Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde is a middle of the pack Secret Wars tie-in. Currently ranked 22nd in our Power Rankings, it is not a bad read, but doesn’t do much to stand out. What does make this series a bit unique is that the Star-Lord featured here is the actual, genuine, 100% original Star-Lord from the 616 Marvel Universe. Outside of the main series, very few of the life raft survivors have appeared anywhere, let alone had their own series. I’ll take a spoiler-y look at this series after the cut.
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.
The end is near for Secret Wars. After last weeks releases there are only 4 issues left in the event (I think), two of which are the conclusion to the main series. After the break I’ll have a look at Secret Wars #7 and two other series that wrapped up: Thors (I’ll look at Thors #3 and Thors #4) andSquadron Sinister with issue #4.
Marvel’s Secret Wars event is a fascinating experiment in storytelling. Not only is it a complete reboot of the Marvel universe, it’s also the rare cross-over event where every series is new and presents a jumping on opportunity for all readers. You may know the story/universe that the series is based upon but it isn’t required to jump on board. But with over a half century of unique titles to choose from, it can be a bit daunting.
Although we’ve provided plenty of reading guides for the build-up to Secret Wars and Jimmy’s own complete Secret Wars read-through, this post presents all series in a power ranked list. We’ll be reposting every week with the new power rankings so come back to Gabbing Geek to see if your favorites moved up or down. Think a series deserves a different rank? Let us know in the comments. Jump after the break for the full rankings!
Old Man Logan was a popular storyline that ran through the regular Wolverine title (and one Giant Size) for eight issues back in 2008/2009. Written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven it is set fifty years in the future where supervillians have won the day and Logan is long since retired. I won’t spoil anything here, but it is well worth hunting down in trade format.
The story has proven to be so popular it has caught the eye of Doom who made it a domain on Battleworld. There are even rumors of it being the basis for Wolverine 3. I’m skeptical of that, but it would help to explain how ageless Wolverine has aged so much since the 2000 release of the first X-Men movie.
After the break we’ll look at Old Man Logan #1 and #2. Or as Ryan likes to call them, #1 and #1.5. We’ll get into that…
As Marvel continues to ramp up to Secret Wars, they are introducing a line of cheap reprints to give you some background on the various zones of Battleworld. Or, more specifically, like the DC Comics Essentials issues, they are making the first chapter (or so) of a story arc available for $1 in hopes that you will then buy the ~$20 trade paperback to get the rest of the story. They can be a good introduction to readers and a cheap way to get your feet wet if you are not familiar with the properties.
Back in 1998, Joe Madureira was one of the biggest names in the comic industry. Coming off a hugely successful run on Uncanny X-Men, that included the Age of Apocalypse story arc, Madureira did what all comic creators have done since McFarlane, Lee, et al formed Image…he left and created his own book. And it looked awesome: