This week saw the release of Ultimate End #5, the second to last Secret Wars book. Now we just have to wait a month for the four month delayed finale to get the anticlimactic details on how Doom was defeated and everything basically returned to normal. Where All-New, All-Different seems to equal “we got Miles now and Wolverine is back (kinda)”.
Click through as I cover the fifth and final issues of the following books: Ultimate End #5, Planet Hulk #5, Secret Wars 2099 #5, Armor Wars #5, Spider-Verse #5, Inhumans: Attilan Rising #5, Inferno #5 and A-Force #5 .
As usual there are spoilers, so take care, especially with Ultimate End which is only days old. The others have been out a while.
When I was 17, I drank some very good beer. I drank some very good beer I purchased with a fake ID. My name was Brian McGee. I stayed up listening to Queen. When I was 17.
During my 17th year Marvel also launched their new universe that was set 107 years in the future. Featuring alternate or future versions of characters such as Spider-Man, Punisher, Doom, X-Men, Fantastic Four and some new characters like Ravage, the year 2099 would become synonymous with Marvel.
The breakout character of the bunch had to be Miguel O’Hara, 2099’s new incarnation of Spider-Man. Spidey had a new kickass suit designed by Rick Leonardi and prolific comic book writer Peter David was on board to flush out Miguel’s story. The title proved so popular that Spider-Man 2099 #1 is still the highest selling comic book written by Mr. David.
While the line would eventually peter off, Spidey maintained his popularity and is now back as a mainstay in the Marvel Universe of the present. After the cut, a spoiler-free look at how this is working out for Miquel in the All-New, All-Different Marvel.
Secret Wars continues to build momentum and the tie-ins that I’ve read have mostly been interesting so far. Most of them feature titles you will likely be familiar with from Marvel crossover events of the past. It’s interesting to see how Marvel is handling these tie-ins as some seem to be direct sequels (eg. X-Tinction Agenda, Civil War (I’m assuming)) while others just seem to build off the name and aspects of those original events but are really not related (eg. Planet Hulk, Armor Wars).
After the break we’ll look at the latest and best issue of the main mini-series so far, issue three. Two tie-in series that seem to be in the “related in name only” department in Armor Wars #1 and Infinity Gauntlet #1. And then take a trip to a slightly skewed version of the future than we’ve seen previously in Secret Wars 2099 #1. As usual, spoilers will be prevalent.
Comic book universes often look to the future for more superhero adventures. Some timelines are rather popular and some last a good long time, like the Legion of Superheroes for DC and the original Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel. Marvel tried another future in 1992 with its 2099 series. This series of titles was actually somewhat successful with four initial titles, three of which showed revamped, futuristic versions of Marvel characters: Spider-Man, Doom, and the Punisher. The X-Men were added later, but among the original four was a single original hero without an existing Marvel hero to base himself off.
That hero was Ravage, a character who morphed multiple times into something new only to be shot off into space and never heard from again.