From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.
Marvel’s Secret Wars are finally upon us, and although the Marvel Universe as we know it is ending, the fun is just beginning. It’s been a long, long road, winding through Avengers/New Avengers, a couple of events, and dozens of universes, while Marvel’s cancelled 33 comics in the lead-up to the event. Needless to say, the publisher has a lot invested in this event. If you need to catch up on the epic buildup to Secret Wars we’ve got you covered here, here, and here, but, with so many tie-ins associated with this event it’s easy to miss a few. Luck for you I’ve sieved through the list and picked out only the best…or, at least the ones I think will be the best. So, without further ado, everything ends, but not really, and Battleworld real estate is prime in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Most Anticipated ‘Secret Wars’ Tie-Ins.
Honorable Mention: X-Men ’92
While there are plenty of book with a serious tone spinning out of Secret Wars in the form of tie-ins; including Deadpool, Weirdworld, and (probably) that M.O.D.O.K. book; the fun comic series I’m looking forward to most is X-Men ’92. Written by Chris Sims & Chad Bowers, and drawn by Scott Koblish, this series is going to be a full-on throwback to one of most infamous decades in comics…by completely ignoring the comics of that decade. I was (and still am) a huge fan of the X-Men animated series back in the day, and this is merely a guilty pleasure for me. I’m really all about the event and those tie-ins with stories that tread very closely to the main event story. Putting X-Men ’92 in only the Honorable Mention spot.
5. Old Man Logan
One of the more interesting aspects of the Secret Wars event is the way we’ll be revisiting universes of yesteryear. These previous events are at the heart of the current event, and is one of the major selling points of the whole thing. While not my favorite Wolverine story of all time, Old Man Logan is easily my favorite Wolvie story that takes place in an entirely different universe, and it’s going to be fun to revisit. Written by living-legend Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Andrea Sorrentino, I’m looking for a long, yet entertaining, tale of the Man Who Used To Be Wolverine, and I’m anxious to see how it fits in with the rest of Battleworld. This is the premiere Wolverine story for this event, and Marvel is bound to put Logan back in the limelight now that he’s no longer dead.
Imagine every Ghost Rider ever in a never-ending Death Race. That’s the premise of Ghostracers. This is just one of those fun picks for me. The design of all of the different Ghost Riders that will be starring in this series is going to be wildly entertaining for long-time Rider fans like me, and with writer Felipe Smith and artist Juan Gedeon promising “visual dynamite” in every issue, it’s hard not to put this series in the number 1 spot o’ this Lot. But it’s all about the really important tie-ins for me; the ones that will play in to the main event Secret Wars. Or, at least the ones I think will.
3. Civil War
In another universe, Marvel Civil War, the mega-event that saw hero fighting hero; never ended, with Tony Stark’s forces STILL going up against Steve Roger’s own team. I really, really liked the whole Civil War event both in concept and delivery, and the idea that it’s still going on is just too fun for this fan. But I also think that this series is going to be an integral part of the main plot of Secret Wars. With Cap and Iron Man duking it out at the end of Avengers, things are just too similar for me not to make the connection. Or maybe I’m just so excited that writer Charles Soule and artist Leinil Yu are working on this that I want it to be more important. Either way, it’s going to be fun series.
2. Ultimate End
I almost hate to admit it, but I’ve never been a big fan of the Ultimate Universe. Even Spider-Man just never really appealed to me, and everything else was just abysmal. The one thing that always drew me in, though, were the bait & switch Ultimate events that alluded to the death of the universe. I truly want to see the Ultimate End and it looks like that day is finally here. I’m pretty sure lots of character are going to die, and while I’m pretty excited about that, I’m also pretty stoked to see who makes it to whatever is left at the end of Secret Wars. Ultimate Universe creators Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley are on creator duties, which is quite appropriate. I swear if this is another lie about the end of the Ultimate Universe I’m going to be angry. And you wouldn’t…well, you know.
Of all the tie-in to Secret Wars the one that has me most excited is writer Jason Aaron and artist Chris Sprouse take on a cop drama that only Marvel could pull of, Thors. The Thor Corps are the cops of Battleworld, and are made up of different Thors from different realities. With a premise like that, how can anyone skip this? Odinson, Beta Ray Bill, All-New Thor, Frog Thor, and more come together to bring justice to the patchwork planet that is Battleworld. This has the best of everything: A direct tie-in to the main event title; a fun premise that could only happen during Secret Wars; and the outcome of this series is bound to impact the character in the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe. Do not miss this!
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