“It’s a Mystery!” (Secret Wars #1)

Secret Wars 2015 (Cover)
The cover for Secret Wars #1, with EVERYONE

SECRET WARS! This series was originally released in the late 80’s as a toy line tie in (say that five times fast) that included most of the heroes from the Marvel universe. (And it’s also a true masterpiece, so I highly suggest you read it.) The company who drafted Marvel said that they could do anything they wanted, as long as it was called Secret Wars, because those were two words that had tested well with young boys at the time. The toy line was a massive failure, but the series went on to make history. Now, it’s back.

To be honest, there’s a lot of stuff going on in this comic. And, I can’t afford to read monthly issues of Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, or Fantastic Four. So, I haven’t really gotten the big picture. But from what I can glean, the multiverse is collapsing. The Prime Universe (616), and the Ultimate Universe (1610) are all that’s left. And, they’re crashing into each other when issue 1 begins. So, by the end, the Ultimate Nick Fury has failed to secure an incursion point in 616, and the Ultimate Mr. Fantastic (who’s really evil) detonates both universes. The issue actually ends with a headstone for both universes.

This was really awesome! But, it would have been much more cool if I knew what was going on. This is the event of the year, and maybe the biggest since Civil War, which is so incredible it is quite literally taking over Captain America 3. So that’s why I think it’s strange that Marvel would chose to make their groundbreaking series based off of their previous history-making series from the 80’s come with so much baggage. I mean, it’s not that hard to fill in the blanks with common sense and a quick Google search, but I really shouldn’t have to. 7 out of 10.

Secret Wars #1 is really cool. It brings about the end of the universes 616 and 1610 in a really interesting way, and leaves you wondering how the pieces will be picked up. But ultimately, there’s just too much extra baggage to call it an acceptable thing. I, and some other people, simply have not been reading the last couple of years of Avengers, X-Men, and Fantastic Four. I would love to, but I can’t. In these wars, there’s just too much to figure out.

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