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Secret Wars Paperback – September, 1999
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The book doesn't shy away at all from its origins, with an introduction by Tom DeFalco detailing the Mattel connection. There are even six pages of text, with photos, describing all of the action figures. Other extras include an article from Marvel Age #12 announcing the series and several pages of original pencil artwork from Mike Zeck, Bob Layton, and John Beatty, as well as cover art from previously published volumes.
The nicest extras, however, surround the story itself. There is an 18-page prologue featuring pages from eight different comic books, showing how all of the heroes were drawn to the Beyonder's mysterious fortress in Central Park. And a page at the end of the book describes what became of each of the heroes after their return to earth.
The story itself covers a typical comic book theme - good pitted against evil for survival and to save the universe. But there are plenty of twists and turns, including suspicions held by the other super heroes regarding the mutant X-Men, and the layered ambiguity of villains such as Magneto and Dr. Doom. The large cast of characters means any given hero may not get a ton of pages - some issues barely featured the X-Men - but every character contributes in different and significant ways.
The fact that it's a self-contained story with no cliffhanger or on-going interaction with other comics makes it an especially good read for somebody who just wants to read a fun story without needing a ton of backstory.
Marvel had always interwoven characters and storylines through some of its different comic series - the so-called Marvel Universe was well-established - and spinoff books and limited-run series were getting to be more and more commonplace in the early 1980s. Whilte the artwork and dialogue of Secret Wars may not be break any new ground, the idea of placing so many different heroes and villains into one smashingly cool story-line was new, and THAT'S what makes Secret Wars a groundbreaker.
Regrettably, it seems that Marvel and DC rely on cheap crossover events to revive sales and spark interest in their books. But in the 80's Marvel understood that all you needed was a good story and some good art and you could create a comic book event so powerful that a 43 year old man can still read it with the awe and wonder of a 10 year old.
I first read the series just after it came out, and just as I was getting into comics. It's the first series I have given my kids, as they begin to read comics. It's a great way to meet a lot of different characters in the Marvel Universe. It's a good explanation of tje origin of Spider Man's Venom suit. Is it the height of Modern Age comic story lines? No, but that was never its goal. It's a great read and a good book to round out a collection.