Comic Review: Secret Wars BattleWorld #3 – Too Many Wolverines | FanboysInc

Comic Review: Secret Wars BattleWorld #3 – Too Many Wolverines

By Jeff Ayers

Writers: Ivan Brandon, Ryan Ferrier

Artists: Aaron Conley, Ryan Browne, Logan Faerber, Paul Pope, Jordie Bellaire


Marvel Comics

With the mega Marvel event Secret Wars well under way, there have been a few hits and many misses with the tie in materials that have come out. Some titles try to directly reflect the main story, while others exist mainly on the outskirts of the demise of the Marvel universes. Secret Wars Battleworld is one of those on the outskirts, dealing with a section of Battleworld ruled by Mojo, a rogue from the X-Men universe. Yet, he usually governs a place called “Mojoverse” or “MojoWorld” which is basically no different than what we see in the first story of this issue.

I picked this up because of the implication of seeing many different versions of Wolverine in a single issue, and being a super fan of the character, I was excited to see that play out in panel form. Well, it was far from exciting. The premise is weak, with a “zen like” Wolverine at the center of a bloodbath of various Wolverine iterations. Not a single one, including the zen Wolvie, are given their due in this story, and the reader is left wanting. Especially because so many iconic versions are depicted, it would be nice to have the entire issue devoted to the fights, and see a lot of them more. But that is not meant to be. Also, it begs the question of how so many of these versions appear in this issue, when a lot of them are being shown in other issues (Old Man Logan, Age of Apocalypse Wolvie, X-Men 92 Wolvie etc.). Just a marketing ploy in the end, with no real reason to tell the story.

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The second story is a Deadpool one, because why not put both those characters into a book to hope it boosts sales. Also in the story is Lockjaw from the Inhumans, a possible Hit Monkey variation, and the quest to take down Devil Dinosaur. (For a much better representation of Devil Dinosaur, check out the Planet Hulk line out now). This story also falls flat, with Deadpool delivering lines and jokes with none of his normal gusto. Another story that didn’t need to be told. The issue ends with a one page story about Ant-Man, or rather Ant-Men, and it actually works better than the two other stories in the book.


The “Best There Is”: The only good thing about this issue is seeing all the iterations of Wolverine. But they do not get any real panel time, so you as a reader are left wanting. The art on the Deadpool story is fun and has an almost watercolor feel to it, which adds to the blandness of the story.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The overall feel of this issue seems like “lets push out a title that will hopefully sell because of Wolverine, and also cause of Deadpool.” The art on the Wolverine story isn’t fun, and depicts a lot of the versions in an unfinished light. Also, the three stories really don’t resonate or give the reader any reason to want to own this book, or even this series, hoping for more of the same with other characters. Truly an afterthought type book on the part of Marvel. It makes me ponder who exactly they feel this book might be for, as it is clearly not for the fans of these characters.

FBI Score: 6 out of 10. I only picked this up to see a lot of different versions of Wolverine on the page, and even then, I found it lacking. The three stories were O.K., but did’t grab my interest in the least and left me wondering why I picked up this issue in the first place. Which is a shame, because I love the work some of the writers and artists attached to this issue do.

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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