Comic Browser:


Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #2: Review

Jun 1984
Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck

Story Name:

Prisoners of War

Review & Comments

3 stars

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #2 Review by (June 10, 2011)
The heroes have captured Enchantress, Kang and the Wrecking Crew (but not Wrecker). Dr Doom is left with Absorbing Man, Dr Octopus, Molecule Man and Wrecker as his troops alongside Ultron.
But Lizard and Lockheed have gone missing.

Peter says Prof X can walk, but last issue showed him in a wheelchair. They're both right. Xavier got a new cloned body in Uncanny X-Men #167 which can walk, but his mind still can't handle it. He's been training since then, but has usually still used his wheelchair. *However* in UXM#180 he entered the alien building with his team walking, without the wheelchair. This issue earns itself a No-Prize for explaining why a mistake wasn't a mistake by telling us that Beyonder added the wheelchair for Charles' comfort (as well as equipping honeymooning Cyclops with his costume), but all the issues apart from #1 will have Charlie walking - although he does have to rest occasionally.

For the ugly costume she wears in this series and the preceding Avengers issues Wasp seems to have taken fashion tips from Molecule Man!

Invisible Girl isn't with her team because she's heavily pregnant with her 2nd child.

This Iron Man is Jim Rhodes not Tony Stark since IM#170, which is why he couldn't understand Reed Richards explanation last issue of how they got here.

This Hulk now has Bruce Banner's personality and intelligence since his #272, which is why he *could*.

Ultron was destroyed (again) by Machine Man in Marvel Two-In-One #93, but Beyonder must have resurrected him.

Molecule Man was turned to the good side by Tigra in Avengers #216 and hadn't been seen since.

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #2 Review by (June 10, 2011)
Comments: After this issue, the Lizard is not seen again until issue #6 and Lockheed until #12. Explanations: Iron Man is Jim Rhodes, Hulk has Bruce Banner’s mind, Professor X can walk.

Review: Full review appears with issue #1.

Heroes: Captain America, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Hawkeye, Hulk, Human Torch, Iron Man (Jim Rhodes), Mr. Fantastic, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Thing, Thor, Wasp and X-Men Professor X, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, plus Magneto. Villains: Absorbing Man, Doctor Doom, Dr. Octopus, the Enchantress, Galactus, the Lizard, Kang, Molecule Man, Ultron, the Wrecking Crew.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Taken completely by surprise, the heroes are devastated by the enemy attack, with many falling before the villains’ concussion weapons. The remaining heroes swiftly organize a counter attack and drive off their enemies, taking some prisoner.

Doctor Doom tries to contact the now-recovered Galactus, but the cosmic giant does not even notice him. Doom heads to the villains’ fortress and prepares a surprise for them on their return….

The heroes occupy a nearby city as their base and a search reveals a humane prison section and a healing device which they use to keep their prisoners calm and healthy. Captain America then draws up a strategy for this battle, setting up patrols and a watch system.

Elsewhere, Magneto has established his own fortress, meditating on the sense of destiny he feels….

The fleeing villains return to their base to find Doctor Doom in charge, with Ultron, revived as a mindless machine under his control, serving as enforcer of his commands. The baddies submit to his authority and Doom is especially solicitous of the mild-mannered Molecule Man, easily the most powerful among them due to his ability to affect matter itself. The others do not trust Doom, however.

That night, as the heroes deal with their fears of never seeing loved ones on Earth again, Magneto steals into their headquarters and sabotages their power generation to bring them to him. As the heroes arrive, the villain fights them off and encloses Wasp (the Avengers’ leader) in a ball of metal and makes off with her. Thing attempts to grab the ball back but he suddenly reverts to his Ben Grimm form and Magneto gets away. Another concern of the heroes is that none of the X-Men showed up to fight Magneto. Mr. Fantastic gives them something bigger to worry about: Galactus, standing immobile on a mountaintop, planning some mysterious move….

Mike Zeck
John Beatty
Christie Scheele
Mike Zeck (Cover Penciler)
John Beatty (Cover Inker)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Ben Grimm)

> Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars: Book info and issue index

Share This Page