Marvel tried to do a massive event in 2015, Secret Wars, and while I found it to be an amazing read, there were quite a few critics who didn’t. The series was troubled with slow deliveries (making the “all new all different” Marvel come out before the end of the Secret Wars story that actually defined the new series). The story itself and the artwork is on target. If you put aside preconceived notions, you’ll like the story. This post covers the primary story, but you can look forward to additional posts that cover the tie-ins and cross-over titles. First, the basic series was a miniseries that began with the characters of all Marvel universes appearing in a new world!
The storyline involves the Marvel Universe combining with various other alternate universes (including those seen in the Ultimate Marvel and Marvel 2099 imprints, the "Age of Apocalypse" storyline, the Marvel 1602 universe, and the "House of M" storyline) into Battleworld, a planet whose domains exhibit the aspects of the various universes. The planet itself is divided in many territories that are mostly self-contained and where a "pocket universe" composed of a specific storyline or universe reside and evolve. Various versions of individual Marvel characters can be present multiple times on the Battleworld. For example, there is a Tony Stark present in many of the territories where the Kingdom of Manhattan has both the Earth-1610 and the Earth-616 versions. The stories depicted in the miniseries about each domains where characters have powers and personal histories vastly different than the one portrayed in the main Marvel universe(s).In Secret Wars #1, the story is set in motion. The Marvel Universe collides with the Ultimate Universe and so much gets going!
The core limited series was originally to be eight issues long, but was later decided to extend to a ninth, which ran, due to several delays, for nine months. The mini series are in three categories, which are Battleworld, Warzones, and Last Days. One of the core miniseries is Ultimate End which ends the Ultimate Marvel imprint after 15 years. Ultimate End is written by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley, the team that began the Ultimate Marvel universe with Ultimate Spider-Man.
Issues - Hyperlinks go to Marvel Unlimited where members can read for free; however, because of the delays in publishing, at the time of this posting only issues 1-5 are available in Marvel Unlimited.
- Secret Wars #1
- Secret Wars #2
- Secret Wars #3
- Secret Wars #4
- Secret Wars #5
- Secret Wars #6
- Secret Wars #7
- Secret Wars #8
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Until next time,