Marvel, you’re making me cry.
I mean sure, throw your whole mess of universes in a blender. Give your writers the freedom to write some batshit crazy tales that aren’t defined by previous continuity. I’m all for that. I was all for that when DC did it a little while ago, because for all the crazy I was promised a chance to hang out with some of my favourites and I love a bit of universe-bending creativity.
But the but.
I have no idea WTF is going on.
The premise is that all the Marvel universes have collided, and different universe versions of our characters are all on a fake planet called Battleworld, and all the awesome interesting titles suddenly exploding out of Marvel are based on various “baronies” in which our characters are playing out odd scenarios, in odd combinations.
But the but.
I get that, I do, but I don’t know what to READ. There are so many different titles, and Convergence taught me that I’m going to hate the main storyline & resent it for being super expensive and not giving me anything I want so I didn’t even try to pick up Secret Wars or Battleworld or Beyond (this is the thing, there isn’t just one main event to avoid, there seem to be about twelve) and stuck instead to the tempting individual issues, not knowing if they’re like permanent series or mini-series like Convergence gave us, or…
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON.
It doesn’t help that the comics all have banners to tell you which series they’re part of and some of them say Secret Wars and some say Battleworld and some say both and there doesn’t seem to be any actual logic behind which is which.
Here is what I’ve read so far:
Writer: Marguerite Bennett & G.Willow Wilson
Artist: Jorge Molina
The Buzz: All female Avengers! You had me at She-Hulk. Marvel have been buzzing about Secret Wars all year – we know this is a massive comics event and A-Force has been one of the highest buzzed of the new titles, because an all female Avengers comic has been a long time coming, and G. Willow Wilson is definitely one of comics’ It Writers thanks to her kickass run on Ms Marvel.
All You Need To Know: Battleworld is a ridiculous patchwork planet on which all the Marvel superheroes from all the universes have been gathered in various baronies to fight and stuff. It’s all Doctor Doom’s fault, whatever.
Story: This barony is an island called Arcadia, peopled only with female Avengers. She-Hulk is their Baroness which is pretty great.