Posts Tagged ‘Secret Wars Journal’

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The final issue of Secret Wars Journal gives us one serious story involving the Night Nurse playing a more heroic role in the Wasteland, then a comedic story of Mill-E the Model Citizen as she tries to build support for Doom’s regime.  Both of them are actually pretty good.  The Mill-E one is kind of silly, but still entertaining, which is always more important in my opinion.  The story about the Night Nurse is intense to say the least, which is probably why it made the cover of the issue.  The art in both stories is also great.  For a series that started out kind of shaky, it definitely got better with each issue and I think this final issue might just be the best of the bunch.

The Verdict for Secret Wars Journal #5:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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Captain America: White #1
1872 #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Weirdworld #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Tokyo Ghost #1
RunLoveKill, Volume 1

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As with the other entries in this mini-series, issue #4 of Secret Wars Journal contains two short stories.  The first, from writer Mike Benson and artist Laura Braga tells the tale of and exiled Iron Fist and Punisher from two different domains, who have been sentenced to serve on the “Shield.”  A gigantic wall that separates the more civilized territories of Battleworld from the domains full of mindless killing hordes.  The second, written by Sina Grace and illustrated by Ken Lashley tells of a rescue mission in the Sentinel territories involving Psylocke.  Both stories are pretty good, although I definitely enjoyed the first one more than the second.  However, neither of them really stands out in any particular way, which mean they both sort of border just on the edge of boring.

The Verdict for Secret Wars Journal #4:
3/5 – Meh…

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Civil War #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Old Man Logan #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
X-Men ’92 #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 1: The Faust Act

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Perhaps the least exciting series of the Secret Wars event is back for it’s second issue. Does it manage to improve over the first?  Find out below!

Like it’s predecessor, Secret Wars Journal #2 contains a pair of stories.  The first, from writer Kevin Maurer and artist Cory smith is a tale set in Killville starring Misty Knight and Paladin in story seemingly inspired by Miami Vice.  The two find themselves in a hunt for a rare coin that an alternate version of Kraven the Hunter has released into the population with the promise of a monetary prize for anyone who can find it and return it to him.  The second is from writer Simon Spurrier and artist Jonathan Marks, and tells the story of Matt Murdock, working as a chef for Mister Sinister in the Battlworld region known as Bar Sinister.  Murdock is madly in love with Sinister’s rare game hunter, Collektra.

The stories here are actually a significant improvement over those from the first issue, in the sense that they are at least cohesive and understandable.  The first is still kind of off the wall, and perhaps even unnecessary in the grand scheme of the event, but it’s not completely pointless.  The second story in this issue is actually pretty good.  It may not add much to the overarching Secret Wars event, but it definitely seems like it was well thought out, and above all else, it was entertaining. It was even a touch emotional, which always adds a little bit of weight to a good story.

The art in both halves of this issue is solid.  The first half is slightly cartoonish, but it matches the comedic and 80s style of the story, so it works well.  The second story has a much darker and more serious tone and, as expected, the art matches that.  There’s also a significant bit of emotion that gets displayed on the character faces in the Murdock/Sinister/Collektra story, and Jonathan Marks handles the artwork really well.

In general, this issue is still nothing fantastic, but that being said, it’s still miles better than the first issue in this mini-series.  However, at the end of the day, it still doesn’t save this series from being my least favorite in all of the Secret Wars tie-ins that I’ve read so far.

The Verdict for Secret Wars Journal #2:
3/5 – Meh…

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Old Man Logan #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Thors #1 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
East of West, Volume 4: Who Wants War TPB
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition

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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

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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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