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COMIC REVIEW: Secret Wars #3 – The Eye Of Doom

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Secret Wars #3 - The Eye Of Doom

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artists: Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina

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First off, one of the strengths of this event is the incredible art we get for the regular cover done by the legendary Alex Ross. The two halves of Reed Richards, his 616 side and his Ultimate Universe side, flanked by a bunch of head shots of the players involved within this story, create such a simple yet breathtaking image. It is very cool, and I cannot wait to own all eight covers!

This issue is the third in the series and in true expert storytelling fashion, it gives us some meat to the established premise, while also throwing in some curve balls as well. Jonathan Hickman has been doing a great job setting all of the smaller pieces into play for this event, and now he really gets to show us his hand, and what has been hiding up his sleeve.

Doctor Strange, now sheriff and advisor to Doom’s turn at god, is doing his best to keep the world of BattleWorld running smoothly, while also keeping the secret of what once was. Doom and Strange both remember the way things were, but have successfully wiped that memory out of existence from the other inhabitants of the various worlds that make up BattleWorld. What isn’t immediately evident is how they achieved such a feat. Hopefully we will learn that answer as this series goes on.

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COMIC REVIEW: Secret Wars #3 - The Eye Of Doom

We do learn some pretty incredible stuff in this issue though. We learn that Sue Storm, apparently the 616 version of herself, has no memory of her previous life and has willingly chose to be by Doom’s side. We also learned that when Doom and Strange created this BattleWorld in an effort to save any remnants of what once was; there was no sun in the beginning. It was Sue Storm that banished her brother for reasons unknown, and apparently made him the “sun” of this world, revolving around BattleWorld, giving it life. Pretty weird, and hopefully we will get more info on that as well.

Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina do wonderful jobs presenting these characters in various scenery that looks and feels like it all fits together. The art for a mega event like this has to be top notch, and this creative team is doing its utmost to keep it at that caliber. This issue also deals with the pod contain the Cabal and Ultimate Reed Richards being finally reported to Strange, and what he plans to do about it. Miles Morales, the Spider-Man of the Ultimate Universe also makes an appearance this issue, as he is discovered by Strange, who then confesses that he is in possession of the OTHER pod, the one with the characters from the 616 universe. The ramifications of all these reveals will surely be played out in some of the tie-ins, as well as the next issue.

The “Best There Is”: This story is already turning up on the epic side of storytelling, and for good reason. Hickman has done a great job sewing the seeds of this for some years now, and to finally get to see a lot of these threads explained out is very fun. The flow of the story is easy on the reader as well, even though there are a ton of new characters and new versions of people and worlds, it works on multiple levels to make something very cool. The art also helps to smooth over any confusion in characters as well, crafting believable models of all our favorite heroes and villains.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: What is the most confusing, is trying to figure out which versions of these characters we are being presented on the panels. The “Thors” are the most confusing, wondering if characters like Beta Ray Bill is from the normal 616 universe, and where the actual Thor really is. Also, the introduction of the survivors of 616 and Ultimate universes throws a monkey wrench into Doom’s society that doesn’t remember anything from before, and hopefully they will be dealt with accordingly within the confines of the story. No flash and glitter, or character reveals for the sake of book sales-type stuff. Please Marvel, keep this event from going off the rails.

FBI Score: 8 out of 10.

We finally get some answers in this issue, which make it an essential read for this week. The worry is that too many plot points are being trotted out right now, and coupled with the different versions of characters on the page, the confusion might start to outweigh the excellent art and storytelling.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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