Saturday, August 6, 2011

What Lurks in the Longbox? #9

Spider-Man & the Secret Wars #1 
In the first of four issues, this mini-series expands upon the events of the original Marvel Super-Hero Secret Wars series, showing events from Spider-Man’s perspective.  It starts with the pivotal scene from Secret Wars #4 where the Hulk has to hold up an entire mountain range after the Molecule Man drops it on the heroes, and then explores the background story of that event. 
The issue also focuses on the uneasy relationship between Spider-Man and the Hulk during a reconnaissance mission, and trust becomes a major concern as the odds become increasingly stacked against the heroes. Even the usually patient Captain America starts to lose his cool when Spider-Man persistently argues that the Hulk is losing control and gradually turning more dangerous than the super-villains themselves.  Incidentally, this plotline was explored in more depth during concurrent issues of the Hulk’s own title at the time. 
Paul Tobin, along with Patrick Scherberger's art, do a solid job of quickly bringing readers up to speed who may have never read the original story.  The mini-series has an “All Ages” rating and is appropriate for both kids and adults.  The trade paperback collection of the mini-series is available at your local comic shop. 


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