The late Marvel Comics writer Mark Gruenwald had a rare talent: an encyclopedic knowledge of old comics. Gruenwald was apparently the only man who could beat Mark Waid in a comic book trivia contest about the Justice League…which, of course, was published by DC, not the company Gruenwald actually worked on.
As a result of this, Gruenwald, during long runs on series like Captain America and Quasar, would much prefer to resurrect long forgotten characters for story lines rather than create new ones. He even did the most mature Justice League story ever when he used the Marvel knock-offs versions to tell what many consider the first mature readers comic book storyline with the fantastic Squadron Supreme mini-series, a story showing the Squadron taking over their Earth as benevolent dictators, unmasking in public, and all the eventually horrible repercussions that came with that. Not only does this story predate Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns, but Gruenwald told a story with mature themes without anything that would have gotten the book censored by the Comics Code. That’s right, folks: his mature story had no nudity, sex, or swearwords.
But he did create a few characters too, and into that mess came the unfortunate example of Hauptmann Deutschland.
I was recently writing up my walk through for Secret Wars #6 and when I reached the end I flipped the page to see a preview of the cover for issue #7. I had seen it before. But as it sat there before my eyes, the longer I looked at it, the cooler I realized it was. “Is that the Lou Ferrigno Hulk? Forbush Man?? Goose Rider???” What was going on with this cover?
It seems the Marvel multiverse is back and they are not happy with one Victor Von Doom. After the cut, check out the full cover and our best guesses at who’s who. We’ve identified must, but there are a couple we need your help with. So get your Marvel dukes shined up and have a look…
I’ve gotten into the habit of grouping what issues I review in themes or complete series. But sometimes you just have to get stuff off your plate.
After the break I will take a spoiler filled look at X-Tinction Agenda #2, X-Tinction Agenda #3, Squadron Sinister #2, Squadron Sinister #3, Captain Britain And The Mighty Defenders #1 and Captain Britain And The Mighty Defenders #2. Those last two actually constitute a complete series. One of the most polarizing series of the Secret Wars event.
Concluding my recount of the events from Jonathan Hickman’s epic story from his Avengers/New Avengers runs that lead directly into the new Secret Wars if so at least Jimmy Impossible knows what’s going on.
As always, potentially massive SPOILERS after the cut.