Okay, first of all I just want to say that Secret Wars seems like an unholy mess. I shouldn’t have to spend thirty minutes on Wikipedia reading up about a bunch of crazy shit just to enjoy my Carol Danvers, dammit. I mean, did ANYONE read all the Secret Wars stuff? If so, did you understand all of it? Because that page makes it sound terrible.
As for the comic itself, once I got the gist of the background, it was actually pretty great! Basically a bunch of different Marvel universes all collided with each other and destroyed almost the entire universe. All that’s left is a sort of collage planet called Battleword where remnants of each universe exist together. There are multiple versions of characters (there is an entire squadron of Thors who act as a planetary police enforcement squad), apparently nobody remembers the way things used to be, and the whole place is ruled over by Dr. Doom, who styles himself God.
So on Carol Danvers’ portion of Battleword, she heads up a team of fighter pilots called the Banshees. They believe her to have been chosen by Doom himself to lead and protect them. But the squad members and then Carol herself begin to question what’s actually going on, the nature of their existence as told to them by Doom and his underlings. So they formulate an escape plan.
This comic was a lot funnier than I expected it to be, and a lot more moving as well. Especially since those last two panels is probably the last Captain Marvel/Kelly Sue DeConnick we’re going to get, at least for a while, if ever. This comic is definitely worth reading even if you know literally nothing about Secret Wars, and couldn’t care less about it. Just like me!