Marvel is hitting the reset button on over 70 years’ worth of legendary comic book history with their Secret Wars event. The origin stories to all the classic Marvel heroes & vaillains that you love take place in what is referred to in geek speak as Earth 616. But within the Marvel Universe are other earths in alternate universes where everything is sort of the same, but just a little bit different. For example, there’s a universe where Peter Parker becomes a villain instead of Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy (his girlfriend who died in the 616 universe) gets radioactive spider powers and becomes a hero.

The Secret Wars event will multiple universes collide and result in some casualties in the form of 33 books being killed off.

Without further ado, the list. (Drumroll, please!)

  • All-New Captain America
  • All-New Ghost Rider
  • All-New X-Men
  • Amazing Spider-Man
  • Amazing X-Men
  • Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
  • Avengers
  • Avengers World
  • Captain Marvel
  • Cyclops
  • Deadpool
  • Elektra
  • Fantastic Four
  • Guardians 3000
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Hulk
  • Inhuman
  • Iron Fist: The Living Weapon
  • Legendary Star-Lord
  • Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
  • New Avengers
  • Nightcrawler
  • Nova
  • Rocket Raccoon
  • Secret Avengers
  • Spider-Man & The X-Men
  • Spider-Man 2099
  • Storm
  • Superior Iron Man
  • Thor
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • Wolverines
  • X-Men

Kind of a bummer, but it’s exciting to imagine what’s in store.

“Now in a perfect world, we’d have stopped every book with its April issue, putting out a nice clean May Previews catalog. Everyone would have seen upfront all those titles that had their finale, and all those titles that were starting fresh. But things don’t always go so easily,” Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, David Gabriel, told “Instead we gave our creators the option to end their stories the way they wanted to; we let them tell “Last Days” stories if they wanted to; we let them tell Secret Wars stories if they wanted to. So in the end Secret Wars truly has been a creative driven process.”

In regards to what will happen to the remaining titles that aren’t getting axe, Gabriel elaborates, “Secret Wars will affect every title in some way shape or form so you can definitely expect Spider-Gwen, Howard the Duck, All-New Hawkeye and others to deal with it in their own ways. Like I mentioned before, none of our creators were blindsided by Secret Wars so they’ve all had plenty of time to work it to their advantage – catering to their own tastes and storytelling, using the event to add something new to the Marvel Universe that wasn’t there before. Of course, existing titles and franchises will also be affected – the Avengers, the X-Men, the Inhumans, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the rest of the Marvel line. But some of those books had a little more time to get up to speed with what we had planned, so allowances needed to be made.”

The whole event seems both exciting and scary at the same time. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out this May!

2 Responses

  1. Dillman

    Hey man, is it cool if i go on an indie/hipster/internet rant? I don’t read a lot of Marvel comics for a few reasons.

    One: Ads.

    Two: So many of their titles are intertwined it feels almost like I have to read every single Marvel comic they put out just to get the whole story.

    Three: Continuity is hard to keep track of because so much is intertwined and rebooted, not to mention when they cross dimensions, such as in Marvel Zombies.

    One that I did start recently was Wolverines and it’s ok. Not amazing but not bad, and now i come to find out it’s been cancelled to start the whole Secret Wars. Kinda a bummer considering it just started. I’m not totally bummed only because like I said it wasn’t amazing, but i would’ve liked to see were it was headed. I have started Princess Leia though, and so far I like it. I also have a feeling it will stay it’s own comic separate from the other new Star Wars ones, hopefully. It’s not that I don’t like Marvel but I just prefer individual series that are totally there own. Especially a lot of indie and creator owned. Mostly I stick to Image and sometimes Boom. It’s also a lot easier to get on board with the comics from the beginning without having to try and find out the back story for it to make sense.

    Here’s a few that I’ve been really into:

    Li’l Depressed Boy (image)

    Oddly Normal (image)

    Locke and Key (IDW)

    Lumberjanes (Boom)

    Goners (image)

    Big Man Plans (image) This is one I’d really like to see you review. It’s brutal. About a little person who gets revenge for a shitty life. Mainly by killing people, brutally.

    Anyway, If you get the chance to check out some of these, they’re pretty good. End Rant.

    • brownkidd

      Thanks for the comment!

      Yeah, i was kind of like that for a long time until I got into Original Sin and it pulled me back in. If I had to recommend just one Marvel book to you, I’d say get your hands on the Matt Fraction and David Aja run of Hawkeye. The hardcover edition of the first trade is especially sexy. I avoided the hype for a year or so because Hawkeye always seemed kind of corny to me, but it’s extraordinarily deep with a lot of layered characters for a Marvel book.

      As for ads, they never really bothered me, but continuity can definitely suck. A lot of times bigger crossover events can feel editorial – you can totally see that the story wasn’t conceived for the purpose of having a good story, but for the purpose of selling other titles. Kind of stinky, but there’s some great creative teams who take those editorial concepts and turn them into terrific story-arcs like what happened with Thor no longer being worthy of his hammer in Original Sin – the new Thor book kicks freaking ass! Thor gets his arm chopped off and a dark elf wears it around his neck like a badass!!! I have the luxury of getting all my comics for free, but I definitely sympathize with those who have to budget which books they can and can’t get each week.

      As for indie stuff, I was reading Goners for a while ( killer art!), I read Lumberjanes, and I borrowed the first Locke and Key trade from a friend who hyped it up big time, but I just thought it was okay. I recently read the first issue of Not Like Us from Image which was pretty cool. Saga and Black Science are my favorite indies by far and I’m picking up the Deadly class trade that just came out soon. I’d be able to read more indie stuff if my local comic shop got first issues in on a more regular basis. If you want something there, you have to order it. I prefer going into a comic shop to DISCOVER new comics. I hate having to know what’s coming out ahead of time so that I can special order it.