The Secret Wars version of Infinity Gauntlet has pretty much nothing to do with the original series from 1991. It has Thanos and Infinity Stones and multiple Infinity Gauntlets, but that is where the similarities end. Not that that is a bad thing, just a public service message that you don’t need to read the original to read this. (Though you should, as it is a classic.)
The Secret Wars version of Infinity Gauntlet also has pretty much nothing to do with Secret Wars. I know Ryan, in particular, really dug the disconnected, What If?-ness of most of the tie-ins, but as a sucker for chronology, they really bugged me. Why couldn’t this series tie into the main book? Thanos is one of the key characters there…this book takes place South of The Shield…where Thanos is banished to at one point, etc.
Ah well, I need to let it go. That said, this is a great stand alone little mini-series. I previously looked at issues #1 and #2, so after the cut I will finish my look at this series with Infinity Gauntlet #3, Infinity Gauntlet #4 and Infinity Gauntlet #5.
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.
While DC and Marvel are the best known of the different superhero producers, they haven’t been the only ones. In 1993, Malibu Comics attempted a superhero line of its own. Called the “Ultraverse,” the books featured a series of characters called “Ultras” who did the superhero thing. There was a Hollywood Superman type called Hardcase, a kid who grew a giant muscled body in some sort of gooey version of Captain Marvel called Prime, and a superhero team made up of seven strangers who were all riding a San Francisco trolley when a mysterious energy beam gave everybody onboard superpowers. That team was called The Strangers.
The most popular of the bunch was arguably Night Man.
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.
One Gauntlet to rule them all! INFINITY STONES!!! AAAAAAHHHHHHH! I knew it was a matter of time before we got something beautiful to rule the human race. Thankfully we can all get one over at Etsy. Shop owner TheBeeeHive you too can mimic Thanos and be a total jerk to the universe. And for those of you that need a history lesson, Thanos collected & assembled all 6 of the infinity gems onto his left glove to Obtain complete mastery over the aspects of the multiverse: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. The gold toned bands adorned with “Infinity Gems” slip onto each finger & are attached to a center gems by lightweight chain. The center gems is then attached to multiple strands of chains that have been fasted into a bracelet. Check out more photos after the break:
This week’s recap of Jonathan Hickman’s dual Avengers runs leading up to the new Secret Wars will cover the Infinity crossover, which brought Thanos into the story in a way that his creator Jim Starlin has probably already retconned as out-of-character behavior, possible the work of a clone. Because that’s what he does any time anyone other than he uses Thanos in a story.
This entry will probably be one of the longest and densest since it covers the Infinity storyline. You’ve been warned. As always, SPOILERS behind the cut.