So Sayeth the Odinson: The Odinson Celebrates the Arrival of the Ultimate Graphic Novel Box Set

Greetings from the Odinson,

In life, there are moments that every fan of pop culture can truly appreciate.  The very first time you saw Star Wars: A New Hope and the hull of that magnificent Star Destroyer crawl across the screen for what seems like an eternity in that breath-taking opening shot.  That magical Christmas morning when an ear-to-ear grin permanently fixates your face as you rip open the biggest present under the tree and your parents nod to each other knowing they made the right choice this year by getting you the Castle Grayskull playset.  How about the first time you heard Michael Keaton say “I’m Batman” or the first time you heard Eric Draven say “It can’t rain all the time” or the first five mind-blowing minutes of The Matrix that let you know you weren’t in Kansas anymore and that the game has been elevated and completely changed forever?

Every fanboy and girl has those moments throughout their life that validates their passion for pop culture.  The Death of Gwen Stacy, A Death in the Family, JLA/Avengers, these are benchmarks, moments that happened in my lifetime, in comic books, the medium I have supported and been in love with now going on four decades, these are the moments that the Odinson will never forget.  They say an aroma or a melody can bring back a memory, take you back to another time and place. Every time I see a certain iconic Mike Zeck cover, I am transported back to the summer of 1984 and the only thing that kept me sane sitting in the tiny back seat next to my little sister as my family embarked on a Griswold-like cross-country vacation was the magical tale by Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, and Bob Layton – Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars.

Now, thirty years later, I am beyond excited to see the release of the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set!

Though it comes with a hefty price tag, this is truly a stunning collection and would make an amazing addition to any bookshelf or collection. This is one of those items, one of those moments that will forever be imbedded in my memory.  It is a work of art, and that’s before cracking open the first volume.  The set includes eleven hardcover volumes that encapsulate the entirety of the original Secret Wars Saga (more on that in a second).  They come completely protected within a beautiful box case with a flip-open lid.  The box is adorned with amazing artwork by Mike Zeck from the original series, and the spines of the volumes within, when linked up in correct reading order, connect to show off the line ups for the combatants, good and evil.  The set also comes with a cloth throw adorned with the iconic artwork of Mike Zeck that protects the box from collecting dust.

The true beauty of this item cannot be conveyed in words alone so click on this link – Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set – and scroll through the pics we’ve provided just to see the magnitude and exquisiteness of this truly spectacular item.

Volumes included in the set are:

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: To Battleworld and Back – This volume features all the moments leading up to heroes’ abduction by the Beyonder and immediately following their triumphant return from Battleworld and the original Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars.  Traveling back to that time, I remember it was a shocking moment where one month the Avengers, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and the Hulk all disappear within this monstrous alien construct.  This cliffhanger was followed up in the very next issue of the series where they suddenly reappeared changed and battle worn.  Why is She-Hulk with the Fantastic Four and where is the Thing? Why is the Hulk on crutches?  Where did that monstrous dragon the X-Men are battling in Japan come from?  Why is Spider-Man in a black costume?  These answers could only be found in the pages of the original Secret Wars.

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars – This is the granddaddy of all epic events. Before Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, House of M, Civil War, and Infinity Gauntlet there was Secret Wars. A nigh omnipotent being from beyond has, for lack of a better word, kidnapped the greatest heroes and deadliest villains in the Marvel Universe and whisked them to the far side of the universe to battle to the death for the ultimate prize.  The rules for a mega event book are as follows: One, it must be epic; Two, it must have lasting impact; and most importantly, Three, it must be entertaining.  Secret Wars set the standard by which all other epic events must strive to achieve.  Very few have even come close.

The Thing: Battleworld – On Battleworld, Ben Grimm discovered that he could control his transformation into the Thing.  After the war was over, Grimm decided to stay behind and explore what this meant.  Thus, began the 12-part Rocky Grimm, Space Ranger Saga.  During this science fiction inspired adventure we learn the fate of Battleworld and we see the dramatic and devastating aftermath of the Thing’s return to Earth when he is confronted by the revelation involving the woman he loves and his best friend.  Poor Aunt Petunia’s favorite nephew just can’t seem to catch a break.

Secret Wars II Vol. 1-4 – The One from Beyonder, a being of unimaginable power and desire has come to Earth. Now, the future of the Marvel Universe rests on the whims of a new born god.  The classic sequel and all its tie-in issues are collected in these four magnificent volumes!

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Aftermath – This volume explores all the waves and ripples created by the original Secret Wars as they carry on throughout the Marvel U even after the tale is over.  The rivalry between She-Hulk and Titania, what happened on Earth the day the heroes disappeared, and the fate of the One from Beyond are all explored.  The Odinson’s personal favorite is the inclusion of Thor #383 which elaborates on what happened between Thor and the Enchantress when they took a timeout from the War between the pages in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3-4.

Secret War – This volume features a startling secret campaign conducted by Nick Fury involving prominent members of the super hero community who have no recollection of the incident.  Plus, a startling revelation about the Beyonder’s true origins is discovered by the Illuminati!

Beyond the Secret Wars – This volume includes all the tales and “What If…?” stories in the last thirty years that were inspired by the events of the original Secret Wars.

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Behind the Scenes – From the toys that inspired the 12-issue maxi-series to the sequels and tie-ins, this beautiful book explores all the sketches, variant covers, and behind the scenes DVD style special features of the Grand Daddy of the mega-event!

I really just don’t have the words to describe just how wonderful this item is.  This is an absolutely stunning graphic novel set.  I will always remember the day I, as a mega fan of this seminal tale, was privileged enough to see this amazing and gorgeous piece of pop culture cross my desk.

I may not be able to remember off the top of my head the quadratic formula from my 9th grade Algebra class, but I can tell you exactly where I was the first time I opened Incredible Hulk #340 with that stunning cover by Todd McFarlane, an issue that featured an epic, unforgettable throw down between Wolverine and the Hulk.  NOTE: For the record it was 8th grade English and I had to buy a second copy because Mrs. Miller confiscated my first one.

The day I laid eyes on the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld Box Set will be one of those unforgettable moments.

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell


About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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