I’ve already said that these Secret Wars spinoffs are really hard to review because they’re just random stories about random characters that are often operating entirely off the reservation in the main storyline. But unlike Journal, which put characters in impossible situations, this one really doesn’t have any specific theme, except if you consider it one of the old Marvel What If? comics. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing since I adored a lot of the original What If? comics, but here, I think we need to take a step back and see what Secret Wars Battleworld actually has to offer.
As with any anthology series, there are going to be some good parts and there are going to be some bad parts. Each issue has 2-3 individual stories, again, with different writers, different artists and different characters. I don’t want to address any specific creative team because this isn’t a series that can really be viewed that way. There certainly are some stories that slightly stand out, like the Deadpool story from issue #3, where Wade desperately wants to ride Devil Dinosaur. It’s cute, everything you’ve come to expect from a Deadpool story, even an Old West Deadpool story, but it doesn’t give you much more than that. Oh look, it’s more of the same! There seem to be a lot of Wolverine stories being told, probably because people have been saving them up, seeing that Wolverine has been dead and all, and they work with varying degrees of success.
Yet I have to keep returning to the idea that these anthology titles are just cash grabs by Marvel, an excuse to take under-utilized characters from the main Secret Wars series and tell quick and meaningless stories about them that will never make the slightest bit of difference. And, of course, the fanboys will just gobble it up because it says Secret Wars on the cover. But really, none of these stories are so good that it leaves me wondering about the characters or caring about the characters, it’s just a one-off that I’ll forget all about by the time I get the next issue and that’s just sad. These issues are absolutely not worth the $3.99 cover price. You can easily ignore these minis and never even know that you missed anything and that’s probably the biggest problem. They are so entirely meaningless to the bigger story that they’re just a waste of time, unless you care for quick character pieces that mean absolutely nothing. I don’t. I kind of regret spending my time on these because, with very few exceptions, I don’t think I really gained anything from it. It’s just blah and that’s about the worst thing you can say about a comic book.