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Comics Review – Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman

Secret Wars CoverI have now read Jonathan Hickman’s Marvel comics run from Fantastic Four and FF, through Avengers and New Avengers, the Infinity and Time Runs Out stories, and now finally Secret Wars. What it was all building towards. From that beginning – and especially since page 1 of Avengers and New Avengers, Hickman was doing the work of killing the Marvel Universe – indeed, the entire Multiverse.

If you’re looking for more on those stories, I have the links above. I highly recommend them, and will probably re-read them all in order at some point! But this post is about Secret Wars, which recently came out in collected version. I supported the local graphic-novel-carrying comic shop by ordering it there. Because I totally knew I would be reading it.

RIP Marvel UniverseSo this is going to go into a lot of spoilers. It would have to, at the place it’s at in the story. So quick review… I think I liked all these different story parts for different reasons. I loved the early stuff for its world-building, the crossovers for their world-breaking. I think everything came together for some amazing reveals in Time Runs Out… and then Secret Wars was just kind of what happened next. It was the inevitable place for it to go from there. And because of the scope of the crossover, it feels a lot like there were things that had to be crammed in. But hidden amongst that were some Hickman flourishes, and I enjoyed those a lot too.

Let’s look at it those ways: what happened, what felt lumped in, and what felt like Hickman closing up his stories. Onward to spoiler land!

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Weekend Coffee Share – Comics Edition

Coffee and Colored Pencils

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m sad to say that we had to finally return the giant stack of comics to the library. Holly was amazing and read most of them, but if you feel like you haven’t seen many of them yet here on the blog, don’t worry! She collected some pictures and is ready to go to talk about several more.

Speaking of, did you catch Holly’s post on Persepolis the other day?

If we were having coffee, I would say I need to apologize. I said before that we don’t have a local comic store where we live – and that is not true. It turns out, we kind of do. There is a store that sells comics here – trade paperbacks and collections and graphic novels. They don’t have the weekly comics stand. The logistics of getting those here, in time, and making any money on them… I get it. But hey, we’re loving browsing the shelves now. Got a gem that I’m looking forward to reading.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I’m sad to say I haven’t been reading much myself lately. Being home with the Geek Baby has been some of this – often find myself with awkward positions, and it’s far easier to hold a video game controller at a funny angle – and not have to look at it – than reading material. The library books were just so tall and awkward. And because we had the library comics, I wasn’t even thinking about any digital comics…

I mean, holding up the iPad can be awkward too with the Geek Baby, but would be easier to do one-handed than the books. And I’ve found there are a number of comics we read that now have new collected editions – especially the finale to Hawkeye. Looking forward to that!

And Marvel seems to already be booting up their new titles… even before Secret Wars ends. Not sure how that works. But I’m waiting for a collected edition for Secret Wars – and probably just Marvel Unlimited for all the related comics that sounded interesting! Then I’m thinking I’m good with Marvel for a while, let Hickman end the universe. Leave the new reboot for new readers.

If we were having coffee, I’d mention that I haven’t done too much of character design on Instagram this week, but I did some character sketches, including some you may know… And I made a couple of joke comics. Not that those are my actual goal, but for single images, that’s a good way to go! Check them out, and let me know what you think!

Still thirsty? Check out the Weekend Coffee Share linkup over on Part-Time Monster! And as she mentions, we’ll be hosting the Feminist Friday discussion right here next Friday!


Why Fans Love Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel #1 has recently entered its seventh printing. Seventh! That’s practically unheard of in comics, especially for a total newcomer like Kamala Khan. As Marvel.com puts it: “Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City–until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW!”

Hyperbolic, perhaps… but seventh printing. Meanwhile, the series is still going strong at nine issues and a collected first volume. The critics, including me in my monthly reviews, are about as excited as Marvel seems to be. Why do we love Kamala? Well, it would be a mistake to discount her minority status as a Pakistani-American Muslim. She provides a brand-new, yet long-awaited perspective on superhero comics. It would also be a mistake to reduce her to token status, though — there’s so much more to this comic and this character. The story, provided by G. Willow Wilson, turns a typical superhero origin story into something affecting and delightful. The art, usually provided by Adrian Alphona, is fabulous and full of sight gags. Kamala herself is funny, endearing, and brave.

All this is true, but there’s one more element that tends to get glanced over in reviews — Kamala is a geek like us, and I’ve got pictures to prove it!

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