Secret Wars Hardcover – March 15, 2016
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About the Author
Esad T. Ribic is a Croatian comic book artist known for his work on various titles for Marvel Comics, including Loki, Silver Surfer: Requiem and Sub-Mariner: The Depths.
- Publisher : Marvel; Illustrated edition (March 15, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785198849
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785198840
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 8 and up
- Item Weight : 1.78 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.75 x 0.75 x 11.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #685,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The paperback copy I purchased was in excellent condition. The binding was firm, no loose pages or cracks in the spine. The paper was glossy and high quality. When reading I was never distracted by any physical flaws. My one complaint is that the map of Battleworld is printed in middle of the volume so some of it is lost in the binding, but that didn't affect my ability to enjoy the story.
Supplemental material included a gallery of all the variant covers (and there were lots for this series). They also included the Free Comic Book Day Secret Wars #0 at the end, despite the fact that its story is more of a prelude than a postlude. As far as I can tell the hardcover doesn't have any other special bonuses. This is not a situation where the publisher cut corners producing the paperback, but the hardcover is the "prestige" version. The hardback doesn't give you any more material or any better reading experience, but it costs more.
Concerning the story told in this volume, I would call it a satisfying bow to the long story Hickman told through various Marvel titles. I cannot say how much you would enjoy it without reading his Fantastic Four or Avengers books before. Having read them this felt like a brilliant capstone on a monumental work. Esad Ribic's art has a touch of high fantasy to gives this story that epic quality. Ive Svorcina deserves mention for his color work which deeply enhances every page. Even among the universe of Marvel stories, this felt special, like a myth superheroes would tell. I loved it!
By John IV on August 4, 2019
I really liked this story, and I thought it tied things up pretty neatly. You have to find the Mr. Fantastic/Dr Doom dichotomy (with the Ultimate Reed, maybe it is a trichotomy?) interesting to dig what Hickman is doing with this. You may also like this if you thought House of M worth while, since it is about the same what if story - only it is a what if Dr. Doom had to rebuild the Marvel Universe using the constituent parts of all the big stories in the Marvel Universe's past.
That said, the storyline for the Fantastic Four and Dr Doom is quite moving for this story. I wish that more time had been spent exploring that rather than the machinations of explaining the new universe that had been created. Part of this story reads a bit like the House of M crossover, but ultimately it seems less successful.
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This is far from the best or one of the greatest Marvel novels. It's good and no better than that. It carries a few interesting concepts and the battle sequence layout in the book is sometimes out of sync ro how you'd expect
Overall it felt like it wanted to be the watchmen, the watchmen worked with its exposition and slow pacing as it had fewer characters and it suited the world, this book tries that pace but its set on “battle world” and has next to no feeling of that world being a “battle” for a long time (near the start you get literally one panel saying “oh yeah there is an ultron army killing everyone” as an example) and it jumps around a lot, parts that could have been extended upon such as the heroes exploring a new world and you exploring it with them were just skipped completely yet you get ten pages of doom taking like thor to say how hard it feels to be a god or in some cases almost fully blank pages with one sentence.
It all just feels off, writing for writings sake and saying very little of worth. Highlight is Mr Sinister who brought a lot of life to the story when he was on the page.
Marvel event books are very hit and miss, it’s not as much of a miss as some of the others but it’s below average.
Only thing stopping me giving it 5 stars is the confusing layout of the combat sequences. Characters pop up from nowhere and the fighting can be a bit disjointed.
Overall, a top class graphic novel.
The edition itself is quite good. Big enough so worth its price.