Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars 55 (Spider-Island Edition)

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If you’ve spent any amount of time reading articles at Gabbing Geek then you probably know I may have an unhealthy obsession with Spider-Man.  So it only seems fitting that for my (at long last!) final Secret Wars post, it would be Spidey related.

After the break a continuation of the Spider-Island story line with the usual twist on the ending, “what if Spider-Man hadn’t saved the day?”

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Spider-Man vs Darth Maul: The Alternate Ending

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Uh, uh, uh, uh, Staying Alive! Staying Alive!

Back in December I posted an episode of Super Power Beat Down which featured everyone’s favorite Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man versus that dastardly Dark Lord of the Sith: Darth Maul.  I know you all watched it.

Creators batinthesun have released an alternate ending to that battle, as they often do.  You can watch it after the cut.  And keep an eye out for a very cool cameo.

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Spiders, Spiders Everywhere Part 6

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I’m not sure what Mr. Marvel has to do with Spider-Man, but they are sure milking it with this cover. The ad copy, her fighting Spidey foe The Scorpion and the disembodied heads of MJ, JJJ and Peter himself.

Continuing my Friday afternoon filler with cameos that don’t quite make the cut to be included in the  Spider-Man Complete Chronology.

After the break see such groundbreaking panels as:

  • Peter saying hello!
  • Peter saying nothing!
  • Peter saying nothing, but thinking something!
  • Peter in someone else’s book for no reason other than his Spider-Sense to go off!

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Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Fifteen (Steve and Tony Edition)

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The first comic I remember buying off the spinner rack at a local convenience store was Amazing Spider-Man #275.  That was April of 1986, which would mean I was eleven.  Now, I’m sure I read comics prior to that, but that was the first one I used my own money and set myself on a course to spend many, many more dollars over the next number of years.

But eventually interests change, and money has different priorities.  My pull box at my favorite comic shop got lighter and lighter each month until it was always empty and they recycled it.  I picked up the occasional trade paperback that piqued my interest such as The Walking Dead, Preacher, 100 Bullets and Y: The Last Man.  Not many capes in that selection.  I guess little Jimmy was all grown up.

But then a funny thing happened in the summer of 2006.  I don’t even remember how, but two series grabbed my interest: DC’s Infinite Crisis and Marvel’s Civil War.  As I started to read, the collector juices started flowing again.  As I tracked down waaayyy too many tie-ins and crossovers, I was once again hooked and have been reading consistently ever since.

And doing crazy stuff like reading and posting about all of Convergence (that last post is coming, I promise!) and Secret Wars.  After the break I’ll look at two books that focus on Civil War’s main adversaries, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark: Civil War #1 and 1872 #1.  As well as the Steve-centric Planet Hulk #2-3 and the Tony-centric Armor Wars #3.

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, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen

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Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Fourteen (Spider-Man Edition)

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If you’ve read Gabbing Geek for any more than 8 minutes you probably know that I am a big Spider-Man fan.  Like, super big.  Like, ridiculous levels.  So it’s actually somewhat surprising it’s taken me fourteen Secret Wars posts to dedicate one to my favorite hyphen-ed hero.

After the break I’ll look at Spider-Island #1, Spider Verse #2, Spider-Verse #3 and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2.  (And yes, I’m aware of the irony that Spider-Man barely appears or doesn’t appear at all or is dead in 3/4 of those books.)

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, Part Thirteen

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Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars Part Five

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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.

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

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A Spoiler Filled Walk On The Great Web Of Spider-Verse, Part Four

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Be sure to check out the other parts of this series: Part One (Intro/Reading Order) | Part Two (Weaving The Web) | Part Three (Edge of Spider-Verse)

In this installment, we will start looking at Spider-Verse proper.

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A Spoiler Filled Walk On The Great Web Of Spider-Verse, Part Two

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Be sure to check out the other parts of this series: Part One (Intro/Reading Order)

In this installment, we will look at the foundation that Spider-Verse is built upon.

Spinning The Web

The groundwork for the ideas at the center of Spider-Verse are rooted way back in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #30 (2001) by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr.  The next handful of issues of the series would see the debuts of Ezekiel Sims and Morlun.  And also the introduction of the concepts of Spider-Totems, beings who feed on them and Ezekiel building bunkers to hide Totems from Inheritors.

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Spider-Verse Inspires The Next Top 40 Smash!

The "Mary Janes"?  "Face It Tiger, You Hit The JackPOT"?  Thank you Mr. Stan "Subtle" Lee.
The “Mary Janes”? “Face It Tiger, You Hit The JackPOT”? Thank you Mr. Stan “Subtle” Lee.

Ok, maybe not.  (Editor’s note: Jimmy, definitely not since this news is months old.)  But Texas band Married With Sea Monsters have actually recorded a version of the soon to be hit song played by the Mary Jane Watson/Gwen Stacey lead band The Mary Janes from Edge of Spider-Verse #2.  Yes, this is a little old, but is new to me and is relevant again this week with the launch of the new Spider-Gwen solo book.  (The song and band even get a mention in the thank yous that take up what will be the letters column space of issue #1.)

Have a listen…

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What Exactly Was Spider-Man’s Involvement In Civil War?

 

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The offices of Gabbing Geek are pretty giddy about the announcement about a deal between Marvel and Sony to bring Spider-Man into the MCU.  The short version (as I’m sure if you’re like me you’ve read 800 articles about it last night and today) is that Spidey will appear in an upcoming MCU film (which we’ll assume is Captain America 3: Civil War) before starring in his next solo film in 2017.  Geekdom has been praying for this since the disaster that was Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Cap 3 would be Civil War, and the abundance of the “where’s there’s smoke there’s fire” rumors about Spidey coming back to Marvel over the last few months.

Having him make his deput in Civil War makes all types of sense.  “How can you make Civil War without Spider-Man?” has been a battle cry of many.  No doubt he was a major player and as Tom Kelly alluded to in his Problems with Civil War write up just yesterday, the affects of Civil War are still being felt throughout the Spider-Verse.

But what aspects of Peter Parker’s life during Civil War will get translated to the big screen?  I’m not in complete agreement with sitemate Ryan Garcia who thinks that Civil War is a complete headfake, and I think with the addition of Spidey, we get closer to it being an adaptation than ever.  But I do think it will only be a component of Cap 3, not the main story.  I think having Spidey opens up more avenues for them, but the whole point of the Civil War comic was to make as much money as possible to have heroes squaring off against each other.  And I think for the most part, the whole build up in the cinematic Civil War will be so that Cap can wipe that smug look off Tony Stark’s face.

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