Still working my way through my Secret Wars stack! So many! Ack! As usual, nothing too spoilery here. And you can read more of my little capsule thoughts here.
Secret Wars #3 – Man, issue 3 already! The main story continues to be excellent, with more of “our” heroes entering the fray. There are some revelations about Doom and Strange that make sense, but I hadn’t quite realized before. The nature of what they do and do not know about this strange new Battleworld is intriguing. The art is still gorgeous, and there’s a real sense that you’re reading an epic, here.
Infinity Gauntlet #1 – Wow! Loved this issue. The art by Dustin Weaver is just gorgeous. It’s one of those books you read and then want to look through again just for the art. Thankfully, the story is great, too. It follows the Bakian family as they wander the ruins of the Earth, in a post-Bug (I’m assuming part of the Annihilus Wave) world. I immediately liked the Bakian’s, and I’m intrigued to see where the story goes. Probably one of my favorite Secret Wars tie-ins so far.
Where Monsters Dwell #1 – Part of the fun of the Secret Wars event is it’s a pretty big umbrella to put all sorts of titles and genres other than superheroes. This book (written by the legendary Garth Ennis) sees him dusting off the Phantom Eagle character, a WWI-era fighter pilot up to the usual hijinks such characters get up to. The opening is pure colonial fantasy pulp, but things start to be turned on their heads soon enough. Fighter planes versus dinosaurs? It’s a lot of fun. With so many books fighting for attention during the SW event, and buying them all not really being sustainable, I’ll have to think about this one after the second issue. But I did enjoy it, and it was nice to have a break from the superhero fare.
Master of Kung Fu #2 – This is another one of those books that gets to play with genre. I am still really enjoying the book, and it’s cool to see Shang-Chi get more of the spotlight. Part of the fun here is that familiar Marvel characters are recast into this fantasy martial arts world. There’s a lot of effortless world-building here that sucks you right into the story.
X-tinction Agenda #1 – As well as dabbling in some of the best-loved events in Marvel history, Secret Wars is also touching on some of the stories that are less revered. This title falls into that latter category. I don’t remember it being a bad story line by any stretch of the imagination, it just hasn’t stuck with me as well. Thankfully the opening page catches you up here. I enjoyed the story, but this might be another “bubble” title for me. There’s a little too much separation from the characters at this point, for me, so I really have to be drawn into the story to stick around.
Future Imperfect #1 – Oh, now, this is more like it. I’ve been a fan of Peter David’s for a long time. Seeing him return to the Hulk is a treat, and having the Maestro involved (a character I really only knew from his awesome action figure as a kid) is great fun as well. The art is really great. I was a bit surprised it was Greg Land. I was never a huge fan of his work, but it seems to have evolved a good deal since the last time I eyed it. No spoilers, but the reveal of who was leading the rebellion against the Maestro… perfect. Just perfect.
Secret Wars Battleworld #2 – In the first story, Blade and Howard the Duck team up. Yes. You read that right. That’s really all that needs to be said. It’s great. The second story has a more serious bent to it. It takes place in the battle arena of Arcade’s Killiseum (first seen in SW Planet Hulk) and concerns “Thunderbolt” Ross, turned into the War Machine to track down his daughter’s killer. I really like the stories that flesh out Battleworld, especially when they are connected to one of the other books, like this is to Planet Hulk. It gives us a bit more time to explore the world than allowed in the other books.
The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 – I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this story. Seems risky for Marvel to dabble in territory that STILL has some Spider-Man fan’s fuming. The erasure of his marriage to Mary Jane (and the sorta disappearance or something) of their child. But, Slott does a great job with the story here. It might seem a little obvious putting MJ and the kid in danger right from the start, but where the story goes (and where it’s going, I have no idea) is a great set-up. The main villains seems to be a new character with an older name. But he’s got a cool power set and look.
Armor Wars #1 – I’m an Iron Man fan, so I’ve been looking forward to this. Plus, I’ve really enjoyed Robinson’s run on Avengers. It doesn’t disappoint. The story takes place in Technopolis, where Tony Stark rules as Baron of the land. But, he’s inherited the mantle from his father, who made him make some promises that mean Tony has to put up with some nasty enemies like his brother, Arno and Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. There’s some fun plays on an armored Spider-Man and Iron Man 2020. The basic set-up of Technopolis has to wear armor for some as-yet-undisclosed reason. The art is a nice mix of futuristic and gritty, which lends the book a more sci-fi feel.