The Weirdest And Wildest Battleworld Stories From Marvel's 'Secret Wars'

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Vote up the most unbelievable parts of the 'Secret Wars' event.

Have you ever sat down and tried to read all the various Secret Wars tie-ins from Marvel's absolutely massive 2015 crossover event? There are literally hundreds of tie-in issues featured across dozens and dozens of miniseries. It makes sense that the House of Ideas would go all-in on the event, too. Jonathan Hickman, the mastermind at the head of it all, spent years building up to the event in the pages of Fantastic FourAvengers, and New Avengers. Not only was Secret Wars the culmination of Hickman's Marvel work up to that point, but it also served as a send-off to the Ultimate Comics line that brought us fan-favorite characters like Miles Morales and incredible series like The Ultimates. Marvel was billing Secret Wars as the largest, most insane story it had ever told and, looking back on it, it succeeded across the board when it comes to scale.

Secret Wars kicks off when the final incursion (when two universes across Marvel's Multiverse collide and are destroyed) between the mainline Earth-616 and the Ultimate Earth-1610 comes to a head. As the worlds collide and everything is seemingly destroyed, Doctor Doom manages to cobble together Battleworld using the stolen power of the Beyonders as well as the might of Molecule Man to keep everything together. Doom christens himself "God Emperor Doom" and rules over the desperate lands of Battleworld with an iron fist. The main story is all about Mister Fantastic and a cadre of other superheroes confronting Doom to restore Earth-616 in all its glory, but that's not what we're here to talk about.

We want to get crazy! After all, Secret Wars' Battleworld gave Marvel an excuse to get as wild and weird as it wanted... and, man, did the House of Ideas ever get wild and weird. So, without further pontification, let's get down to brass tacks and run through the craziest Battleworld stories housed within the dozens of Secret Wars tie-ins.

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    17 VOTES

    'Thors' Is A Crime Procedural Starring Multiple Gods Of Thunder

    Based on the continued popularity of shows like NCISThe EqualizerFBILaw & Order: SVU, and about a billion other like-minded programs, it's safe to say the American people really like a crime procedural. They're safe, they generally follow the same formula, and the bad guys usually get their comeuppance. It's easy to see why they remain a television staple. If Secret Wars is akin to a television network with dozens of miniseries serving as its shows, then the four-issue Thors serves as the event's procedural.

    This series sees a whole mess of various Thors become Doctor Doom's police force, which keeps a hold on the crime of Battleworld from the "Hall of Homicide." Our main character is the Thor of the Ultimate Universe as he tries to figure out why all the various Jane Fosters of Battleworld are being mysteriously slain. Thors provides a who's who of various Gods of Thunder. Throg is there. Beta Ray Bill is there. King Thor is there. Stormborn is there. Basically, if there was any Thor that mattered at any point throughout the history of Marvel Comics, they were in this event. 

    17 votes
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    16 VOTES

    'Planet Hulk' Sees A Gladiatorial Captain America Team With Devil Dinosaur To Fight A Whole Bunch Of Hulks

    "Planet Hulk" is an extremely popular storyline that ran from 2006-2007 in the pages of The Incredible Hulk. It proved to be one of the most beloved Hulk stories of the past few decades and even got adapted into an animated movie back in 2010. Heck, parts of it were even shoehorned into Thor: Ragnarok, with Gladiator Hulk making quite the memorable appearance. 

    The Planet Hulk miniseries that was a part of Secret Wars doesn't feature Hulk as the main character at all, instead focusing on a gladiatorial Captain America and his trusty steed Devil Dinosaur as they traverse the treacherous Greenland (a land filled with Hulks) on a mission to rescue Bucky Barnes. Once you see Steve Rogers riding a giant, red T-rex around a desert, you'll wonder why you never wanted that in the first place. Plenty of twists and turns await Cap in the Greenland, including a Hulked-out version of himself! It's quite the ride.

    16 votes
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    14 VOTES

    'Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows' Momentarily Undoes The Heavily Controversial 'One More Day' Storyline

    Hey. Next time you wanna make your die-hard-Spider-Man-fan buddy sad, just bring up the "One More Day" storyline and watch the tears fall. For some context, the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson was a big deal. Marvel is releasing an oversized Gallery Edition of their marriage to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the event, for goodness' sake. But why aren't Peter and MJ married in the comics anymore, you might ask? Well, "One More Day" saw Mephisto (i.e., Marvel's devil) wipe out their marriage entirely in exchange for the life of Aunt May. And fans were not happy.

    Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows gave the House of Ideas a chance to give fans a bit of happiness during the Secret Wars event. The five-issue miniseries saw an older Peter and MJ raising their daughter, Annie, as she learned to take control of her spider-powers. Renew Your Vows is just a delightful look at what could've been had "One More Day" not changed the status quo so drastically. That wasn't all, either, as Renew Your Vows got an entire second volume of 23 issues after Secret Wars ended. It's almost as if fans liked seeing Peter and MJ married... imagine that!

    14 votes
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    11 VOTES

    'M.O.D.O.K. Assassin' Sees The Wacky Villain Fall In Love For The First (And Only?) Time

    M.O.D.O.K. Assassin shows just how much leeway Marvel gave its creative teams during Secret Wars. Yeah, M.O.D.O.K. has appeared in more than a hundred comics since making his first appearance in the 1960s, but the villain who used to be A.I.M. scientist George Tarleton isn't exactly an A-list Marvel baddie. Thanos, this guy is not. So why give him his own Secret Wars tie-in?

    Um, because it's very funny? While there is plenty of the prerequisite bloodshed in the book, Christopher Yost, Amilcar Pinna, and the rest of the creative team decided to give M.O.D.O.K. the one thing he's never had: true love. And who else would M.O.D.O.K. fall in love with besides a version of Angela of Hel? Sure, Angela (known as one of the Thor Corps in the event) rejects him in the end - but why wouldn't she? Look at him! This isn't the hot-to-trot B.R.O.D.O.K. from West Coast Avengers. This is big-face, evil-eye M.O.D.O.K. we're talking about!

    11 votes
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    11 VOTES

    'X-Men '92' Returned Fans To The Animated Series Years Before Disney+

    People of a certain age (usually born in the late '80s/early '90s) have nothing but fond memories of X-Men: The Animated Series. And, with a theme song this undoubtedly rad, it's easy to see why. For many, this was their first exposure to superheroes at all and, for some, it remains the very pinnacle of mutant-based storytelling. The nostalgia for the cartoon is so strong, Disney and Marvel are bringing it back in the form of the Disney+ animated revival X-Men '97. Of course, this won't be the first time the beloved series has returned for fans.

    With Secret Wars providing Marvel Comics with an excuse to throw anything and everything at the wall, X-Men '92 was born. If you were a fan of the Jim Lee-inspired aesthetics of the 1990s cartoon show, this is the book for you. Honestly, there isn't much more to say about X-Men '92. Either you're 100% in on reading an X-Men: The Animated Series spin-off comic book, or you're not... quick hint: You probably should be.

    11 votes
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    11 VOTES

    'Ghost Racers' Is Exactly What You Think - A Bunch Of Ghost Riders In A Death Race

    Ghost Rider may not have the same big-name cache as Marvel superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, or the X-Men, but the character has been successful enough over its various incarnations since first showing up in 1972. Say what you want about the character's viability to carry an ongoing series over an extended period of time, but getting multiple feature films starring none other than Nic Cage himself is no joke. And if putting together a Death Race-like miniseries to spin out of Secret Wars is the plan, who better to compete than all the various Ghost Riders from years past?

    Ghost Racers is pretty much what you'd expect it to be. Pick your favorite Rider and hope for the best! Who are you rooting for? The modern Rider, Robbie Reyes? The underrated Nicaraguan Rider, Alejandra Blaze? The horse-riding cowboy, Carter Slade? The extreme '90s Rider, Danny Ketch? Or are you going old-school and rooting for the original Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze? First prize for winning the Killiseum Race is freedom until the next one. Everyone else gets to suffer torture at the hands of Arcade and Zadkiel... how fun!

    11 votes