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COMIC REVIEW: Secret Wars 7 – King of the Dead

By Jeff Ayers

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Artist: Esad Ribic

Colors: Ive Svorcina


Marvel Comics

It finally looks like Doom’s hold on BattleWorld is crumbling around him, and Marvel’s Secret Wars is gearing up for its death knell. With only two issues left, all the threads that have been loosed need to be tied up, yet this series keeps loading up on more and more storylines, which can get a little confusing.

The cover of “Secret Wars # 7”, done by Alex Ross, hearkens back to the original Secret Wars event from 1985. When Doctor Doom gained the power of the Beyond, it was up to all the heroes and villains on that version of Battleworld to rise up and defeat Doom. This is the basic premise of this new series, yet Doom has supplanted himself as a god, and has crafted Battleworld from the remnants of existence. This means that there are countless versions of Marvel characters, and that definitely adds to the mounting confusion within this series. Yet Ross’s cover is a fun look at different versions of heroes fighting against a towering Doom. He must have had fun adding characters to this cover, because eagle eyed fans can pick out obscure ones like 3D man, a Howard the Duck Ghost Rider, and even what appears to be a Lou Ferrigno Hulk in the bottom right corner.

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The issue shows Doom hunkered down with his “family”, the remains of the Fantastic Four from the original 616 universe, who all believe that those times never existed. A prophet has been touring the wasteland of Battleworld creating dissent among Doom’s followers, and we learn that it is none other than Maximus, who was one of the survivors from the two rafts at the beginning of the series. Both Reed Richards have a plan in place to take the fight to Doom, as well as infiltrate his castle. This is where it all starts to unravel, from a story point. Ribic and Svorcina do their best once again to craft all these versions of characters to stand apart from each other, and the colors especially are beautiful on the page. Hickman’s story however has grown a little too large even for this event, and I fear that it will lose all its excitement by the final issue.

Seeing Maximus stir up trouble as the prophet is alright, but it feels like it originated somewhere else, and not in the main line. A lot of the story is coming together, trying obviously to tie in the all the loose threads in this series given by all the other titles in Marvel’s epic Secret Wars event. The strongest points though are the ones that originate in this series alone, and the best of that is the Namor and Black Panther arc. Recently they infiltrated Stephen Strange’s secret base to get the Infinity Gauntlet, in the hopes that it will help them defeat Doom. Now, we see Black Panther take his title of “King of the Dead” literally as he commands the army of Marvel Zombies to wage war against Doom.

COMIC REVIEW: Secret Wars 7 - King of the Dead

The “Best There Is”: The art in this book is superb, and it is always incredible to see how Esad Ribic crafts the character designs of these well known heroes and villains, and updating them for such a crazy event. Also, it is amazing to see all these different factions of characters finally all coming together to have a huge, knock down battle. This issue especially we get to see Apocalypse and Sinister take main stage in the fight, and those two are always fun to watch in a large super hero battle.

COMIC REVIEW: Secret Wars 7 - King of the Dead

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: There is just too much going on to really get a grasp on any of it. Sure the secret plans of the two Reed’s will ultimately win the day, and the auxiliary stuff concerning Namor and Black panther is some of the best in the story, yet all the factions coming together now seems rushed, and a little forced. Why are the Thors suddenly turning on Doom, and willingly doing so? I gather those answers appear in the Thors tie in line, yet I wish those answers could also appear in the main Secret Wars line as well. Also, one of the coolest panels was the appearance of the Maestro on a Helicarrier, yet without any context, it seems rather silly. Also – what are the stakes? It has never been addressed what the end game is, other than usurping Doom from his throne. What happens after that? I guess the final two issues will tell us those answers.

FBI Score: 7.5 out of 10. A fun read because of all the action concerning countless versions of many favorite characters, and the art is incredible throughout the issue. Yet with the addition of so many different storylines and character factions coming together, it is tough to not leave “Secret Wars #7” a little confused.

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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