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Review: Secret Wars #9

SecretWars_009Battleworld teeters on the brink. What will become of this strange patchwork planet? Who lives? Who dies?

Much delayed, and somewhat tarnished with mess up plans, Secret Wars #9 finally hits shelves. Even with that slight tarnish, and the delay, this issue is easily the best finale to a Marvel event in quite some time, and would have been an amazing beginning to a new Marvel Universe.

Written by Jonathan Hickman, with art by Esad Ribic, this oversized issue does a fantastic job at taking a lot of those puzzle pieces we’ve been pondering since the launch of All-New, All-Different Marvel, and making it clear how they fit together.

How did the Marvel Universe get reborn? Why did Miles Morales survive, and what’s happened to his parents? What about the Fantastic Four? How did Doom get transformed? It’s all answered here.

Most of it is exciting, since it’s things we don’t know, and haven’t been spoiled. And even having Doom’s status spoiled, there’s still a subtle aspect to it that still makes it a nice payoff. The battles feel epic, though very scaled down, and Hickman builds to the eventual explosion and rebirth in a controlled way that’s masterful.

Genesis is the word Marvel uses, and there’s something about that genesis, and who’s behind it, that I find fascinating in many ways. It’s something that has me really focused on a particular character’s role and it’s historical implications. Whether that’s on purpose by Hickman or not, I don’t know, but it’s something to discuss.

Esad Ribic’s art is amazing as expected. There’s some jaw dropping visuals here, and the use of white and emptiness is solid. The story was good, the art is more amazing.

I’m sure folks will love or hate this comic. But, it does a fantastic job at wrapping things up, and sets a lot of characters on to their next adventures. It also wraps up Hickman’s impressive run that began so long ago with some huge ideas. This is the culmination of that, and Hickman gives us a Fantastic Four that feels like Marvel’s First Family. I’m excited to see what’s next for them.

The issue was delayed, but it’s worth the wait. Hickman brings together years of ideas and stories, and launches into many decades more to come.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Esad Ribic
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review