Warzones!: Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 7/10

Fun nostalgic tie-in

Doesn't actually critique Secret Wars enough

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars/Secret Wars

Publisher:   Marvel

Writer:   Cullen Bunn/Jim Shooter

Artist:   Matteo Lolli/Matteo Buffagni/Jacopo Camagni/Michael Zeck

# of Issues:   5

Release Date:   2016

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Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1 Variant

Reprints Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars and Secret Wars #1 (May 1984-October 2015).  Deadpool finds himself transported to Battleworld with a group of superheroes and pitted against a group of supervillains by the mysterious Beyonder.  As Deadpool discovers that Battleworld could hold everyone’s dreams, he also learns that Battleworld could be the place he finally finds true love…but true love and dreams come at a cost.

Written by Cullen Bunn, Warzones!:  Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars is a quasi-spinoff title to Marvel’s Secret Wars big event series.  The collection features art by Matteo Lolli, Matteo Buffagni, and Jacopo Camagni and reprints the original Secret Wars #1 (May 1984) by Jim Shooter and Michael Zeck.  The issues were also collected in Deadpool Classic—Volume 19.

I’m not always a huge Deadpool fan, but the idea of a Secret Wars spinoff that really is an actual spinoff title for the original Secret Wars sounded kind of fun.  The original Secret Wars was about the time I started collecting as a kid and I read and reread the issues I had over and over again.  It is fun to revisit those issues and see a different spin on them.

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Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #4

The series has a lot of Deadpool’s irreverent humor, but it doesn’t actually seem to take it far enough.  I guess the goal of the series was really to have Secret Wars play out just like it did in the comic instead of really providing any social commentary on “Big Event” series and make it potentially canon.  This misses the opportunity to point a lot of jokes at the series (I actually felt that the short Contest of Champions story was actually more on point in this sense).

It doesn’t mean that the series doesn’t have some great moments.  The best part of the series probably is a small joke for kids who grew up in the ’80s.  In Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 Deadpool finds a room full of shields that show images.  The Secret Wars toys released with Secret Wars had all the characters have a holographic shield showing things like their secret identities.  It was a throwaway part of the toy and a fun joke to poke fun at this randomness of action figures from the time.

While Deadpool generally pushes things too far, Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars isn’t quite far enough.  It is still a fun read, but if you are reading it for Deadpool, you might find it lacking.  If you are a fan of Secret Wars (the original), it is definitely worth checking out (but it might be beneficial to reread Secret Wars before hitting this title if it has been a while).

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