Secret Wars #0 | Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Hajime Isayama | Artists: Gerardo Sandoval, C.B. Cubulski, Paul Renaud | Cover: Alex Ross | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Check out my Free Comic Book Day Review at Forces of Geek.com
This was the most anticipated release of Free Comic Book Day as Marvel kicks off their big event of 2015. Secret Wars looks to change the Marvel Universe as we know it, which will include over 55 books between tie-in issues and special one-shots.
Jonathan Hickman has been the maestro wielding the creative force that has led to this moment with almost two years of back story that can be found in the pages of his run on Avengers and New Avengers.
Most of the story here shows Valeria Richards telling the Future Foundation about the world incursions that the Illuminati tried to prevent. Hickman makes the book new reader-friendly while giving current readers some nice reminders. I loved the artwork in this issue. It was just right and conveyed a sense of world-ending calamity.
There was also a bonus, which included the Marvel Universe heroes battling the gigantic humanoids of Attack on Titan. Manga really isn’t my cup of tea, but the show gets recommended to me daily. Three episodes in on Netflix, and I’m hooked, gave me a greater appreciation for what I had read earlier. The artwork and color were the stars of this particular show and were well realized.
If you’re a Marvel fan or you have been out of the loop for some time, this is the book you need to read. The primer for Secret Wars more than did its job, and you just might find yourself enamored with a completely new franchise.