Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars XXXII (Anthology Edition)

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This cover is all lies.

There’s been quite a few short stories during these last few months of Secret Wars.  I’ve liked a handful of them, but a lot of them have missed the mark badly.  (Ryan would beg to differ, but we all know what Ryan’s like.)

I’ve already looked at Secret Wars Battleworld 1 and 2 and Secret Wars Journal Parts 1-3  in some detail.  After the cut I will finish those series with Secret Wars Battleworld #3, Secret Wars Battleworld #4, Secret Wars Journal #4 and Secret Wars Journal #5.  As well, I’ll also look at the equally unimpressive Secret Wars Secret Love #1.  

Related links:
Secret Wars Power Rankings
Tom’s Road To Secret Wars: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7.
Other parts of this series: 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 1415, 1617, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

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Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Thirteen (Marvel Zombies Edition)

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I was a huge fan of the first couple of Marvel Zombies mini-series.  Written by Robert Kirkman (I wonder whatever happened to that guy?), it featured an alternate Marvel Universe where everyone from Spider-Man to Hulk to Thanos ended up as a flesh eating zombie.  And when you are a super powered zombie, there’s not much resistance the human race can throw at you.

But all good things must come to an end…specifically the human race, and with it the Zombies greatest food source.  What’s a zombie to do?  At the very least, become a domain of Battleworld.

After the break I’ll look at Marvel Zombies #1 and Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies #1.

Also, if you are like me and haven’t read all of Johnathon Hickman’s Avengers run leading up to Secret Wars, be sure to take Tom’s Road To Secret Wars course at gabbinggeekuniversity.com.  The reading materials are online here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six and Part Seven.

And that course is a prerequisite to the other parts of this series: Part One, Part Two, Part Three,Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve

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Slightly Misplaced Comics Hero Case Files #17: Maggot

"Save us, worm guy!"
“Save us, worm guy!”

Some superhero characters often give off the feeling that the rules are being made up as the creators go along.  There’s a longstanding tradition for such things.  After all, Superman in his earliest appearances could only jump long distances rather than fly, and special vision powers were out of the question.  Batman was more inclined to use lethal force, or at least not fret too much if an opponent did something that got himself killed.  But longstanding tradition is one thing.  More recent attempts to do so often look haphazard and may or may not work out.  Supposedly, all Rob Liefeld originally had in mind for Cable was a cyborg with a big gun.  Making him Cyclops’ son was nowhere near the front of his mind.

I don’t know how much of Maggot was planned out before he joined the X-Men, but there did seem to be a very much making-it-up as they went along feel for the guy.

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