Marvel confirmed a few more zones on Battleworld this week. Some have been rumored for a while and already have tie-in books announced (like Planet Hulk above), while there were also a few surprises. What any of this all really means, we’re not really sure yet. Let’s have a look at the updates…
Greenland – PLANET HULK
Savage alien planet. Oppressed barbarian tribes. Corrupt emperor. Deadly woman warrior. Gladiators and slaves. Battle axes and hand blasters. Monsters and heroes… and the Incredible Hulk!
New Mars – KILLRAVEN
In the not-so-distant future, Martians have invaded our world and laid waste to our civilization! Now, only Jonathan Raven, the gladiator known as Killraven, and his band of Freemen, stand between Earth and utter annihilation!
The City – THE KORVAC SAGA
Michael Korvac was your average computer technician of the 31st century. But after punishment at the hands of the Badoon, Korvac became the ultimate cyborg, and enemy, of the future. What happens when this same being comes to possess the Power Cosmic, god-like galactic force?
Phantom Eagle is back in his own rip-roaring adventure! WWI aviation ace Karl Kaufmann collides with prehistoric beasts in Where Monsters Dwell. Fighter planes, dinosaurs, and a history lesson you won’t soon forget!
Valley of Flame – DEVIL DINOSAUR
Witness the legend of Devil Dinosaur. Residing deep in the Valley of the Flame, Devil Dinosaur forms an unlikely bond with Moon-Boy. Is the red-skinned and red-eyed Dino as menacing as the town-folk believe?
The Hydra Empire – HYDRA
Hydra holds the title as Marvel’s most mysterious and diabolical agency. As the antagonist to peacekeeping S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra represents the cutting edge of weaponry and terrorism. Named for the mythological creature with regenerating heads, Hydra is equally difficult to kill. Cut off a limb and two more shall take its place. Hail Hydra.
Limbo – INFERNO
Mr. Sinister’s Marauders attack the X-Men while a horde of N’astirh’s demons prey upon the helpless, horrified populace of New York City. And when Madelyne Pryor, wife of Cyclops, becomes the Goblin Queen – all Hell breaks loose!
The Deadlands – MARVEL ZOMBIES
On an Earth shockingly similar to the mainstream Marvel Universe, an alien virus has mutated the world’s greatest super heroes into flesh-eating monsters! It took the zombies only hours to destroy life as we know it, but what happens when they run out of humans to eat? Follow their search for more food…and witness the arrival of the Silver Surfer!
Monster Metropolis – MONSTER METROPOLIS
Ghouls, dragons, were-beasts, and Dracula. Creatures of the spirit realm and swamp; these are the monsters that are a bump in the night, the faces that appear when your eyes are sealed shut. Discover the full monstrosity of Marvel as we enter dark lairs and dimensions, bringing to light our most terrifying beings. Enter Monster Metropolis…if you dare.
And a short spoiler-y (fair warning) look at this weeks Secret Wars branded tie ins:
Avengers 42 – The Avengers attempt to find the body of the Living Tribunal on the moon. Cyclops shows up for some reason because the Hickman cryptic messages quota was low this month. Reed Richards and Blank Panther design a “lifeboat” to save the chosen few when the final incursion occurs. Meanwhile on 1610, Namor sits around. Finally, the Shi’ar have figured out the whole incursion thing and figure the only way to save themselves is to destroy Earth…even though the Avengers just saved their asses in the Infinity crossover. The Guardians of the Galaxy show up
because Hickman must have lost a Super Bowl bet to Brian Michael Bendis to warn the Avengers of the impending invasion. A fun issue, even if it is only Hickman moving his pieces into place for his grand finale.
Avengers World 18 – Not sure exactly when this issue takes place as the Cabal is still bouncing around the multiverse destroying worlds. Back on the 616 Sunspot has used his wealth to acquire A.I.M, and you will never guess what happens when you trust a bunch of “Evil Scientist”. Never guess. This issue seems mostly filler and not overly important to the whole Secret Wars build up and is probably more for completists. And a No-Prize for anyone that can tell me why Sunspot’s company has an image of Spider-Man on the view screen during an important corporate meeting?