What Marvel Secret Wars Comics should you be reading this week?

This week the Secret Wars has kicked it up a notch with some fantastic new issues. Here’s a quick rundown of what you should (and maybe shouldn’t) be buying.

All pictures used are screenshots from the Marvel Comics App [Accessed 5/06/2015]

Spiderman: Renew Your Vows Issue One


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This was one for the fans right from the start. I was worried it wouldn’t deliver, Dan Slott’s work has been quite hit and miss on Spiderman, but those doubts melted away as soon as I opened the issue. Kubert’s artwork sells the action perfectly and Slott is definitely on point throughout. The entire piece works, although it leans a little heavy on the action. If you are a Spiderman fan this is really worth buying but I would recommend it to anyone.

Armour Wars Issue One


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As much as I wanted to love this book, I just didn’t. Robinson attempts to create a mystery but the stakes seem so weak that it just fails to engage. If the piece has a saving grace it’s in the artwork by Takara and a few interesting concepts. This seems to be a recurring problem for some of the Secret Wars books as it is hard to create a plot in such a short piece. I would only really recommend this to Iron Man fans and even then I would say tread lightly, unless you loved the recent ‘Marvel Now!’ arc there isn’t much to really seen here.

Masters of Kung Fu Issue two


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Masters of Kung Fu is the dark horse in the Secret Wars race. On the surface the issue seems pretty standard, it’s essentially a Kung Fu apocalypse, but it works and it works well. There is a relatively simplistic narrative at work but it’s well handled and the fringe elements of the story are fascinating. I would really recommend this to anyone, particularly those interested in mythology and folklore.

Little A vs X Issue One


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With Secret Wars, Marvel is really showing a sense of humour and with Little A vs X it really works. The concept is that there is a kids TV show throughout Battleworld starring everyone’s favourite super heroes as two gangs of kids constantly battling with each other. There’s a lot of comedy and I can only equate it to watching something like Robot Chicken. Any Super Hero fans will get a kick out of this issue no matter what age they are.

X-Tinction Agenda Issue One


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This one is quite hard to talk about without giving too much away. It’s an all out brawl between almost every mutant that has appeared in the X-Men books since the eighties. The real impressive part of this issue is the amount of world building it manages in such a short space of time without cluttering the issue up. I would really recommend this to any X-Men fan but to those less familiar to Marvel’s favourite mutants you may need to have Wikipedia open to get it completely.

Future Imperfect Issue One   


IMG_7757What would happen if Hulk had Bruce Banner’s intelligence and went evil with it, like really evil. More evil than you could ever imagine evil. In Future Imperfect we get to find out and it’s pretty damn awesome. David’s story is really well put together, the character of Ruby might be one of my favourites in the whole of the Secret Wars. If anything lets the book down its Land’s art style which isn’t terrible but at times seems a little simplistic. I would recommend this to Avengers fans and most readers, its very easy to follow and understand so go out and give it a try.

Battleworld Issue Two


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That humour I was talking about is back again as we get to see what happens when Blade the Vampire and Howard the Duck team up. Battleworld is a little compilation of short stories from all over the new universe. The first is the aforementioned Duck/Vampire romp but that contrasts well with the second story which is about General Ross as a gladiator fighting to avenge his daughter. The two stories are perfect in set up and punch but pass by very quickly so you may find yourself unable to engage. I would recommend this to anyone engrossed in the main Secret Wars story arc.

Years of Future Past Issue One


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Remember the nineties X-Men cartoon series ? If you answered yes this may be the one for you, also look out for X-Men 92 on the Marvel comics app. Years of Future Past deals with a world were Xavier’s dream is dead. Mutants have had to compromise their morals to survive and even the most morally righteous of the X-Men have crossed lines they wished they hadn’t. The world Bennett creates is fascinating, although once again the set up is a little abrupt. I can really recommend this to almost any fan of the post-apocalyptic genre.

 

 

6 thoughts on “What Marvel Secret Wars Comics should you be reading this week?

  1. I picked up Spiderman: Renew Your Vows Issue One and loved it. The final panels actually really touched me as a father. Of the other comics you reviewed above, which one do you think I should pick up next?

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      • Thanks! I’m sold. I’ll pick up this week from my local store. I’ve been away from comics for 25 years and last month I decided it was time to return to my geeky roots. I’m a little confused on what is going on but learning a little more each week as I pick up more books. Since the universe is in the throes of change and will be solidified this fall, I think I am at a perfect jumping on point.

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      • I would agree with you there, if you have little prior knowledge I think it’s just to try a bit of everything, I’ll keep recommending things so check back here! If you have anything you don’t understand about any comic, comment on here and I can try to help!

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  2. Thank you kindly! I was actually nervous that people would shun me for leaving for so long. But everyone has been very welcoming and open to helping me find my way back.

    My return actually began because of the Secret Wars series. That’s what sort of pulled me back in. I was such a fan of the original Secret Wars in the 1980s that when I heard it was coming back again I decided it was finally time to jump in with both feet. Initially I had no clue what was going on. Different characters, old characters but different stories, different universes…it was all strange. But I have been able to catch up a little bit here and there thanks to blogs like this one and people’s recommendations for books or story arcs I should check out.

    I recently read Avengers Vs X-Men, trying to get familiar with some of the characters which are new to me. I am open to any and all suggestions from any and all comic book fans. For example, what comics should I pick up so I can understand why Cyclops seems to be such a jerk in A Vs. XM? 🙂

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    • There’s a lot to catch up on but basically if you want to follow the main x-men/avengers run up to a vs x it goes, messiah war, avengers disassembled, house of M, civil war, secret invasion, utopia x, second coming, children’s crusade and finally schism (if you want to just find out about cyclops I would at least say read schism) . It can all run up a cost which sucks of you want it all but there is marvel unlimited for around £20 a month which allows you online copies of everything up to six weeks ago or I recommend looking on amazons new and used sections for some great deals. As for good series, Bendis run on daredevil is probably the best thing from the last fifteen years, quickly followed by everything new avengers and ultimate Spiderman

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