Marvel’s biggest comic event in recent memory is finally here.  It’s supposed to give us Earth shattering storylines where no part of the Marvel multiverse is guaranteed to be safe.  That’s a pretty bold statement to live up to.  Does this book manage to pull it off?

Secret Wars #1 is the culmination of Jonathan Hickman’s runs on the Avengers and New Avengers series, and it shows what happens when the Regular Marvel Universe (Earth 616, in Marvelese) and the Ultimate Marvel Universe (Earth 1610) collide.  Both universes realize that the only way for their side to survive is the complete destruction of the other, and in this issue, the Ultimate Universe quickly learns that they are vastly outnumbered on the super-human front.  The issue wastes little time with pretense and backstory, and jumps straight into the action right at the critical incursion point.  If what I’ve read so far is any indication, this is going to be one hell of a ride.  It also seems like Marvel wasn’t kidding about some parts of the universes not making it through the event, as there appear to be some pretty serious implications to some of the things that happen here… and we’re only in the first issue!

As previously mentioned, Hickman jumps right into the action, which initially threw me for a loop because I actually have not read either of his Avengers, or New Avengers runs, which is also part of the reason that I picked up the Secret Wars: Prelude TPB that Marvel was so gracious to release in order to hopefully grasp a better understanding of what’s going on before the story starts.  The action is frantic, jumping from place to place, and hero to hero, but I don’t feel like I was ever completely lost with regard to what was happening.  Were some scenes a little confusing?  Of course, but it didn’t take too much time for me to figure out which characters were working together and to continue on with the story from there.  I give Hickman a lot of credit because there are so many characters and there’s so much going on in so many different places, that I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to keep everything straight, but he does an admirable job of it.  It’s also very clear that this is something he’s had planned for quite some time, as there are references to events and storylines from his run on The Ultimates in 2011.

On to the artwork.  What can I really say about Esad Ribic?  The guy is hands down one of my favorite artists in the business right now.  This issue is beautifully illustrated from cover to cover, and I feel like the art matches perfectly with the epic scope of the story.  Each panel is like its own little mini painting.  There’s so much detail that it makes me wonder just how long it took to put this book together.  I’m genuinely excited that he’s working on this event, if all else fails, at least it will be great to look at.

I enjoyed this book immensely, and even found myself looking at the pages genuinely shocked by some of the events.  I honestly cannot wait to see how the rest of this story plays out.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #1:
Must have Moar!!!

Upcoming reviews:
The October Faction #1-#6
East of West, Volume 3: There Is No Us TPB
Secret Wars #2
Ultimate End #1
Wytches #1-#6
Mad Max: Fury Road

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

  1. […] Before moving on, if you haven’t already read my review for issue #1, go ahead and check it out here: […]


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