Stormtrooper Terry

Stormtrooper Terry

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Panel of the Week: 5/13/15

Yeah, I know I'm just a tad behind. Had a bit of a crazy weekend last weekend and with work and commuting times there hasn't been as much time to give to reading my comics as I'd have liked. But I muddle through, and everything will happen eventually. Like the winner from May 13th's batch of books, an award that goes to Marvel's Secret Wars #2, written by Jonathan Hickman and art by Esad Ribic. The plot of Secret Wars has been nebulous in all the build up to it, with little known about it other than it's about Battleworld, which is what's left when all the different Marvel realities are destroyed. Well, the revelations start coming in #2. First, we learn that Dr. Doom is the power behind this world, worshipped as a god. But later in the issue we got our first glimpse at the real through-line that is connecting things to what has come before:

We learn that Thanos and his Cabal, who were trying to stop the events that led to Battleworld's creations from taking place, have survived and made it to Battleword and may just be the only people (other than Doom, perhaps) who aren't brainwashed into thinking this new reality is what has always been. And yes, I know it's a bit of a cheat as it's technically two panels, but since one is set into another, there wasn't much I could do about it. Ribic's art is absolutely gorgeous, so the page wins. Plus, it's Thanos, which means Battleworld's name is probably about to become a whole hell of a lot more literal...


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