Most alternate realities that make up the multiverse at both Marvel and DC Comics are variations on a theme. There are some completely originally universes, but most are inhabited by Elseworlds and What If? stories that take our familiar heroes and villains and apply a twist. Maybe the hero and villain have changed roles. Or our hero was raised in Russia instead of on a farm in the middle of the US.
A common twist is to time displace characters. For example, what if Batman was around in the days of Jack The Ripper? In 2003, writer Neil Gaiman transplanted the Marvel Universe to the Elizabethan Era in the hit 1602. Not surprisingly, a domain of Battleworld gets dedicated to this time period in 1602 Witch Hunger Angela. Unfortunately, while the original series was a huge success, this Secret Wars version is quite poor. But to fulfill my contract here at Gabbing Geek, I still need to cover the last two issues after the break.
In much the same vein, the Secret Wars series 1872 takes the Marvel Universe and places it in the old West. So after the break I’ll also be cluing up the final 3 issues of that series…for better or worse. (For worse if you ask Ryan.)
If you’ve been reading my Secret Wars write ups (and of course, you have been right?) you’ve probably heard me mention that I haven’t been much of a reader of the big green guy. I’ve nothing against The Hulk, but I’ve never been drawn in enough to collect him regularly. Even during my “Todd McFarlane is God” phase I only read the first trade paperback of his Hulk run.
But I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this new take on The Hulk starring Amadeus Cho instead of Bruce Banner, so I thought I would check it out. See what I thought (though the title of this article pretty much gives it away), mostly spoiler free, after the break.
Well, it took a lot longer and was a much more enjoyable journey than DC’s Convergence, but I think I’m officially burnt out on Secret Wars. I’m still looking forward to reading the last two issues, but with the new regular Marvel universe soldiering on almost as if nothing happened, and those two issues being months late, they are almost an afterthought at this point.
But, like the final days of Convergence I still have a lot of books to cover off in my attempt to read everything. Well, moreso, to blog about everything, the reading part is done. To keep myself interested now I have to make a game of it. I see how many times I can bounce Secret Wars and then try to break that record. No wait, that is a different game.
Click through as I cover, for no reason whatsoever, the fourth issue of the following books: Planet Hulk, Armor Wars, Inferno, Spider-Verse, A-Force, X-Tinction Agenda and Ultimate End.
Much like my trip through DC’s Convergence, I’ve fallen woefully behind schedule. At the very least I am caught up on reading everything. Writing about them is another story. I’ve also been pretty busy with our latest pet project: The Secret Wars Power Rankings.
After the break I’ll take a look at Infinity Gauntlet #2, Weirdworld #1, Weirdworld #2, Red Skull #1, Ultimate End #3 and very briefly touch on Giant Size Little Marvel AVX #1, Giant Size Little Marvel AVX #2 and Giant Size Little Marvel AVX #3.
I’m trying to read all the Secret Wars issues in the order they come out, but unlike what I’ve done with Convergence, I haven’t pigeon-holed myself. Hence the title of these posts is not “Week Two, Part Two” or something similar. Sometimes I just can’t resist the urge to jump ahead. Out of pure curiosity, or to avoid spoilers. It’s for that reason that this post sees a bit of a mish-mash between some of the first releases and some of the more recent.
Spoilers after the break for Planet Hulk #1, Loki: Agent of Asgard #14, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 and Secret Wars: Battleworld #2.
Generally, with larger-than-life superpowers come larger-than-life personalities. How each hero deals with problems is hugely representative of who they are as people. They are each complex individuals with different ways of tackling everything from their world-threatening enemies to their personal demons. Over at Fanpup, they’ve taken a crack at sorting them by Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). If you don’t know your type but want to see which of The Avengers you’re most like, you can take the test here. – So Jenny is an ENFP – which one do you most identify with?
We’re having infographic wars over here at Gabbing Geek (I may or may not have made that up) – but what that does for you guys is give you lots of awesome information without any effort. So you’re welcome! In other news – HEY LOOK – An evolution infographic of the Avengers! Check out the original over at The Costume Discounters.
Need to talk about Age of Ultron? We’re here for you. Come listen to Gabbing Geek Episode 36: Everything Is Not Awesome. We cover a Superman documentary, Star Wars movie news, a June movie game, a serious complaint about Avengers toys, and then cover all things Age of Ultron. Give us a listen right now or jump past the break for more info.
Are you looking to fill some time while you wait to see Avengers Age of Ultron? Do you need to be distracted before awesomesauce drips down the silver screen? CAN YOU EVEN STAND THAT AGE OF ULTRON IS FINALLY HERE?! Yeah, same here. So give a listen to Gabbing Geek episode 35: Ultimate Ultron or find out more after the break.