Writer – Jonathan Hickman, Hajime Isayama
Artist – Paul Renaud, Gerardo Sandoval, C.B. Bebulski
Colours – Dono Sanchez Almara
Secret Wars officially begins here with this Free Comic Book Day giveaway and it finds Valeria Richards trying to rally the troops, namely the rest of the Future Foundation, into action so that they might build a ship that will be able to survive the end of all things. As the tale progresses we are treated to a brief synopsis of events detailing how it is that everything got to this point. We see the Illuminati, the Cabal, friends who became enemies and so forth. Four days pass and the end of the world is nigh, the ship is built and with only two Earths left in all of reality, it was only inevitable that the heroes from both would meet in battle as each looks to survive what is about to happen. The story may not be that long, sharing the book with a backup tale that sees the Avengers face off against the Titans from Attack on Titan, but it does a great job at setting up the Secret Wars series as well as creating some excitement for it. Everything that Jonathan Hickman has been building towards over the last couple of years has all led to this and it is great to see him use Valeria Richards in such a prominent roll. Valeria has always been one of the more interesting characters in all of the Marvel Universe and with Reed and Sue in such prominent positions as well, it is nice to see that they will be playing a part in such a big, reality changing book, especially as the Fantastic Four were one of the first teams to kick-start the Marvel Universe during the Silver Age of comics. While the summary is brief and leaves out much of the drama and key events that have taken place, it does a good enough job that a new reader will get the gist of what is going on and still be able to pick up the Secret Wars miniseries if they so wished. This was definitely the best of the FCBD offerings from Marvel this year, far better than The All-New, All-Different Avengers which was a bit of a let-down.
4.5 out of 5
Writer – Charles Soule
Artist – Andre Araujo
Colours – Richard Isanove
Lineage, one of the Inhumans we have never previously heard of, has been making himself welcome in court as of late and as such, is easily able to lure Medusa and the rest of them into a false sense of security and a trap. So it is that Medusa and her team find themselves up against Lash and his group of Inhumans and as it is, Medusa and company are not faring so well. In the meantime Lineage is explaining his plans like all bad guys tend to do, Inferno is complaining about not being able to harness his powers as well as he’d like and Karnak is getting ready to break out of Hell. All in all, a very full and exciting issue. When the book started out, it was a little unclear on what it was that Charles Soule was going to do with the Inhumans and now, after a lot of things have gone down, it is a lot of fun to find out just what it is he is going to do next. The plot involving Lineage has become quite interesting, especially as he seems to have some really big plans for the people of Attilan and to make it even more intriguing is having a paralysed Gorgon by his side, unable to do anything to stop the villain. Overall though, it is the reappearance of Karnak that will make one excited to read this issue as he has been gone for far too long. Just like Black Bolt, you cannot really have an Inhumans book without the entirety of the Royal Family and Karnak has been sorely missed. Of course, we know that the good guys will come out on top, how could they not, but it will be great to see just how it all goes down in the end and if Black Bolt, Lockjaw and the rest of the gang can put all their troubles behind them to pull out a win.
4 out of 5