Posts Tagged ‘Battleworld’

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Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley create the final issue ever set within the Ultimate Marvel Universe.  For those of your looking for a big, exciting story to end the universe with, unfortunately, you won’t find it here.  I really had high hopes for this mini-series.  I understand that the creators probably had some really strict guidelines that they were forced to work within, but I think think the Ultimate Universe deserved a better sendoff than what it got here.  This final issue in the series does shed a little more light on how and why these specific characters are here, but ultimately, everything just feels empty.  It almost seems like the only reason this series even existed was to provide a transition for Miles Morales into the regular Marvel Universe, which I guess I can accept… no… sorry, I can’t.  There would have been better and easier ways to accomplish it.  Perhaps even a mini-series dedicated strictly to Miles, rather than what we got that claimed to be the “Ultimate End.”  What was once a great comic universe on par with any of the others sure ended with a whimper.

The Verdict for Ultimate End #5:
2 out of 5

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Two issues to go and Battleword is in utter chaos.  Doom is using every tool at his disposal to hold the world together, but nothing seems to be working.  One thing is for certain, not all of these characters are going to make it out alive.  Secret Wars #8 is the last issue before the finale of this event and creators Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic do not disappoint.  The action that has been building throughout this entire series has boiled over and it is spectacular to behold.  Some of the publisher’s titans wage war on one another, and there are casualties.  Hickman has paced this story nearly perfect, and Ribic’s visuals are something amazing yet again.  I sit in awe, eagerly awaiting the (rumored to be delayed) finale.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #8:
5 out of 5

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So, this is going to be a really short review, because if you’re not reading this series by this point, then there really isn’t a whole lot that I’ll be able to say without spoiling things.  Everything that holds Doom’s Battleworld together is starting to fall apart.  Discord and rebellion have begun to show all over and the whole system is coming apart at the seems.  Hickman’s story continues to be immensely interesting, and I’m learning that he is a masterful writer when it comes to Doom.  He understands the character and really makes you look past the fact that he’s (supposed to be) a villain.  Ribic’s artwork is actually a little lacking in this issue.  While still good, it’s not great, not like what we’ve gotten used to over the past six issues.  The facial expressions of certain characters just doesn’t seem to fit in some panels.  All in all, still a solid issue, but the artwork, in comparison to previous chapters in this story, is what knocks it down a little for me.

The Verdict for Secret Wars #7:
4 out of 5

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The murderer is revealed.  The motive is revealed.  Battleworld will never be the same.  Jason Aaron’s brilliant tie-in mini-series comes to a close with this week’s Thors #4, and while it may not have been so neatly tied up as some of the other tie-ins, it certainly has one thing going for it in that it is perhaps more closely related to the main event series than any of the others.  Aaron writes these characters perfectly, and in the end he even gives us a little glimpse into what could perhaps be the conclusion to the main Secret Wars event.  Considering something similar happened at the end of Weirdworld, I would be willing to bet it’s probably pretty close to the actual ending, it’s just a matter of getting there at this point.  Sprouse’s artwork seems to have worked better in the darker, grittier settings of the first issues.  This one has a lot of wide open spaces and bright lighting, which don’t seem to suit his style particularly well.  Overall, definitely a fun read and perhaps the most relevant tie-in to the main event.

The Verdict for Thors #4:
4 out of 5

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