Secret Wars 5 review

scwars2015005-dc11-01-146725The previous issue of Secret Wars was epic. The survivors of Earth 616, along with Dr. Strange, fought Dr. Doom in an all-out battle that reminds us why Dr. Doom is the greatest Marvel villain. It ended with Doom killing his former partner, Dr. Strange, after he scattered the others across Battleworld. This issue picks up sometime afterward, with Dr. Strange’s funeral.

Like Secret Wars 3, this issue delves into Doom’s personality and how running Battleworld has affected him. There’s some great exploration going on, with his frustration with how things are going and how his Battleworld is starting to come apart. We also learn exactly what happened at the dawn of Battleworld and the events that led to Doom killing the Beyonders. Doom isn’t just Marvel’s greatest villain, but he’s one of Marvel’s more compelling characters, and writer Jonathan Hickman handles him well.

There isn’t much time focused on any of the survivors, in fact all we get is a one page montage of some survivors scattered into different domains, and a page of Thanos looking at the Shield. Instead, we get the FF kids working together to solve Dr. Strange’s death. It’s delightful to see them working together again under Hickman’s pen. Even though they believe in Doom, their personalities still shine through.

The art by Esad Ribic is also great. There’s a lot of detail going on, whether it’s the flowery fields and statues in the funeral scene, the flashbacks showcasing how Doom stole the Beyonders’ powers or the montage showing off Battleworld. Facial expressions do a good job at conveying emotions, especially the FF kids’ determination to find Strange’s killer. That said, there’s one panel where Franklin Richards looks older than he should. Ive Svorcina’s colouring is also good. The opening funeral is bright and colourful, the flashbacks have an otherworldly purple hue and Thanos’s spread of looking at the wall looks almost like a real sunrise.

The thing that concerns me at the moment is that with such a big event, we only have three issues to finish it up. I’m kind of worried that the rest of the event will rely on the tie-ins. So far this event has actually felt self-contained, but the montage at the end suggests that this might not be the case anymore. That said, this is a great comic and a surprisingly good event so far. Marvel fans in general should at least be reading this because of how much it will change the Marvel Universe going forward.


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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Secret Wars 5 review

  1. Pingback: Comics of August 12, 2015 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    I found this issue too exposition-heavy. It was important exposition, but it still slowed the story too much.


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