Secret Wars Rankings: Hail Hydra Edition

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So apparently “Hail Hydra” is quite the meme.  Just do a quick image search on it.  Endless images of various people and characters saying it and one very pissed off Sam Jackson telling people to knock it off.

I missed this becoming a thing, but there it is.

It is also the biggest mover this week along with House of M.  That doesn’t mean they are great…just not as bad as they were last week.

After the break we’ll examine those series and also get Ryan and Tom’s thoughts on this weeks most overrated and underrated in the rankings.

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Public Intel–Everything You Need To Engage In Secret Wars

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In the landmark 50th episode of the Gabbing Geek podcast, the Geeks had a lengthy discussion about the current Secret Wars event.  Part of the exchange went something like this:

Ryan: Armor Wars is awesome!!!!!  You guys should read it!!!!
Watson: You’ve lost me already.  I need to know the details from a nearly three decades old Iron Man story to read this?  I don’t think so.
Ryan: You don’t need to know anything about the old Armor Wars story.
Watson: Uh huh.
Ryan: Na uh.
Watson: Uh huh.
Ryan: Na uh.
Watson Uh huh.
Ryan: Uh huh.
Watson: Na uh…dammit!  Ok, I’ll read it.

The conversation did get me thinking though…what prior knowledge do you need to read some of these books?  Many share the names of events I may not have read.  What if, for example,  I haven’t read the original Infinity Gauntlet (and why haven’t you…but that is another column) can I read the new series?

You can find the answer to that question about every Secret Wars series after the cut.

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The Secret Wars Power Rankings – August 31, 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 49 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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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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Secret Wars Rankings: Over Under Upside Down

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One of the great things about all these Secret Wars crossovers is that so many are quality reads.  The quality varies of course.  Some are outstanding while others trail behind, but most everything is worth checking out.  This also makes it incredibly tough to rank them.

There are almost 50 unique series now.  And when attempting to rank them books fall into clusters where there is little difference in quality.  Hence when a series has a new issue that is awesome or degrades in quality from its predecessors, the series can seem to drop or rise greatly in the rankings.

After the break we’ll look at this weeks biggest movers and shakers on the Secret Wars Power Rankings.  There are also three new books this week which had a ripple effect in the rankings.  And some of my cohorts drop by with their overrated/underrated opinions.  (Spoiler alert, overrated: Watson.)

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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 Twelve

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Oh those pesky Thors.  Tasked with being the “police” of Battleworld, they are one of the truly cool new concepts introduced with Secret Wars.  And while there have been lots of Thor’s across Marvel’s multiverse and history to fill up a corps as is, we also get some cool new Thor’s based on the likes of Iron Man and Groot for example.  They’ve shown up in pretty much every book so far in one way or another, but they also get a series of their own.

In this episode of “Jimmy’s Way Behind On Deadlines”, I’ll look at that Thor-centric book with Thors #1.  I’ll also look at Armor Wars #2 (hey, there’s a James Rhodes Thor on the cover!), Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 and Squadron Sinister #1.  As usual, spoilers abound.

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

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