I think I’ve read every appearance of Miles Morales. I’m working on reading every appearance of Peter Parker. But now that the Ultimate and 616 universes have been blended together, it brings up some questions. More on this and Spider-Man #3 (with spoilers) after the break.
The only Avengers book I’ve been reading regularly since the end of Secret Wars is All-New All-Different Avengers. That is mostly because of the presence of Miles Morales. (I read Uncanny Avengers for about 5 minutes before Peter Parker/Spider-Man left the team.) And much like I mentioned in my Spider-Women Alpha review, I’m a sucker for crossovers, especially those that interrupt my regular monthly readings with tie-ins. As such, I’ve been reading the Avengers Standoff event. Some spoilers and thoughts on the latest chapter, Uncanny Avengers #8, after the break.
Well, it is finally over! Ok, it was finally over back in the beginning of January, but I’ve finally finished my write ups. With that done, after the break check out our (well, mostly my) final rankings for all the Secret Wars series.
It was a huge event and most will not be insane enough to read it all. If you are interested in the main story, you can mostly get by with just reading the main series. Very few of the other series tie into the main event, and those that do are recapped as needed in the lead book.
Outside of that, I’d recommend giving any of the top 15 a shot. As for the rest, you can likely just pick and choose the series that interest you. As said, most have no ties to the core book outside of Doom being God and the story taking place in a domain of Battleworld. And some barely bother with that.
I haven’t read Rick Remender’s Captain America run, so I felt a little lost to begin this series. I knew that Ian Rogers was the son of Arnim Zola who was raised by Cap while he was stuck in Dimension Z for over a decade (while little time passed in the “real world”). Beyond that, the issues summary page tells me that Ian aka Nomad was now the partner of new Cap Sam Wilson and was believed dead when he was trapped in Baron Zemo’s exploding base.
But did Ian take something called the Infinite Elevator all the way to Battleworld? Find out after the cut as I look at Hail Hydra #1-4.
As a comic geek it is probably a bit surprising that I never read the original Age of Apocalypse when itcame out in 1995-1996. That was a time period where I had started to move away from comics. Partly because of other interests and partly financially, my time and money was getting funneled into girls, university, girls, music, food, transportation, girls and did I mention girls?
To this day I still haven’t read it, but I have read the Secret Wars version of Age Of Apocalypse which I will take a spoilery look at after the break.
It was a big week for Secret Wars. Probably the last one, with the release of Secret Wars #7 and the conclusions of Thors, Squadron Sinister and Infinity Gauntlet. The only books left now I believe are Secret Wars #8 and #9, Hail Hydra #4 and Ultimate End #5, which is long delayed, I’m guessing because it ties into the conclusion of the main series.
I’ve heard rumors that when Secret Wars was expanded to 9 issues, the actual page count remained the same for the series. That they basically split an issue that was supposed to be oversized in two to give the creative team more time. It sure felt that way this week as issue 7 felt like half an issue. The endings of Thors and Squadron Sinister were ok but had their problems.
Infinity Gauntlet finished strong and has a big jump up the rankings. Moving from #16 to #9. While it still annoys me that this series doesn’t tie into the main story, as a self-contained work it is quite good and manages to deliver on the ending, which many of the Secret Wars tie-ins have failed to do.
There’s not much Secret Wars left to talk about these days. Most series are over and the new Marvel Universe has already launched. Last week saw the conclusions of House of M and Where Monsters Dwell. This week, for the first time since May, there are no Secret Wars books scheduled.
Since there aren’t many issues, there aren’t really any big movers and shakers. Monsters dropped slightly as I wonder if this had anything to do at all with Secret Wars or Marvel just used it as an excuse to hype a tame Garth Ennis book? I don’t think there is one reference to Battleworld in the story. House of M moved up a bit with a mediocre finale, jumping over a couple of other mediocre books.
There’s been quite a few short stories during these last few months of Secret Wars. I’ve liked a handful of them, but a lot of them have missed the mark badly. (Ryan would beg to differ, but we all know what Ryan’s like.)
I’ve already looked at Secret Wars Battleworld1 and 2 and Secret Wars Journal Parts 1-3 in some detail. After the cut I will finish those series with Secret Wars Battleworld #3, Secret Wars Battleworld #4, Secret Wars Journal #4 and Secret Wars Journal #5. As well, I’ll also look at the equally unimpressive Secret Wars Secret Love #1.
I thought I would mix up the intro a bit this week. If you’re like me you don’t read it and skip over it anyway since it hasn’t changed in months. It also has been a while since we’ve done a “Secret Wars Power Rankings Reaction” style column where Ryan and Tom tell me I’m crazy.
So after the cut I will incorporate some of that into the beginning of this weeks rankings. Not a lot changes these days as Secret Wars is supposed to be over now, but due to delays, it is still pushing out a few titles a week even though the new Marvel Universe launched on schedule a couple of weeks ago. We even have a new title this week, Secret Wars Agents of Atlas.