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Book Review: Secret wars

Secret Wars Secret Wars by Jim Shooter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 all-star game with heroes like Spider-man, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and three of the Fantastic Four, the X-men, the Wasp, and Hawkeye against villains like Dr. Doom, Doctor Octopus, the Absorbing Man, the Enchantess and Galactus. All those star,, and a lot of them get short-changed, though none worse than Kang the Conqueror.

They're all brought to Battleworld by the Beyonder with the prize of getting their desires if they destroy their enemies. The villains don't need much excuse to attack the heroes, so the battle is on. And we're set up for 300 pages of battles, and of course inter-team bickering.

Secret Wars was written in the 1980s, so there's a lot of weird 80s stuff going on. Tony Stark has decided to become a full time alcoholic and left Iron Man duties to James Rhodes. Monica Rambeau, a black New Orleans police officer is the second Captain Marvel, and Hulk is in a stage of intelligence that slowly begins to diminish throughout the story line.

Among themselves, the heroes fight race wars, and gender wars, and then there's the X-men who show why they're my least favorite superhero team as they whine, complain, and play petty posturing games rather than fighting the villains with Charles Xavier trying to subvert Storm as leader of the X-men.

The battles were fine, but overall, the heroes failed to impress. Some heroes have some great scenes such as Spider-man's battle with Titania, Wolverine almost killing the Molecule Man, and Reed Richards having a surprising meeting with Galactus. But, for the most part, the heroes didn't do much memorable. Throughout the most book, Captain America as the leader of the good guys was mostly indecisive and reactive rather than proactive.

One character saves Secret Wars and it's biggest villain: Dr. Doom. Doom had the foresight to see beyond the Beyonder's game for a far greater prize and in the first Chapter tried to prevent the War for that greater purpose. Only Doom would both the foresight and the pure unadulterated arrogance to achieve what he does in this book and truly Doom is at his audacious best in Secret Wars, and he manages to elevate the story.

In the end, the changes to come out of Secret Wars are relatively minor in the long haul. The most stupid one (Ben Grimm leaving Earth and the Fantastic Four to stay on Battleworld to be replaced by She-hulk) lasted a couple years. The best (Spider-man's black costume) wouldn't be fully developed until the issue was taken up in Amazing Spider-man.

Overall, an okay collection that's raised to a higher level by its villain.

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Published on January 31, 2014 21:23 Tags: marvel, secret-wars

Book Review: Secret Wars (2015)

Secret Wars Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book can be summed up simply: great art, underwhelming story. The plot is supposed to be about the birth of a new Marvel Universe and features the declared end of both the Marvel and Ultimate universes. What we get at the end is weak, and more cosmetic changes to fill company goals rather than Crisis on Infinite Earths style reboot.

More importantly, the story we're given has some cool concepts but is often lifeless and illogical. It wasn't unpleasant or a chore to read, but at the end of the day, it was disappointing.

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Published on August 09, 2018 21:50 Tags: jonathan-hickman, secret-wars

The Thing Classic, Volume 2

Thing Classic Vol. 2 (The Thing (1983-1986)) Thing Classic Vol. 2 (The Thing by John Byrne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ben Grimm is the last being on Battleworld as the heroes have departed except for him as he has the power to be Ben or the Thing. However, he founds the world inhabited and very much in need of a hero and it gets one in a comic odyssey, the writers call, "Rocky Grimm Space Rager."

These are swashbuckling Buck rogers style stories of Ben Grimm exploring this strange world along with a mysterious woman and facing a mysterious antagonist. It's fun reading, certainly moreso than the angst-ridden first volume.

This volume was being published at the same time as Secret Wars and had to avoid spoilers for that and also Grimm couldn't leave the world until the end of Secret Wars. The book also does feature a Fantastic Four crossover that's disappointing for most readers. For those reading Fantastic Four, the book gave a few updates on the FF, but took the majority of its time focusing on Ben and was a tease to get people to by the Thing book. For those readers of the Thing, it meant going out and buying another comic to get details on how a storyline ended.

Still, if you can get past such gimmics, this is a fun read.

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Published on December 15, 2019 00:29 Tags: secret-wars, the-thing

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