Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Esad Ribic
Secret Wars #1 left my jaw on the ground and the hairs on the back of my neck permanently in the air. Secret Wars #2 begins with a rite of passage for a young man to join a force of THORS. Thors who guard the entirety of Doom’s kingdom. After the collapse of existence it would seem Doom has created his prefect world, in his perfect vision. City States governed by Barons who answer to the Sheriff Strange and to the almighty Doom. Secret Wars #1 was the end of all we knew of Marvel. Secret Wars #2 is the first glimpse of a fantastical world Doom has put on stage for us, many of the inhabitants have come to call….read the issue.
Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic are a perfect pair. This issue has a gust of wind behind it as each page breathes new life into the incredibly astonishing world the two have created for this story. I read then issue three time because of all the wondrous little quirks they have placed throughout the issue, that left me with the biggest smirk now starting to understand the picture Hickman is trying to paint.
Secret Wars #2 took a total left turn at Albuquerque that many readers may not be able to handle at first. For me it was like being in the twilight zone for the first half of the issue. So I totally understand if many of you aren’t quite sold on the ideas Hickman and Ribic put forth within in the issue. Honestly my only complaint was it ended and I now have to wit for issue three.
Secret Wars #2 is absurdly fun. A total homage to the fantasy epics of old and new. I can honestly say Hickman and Ribic have totally taken apart the Marvel Universe and made something so different and so glorious it deserves a toast. A toast of Meade specifically of course. I strongly suggest you not only pick it up but give it a couple reads because there is a whole lot going on in this issue.