The fate of the entire Marvel Universe hangs in the balance as Earth’s mightiest heroes face their greatest challenge! Summoned across the stars by the mysterious and unbelievably powerful Beyonder, the Avengers, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men are set against their deadliest foes on the mysterious planet known as Battleworld – with the winner promised the ultimate prize. But as battle lines are drawn, new alliances are forged and old enemies clash, one among them is not willing to settle for anything less than godhood. Can even the heroes’ combined might prevent Dr. Doom from becoming the most powerful being in the universe?
A Brief History:
One of the items on the 2017 reading challenge I’m making my way through is to read “A book you chose for the cover.” Well, when I stumbled upon “Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars” by Alex Irvine, I knew found the right book. I mean come on, who in their right mind would pass up that iconic cover by Mike Zeck?
I read the 1984 twelve issue Marvel mini-series in the early 1990’s, so I didn’t remember a whole lot of it when I got this book. I knew the basics of course, like the heroes and villains being transported to a new planet by the Beyonder, and Spider-Man finding the symbiote that would eventually become Venom.
But “Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars” by Alex Irvine has several scenes that I don’t remember seeing the comics. For example:
- Magneto kidnaps the Wasp and the two have a “date.”
- The entire city of Denver was also sent to Battleworld.
- Thor and Storm have a friendly competition to see who can smash the most boulders.
Maybe all these moments did happen in the mini-series, and I just don’t remember. Regardless, the three moments I mentioned were some of my favorite sequences in the Alex Irvine prose novel.
Final word and Score:
There were a few times when “Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars” felt much longer than it needed to be. At one point I was on chapter 12 and was only about a quarter of the way through. But even so, this book was highly enjoyable and worth checking out.
“Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars” by Alex Irvine gets a: B
And with that, another item is crossed off the 2017 reading challenge: