Secret Wars #2 Review

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Secret Wars #2 | Writer: Jonathan Hickman | Artist: Esad Ribic | Colorist: Ive Svorcina | Cover: Alex Ross | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $4.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

Enter Battleworld, a new plane of existence somehow created in the wake of the Marvel universe being destroyed. It’s a crazy dark place where the characters we know have new lives and have taken on radically different roles. A seemingly medieval symmetry encapsulates the motif and lifeblood of this realm.

Various families and houses squabble, politic, and plot to expand their dominion under the watchful eye of one supreme monarch. While there are certainly no songs of fire and ice, I got the impression that winter is coming. Continue reading “Secret Wars #2 Review”

Secret Wars #1 Review

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Secret Wars #1 | Writer: Jonathan Hickman | Artist: Esad Ribic | Colorist: I’ve Svoricina | Cover: Alex Ross | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $4.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

 

Time has officially run out. Only two worlds remain.

 

This is the story that Jonathan Hickman has been building towards since Avengers #1, and New Avengers #1 kicked off the Marvel NOW initiative back in December 2012 and January 2013. Hickman has done something special here as he’s weaved a story that is easy to appreciate regardless of whether you’ve been keeping up with his Avengers’ books or jumped right into the deep end without knowing how to navigate the waters of this universe ending event.

 

Secret Wars is a name that has been synonymous with Marvel comics since the inaugural series carrying that name occurred in 1984 with the Mattel action figures based on the story coincided with the release of the famed limited series. There have been other limited runs using the name, but this 2015 edition promises to change everything……and it does! Continue reading “Secret Wars #1 Review”

Secret Wars #0 Review

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.