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Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #9: Review

Jan 1985
Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck

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Assault on Galactus!

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3 stars

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #9 Review by (July 12, 2011)
Review: Full review appears with issue #1.

Comments: She-Hulk does not appear in this issue, though she can be spotted on the cover. Many villains are absent for this issue including Dr. Octopus, the Enchantress, Titania, Volcana, and the Wrecking Crew. Explanations: Iron Man is Jim Rhodes, Hulk has Bruce Banner’s mind, Professor X can walk.

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #9 Review by (July 12, 2011)
The new costume has even given Spider-Man his web-shooters back. The originals were used by Mr Fantastic in #4 to boost Iron Man's armour. Then MrF used alien tech last issue to improve IM's armour even more, which enables him to beat Galactus' defences here.

Galactus calls Reed Richards a 'universal champion of life'. I don't think this idea is ever specifically followed up on.

Galactus supposedly consumes his own world-ship here. But it will be seen again, including in Silver Surfer #109 where it will be apparently destroyed again along with Galactus and all his heralds. (That of course doesn't hold true for long.)


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #9 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

As Galactus begins to drain the energy from Battleworld to feed his own insatiable hunger, the X-Men assault him atop his mountain fastness. The god-like alien’s defenses are formidable so the X-Men make no headway. Meanwhile, the other heroes, summoned by Professor X, are en route from Doombase. On the journey, Hulk despairs over his decreasing intelligence, Ben Grimm returns to his Thing form, Jim Rhodes vows to prove himself as the new Iron Man, Spider-Man shows off his new black costume, and Reed Richards despairs of seeing his wife and children ever again. Arriving at the mountain, they join in the fight against Galactus and Iron Man manages to penetrate the defenses and damage his energy-draining device. Reed then startles everyone by pleading with them to not stop Galactus: if he wins the battle, he will achieve the goal of being freed from his hunger resulting in countless worlds being saved. Suddenly Reed vanishes along with Galactus and he finds himself in an audience with the alien aboard his ship; Galactus has a message for him….

Meanwhile, at Doombase, Doctor Doom has recovered from his injuries and releases Klaw from his prison to be dissected as part of his scheme….

Reed returns to the heroes and explains the situation: if they agree to sacrifice themselves and die so Galactus can "win" the contest and be freed of his hunger, countless worlds will be saved (exactly as Reed explained several pages earlier). The other two FF members side with him, but the majority of the heroes prefer to fight to stop Galactus the good old-fashioned way. The assault on their target does not go well, even when they are joined by Reed, who decided that he would like to see his family again. Galactus makes to abandon his device and depart and Reed warns them not to let the alien escape. The machine does not give Galactus the ability to absorb energy but merely makes it more convenient, therefore Galactus is still a threat. The alien ascends to his ship (as there is really nothing anyone can do to stop him) and proceeds to devour his own ship, to gain the strength to begin on the planet….

But at Doombase, Doom has converted the solidified sound that was Klaw into a series of lenses designed to absorb the released energy into himself….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Peter Parker)

(Ben Grimm)

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