Thursday, July 2, 2015

Graphic Novel Review - Secret Wars Prelude

Name - Secret Wars Prelude
Published by - Marvel
Writer - Jonathan Hickman, Jim Shooter, Brian Michael Bendis
Artist - Steve Epting, Mike Zeck, Ryan Stegman, Sara Pichelli, Esad Ribic

The 'Secret Wars Prelude' graphic novel is a mixture of various issues of past comic series' which brings the concept of the mega-event to focus as well as introduces a few of the key characters to the readers. While it may not be essential to enjoy the event, it does spice up the anticipation while waiting for the main experience.

First comes 'Secret Wars (1984) 10-12', which tales of the first classic event which is the influence of the 2015 one. This story is quite enjoyable with its classical elements and historical value yet a bit childish at times as comics were in those days.

Next is 'Fantastic Four 611', which introduces the concept of doom being a god figure and the family value of FF.

Next one is 'Ultimate Comics Ultimates 4', which introduces us to the Ultimate Universes' version of Reed Richards as maker and some of the other characters from Earth-1610.

Then comes 'Ultimate Comics Spider -Man (2011) 1', introducing Miles Morales, the all-new spider-man of minority from Ultimate Marvel, who is someone who got quite a lot of critical acclaim.

At last we get 'New Avengers (2013) 1-3', which tells us of the beginning of the Incursions, the multiverse altering occurrences.
What's the value of an event prelude GN you may ask? Well, quite a lot if you think off such an over-hyped event such as the new 'Secret Wars'. And then comes the question of the fact, if this prelude is effective in it's role? To be honest, not exactly, as while the stories are put together trying to introduce key elements of the plot of the event they do appear confusing to new readers and lack aspects which would gel together the overall experience. While on the other hand, some of these stories are really quite enjoyable and exciting, leaving the reader asking for what's to come next. And that honestly is the point of this prelude graphic novel.

So, after some thoughts, this mixed bag of a graphic novel gets 3 out of 5 stars from me. 

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