight months prior to Secret Wars.

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Secret Wars #2

Secret Wars #2

Written by: Jonathen Hickman 

Art by: Esad Ribic 

Cover by: Alex Ross 

Released: May 14, 2014 

Basically, Secret Wars #2 offers the grand tour of Battleworld as seen through the eyes of one of its newest defenders. Jonathan Hickman kicks off this chapter by introducing readers to the Thors, a legion of thunder gods who enforce the laws of Battleworld and swear fealty to its creator. As a veteran Thor shows his new recruit the ropes, Hickman is able to shine a light on the physical makeup of Battleworld, its political structure, and how all of these new elements fit together.

This approach immediately pays off. Hickman has a lot of world-building to do in this issue. By making this new Thor a stand-in for the reader, Hickman is able to power through a lot of exposition and setup without any of it feeling stilted or unnatural. Compared to the first issue, which threatened to buckle under the weight of so many characters, Secret Wars #2 is a surprisingly clean and simple gateway into this new world. Hickman clearly lays out the rules, the rivalries, and the notion that Doom reigns over all. The result is a book epic in scope and tone. There are many familiar Marvel trappings at play, but often subverted and blended with a distinct fantasy tone.

In many ways, Secret Wars is beginning to read like Marvel’s take on Game of Thrones. There are warring houses all jockeying for the king’s favor. There are conspiracies within and without the castle. There’s even a massive wall where the riffraff of the kingdom are sent to defend the rest of the world from the monstrosities that lay on the other side. It’s a wonder Marvel didn’t play up these similarities more in the marketing of Secret Wars. These Game of Thrones comparisons do a better job of selling the book and giving an idea of what it’s actually about than vague statements like “The Marvel Universe is ending.” There’s simply something enthralling to the idea of Mister Sinister and Captain Britain dueling for the fate of their respective baronies as everyone from Apocalypse to Khonshu looks on. It’s a vibrant world Hickman has built, and suddenly it’s clear why there are so many darned tie-ins for this event. There’s a scope and a breadth to Battleworld that this series, for all its grandeur, can only hint at. 

In all I would rate this issue a 9/10 that’s all for this issue stay tuned for all reviewes based on secret wars and as always keep on marveling. 

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Secret Wars #1

Secret Wars #1

Written by: Jonathen Hickman 

Art by: Esad Ribic 

Cover by: Alex Ross

Released: May 6, 2015 

Secret Wars issue one was just amazing! It’s just crazy what’s happening right now. As we all know if both the worlds collide they get destroyed but if one explodes the other one does too because of the explosion of the first one. The 616 marvel universe and ultimate universe fight desperately to save their worlds but as we all know none of them survive. 

As of right now only hand full of super heroes are alive its just crazy to realize that basically everyone is dead right now. Go read the issue to find out who is still alive!! In all I would rate this issue a 9/10 the art work was amazing as well the plot. That’s all for this issue and always keep on marveling. 

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