Mind Capsules – Secret Wars #5 and Korvac Saga #3

Secret Wars #5
Secret Wars #5

Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Artist – Esad Ribic
Colours – Ive Svorcina

The fifth issue of Secret Wars begins with a tribute to the dearly departed Stephen Strange, Sheriff of Agamotto. It is a sad affair and it is attended by only those closest to God Emperor Doom. It is with this scene that the book starts to focus solely on him and his actions since coming into power. As such, we finally get to see what happened at the culmination of both Avengers and New Avengers when Doom faced off against the Beyonders with only Dr. Strange and the Molecule Man by his side. Obviously, they won. It is not often that you get to see the inner workings of Doom’s mind and when you do, it is a wonderful thing because while he might be a dictator and a man to be feared, he does have principles and is able to care for others when he allows himself to. Part of the man did care for Dr. Strange, but with all things, once your usefulness is up, then you are but a liability and a weakness and Doom does not suffer weakness. Showing us the events just before the White Event has been a long time coming and it is great to see how everything on this new Battleworld came about and how it came to be Doom and not Strange who ended up wielding all the power that he does. While the focus is primarily on Doom, Valeria grabs a little bit of the spotlight as she is tasked with finding out whom it was that killed Strange. Of course, Doom blames the heroes from the life raft, and that is who she is told to find, but Valeria knows that something strange is going on and she means to get to the bottom of it. Luckily, she has the skills of the Future Foundation to aid her in her quest and though she might have an inkling of the truth, you can see that no matter what, her own personal world is going to chance when she gets to the bottom of the matter. Jonathan Hickman’s writing is still top-notch, delivering a high amount of tension even though little really happens. It is surprising to see that one certain character is still alive and it makes you wonder if the survival of Battleworld rests on this character’s shoulders. Though the story is quite excellent, so is the artwork by Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina and every panel holds your gaze as you look at all the detail within each one. Secret Wars is Marvel’s biggest event of the year and with every passing issue, the creative team proves it time and again.

4.5 out of 5

Korvac Saga #3
Korvac Saga #3

Writer – Dan Abnett
Artist – Otto Schmidt
Colours – Cris Peter

The Guardians and the Avengers are reeling over the death of Starhawk, but all is not final as Michael Korvac does what he has not done in quite some time and that is to use his powers. By doing so, he is able to bring Starhawk back to life, but soon the madness strikes Captain Marvel and while everyone is dealing with that threat, the source of the madness is finally made known and it is unexpected to say the least. Dan Abnett starts to reveal the mystery of what has been happening and it is both exciting and action-packed. What this means for either teams, for their respective lands and for Doom remains to be seen, but it should be a lot of fun finding out. It is good to see Captain Marvel back in action again, even if this is just an alternate Earth/timeline. There is a bit of history given to the character and to both teams respectively which adds a little bit of depth to the relations between countries and it strengthens an already strong story. Otto Schmidt’s artwork is energetic and when combining that with all of the action that takes place between the two teams, you find that it is perfectly suited to the story taking place. While some questions have been answered, some still need one and of course, Abnett creates some new ones ensuring that we will come back for the next issue. With the final tagline promising a confrontation with Doom, the next book looks to be a good one.

4 out of 5

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