Monday, February 23, 2009
Classic Comic Review: Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12
Written by Jim Shooter and illustrated by Mike Zeck
Published by Marvel Comics
I saw a couple of these comics when we were cleaning up and I liked the cover of the first issue with all of the heroes on it and the one where Spider-Man was standing in his black costume. I was going to read them and then told my dad that maybe I could do reviews for some older comics that used to be popular once in awhile and he thought it was a good idea. I don’t know if I’ll do it a lot because this series wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be but if anyone has ideas on what other old comics could be good I might read those.
Secret Wars is a 12 issue comic where a mysterious god type person called the Beyonder grabs a bunch of heroes and villains and takes them to space. The Beyonder separates the good guys and bad guys and tells them that he’s going to put them on a planet to fight each other. He makes up a new planet made up of pieces of other planets for them to fight on, too. The Beyonder says that whatever team wins is going to get any wish that they ask for.
It was weird that Magneto was on the good guy’s team. Even he didn’t know why he was there. None of the good guys wanted him on the team and when everyone gets to the new world Magneto just leaves and starts his own base. The good guys vote that Captain America should be their leader because he is used to being in charge. Wolverine is a bit of a jerk in this one and says that he isn’t going to listen to Captain America and the other good guys all yell at him. Dr. Doom wants to be the leader of the bad guys but he pretty much wants to be on his own, too.
Some of the battles are really cool. I like when Spider-Man is spying on the X-Men and they’re talking about what they’re going to do in the battle and they find out he’s listening so they all attack him. I thought it was pretty cool that Spider-Man was able to beat the whole team of X-Men by himself, but when he was going to tell the other heroes what happened Professor X used his powers to make him forget what he was going to say. I liked the part where the bad guys drop a whole mountain on the super heroes and the Hulk has to hold the whole thing up by himself. He was really, really strong in this book. And I liked how Mr Fantastic asked a bunch of heroes for all of their weapons like Iron Man’s armor and Spider-Man’s web shooters so they could blow a hole in the mountain to escape.
I thought it was really funny that the Wasp gets killed in this story, too. I don’t know a lot about her except that she’s an Avenger but she has gotten killed in three stories that I read this year. I don’t know any other characters who get killed so much, but she has to be the worst hero ever. She does get better at the end of the story when some alien girl helps her out but it still doesn’t change that she was killed again. I don’t know why she was being friends with Magneto anyway. She knew he was a bad guy so it was stupid that she was trying to be his friend.
The part I liked the most in the book was probably when Spider-Man got the black costume. I know Venom was an alien creature but I never read the story of how he got to know Spider-Man. It’s pretty dumb that Spider-Man didn’t check before he went to the machine to get the new costume but I did like how funny and happy he was that he could turn his costume into shorts and short sleeves and stuff like that. I like when Spider-Man just jumps around making jokes and everyone else starts to get annoyed with him.
The parts in the end with Dr Doom going after the Beyonder was okay. I like how Doom thinks he can do anything he wants and cuts that guy Klaw up to make a weapon to try and take Beyonder’s powers and I liked the art when Doom got all messed up and had his arm and legs cut off. The book got a bit boring at the end when Doom was in control and the super heroes really didn’t do anything to try and stop him because he kept blowing them up and killing everyone. I didn’t like how they made Captain America’s shield broken, either. It didn’t look right.
I like how everyone got into teams at the end when they went home and the Thing wanted to stay on the planet by himself. I don’t know why he was going to stay back even if he could turn human because he wouldn’t have any powers but I guess he got back because he’s in comics now.
Some of the battles were cool and it was neat to see all of the characters together on the same teams and battling each other but the story was way, way too long. There were a lot of parts where they kept going over the same things over again. They kept showing the beginning of the book where the Beyonder talks about the rules like 3 or 4 times and they didn’t have to do that. And there were a lot of parts where the superheroes are just standing around doing nothing. If it was going to be a book about a war there should have been a lot more action than it was.
It was okay but not as good as I thought it was going to be. Secret Invasion was a lot better.
My Rating: 6 out of 10