By Jonathan Hickman & Esad Ribic
After months of speculation, Everything Ended last week in Secret Wars #1, when the two Earths remaining in the Marvel Multiverse smashed into each other. The resulting Incursion tore apart anything in its path including the heroes’ last ditch stand to salvage something from the wreckage. It was an exciting, action-packed issue, which ended on a rather poignant note. However, as enjoyable as it was, it was not filled with that many surprises. Hickman did exactly what the publicity said he would: he annihilated the Marvel Universe. The real mystery was what would emerge from the ruins. Some hints had trickled out via advance solicits. For the most part, though, it was only today that Hickman pulled back the curtain to reveal just what this Battleworld would be. And so far, it is fascinating.
The issue opens with an initiation ceremony. A young man is being led to a familiar mythic hammer. He is found Worthy and is congratulated by King Thor. King Thor welcomes the young man into a select gathering made up entirely of Thors. They are the police force of this Kingdom, the enforcers of law and maintainers of peace. They do all this in service to a higher deity, in whose name they pledge allegiance. The rite ends with a scene of the assembled Thunder Gods, kneeling before a representation of their god: the stern, iron visage of Doctor Doom. It would seem that Victor’s showdown with The Beyonders did not go so badly for him after all.
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