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Secret Wars Omnibus (Marvel Secret Wars #1)

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"I am from Beyond! Slay your enemies and 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 and villains against each other, only to learn that the difference between the two was not so clear-cut as it seemed! Loyalties, loves, and li...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published December 31st 2008 by Marvel Comics (first published January 1st 1985)
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Brad
Oct 08, 2011 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
J.M.
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...more
Sesana
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...more
Patrick
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
Kyle
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
Gordon
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGtKtc... 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...more
Justin
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...more
Mark
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
Alex
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,...more
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...more
Timothy McNeil
It is odd that (as noted in the book) while the X-Men were the best selling Marvel title at the time Secret Wars came out, the powers-that-be still held unto a view that they were clearly second fiddles to the likes of Spider-Man (understandable), Captain America (less understandable), and the Fantastic Four (not at all understandable except for sentiment). Also confusing is why Doctor Doom would go and make two new super villains on the 'battle planet'.

But Secret Wars was nowhere near as ter...more
Jeremiah
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.
Hakim
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
David
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.
John
It's pretty clear that this crossover was imagined as a profitable advertisement for the upcoming line of marvel toys.
Morbus Iff
This would have been an easy 5-star if the ending hadn't trailed off so abruptly.
Mike Thomas
This is awesome! It was the first ever crossover event by Marvel, or any other comic book publisher. It was a 12 issue event taking place between May 1984 till April 1985 and it contains almost all the Marvel superheroes. The story is that these heroes and villains were mysteriously transported to a planet called Battleworld by a powerful being called The Beyonder. They find themselves forced to fight to the death, with eternal power for the victors. As it contained a lot of heroes that had thei...more
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...more
Matthew Price
I can see how I loved "Secret Wars" when I was 9. As an adult, though, it stops making sense about halfway through, and it was only tenuously making sense at best up to that point.
The series was conceived when Mattel wanted to license the Marvel Heroes, but only if they could tie it to a big publishing initiative featuring lots of heroes and villains. Then editor-in-chief Jim Shooter complied, and the resulting “Secret Wars” sold through the roof. (The toy line didn’t fare as well, but 12 figure...more
Paul Griggs
A sadly disappointing experience. I remember some of the story from the UK weekly reprint of the original US maxi-series and on the surface it's a cool idea. Take a selection of the company's most popular heroes and villains and pitch the against each other. On the surface thats all fine and good, but multiple superhero/villain smack downs with little or no consequence during or at the end makes for a somewhat hollow read. Reading this on the back of DCs Crisis on Infinite Earths I even found th...more
Gabriel Wallis
"Secret Wars" has been one of those Marvel stories I've always wanted to read. When I was a child, my older brother purchased all of the "Secret Wars" comics, but I never got around to reading them in their entirety. I remember looking at them and soaking up the illustrations. But not until recently have I decided to read the graphic novel. And it was awesome! I loved the whole story. It was one of those stories that changed the Marvel universe. So many things happened: Spider-Man got his black...more
Chris Johnson
Words can't express how awesome this graphic novel is. Released in 1984 as a 12 issue maxi-series, Marvel assembled a group of heroes and villains on an alien world where a god by the name of the Beyonder decides to see which will succeed: good or evil...as he says, "Slay youre enemies all that you desire will be yours."

The heroes led by Captain America and the villains, lead by Doctor Doom (my personal favorite) do battle...after the villains are defeated, Doom decides to tip the scales in his...more
Mark
A friend of ours loaned us 3 superhero books (2 Marvel, 1 DC) and having read the 2 Marvel ones so far I just don't get the appeal. While everything may not be entirely black and white it is the barest shade less than. There is no real motivation, especially ethical, for anything other than the bad guys and good guys are thrown together by some force and let the battle begin.

If there were actually some narrative, especially one of some "value," then OK but there really isn't. I can't get past th...more
Greta
I wanted to read this for a long time, needless to say I found it very tedious and parts of the story seemed so unnecessary. It felt, at times, like it was dragging on.
There didn't seem to be any significance in this storyline either (except for the very end). Also, certain things were never addressed either (Lockheed?) - am I to buy some other title to find this out or...was there even a point to include these things in the story?
Lastly, the characters were disjointed in this storyline. Parts o...more
Jesús
Esta fue el primer tebeo de superhéroes que leí y la serie que hizo que me interesara por ellos desde entonces. Lo devoré con unos 10 años, lo compré cuando Forum sacó su segunda edición en 1991 y lo releo a menudo. La última vez, ahora, en iPad, que me parece perfecto para leer y recuperar viejos cómics como si fueran nuevos. La idea de que un ser todopoderoso secuestre y encierre a (casi) todos los superhéroes y villanos para que luchen entre ellos en un mundo creado para la ocasión me sigue p...more
Tess
Oct 07, 2011 Tess rated it 3 of 5 stars
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The Avengers, the X-Men and various other superheroes and villains get summoned onto a foreign planet by an entity called the "Beyonder". He promises them that when they defeat their enemies he will grant them all their wishes. Fighting ensues. And the rest is probably the most random series of random events I have ever seen in a plot. Ever.

This crossover is the most amusing thing I've read in a while, the dialogues are hilariously cheesy, the plot pretty much non-existing. If you are into a bit...more
Travis
This story never goes beyond 'Hey! wouldn't it be cool if we got a bunch of super heroes, a bunch of super villains, dumped them on an alien planet and let them fight it out' and on that level it is a lot of fun.
It's basically one long 'Super Friends' cartoon, starring the marvel super heroes.

If you are looking for more depth than that, sorry, you might want to trade this book for a copy of 'Watchmen'.
Lots of mix and match fights, and larger than life adventure. The art is really uneven, as I t...more
Chris Marsh
The plot is a poor excuse for a big toy-selling event. All of Marvel's heroes and villains walk into the same mysterious building and are tele-ported to a "battle-world" so they can fight, for no other reason than, just because. What makes Marvel comics particularly interesting beyond their flawed heroes are their settings, New York City, etc. This "battle-world" is one dimensional. The conflict contrived beyond interest. There are a few romances and relationships that are interesting, but not m...more
Allen
Got this after hearing mention of it on a podcast about the Amazing Spiderman movie - and wasn't disappointed - great action, some good storytelling - the only thing not making it five stars out of five is the usual problem for me, juggling so many characters means some get barely a scrap of the plot thrown their way - to boot, Storm from the X-men's rants over Professor X seem barely scripted in.

But as a bit of comic book history mixed with some exciting storytelling, it had me gripped
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