Marvel’s Secret Wars Review: Reviews, Tracking Lists, and Analysis

Secret Wars #1 CoverSecret Wars #1 Cover

Marvel's Secret Wars Review

Reviews, Tracking Lists, and Analysis

  Marvel launched perhaps the biggest crossover event in company history in 2014 with the advent of the new Secret Wars event.  The lead-up to this huge occurrence was, frankly, also huge, and spanned literally years of Marvel continuity. The lead in to Secret Wars began with New Avengers #1 (March, 2013), the Black Panther discovers an "incursion," which is basically an alternate universe Earth proceeding to collide with another version of Earth (in this case, Earth-616, the one that our Black Panther is from).  An alien calling herself the Black Swan  destroyed this incursion Earth, and is captured by the Panther.  He calls a meeting of the Illuminati (Reed Richards, Iron Man, Black Bolt, Dr. Strange, Namor, Captain America, a group that first appeared in canon in New Avengers Volume 1 #7) and explains to them what he saw.
Black Panther Sees the 1st Incursion in New Avengers #1 (2013)

Black Panther Sees the 1st Incursion in New Avengers #1 (2013)

After further investigations, Reed Richards declares:
Everything dies. You, me. Everyone on this planet. Our sun. Our galaxy. And, eventually, the universe itself. This is simply how things are. It's inevitable. And I accept it.
What is happening, is that all the uncountable universes in the Marvel Multiverse were colliding at the point where the Earth is located.  If one Earth is destroyed first, before they collide, both universes are saved, though, obviously, that one Earth is now gone, but the other is saved.  If both Earths actually collide, both universes are destroyed. The Illuminati decide they have to work on a plan to protect their Earth from colliding and being destroyed by these other Earths.  This brings up the moral quandary of what to do if they have to destroy an populated alternate Earth to save their own.  The Illuminati (by this point also including Hank McCoy of the X-Men), all vote to do whatever they have to do to save their world.  Except for Captain America, who sees this as an evil choice.  They kick him out of the group and Dr. Strange wipes out that part of Cap's memory that relates to their plans to destroy other planets and his opposition to that concept. Fast forward now to Secret Wars #1, published in May, 2015,  (yes, we are leaving a lot out here, but bear with us for a bit), and we are now down to only two Earth left: Earth-616, and Earth-1610, which is the Marvel Ultimate Universe (the one where Nick Fury is a black man who looks like Samuel L. Jackson, and Reed Richards is a villain called the Maker).  In this issue, the two worlds literally fight, with the heroes of each world (plus SHIELD of Earth 1610 fighting it out as the worlds collide.  The worlds do end (as we clearly see in Deadpool #250), and when Secret Wars #2 (May, 2015) opens, we find that a new world has been created out of the remnants of many of the destroyed multiversal Earths.  Also, this new world is ruled by Victor Von Doom, who styles himself as God Doom.
God Doom, From Secret Wars #2

God Doom, From Secret Wars #2

Weirder yet, his "consort" is Susan Richards, and his children are Franklin and Valeria Richards.  God Doom's chancellor or prime minister, as it were, is Stephen Strange, who is called the Sheriff of Agamotto.  Doom's authority is enforced by an army of Thors (basically every version of Thor from any multiverse or alternate Thor story).  This world is divided into separate sections, called kingdoms or baronies, ruled by Barons who rule at Doom's whim.  For example, the kingdom of Bar Sinister is ruled by Mr. Sinister (an old and powerful X-Men villain), while the kingdom of Higher Avalon is ruled by Captain Britain and his family.  Disputes between the kingdoms are settled by Doom, and his word is law. For an interactive map of Battleworld, visit Marvel.com
Battleworld Map

Battleworld Map

We could go on and on, but this article is just an introduction to what Superheroreviews.com plans on doing.  Marvel published nine Secret Wars books, plus dozens of other titles based around the concept of showing us, the readers, what each of the many weird little areas of Battleworld (which is what the peons of Doom's world call their home), are like. Marvel created some truly good stories here, (along with a few duds, we are sorry to say), and our goal is to track them all, write tight little summaries and analysis of each one, and try to connect them all together.  So, you may wonder, why are we doing this NOW, when all these books started coming out last spring?  Simple, to actually purchase all of those Secret Wars titles would have cost a small fortune, but, using the magic of Marvel Unlimited, (sort of like Netflix for comics), we can read them all for an easy $9.95 per month. Working as a Comic Book Reviewer is not a path to riches, shall we say. So sit back and enjoy the ride.  As we post new or updated articles on these various Secret Wars titles, we will update the bottom of this page with links and info. By the way, if you are interested in writing for Superheroreviews.com, let us know here.   Old Man Logan--Based on the classic "Old Man Logan" alt storyline that takes place on Earth-807128 (as seen in Wolverine Vol 3 #66-72 and Giant-Size Wolverine #1 (2008-2009) X-Men '92--Based on the great X-Men Animated TV show that began in 1992. This reality is derived from Marvel's Earth-92131. Squadron Sinister--An evil version of the Squadron Supreme (of Earth-712, AKA Earth-S), this group is an evil Marvelized version of the Justice League of DC Comics. This Secret Wars version of the Squadron is from an unknown, or unnamed version of Earth. X-Men: Inferno--Based on the X-Men storyline that introduced a baby Cable, the Goblin Queen, and much more.  The original Inferno storyline crossed over many X-Men titles (and Spider-Man!) in 1988 and 1989.

About the Author

Roger Lee
Roger Lee is a life-long comic book and sci-fi aficionado. As such, he fell into the habit of writing about the superheroes and sci-fi scenarios that he reads in the comics and books and sees on screen. Since writings on superheroes need to be shared, he has written for web audiences for years. His writings have appeared on www.comicshistoryguy.com, www.comicbookmovie.com, www.bamsmackpow.com, and now in superheroreviews.com.