Comic Book of the Week – Secret Wars #1

Warning, spoilers follow.

Marvel’s comic book event is finally upon us. And this one promises to be a good one.

The whole issue started out right and got better and better as the story progressed. At the beginning we were introduced to the looming danger between the two earths. The tension was establsihed right away and the need to survive and fight was emphasized thanks in part to the Ultimate Universe versions of Reed Richards and Nick Fury.

From there it was a full-on clash between the heroes of Earth 616 and Earth 1610, we saw all facets of heroes from both worlds fight for the survival of their respective worlds. And as all hope dwindled, reinforcements entered in the form of Cyclops and the Nation X Sentinels for 616, and the “doomsday” fighters of 1610, which City and Reed Richards deployed. As with big battles and wars, we saw beloved heroes perish and die in the debut issue. The likes of Rocket Raccoon, the Thing and Sue Storm being among the notable casualties.

While the battle was happening, the time before the incursion was nearing. The main objective of Earth 616 was to deploy a life raft and possibly save the best minds in order to start over again. However, due to the war, disaster struck leaving our heroes with a make-shift crew of survivors which would possibly try putting the pieces back together.

At the end of it all, we hear the inner monolgue of Reed Richards and his tearful fairwell to Sue. The hook here is what Dr. Doom’s plans are at the end of the issue.

By the way, there’s this kickass moment in the story when Kingpin gathered the villains to watch the world burn, and who best to crash the party than the Punisher himself.

Overall this was an enjoyable first chapter for the event which balanced a lot of moving parts and also managed to set-up the event nicely.
I give it a 4/5 Comicbooks.
Gino is the Gladiator’s resident TV and Comicbook reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day and a full on geek by night. He believes that lightsabers are the best weapons during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek


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