I’ve been keeping my reviews short lately because I’m still a little behind, but this is one that I’ll be keeping kind of short to avoid spoilers.  At this point in the main Secret Wars story line, there’s so much going on that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid giving anything away, but I will say that by the end of this issue, it is very clear that the proverbial sh– is heading straight for the whirling blades of the fan.

Doctor Strange has left a gift for our heroes to find, the Spider-Men (Peter Parker and Miles Morales) have discovered the secret to Doom’s power, and Thanos is starting to sow the seeds of dissent on the surface of Battleworld.  Oh, and let’s not forget that Marvel recently announced there will be a ninth issue in the mini-series, so the final three issues here should be a pretty amazing ride.

I honestly cannot get over how much Jonathan Hickman has impressed me with his writing here.  Everything has been so tight knit and held together, despite the epic scope of the story.  With something this massive, it would be easy for the story to become unwieldy at some point, but it never has.  It’s had it’s ebbs and flows with pacing, but it’s never once gone off the rails.  This issue is like the last little bit of calm before the storm.  Throughout the first five issues, and most of this one, there was a sense of tremendous pressure being built up, and here you certainly get the impression that something, at some point is going to have to give, in a disastrous fashion.

Ribic’s artwork is again, masterful.  He was great on Thor: God of Thunder, and he’s even better here.  This story has a vast, dream-like quality to it, like something reserved for mythology and legend.  Given the nature of this series and how it’s supposed to redefine the shape of the Marvel universe, the art is fitting, as this could technically be the “origin story” for everything that follows.

Bottom line: Read this book.  Great story, amazing art, and the ending is sure to be something you won’t want to miss.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #6:
5 out of 5

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Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Old Man Logan #5 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Doctor Strange #1 (All New, All Different Marvel)
RunLoveKill, Volume 1
Crimson Peak (Movie)


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