Now we’re one month into the story, with three issues in the main miniseries and at least a dozen tie-ins and spinoffs out in the wild — and this is crazy, but “Secret Wars” is really good.
Such a simple idea, when you think about it. “Let’s combine the Marvel universe and the Ultimate universe!” They’d already flirted with the concept before, when Brian Michael Bendis had the “real” Spider-Man, the original, Peter Parker, visit the Ultimate universe and meet his pint-sized namesake, Miles Morales. A simple idea, and probably an inevitable one. But oh, what a complex, intriguing and intense story has been woven from this seemingly mundane foundation! For the past few years, Marvel, and in particular writer Jonathan Hickman, have offered fans some of the freshest, most entertaining superhero drama to grace the painted page in a loooong time.
Parallel universes collide, or rather parallel planet Earths, and both universes are destroyed. Unless only one Earth is destroyed, which saves both universes. Would you kill billions to preserve, I dunno, quadzillions? This is the impossible scenario faced by some of our favorite heroes. Gut-wrenching, soul-searing postulations, uncomfortable to read, but also so much fun. That it would come down to just two remaining universes, the 616 and the Ultimate–maybe if we’d thought about it we would have seen it coming. Now that it’s here, though, “Secret Wars” is just plain EPIC. Are YOU reading it, or are you missing out?