For a character that’s been dead since 1973 and outside of some clone shenanigans has never been resurrected, Gwen Stacy sure is popular these days. Probably much to known hater Tom Kelly’s chagrin, Gwen just launched a second title that she is headlining. After the break, a brief history of Gwen and a look (with possible spoilers) at Unbelievable Gwenpool #1.
I think I read all of Marvel’s Spider-Man related books except for Spider-Woman and Silk. Now, before you start rolling your eyes, it’s not because they are women, I do read Spider-Gwen. I’ve just never connected with Jessica Drew and am not a big fan of Cindy Moon.
So one has to wonder why I am reading the Spider-Women crossover event when 2/3 of the characters have no interest to me. I guess the pull of that 1/3 is strong. And I am a sucker for crossovers. I also hate reading a book from a series that is part of a crossover and not read the other parts. After the break, minor spoilers and a look at the book that kicks off the event: Spider-Women Alpha #1. (Does it need the “#1”? Marvel insists, but I think it unnecessary. Anywho…)
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.
If you’ve spent any amount of time reading articles at Gabbing Geek then you probably know I may have an unhealthy obsession with Spider-Man. So it only seems fitting that for my (at long last!) final Secret Wars post, it would be Spidey related.
After the break a continuation of the Spider-Island story line with the usual twist on the ending, “what if Spider-Man hadn’t saved the day?”
Everything was going along just fine until disco came along. I’m probably not the first person to write that sentence. For our purposes I refer to the fact that even with 3 monthly books and various guest appearances, the wall-crawlers adventures had been pretty straight forward to put in order. But then came a couple of issues where Peter went to the disco (and then teamed up with the cast of Saturday Night Live) where everything just went all to hell.
Much, much more on this after the break as I try to put this update to rest, not because I’m happy with it…but to save my sanity. I can’t imagine what this is going to be like when I get to the 90’s…
As usual, spoilers follow from here on out if you’ve missed out on the last 50 years of Spider-Man and are just getting started.
No theme to this post, just trying to clue up some odds and ends. After the cut I will take a look at series final issues: Red Skull #3, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4-5, Captain Marvel And The Carol Corps #3-4 and Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #4
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.
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.
The best part of Marvel’s Secret Wars is that virtually every facet of the massive event starts with an issue #1. This presents 49 different jumping on points. Some stories may be based on characters you know, some series may be from another event or world you’ve read about, but all of them are different enough that you can pick up the series and start reading. With that in mind, we’ve harnessed the powers of Jimmy Impossible (who’s actually reading the entire event) to power rank every single Secret Wars series. Each week the rankings will change as new issues come out, so come take a look at the latest power rankings after the break!