Another Podcast Reaction: Secret Wars Edition

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This week on the podcast, the Gabbingest of Geeks stopped to discuss the fact that they took the podcast’s birthday off.

Lazy goofs.

They also discussed time travel.  But I covered my time travel thoughts a long time ago, so I am not doing that again any time soon.  Besides, it looks like Jimmy is covering the time travel stuff just judging from his title, so I’ll leave it be.

Instead, let me say a few things about the current Secret Wars.

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Gabbing Geek 50: The Big 5-0

Gabbing Geek 50: The Big 5-0
Gabbing Geek 50: The Big 5-0

Holy smokes!  It’s the one year anniversary for the Gabbing Geek podcast and we celebrate it in style with The Big 5-0.  Traditional one year anniversary gifts are paper so we cover some comic books; modern one year anniversary gifts are clocks so we cover some time travel movies; and we also celebrate our birthday with an epic trivia challenge that must be heard to be believed.  Listen to the episode now or jump after the break to read more!

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The Secret Wars Power Rankings – August 25, 2015

powerThe best part of Marvel’s Secret Wars is that virtually every facet of the massive event starts with an issue #1.  This presents 48 different jumping on points.  Some stories may be based on characters you know, some series may be from another event or world you’ve read about, but all of them are different enough that you can pick up the series and start reading.  With that in mind, we’ve harnessed the powers of Jimmy Impossible (who’s actually reading the entire event) to power rank every single Secret Wars series.  Each week the rankings will change as new issues come out, so come take a look at the latest power rankings after the break!

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The Secret Wars Power Rankings – August 17, 2015

powerThe best part of Marvel’s Secret Wars is that virtually every facet of the massive event starts with an issue #1.  This presents 45 (and counting!) different jumping on points.  Some stories may be based on characters you know, some series may be from another event or world you’ve read about, but all of them are different enough that you can pick up the series and start reading.  With that in mind, we’ve harnessed the powers of Jimmy Impossible (who’s actually reading the entire event) to power rank every single Secret Wars series.  Each week the rankings will change as new issues come out, so come take a look at the latest power rankings after the break!

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The Secret Wars Power Rankings – August 11, 2015

powerMarvel’s Secret Wars event is a fascinating experiment in storytelling.  Not only is it a complete reboot of the Marvel universe, it’s also the rare cross-over event where every series is new and presents a jumping on opportunity for all readers.  You may know the story/universe that the series is based upon but it isn’t required to jump on board.  But with over a half century of unique titles to choose from, it can be a bit daunting.

Although we’ve provided plenty of reading guides for the build-up to Secret Wars and Jimmy’s own complete Secret Wars read-through, this post presents all series in a power ranked list.  We’ll be reposting every week with the new power rankings so come back to Gabbing Geek to see if your favorites moved up or down.  Think a series deserves a different rank?  Let us know in the comments.  Jump after the break for the full rankings!

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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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Like Your Marvel Comics Cheap? How Does 100 Pennies Sound?

I'd buy that for a dollar!
I’d buy that for a dollar!

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.

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Shhhh…It’s This Weeks Secret Wars Update. Shhhh. Because: Secret.

Ryan, does your Planet Hulk movie have Captain America with a big ass axe and Devil Dinosaur?
Ryan, does your Planet Hulk movie have Captain America with a big ass axe and Devil Dinosaur?

Marvel confirmed a few more zones on Battleworld this week.  Some have been rumored for a while and already have tie-in books announced (like Planet Hulk above), while there were also a few surprises.  What any of this all really means, we’re not really sure yet.  Let’s have a look at the updates…

Greenland – PLANET HULK

Savage alien planet. Oppressed barbarian tribes. Corrupt emperor. Deadly woman warrior. Gladiators and slaves. Battle axes and hand blasters. Monsters and heroes… and the Incredible Hulk!

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