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Secret Wars Omnibus (Secret Wars I)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  2,461 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
'I am from Beyond! Slay your enemies & all you desire shall be yours! Nothing you dream of is impossible for me to accomplish!' With those words began an era of change rarely rivaled before or since as an awesome entity set heroes & villains against each other, only to learn that the difference between the two was not so clear-cut as it seemed!
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published December 31st 2008 by Marvel Comics (first published January 1st 1985)
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What can I say about old comics? They tend not to be that good and the dialogue is wooden at best. Secret Wars is no exception. I read an article describing it as the sort of story a kid would come up with while playing with his toys and I have to agree.

Just in case anyone isn't sure what to think about this, I'll leave you with a picture of Iron Man using his skates.
Oct 08, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Milos
Recommended to Brad by: My eyes
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
Nov 13, 2010 J.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, superheroes
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
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
Oct 07, 2013 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2010 Printable Tire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my efforts to read as much 1980's Marvel comics as possible (don't ask why, just roll with it), I finally run into the beginning of the big, I mean BIG, crossover fever that has never been cured.

This series included some of the top selling characters in Marveldom at the time (and most are still big to this day), Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers. These great heroes were set to face some of Marvel's most powerful villains like Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, and Galactus
Mar 19, 2013 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Jun 15, 2012 Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2009 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Apr 06, 2013 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, wank
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,
Jan 09, 2009 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spider-man jukes the X-men, all of them. Doom is awesome, of course. Colossus becomes a giant pussy.
Jan 17, 2015 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matthew Hedgecock
Daffy, repetitive, and altogether half-baked story that was openly concoted just to sell a short-lived line of toys. SECRET WARS is the embodiment of a notable comics event that is also notably not very good. There's plenty of major happenstances in this series, the biggest of which is the introduction of Spider-man's black suit and the Venom symbiote, but the overall production is just a series of pointless back-and-forth battles with zero consequence. I think Captain America dies like five tim ...more
Adam Graham
Jan 31, 2014 Adam Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Octavio Villalpando
Cuando era pequeño y apenas empezaba a leer cómics, me tocó en suerte que se empezara a editar "Guerras Secretas" en la revista de "El asombroso Hombre Araña" de Novedades Editores. Ávidamente esperaba a que saliera cada nuevo número para continuar leyendo las aventuras de los heroes más poderosos de Marvel en ese misterioso mundo confeccionado por "El Eterno" en el cual debían medir sus fuerzas contra los villanos más temibles del universo. Recuerdo que me parecía algo grandioso, me resultaba m ...more
Dmitry Yakovenko
May 05, 2016 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Ох уж эти бородатые времена, когда масштабные истории писались для того, чтобы продать побольше игрушек. "Секретные Войны" представляют собой классическое побоище стенка на стенку, где куча популярных злодеев противостоит куче популярных героев.

Некое существо по имени Потусторонний создало планету и перенесло туда две команды, состоящие из огромного множества положительных и отрицательных персонажей Марвел, дав им задание уничтожить противоборствующую команду, чтобы получить исполнение своих жел
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
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
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
Feb 07, 2016 Chad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Some of the dialogue was cheesy, especially at the beginning, but overall it was a fun book to read. I appreciate this format because I finally got to find out how it ended since I wasn't able to finish reading the series 30 years ago.

I also appreciated that this edition had snippets from a few other comics that led into this series.
Nuno Gil Franco
Feb 17, 2016 Nuno Gil Franco rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
I have to say that this is pretty outdated and what a chore it was to finish it, mainly because of the dialog (horrible, horrible, horrible).

This compiles 12 issues but I'm sure that everything that happened could have been told in 6 or 8, tops. The art is nice and the plot is ok, but the rest... meh.
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.
Brad Hodges
Dec 16, 2016 Brad Hodges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the early '80s, I was at my peak of comic book geekdom. I was almost exclusively a Marvel guy, buying almost every title they put out at Forbidden Planet, a huge comic book store in Greenwich Village (thankfully, it still exists, though a few blocks away and in a smaller space). I stumbled across a series they were doing called Secret Wars, and I was so tantalized by it that I went into Forbidden Planet's basement back-issues section and got all twelve issues. Somewhere I have them in storage ...more
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.

And what was up with all those female characters caring about their manicure, make-up, hair and general beauty? When you're on a Franken-planet with a mighty weird guy trying to make you fight to the death, I really don't think you should be that concerned with a broken nail.
Aug 14, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
It's pretty clear that this crossover was imagined as a profitable advertisement for the upcoming line of marvel toys.
Mar 04, 2012 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Morbus Iff
Jun 02, 2012 Morbus Iff rated it really liked it
This would have been an easy 5-star if the ending hadn't trailed off so abruptly.
Jul 11, 2016 Sonic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed Mike Zeck's art.
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