The All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe begins today. Yes, Secret Wars is still ongoing. And with issue 6 out today…it still has 3 issues to go. But Marvel is soldiering on with the relaunch of their new universe.
With Miles Morales joining the MCU proper and supposedly being THE Spider-Man, Peter jetsets around the world in that horrible new costume. Does any of this make sense? Does it hold up? Will it cause me to abandon Spidey like One More Day? Find out, (mostly) spoiler free, after the cut. (I say “mostly” as I touch on the basic premise of the setup for this new status quo, but no real plot points.)
It’s no surprise that Ultimate Marvel breakout star Miles Morales would continue web slinging after Secret Wars in the new Marvel Universe. He was one of the few truly original characters to come out of the Ultimate Universe, well, as original as a Spider-Man derivative can be. He has been one of Marvel’s most popular characters, in any universe, since his debut in 2011 following the death of the Ultimate U’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
It’s been pretty much confirmed that Miles would be a big part of the post Secret Wars Marvel with his appearance as one of the newest Avengers in the Free Comic Book Day book from Marvel. Over the weekend Marvel confirmed via the Daily News that Miles wouldn’t just be A Spider-Man, but would be THE Spider-Man. The driving force behind all this seems to stem from the fanfare created by cries for Miles to become the next onscreen version of Spider-Man. While that won’t happen anytime soon, those pleas did not fall on deaf ears.
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.
We learned a lot about Marvel’s post Secret Wars plans over the weekend. After the break we’ll recap what we know so far from the two released teaser images, Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel at SE:NYC’15 and some odds and ends from the FCBD offering Avengers #0.
Of note, some of this could be considered spoilers, but minor…
As if I don’t have enough to do with reading all of DC’s Convergence and Tom Kelly making me watch every DC animated series known to man, I’m also going to attempt to read all of Marvel’s Secret Wars. While I’ll likely end up as a quivering blob like Weird Science’s brother by the time fall rolls around, let’s see how this goes.
I got lucky this week as there is really only one Secret Wars book, plus the Free Comic Book Day Secret Wars #0 prelude. (I’ve heard rumors of the existence of an Armor Wars #1/2 that is exclusive to Toys R’ Us, but I have yet to lay my eyes on it.) We’ll look at those two books after the break. Be prepared for spoilers.
If it wasn’t official before, just highly rumored, it sure seems like it is a done deal now. After a few days of teasing, Marvel has revealed the cover to one of their Free Comic Book Day offerings, The All-New, All-Different Avengers. While their other FCBD drop will be Secret Wars #0, which of course leads into this summers mega event, this new Avengers book supposedly takes place after Secret Wars.
As Marvel continues to ramp up to Secret Wars, they are introducing a line of cheap reprints to give you some background on the various zones of Battleworld. Or, more specifically, like the DC Comics Essentials issues, they are making the first chapter (or so) of a story arc available for $1 in hopes that you will then buy the ~$20 trade paperback to get the rest of the story. They can be a good introduction to readers and a cheap way to get your feet wet if you are not familiar with the properties.
Continuing my seldom read (hey Johnathon!) run down of three new comics I’ve read this week. I keep the variety rolling with Multiversity and…hmm….two Spider titles. I really need to branch out my interests.