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Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #7: Review

Nov 1984
Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck

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3 stars

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #7 Review by (July 12, 2011)
Review: Full review appears with issue #1.

Comments: First (full) appearance of Spider-Woman 2 (Julia Carpenter). After this, Ultron does not appear again until issue #12. Explanations: Iron Man is Jim Rhodes, Hulk has Bruce Banner’s mind, Professor X can walk.

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #7 Review by (July 12, 2011)
The 1st Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) has only recently lost her series and then her powers in Avengers #241 just before this series, presumably to make way for her replacement here Julia Carpenter. We aren't told an origin here, and Titania's origin in She-Hulk (2004) #10 that I mentioned in #5 indicates that SpW2 was active before the Beyonder turned up. We won't actually learn her origin until Avengers West Coast #84, and the real truth behind it doesn't come out until #2 of her mini-series.

Dr Doom's plan from last issue works as Galactus is diverted from building his world-eating machine to deal with the erupting volcanoes that would somehow spoil his meal.

This series was written to tie-in to some Mattel action figures. Their Series I comprised Captain America, Dr Doom, Dr Octopus, Iron Man, Kang, Magneto, Spider-Man (original costume) and Wolverine. But in Series II apart from Spidey in the black costume the others weren't connected to this limited series. Neither were a few special releases.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At the alien village, the heroes discover they are being watched by a new Spider-Woman. She explains she is from the suburb of Denver that was brought to Battleworld by the Beyonder, and when she offers to join the team, the others fill her in on the situation. Suddenly the village is invaded by the Wrecking Crew’s tank; they toss out the body of Wasp and leave. Wasp is rushed to Zsaji, but there is nothing the healer can do: the heroine is dead. The heroes want to assault the villains’ fortress immediately but their leader Captain America vetoes the idea, saying they must maintain their vigilance of Galactus, in order to fight him when he begins to devour the world….

Professor X orders Cyclops, Rogue, and Wolverine to pursue the villains fleeing from the volcanic region, while he and the other X-Men will try to intercept the baddies from the other direction. Aboard the villains’ ship, they are concerned about the gravely inured Molecule Man; Volcana, his lover, learns of this from the monitors at Doombase and makes an unwise deal with the Enchantress to teleport her to Molecule Man’s side. Their ship is brought down by the assembled X-Men and a battle erupts between the mutant heroes and the bad guys (Dr. Octopus, Titania, Absorbing Man). After some furious action, the villains get away (Volcana and the wounded Molecule Man as well)….

Doctor Doom, aboard Galactus’ space station/home searches for a way to gain the alien being’s power but Galactus finally detects and expels him from the craft….

The villains make it back to Doombase for medical attention. An enraged She-Hulk invades the building and takes on the Wrecking Crew as payback for their murder of Wasp. Soon Titania and Doc Ock join in and overwhelm the lady Avenger. Meanwhile, Enchantress watches in shock as the badly injured Doctor Doom staggers in and collapses on his bed….

At the heroes’ camp, they discover that She-Hulk is missing but again, Captain America says no to a rescue mission. Professor X contacts him and offers to have the X-Men maintain the watch over Galactus, so Cap immediately assembles the heroes for an attack on Doombase….

Mike Zeck
John Beatty
Christie Scheele
Bob Layton (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Scott Summers)

(Anna Marie LeBeau)

(Jennifer Walters)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Wrecking Crew.

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