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
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
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
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
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
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
What 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
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
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.