The next general companion series to Secret Wars is here, but is it worth your time, attention, and money?  Let’s see.

This is going to be a quick review for two reasons.  One, there’s a pretty nasty storm going on here, so I want to get this done before the power potentially goes out, and two, there’s not much to talk about with this one.  Secret Wars Journal is the second general mini-series of this event.  Similar to the Battleworld series, there are two short stories in this issue.  The first story takes place in Marvel’s 1602 universe, as represented by “King James’ England” on the map of Battleworld.  The second story is in Egyptia.  To put in bluntly, neither of these two stories is very good.  The first has some decent comedic moments to help it along, but the second is all over the place which makes it pretty difficult to understand.  I think this is supposed to serve the same purpose as the Battleworld mini-series, which is just to add a little bit of depth to the overarching Secret Wars event, but where that mini-series succeeded, this one fails.  It doesn’t really add much of anything.

The art in this book is passable, nothing jaw-dropping, but it gets the job done.  Again, as with the general plots, I feel like the art is better in the first story than the second, but there weren’t any major flaws to either half of the issue.

If I had to sum this book up in one word, it would be “Unnecessary.”   From what I can tell, it really doesn’t add anything to the larger event.  These are quite literally random side stories from Battleworld, and unlike the Battleworld mini-series, there’s nothing particularly fun or interesting about either of them.  This has definitely been the biggest disappointment to come out of the Secret Wars event so far.

The Verdict for Secret Wars Journal #1:
This both sucks and blows

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
East of West, Volume 3: There Is No Us TPB
Secret Wars #3
Secret Wars: Battleworld #2
Wytches #1-#6
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition


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