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Secret Wars (Secret Wars)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,957 ratings  ·  115 reviews
The first mega-crossover of its kind, Secret Wars still stands as a milestone in the comic-book industry. The fate of the entire Marvel Universe hangs in the balance as all of Earth's greatest super heroes face their deadliest foes on the mysterious planet known as Battleworld! The classic 12-issue limited series is back in print!
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 14th 2007 by Marvel (first published January 1st 1985)
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Oct 08, 2011 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Milos
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I was worried about reading the Secret Wars again after all these years. Would my rereading destroy its mystique? Would it turn out to be unqualified crap? Would it hurt my love of Marvel? Would it taint other memories of other comics from the same period? Despite my fears, I was compelled to try it anyway.

I had recently repacked my comics, and I'd come across my wrapped and cared for originals, and days later I discovered the Marvel app for my iPod. I bought it and the first thing I saw was the
A 12-issue crossover event from 1984-85, designed to tie in to Mattel's Marvel action figure line. Numerous heroes led by Captain America and villains led by Doctor Doom are teleported to a planet called Battleworld in a fight to the death. The mysterious Beyonder tells them that the victor who slays their enemies will be granted what they desire. Hijinks ensue. (view spoiler) ...more
I was fourteen before I decided comics were cool, so I was kind of a late bloomer. SECRET WARS #1 was the very first comic book I ever bought, and I was an avid comic book reader for the next fifteen years.

One day in early June, being out of school for the summer, I happened to walk by the magazine rack at the local book store on my way to the Sci-Fi section. A comic cover by Mike Zeck jumped off the shelves at me. SECRET WARS #1. Captain America's howling face. The Hulk leaping high. Spider-Man
I honestly went into Secret Wars expecting it to be mostly of historical interest only. And there is a healthy dose of that. Secret Wars is probably best known for introducing Spider-Man's black costume (and we all know how important that turned out to be), but there were other lasting effects. (My favorite: as a result of events in Secret Wars, the creepy Kitty/Colossus relationship was broken up.) And you can certainly read it just expecting to see a milestone in the Marvel Universe.

But surpr
Oct 07, 2013 Kyle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: marvel
For me, this series marks a huge evolutionary leap forward for Marvel. The scope of this story and the scale of its conflict is so much larger than any of the stories that came before it, and the narrative is non-repetitive compared to, say, "Contest of Champions". Unfortunately, it is horribly executed: plodding and tedious, weak dialogue and shoddy character development, virtually no suspense or tension, flat as the paper it is drawn on. The only reason to even consider picking up this collect ...more
Printable Tire
Elaborate, inane, campy, confusing, and a little bit inspiring: reading Secret Wars was like reenacting the most epic action figure battles of my youth, combined with the transcending plot of The Transformers Movie (the 80's one obviously). No wonder since the whole marketing scheme for this limited series was to have an excuse to make the first Marvel action figures. But I loved every minute of it, especially the constant bickering between the heroes and the villains, the one-liners that make u ...more
I remember this series or mini series quite fondly and was a little dismayed to find that it was conceived primarily as a vehicle to sell action figures, specifically Marvel's answer to the successful Kenner DC Super Powers Collection DC had a Saturday morning cartoon so Marvel came up with Secret Wars. I guess it worked I had the toys and almost 30 years later I am receiving the Omnibus collection as a father's day present.
Still while the art is obliviou
I've read this before, when it was originally published. At the time the hype was almost overwhelming but the far superior Crisis on Infinite Earths over at DC really over shadowed what this story was. The biggest problem was the characterizations. Certainly Jim Shooter was familiar with these heroes and villains, but the problem was that the characters all acted and spoke like caricatures of themselves, and in some cases, like the Wasp & the Lizard, they seemed to be even parodies. It's a f ...more
Spider-man jukes the X-men, all of them. Doom is awesome, of course. Colossus becomes a giant pussy.
Holden Attradies
I got this because I wanted to read it for it's historical significance, that being the first big multi-volume cross over in the Marvel universe, AND to see where Spidey gets the venom suit from.

I was pleasantly surprised at how readable and enjoyable this was. Yes, it is steeped in early super heroes cheese, but one could argue it was that cheesiness at it's best! Someone else on good reads described it as kind of a comic book rendition of the epic battles he would have with all his action fig
Adam Graham
When I was growing up, one of the highlights of the baseball season was the Baseball all-star game. Prior to the, "This Time it Counts" campaign, the All-Star game was all about pride and it just meant getting to see your favorite players compete against each other. Everybody had to get in the game, so nobody would get more than 3 at-bats and you'd only see pitchers go for two innings tops. But it was great because the players were the best.

Secret Wars can best be enjoyed if it's viewed as an al
A little too dated and corny for its own good. The better comic book crossovers tend to grow out of an ongoing story line but Secret Wars makes all of the classic mistakes of unnecessary crossover events. I always suspected Marvel threw this together to compete with DC's Crisis on Infinite Earth, just so they could say they had the first crossover event. The story literally plucks a bunch of heroes and villains from Earth and throws them into an alien planet where they're supposed to duke it out ...more
My first thought was that there are no words in the English language to describe how utterly stupid this idiotic marvel crossover event is. Then I realised that are actually quite a lot of them. Here they are:

Brainless, dazed, deficient, dense, dim, doltish, dopey, dull, dumb, dummy, foolish, futile, gullible, half-baked, half-witted, idiotic, ill-advised, imbecilic, inane, indiscreet, insensate, irrelevant, laughable, loser, ludicrous, meaningless, mindless, moronic, naive, nonsensical, obtuse,
Re-read for me...last time I read this I was 14 and this was comics form. Nostalgic read. So many things forgot about this. Black suit that became Venom,and all that.
Christopher Litsinger
When Spider-Man showed up in The Amazing Spider-Man in a new suit, and the issue says to read about it in this series, I skimmed the Wikipedia article. When I saw that this was the first mega-crossover series, I decided to give it a go.
Big Mistake.
Like super hero movies packed with too many bad guys (cough, cough, Spider-Man 3, anyone) the story is too fragmented. At times the story jumps so badly that it seems like they had to cut planned frames to save space.
And all that for about 2 or 3 frame
Matt Anderson
I appreciated this for what it was. In 1982, Marvel released their first-ever limited series, "Contest of Champions," but it was only three issues long. In 1984, "Secret Wars" came out, and it was 12 issues long. I tend to consider "Secret Wars" to be Marvel's first, important event series.

There were tons of heroes and villains in this story, and each of them had their time to shine. New characters were introduced, and lasting ramifications were felt after this series concluded. For example, Spi
As I dive in to the current Secret Wars fun and prepare to slam my way through the Avengers and New Avengers run that preceded it, I thought that first I should go back to the very beginning, a very good place to start.

In Secret Wars, we have groups of heroes that investigate a structure that has appeared in New York. As each group enters, they disappear until finally the structure itself disappears.

We then discover that this structure is actually a ship that is bringing the heroes somewhere els
I had always heard about the Secret Wars when I was growing up, but I never had a chance to actually read the series. It turns out the prevailing opinion (i.e. that it's a blatant cash-grab) is correct. Absolutely nothing happens. If you're interested in the origins of Spider-Man's symbiot costume, just read an anthology covering the Amazing Spider-Man after his return from Battle World. (They're comic books, so you know the back story is going to be recapped 90,000 times.)

The Beyonder is a no s
Fun in a very retro kind of way. The action and the plotting is very straightforward, and I guess those of us who grew up reading comics sort of grew into this jaded mindset where everything is expected to be complex and amped up if you're still reading comics today.

I'd argue that if you did not grow up reading comics, dipping back into older stories like these tend to be a little underwhelming. I have very fond memories of West Coast Avengers vs East Coast Avengers stories (there was one partic
It’s pretty common for comic fans to shit all over Secret Wars these days. It was literally made just to sell toys. It’s the direct ancestor of all the mega crossovers that fans love to hate. So I went in with a “just doing some homework” expectation. But it wasn’t that bad!

Yes, some of the characters are written very out of character (Wolverine is a walking “bub"; The Lizard and Klaw are so unrecognizable I wasn’t sure if I was missing something; the Human Torch is at peak 1963 Tales of Suspens
This has little to no exposition. It just jumps in with the heroes and villains having been scooped up from Earth and sent to a place called Battleworld by the Beyonder. I have read about the Beyonder, but never experienced a story where he plays any particular role. While the opening was kind of abrupt, the book did a fairly good job of presenting the state of the Marvel universe circa-1984 (including the slower pacing and wordiness of older comics). It had quite a few twists and turns, and I w ...more
It's been a long time since I last read this and I'd forgotten what a fantastic standalone story it is. Shooter does an impressive job writing for so many characters while managing to give each one a little bit of the spotlight to express their unique personalities as well and their spearate team dynamics. Of course, though, Doctor Doom takes center stage, with the coup of his career. He is so effortless in his machinations and gloriously single-minded in his determination to obtain the Beyonder ...more
A lot of what "Secret Wars" does is pretty silly. The set-up--a god-like feature gathers the Marvel Universe's top heroes and villains to fight on his far-off planet--sounds exactly like the action figure marketing promo that it was. On top of that, you have clownish villains, overbearing exposition from a big cast and the X-men's decision to just sort of sulk off and do their own thing. There's even a convenient alien healer, a kind of "noble savage" who selflessly brings our champions back fro ...more
Jesse A
When will I learn my lesson on these older comics?!! I hate the style of the books, that sunday morning funnies set up. Plus didn't people actually used to speak? In these old comic books the dialogue never seems like something a person would actually say. I would think genuine dialogue would be something that holds up to the test of time but apparently not. Another disappointment.
I'm reading the actual comics, not the Graphic Novel. So far it seems a tad bit dated. It is a great testament to how much comics have changed. Also shows how far ahead of their time certain writers were around that time that have had their work stand the test of time.
Secret Wars is by no means high literature, even by comic book standards. The dialogues are cheesier and more cringe-worthy that you'd think, some radical plot progressions are often times very confusing, and the simplistic characterization is quite laughable... But that does not change how entertaining the book is and how psychedelically inspiring the ideas and concepts introduced in the plot have been for the newer generations of writers. Moreover, the crossover events from the 80's seem lot m ...more
When I was a teenager I only got my hand on the first two chapters of Secret Wars, always wondering what would happen. Now, more than 30 years (I picked up reading comics after so long) later I found the complete collection and I must say it really lives up to the expectations of being a "milestone in the comic book industry". Off course you can see it's an older comic, the storylines and graphics are more basically and one-dimensional (nowadays you get so many storylines it's sometimes hard to ...more
It's got a good premise but the execution is terrible. I would not recommend reading this book. There's much better Marvel material available.
Kenneth Skaldebø
Well, that took me only over twenty years to read, i'm not a slow reader but i started reading this back in the early nineties back in Norway, back then a couple of issues was relased translated to norwegian, so i read a few of them, but they never relased the entire series.... so in 2014 i found the 30 years anniverary edition, and i finally finihed it!!!

does it hold up? in a simple way yes!
this was one of the first big marvel events and it spawned a tradition of them over the years to come.
Aug 14, 2011 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
It's pretty clear that this crossover was imagined as a profitable advertisement for the upcoming line of marvel toys.
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