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Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld #1 (of 4)

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Based on 7 critic ratings.


Get ready for an ALL-NEW cataclysmic battle from when SPIDER-MAN first got his ALIEN COSTUME, when a mysterious being called the BEYONDER assembled super heroes and villains from Earth to do battle on a patchwork planet – yes, witness now an untold adventure set during the original SECRET WARS!

MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS set the standard for Marvel Comics events (as well as action figures and the characters existing on the forefront of pop culture), and this new story will at last reveal some secret connections and MISSING CHARACTERS going back to the 1984 original series, just in time for its 40th Anniversary!

What SECRET TEST are the BEYONDERS conducting… and how will SPIDER-MAN, the HUMAN TORCH and the whole cast determine the fate of the universe?

(PLUS: Surprise super-villain appearances inside!)

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
31 pages
Amazon ASIN

7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Exciting story that nourishes the original event, which although they explain everything very well, for your best enjoyment you should read Secret Wars.

    Art is very detailed and preserves that vintage tone of the comics from the 1980s but at the same time refreshes them with a cool dynamism. The way it shows what Spider-man’s webs look like before Mcfarlane is nostalgically cool.

  • 100

    First Comics News

    Marvel is celebrating 40 years of Secret Wars, the classic crossover that spanned many “OMG” moments such as The Hulk going berserk after losing control of his Bruce Banner alter-ego and of course, Peter Parker getting a new costume that obeyed his mental commands (Something that comes back to haunt him) so with that, it looks like Marvel released this series that features an untold adventure that’s squeezed between the two final panel of Secret Wars # 12 and what is the selling point for this series- the classic “Spider-Girl” creative team of Tom DeFalco and Patrick Olliffe reuniting for this epic story that puts the focus on Spider-Man (It’s so awesome to see Olliffe draw the black costume and I should add that DeFalco has not lost his step when it comes to writing Spidey); I like how both gentlemen made the characters tried-and-true from 1984 and DeFalco does a great job of keeping the action intact without going off the deep end but Instead ends up staying true to the original series. Die-hard Marvel fans, especially the 80s babies, will enjoy another trip back to Battleworld, and even with the absence of the Beyonder, this series will make us forget that “Secret Wars II” exists while serving as a true entry into the franchise.

  • 76


    Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworlds #1 is a solid start to a celebration of the original crossover event, though it needs more to hook readers. So far the only draw is the connection to Secret Wars and that can only take a series so far, especially where new readers are concerned.

  • 73

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld #1 had no real plot with no real direction. This story offers nothing new and furnishes no real cliffhanger. Issue two could literally go in any direction with any new character joining the fold for any reason. What’s the real point of this comic? Right now, it’s sad to say it intends to snag money from the old hats that remember the original and want to relive a comic from their childhood, which is not an awful idea if this creative team planned on adding more purpose and depth to the series.

  • 70


    This was a fun supplement to the original series and it was fantastic to see the creative team back together.

  • 50

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

  • 40

    Marvel Comics’ ongoing effort to squeeze new tales between the margins of classic comic book runs from the 1980s proves to, once again, be a mixed bag at best. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworlds #1 introduces readers to a complete miniseries-sized adventure squeezed between two of the final panels of the original Secret Wars #12. What’s immediately apparent is that Secret Wars is a series best remembered for its legacy of crossovers and later titles sharing the same name, not its own merits. While the depictions, tone, and voice surrounding Spider-Man and other familiar Marvel characters are consistent with those from 1984, they’re consistently dull. Peter lacks much in the way of motivation when continually adrift amid unexplained settings and a non-stop barrage of one-liners doesn’t make him much more appealing nor his circumstances any more interesting. The affair is portrayed in reliable fashion, but lacks any new charm or innovation to appeal to all but the most die-hard of Secret Wars fans.

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