Okay, just for the heck of it I though I would get a list going of what Secret War tie-in issues have been released, which ones I have read and my general thought about them. I will grade these issues according to four subjects and then give an overall grade. The four subjects are:
Writing - How well I thought the book was written
Art - How pleasing or not the book was to look at and how the artist "worked the story" (art is more than just looks)
SW relevancy - How much the issue ties into the the Secret Wars event. If any.
Cover - Just how much I like the cover (covers need more ratings!!
Please note that the overall grade I give will only be in relation to my enjoyment of the issue, not how it plays or does not play into Secret Wars. Although those that do get a little bonus for actually being a "tie-in"
Comic issues are the ones I know that are coming out, so while I know there will be more issue, like Master of Kung-Fu #4, I am just waiting until I see it listed somewhere.
And again, I am way behind, So I have really read so little that this will take all kinds of time. But, what the heck?
(Blanks are ones I haven't read obviously).
EDIT - And now I have to bolt. But be back soon to start filling in this damn thing that took too long to list. 1602: Witch Hunter Angela
1 - This was a pretty basic "group" read, but fun non-the-less. All was going well until
I hear this may also be a title that carries over after SW is over.
~ W=3, A=3, TIV=4, Cvr=2 (Just a stand around/look at me cover), Verdict = 3 ~
3Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows
1- I didn't have the same experience as Jimmy with this title, though I can somewhat see what bothers him, I found the change in the Parker house to be possibly a game changer. Plus the way Peter reacts at the end about ... well ... something ... makes this a good book to read if you don't want to be bogged down with Secret Wars (nothing really here) and just want a "What If" story. A decent book, but nothing "Amazing"
~W=4, A=3, TIV=1, Cvr =3, Verdict = 3~
3Age of Ultron/Marvel Zombies
2Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps
1Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars
3E is for Extinction
2Giant-Size Little Marvel AVX
1 - This was pure fun. I have no idea how this ties into the Battleworld or Secret Wars and it doesn't matter. Skottie Young bringing his style back again to the Marvel kids in a cute as hell story that rivaled Bizarro for the funniest/cutest comic of the month. Who would have thought that Avengers and Mutants would even compete over hotdog stands.
~W=4, A=5, TIV=1, Cvr =3 (typical S. Young fare), Verdict = 5~Inferno
2Inhumans: Attilan Rising
1 - Yeppers, love this issue. As I have mentioned here, and everywhere else I could (including emails to my friends that just said the two words), this issue is spectacular for one reason; SAND HULKS!!! Okay, there is more there than that, but I just love the idea of Hulks being a security feature much like the Dune Sand Worms
This is a very important series for the SW as this has the NuHumans
Also, a Ghost Rider
~W=4, A=3, TIV=5, Cvr =2, Verdict = 5~
2 - I fear this one is gonna be a real confusing issue fro those not familiar with the current Inhuman title. A lot of what goes on here, while totally separate from the story prior to SW, really dives right in with character development that is right in line with the Inhuman title. I knew what was going on, but I fear most won't get the little nuances because of being unfamiliar. Still a very important tie-in issue, however
~W=4, A=3, TIV=5, Cvr = 3 (Good only because It tells a story without telling it), Verdict = 4~
1- If Thors is my favorite book so far of all the tie-ins, and it is, this has to claim the second spot. If for nothing else for the shock of me actually like this. I read this thinking this would be the title that I could slam and finally get a bad score for a tie-in, but no, this is another good book (though that scares me as there has to be a run of bad coming). The star here is Elsa Bloodstone (who you may remember more recently from Warren Ellis' NEXTWAVE. And if you don't, go buy that right now. So damn funny) Poor Elsa finds herself on the wrong side of the wall (think Game of Thrones and she is on the White Walkers side
) and now she is trying to get back on the safer side. But with thousands of Marvel dead things in the way, what happens if she goes the other way? Even further away from the safety of the wall.
~W=4, A=4, TIV=4, Cvr =3, Verdict = 4~Master of Kung Fu
1 - While this has no connection, really, to the Secret Wars event and feels more like a What If or and Elseworlds tale, it was still a very enjoyable read. I dig how all the characters with the slightest Asian history is involved
We have 13 "clans" or martial arts schools (from the Spidey Clan and Daredevil Clans all the way to Wolverine and Moondragon Clans) and they compete every 13 years to find their ruler. The winner of the competition rules for 13 years until they fight again. Well having won the last few tournaments, the Ten Rings Clan (guess who that is) is getting ready to face their greatest challenge ... from inside. Can even the great Iron Fist protect the ruler?
~W=4, A=3, TIV=0, Cvr =2 (not the best looking cover), Verdict = 4~
2 - So drunken Chang-Shi has to now
Man, I am loving all the small cameos here and I am digging how this story brings to fruition some of the events that actually happened to Marvel characters.
This truly is a Elseworlds story, even though they have their "own land" on Battleworld, this is a series you can read without ever picking up another SW title ... not even the main one. In closing I just want to say ... Damn you, Calisto!!!
~W=4, A=3, TIV=0, Cvr =3, Verdict = 4~
3Mrs. Deadpool and ther Howling Commandos
1Old Man Logan
1- Captain America and Devil Dinosaur. Does anything else need to be said? A very fun romp and worth the time to read. Actually better than I thought it could be and the ending has me looking forward to issue 2, even though it wasn't a surprise to see it.
~W=4, A=4, TIV=2, Cvr =4, Verdict = 4~
1Secret Wars: 2099
3Secret Wars: Battleworld
3Secret Wars Journal
1 - Okay, I have to claim bias here. I have always loved the Squadron Supreme, the blatant rip on the JLA that it is
if for nothing else to see a version of Nighthawk, a character I always want to see more. This issue comes with a little twist that has the SS wanting to take over all the ... wow ... I just realized I typed "SS" and followed with "wanting to take over.." HA. Anyway, this is SS has a lot of the trust issues of the old, but watching them take out other versions of themselves was fun. But when a Thor is found dead in their base of operations, things get really rolling.
~W=4, A=3, TIV=3, Cvr =2, Verdict = 4~Star Lord and Kitty Pryde
1 - Hands down my favorite of the bunch so far. THIS is the book everyone should buy and read now! Yes, now. Yes it has a pretty decent tie-in factor, but it does not effect the story at all. If you don't know, Thors, yes all the characters that have been a Thor every, are the "cops" on Battleworld, and I saw this statement on one of the reviews of the issue and I have to agree ... this is a perfect police procedural. But with Thors!!! And guess whose playing the police chief? Great, great issue with a great mystery, that I do strongly recommend. I think you all will love this one!!! Buy! BUY!!!
~W=5, A=5, TIV=3, Cvr =4, Verdict = 5~]Ultimate End
1- Not the greatest first issue, but I can certainly see the story growing on me. The art is very "Heavy Metal Magazine" looking and for that, for that change, I liked it. Not sure it would be good on any other book. All in all just an average score for an average comic
~W=3, A=4, TIV=2, Cvr =4, Verdict = 3~
3Where Monsters Dwell
2Years of Future Past