Secret Wars 2099 #1 

Secret Wars 2099 #1 

Written by: Peter David 

Art by: Will Sliney 

Cover by: Dave Rapoza 

Released: May 27, 2015 

The same creative team bringing SPIDER-MAN 2099 out every month now tackles the much larger, yet somehow smaller, Battleworld sector that seems stuck in the future. Right off the bat Peter David does a fantastic job of establishing that, while this is the ultra-neon world of 2099 ripped straight from comics of the 90s, there’s been plenty of progress made in terms of characters and storytelling. David introduces the team rapid-fire, giving at least a decent idea of who everyone is and what their role is, as well as showcasing their unique personalities and powers, but Hercules and Captain America get most of the focus of this issue with Black Widow clocking in at a close second, and right off the bat, David masterfully sets up conflicts both internally and externally involving all of them. This is a far, far more character driven book than might have been expected, and that’s a very good thing as it’s easily one of Peter David’s strongest suits.

Will Sliney provides the linework, making Nueva York look as sleek and shiny as ever with some very subtle, very thin actual lines. But making the character outlines thin helps reinforce the notion that everything in this land is slick and fluid, a city that never stands still for a second and a future that never closes its eyes. The colors, from the duo of Antonio Fabela and Andres Mossa help with that feeling immensely, making everything neon and bright, while not overwhelming the sense too much or ever having it be too chaotic and discordant. In all I would rate this issue a 7/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Secret Wars #3

Secret Wars #3

Written by: Jonathen Hickman 

Art by: Esad Ribic 

Cover by: Alwx Ross 

Released: Jun 3, 2015 

Jonathan Hickman seems to be very calculating in terms of how much information he reveals about the nature and origin of Battleworld and when he reveals new information. Where issue #1 explored the final hours of the Marvel and Ultimate Universes and issue #2 offered a sweeping view of Battleworld and its various domains and barons, issue #3 takes a more inward focus. Here Hickman finally reacquaints readers with the surviving refugees of the old universes and offers a closer glimpse at God King Doom himself.

Now that he’s more than just a silent monolith sitting on the Wooden Throne of Yggdrasil, Doom immediately becomes the most compelling figure in the book. Hickman has always written a great Doom, dating back to one of his very first Marvel stories, the 2009 tale “…And I’ll Get the Land” from Dark Reign: The Cabal. Hickman just gets Doom – his bravado, his boundless ambition and ego, and the tragic man that lurks beneath that suit armor. All of these qualities are drawn into focus in this issue. Doom’s interactions with his sheriff, Doctor Strange, and his consort, Susan Storm, shed a great deal of light on what motivates the lord of Battleworld and how godhood has changed him.

This issue does no less than suggest that Doom may be the real protagonist of Secret Wars. He’s certainly not the villain of the story. He succeeded where the Avengers failed and built an entire world that keeps the fires of existence burning. He shows a genuine love for his subjects, even if he considers himself far above them. But most of all, he remains deeply flawed and troubled despite his seemingly unlimited power. While firm in his belief that God Doom is right and good, he remains haunted by the frailty and weakness of Victor von Doom. Hickman manages to portray the character simultaneously and his most grandiose and his most human. 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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Battleworld Inhumans Attilan Rising (Secret Wars)

Battleworld Inhumans Attilan Rising (Secret Wars)

Written by: Charles Soule 

Art by: John Timms 

Cover by: Dave Johnson 

Released: May 27, 2015 

The non-Inhuman characters in Attilan Rising are handled well. There’s a gangster Ghost Rider who wouldn’t look out of place in a weird, twisted Goodfellas, and the Hulk who serves as the opening threat is handled very well. The Inhumans that we do spend time with are just as great as well, and we find Medusa, Manhattan’s Regent, getting along with Doom in a short but effective exchange. 

The book itself seems to have slipped under the radar in regards to other Secret Wars tie-ins coming out this week but one thing’s for sure is that Inhumans: Attilan Rising is probably one of the best, and serves as a quality new addition to the vast amount of Marvel’s titles on shelves right now. 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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Old Man Logan #1 (Secret Wars)

Old Man Logan #1 (Secret Wars) 

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis 

Art by: Andrea Sorrentino 

Cover by: Andrea Sorrentino 

Released: May 27, 2015 

As far as Marvel “what if” tales go, Old Man Logan is one of those books that seemingly can’t be topped. The book’s dystopian future, warped heroes and symbiote dinosaurs made for a Wolverine tale unlike any other, its popularity spurred by the creative team of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Seeking to capture said lightning in a bottle yet again, Logan (a Logan, anyway) returns to exact more old-timerly justice, this time in the hands of Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino. The end result isn’t quite as wall-to-wall bananas as the series that preceded it, but it’s nonetheless an exciting and well constructed return.

Though visually quite different, Old Man Logan #1 does an excellent job of immediately capturing the look and feel of the original series. The issue picks up sometime after Logan’s gut bursting run in with the Hulk gang, his past efforts having done little to stem the tide of criminal influence. New factions have quickly moved into the territories left open, using the emblems of heroes and villains long past to mark their claim. In all I would rate this issue an 8.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Secret Wars)

Infinity Gauntlet #1 (Secret Wars)

Written by: Gerry Duggan 

Art by: Dustin Weaver 

Cover by Dustin Weaver 

Released: May 27, 2015

Gerry Duggan and Dustin Weaver do a great job of establishing this family and their dynamics. Without the baggage of pre-existing heroes and concepts to slow them down, the storytellers make us feel immediately for Anwen’s hardships. Anwen is a teenage girl whose mother left the family behind to try to and prevent the bug invasion from ever happening. It was a selfless move to make, but one that apparently failed, and that makes those left behind powerless against the bugs.

Anwen is a terrific young character who will hopefully get to stay around long past Secret Wars. Her plight is immediately recognizable and sympathetic (even if it does involve giant space bugs), and her attitude is at once endearing and heartbreaking. While her little sister doesn’t get as much to do in this opening chapter, her father and grandfather are also fully-formed human beings. Their relationship and history is made clear through organic-sounding dialogue and arguments. This is a family that you want to root for even as you’re seeing them fall apart. 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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Inferno #1 (Secret Wars)

Inferno #1 (Secret Wars)

Written by: Dennis Hopeless 

Art by: Javier Garron 

Cover by: Javier Garron 

Released: May 27, 2015 

Veering off from the original story, things didn’t end in quite the same way. The demons actually won and Illyana Rasputin has been a prisoner of theirs for four years. Where Dennis Hopeless brings us in is a group of X-Men, consisting of Colossus, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Boom-Boom, Nightcrawler, Beast, and Psylocke are making their yearly attempt to try to rescue Illyana. There’s something about seeing the X-Men on a more focused mission like this. You can feel there is more at stake and seeing a determined Colossus able to let go against the demons after trying to contain his anger throughout the year. And, as you would hope or expect, there are casualties. If the stakes are indeed higher than normal and this has been going on for four years, it shouldn’t be a walk in the park for them.

Javier Garron does a good job capturing the despair of the transformed Manhattan. While I didn’t really care for the design of the demon N’astirh, he and the others look as they were originally designed. 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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Ultima End (Secret Wars) #1

Ultimate End (Secret Wars) #1

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis 

Art by: Mark Bagley 

Cover by: Mark Bagley 

Released: May 20, 2015 

The story picks up in Manhattan. Both Manhattans. Simultaneously. You see, the Manhattans of both the Marvel and Ultimate Marvel universes now exist in the same location. There are two Baxter Buildings for instance

Much of this issue deals with the heroes of the two universes convening to discuss this predicament. How did this happen and where do they go from here? The first issue of Ultimate End is a talky issue, but at this point, would anyone expect anything less from a Bendis-written Ultimate story?

The dialogue is sharp in the writer’s traditional manner. He is so good at setting a scene and giving a sense of world through the way his characters interact. Impressively, most characters sound different from their alternate-reality double. Ultimate Tony Stark is cockier and brasher than 616-Tony Stark. That sort of differentiation holds true for most characters, save a couple lines from Spider-Man that sound like they were ripped from the mouth of his teenage counterpart. 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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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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Secret Wars

What is Secret Wars? Secret Wars is the beginning of the end. Literally Secret wars is the end of the marvel universe after this they will make a reboot and start from scratch. This reboot might be a good thing or might be a bad thing. On the good side they can start over and make up for all the bad things they did. On the bad side they can screw it up even More. Knowing marvel I think they will
Do a good job for sure better than what DC did for there 52 reboot. They rushed it and it didn’t go so well, on the other hand marvel has had plenty of time to plan it out. Marvel said this was the biggest thing they have ever done so you know it’s going to be big.

WHO IS INVOLVED?:
Marvel has said that everyone plays a role in secret wars. From the X-Men to even Ghost Rider. Marvel said the X-Men play a major role. Who is the antagonist? Possibly kang? We don’t know for sure yet or it might be like the civil war series and they might fight each other that’s what it looks like In the picture. We are going to have to read the books to figure it out. The first book comes out in May so stay tuned and as always keep marveling.