WIP Episode 23 – Victor’s Secret (Wars) – What If Podcast on YouTube

Marvel’s new Secret Wars mega-crossover will have big implications for the ongoing Marvel Universe. But what’s the story on the first Secret Wars mega-crossover? The What If Podcast returns to discuss Secret Wars of all ilks, but past (1984) and present as the Marvel Multiverse converges into a super-Battleworld? What?! Meat Mittens, Spider-Man’s symbiote, Black Bolt’s racist rants, and Dr. Doom stealing The Beyonder’s power.

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What If Podcast Episode 19 – The Dazzling – on YouTube!

The What If Podcast returns as we discuss Galactus, his heralds, Dazzler, Iron Man, and King Arthur, among others. Throw in Avengers movie talk, Counting Crows, and Antonio Sabato Jr for good measure.

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An Event in 4 Parts: Part 4, the Background

Terribly sorry.  This post should have happened last week, but what are you going to do?

Now we are almost done our dive into the latest Marvel event, Original Sin.  The others are here and here.  The last bit to be discussed is the tie-in series titled Original Sins.  Note the ‘s’ at the end of Sins.  That’s what makes it different.  I was a little mixed up at first, but it makes sense now.  This series of five comics had a common story going through, but also had smaller stories that focused on other characters.  I do like humorous comics (which this was) and comics that are very self-contained (which this also was, for the most part).  I am going to do this article going issue by issue, as I did before, but it doesn’t really work the same, as there are lots of little stories.  Instead, I will just talk about them all in a semi-random order.


Each issue has part of a story that involves the Young Avengers.  I used to read that series, but never tried the most recent one.  Unfortunately, this only really deals with Hulking, Marvel Boy, and Prodigy (who wasn’t a Young Avenger last time I checked).  It turns out that Exterminatrix is Marvel Boy’s ex, and so Hulking and Prodigy go to talk to him about it.  I am a bit hazy about how it happens, but they come back to Earth and find that the Hood is being a bad guy.  He is using his powers to hide some druggies from SHIELD.  Apparently the secrets released really messed up these addicts, and the Hood wants to care for them, but also get the secrets out of their head.  He says it is to save lives, but we all know he has other motives as well.  I do like how this explained the Hood’s powers a bit more.  I had seen him used a lot in the New Avengers, but this told me things I either had not known or just forgotten.  For example, he doesn’t fly, but rather walks on air, which can be very slow.  Also, he is only invisible if he holds his breath, which just seems annoying.

But I digress (to steal a catchphrase).  The story is kind of predictable, but still enjoyable.  More humor comes from questions that Marvel Boy asks Hulking, such as, “Why don’t you shape shift your butt into a chair?”  These are the questions that keep me up at night.  Anyways, the Hood thinks he’s won at the end and that the “cerebro jr.” has given him what he wants, but it turns out Prodigy tricked him.  Of course.  That ends the big story that went through all five issues.  Then there were some other tales.

So Deathlok is just some guy who gets his memory wiped out after every mission.  That is kinda cool, and makes me think that it was influenced by the SHIELD tv show.  Some other agent learns this secret though (not Deathlok)and is killed for knowing too much.  What fits nicely is that Deathlok is the one who kills him, and doesn’t even know it.

The Black Knight (a fan favorite of one SJ) is now addicted to the ebony blade.  A reporter/historian learns this secret and tries to talk to Dane, who wants nothing to do with her.  He has become a bit of a crazy vigilante, so that could result in another Punisher-like character, but with addiction problems.  I’d give that a shot.

Lineage is an Inhuman whose power lets certain family members live on as faces (and brains, I suppose) on his skin.  They can all talk to him and have all the memories of when they were alive.  The explosion (from Original Sin #3) kills someone who learned a secret.  That person became a face on Lineage, and told the secret that he learned.  Black Bolt started the war with the Kree, after seeing them experiment on humans.  I guess that’s a big deal?  Anyways, cool Inhuman, but not sure about the actual story behind it.

Some guy learns a secret about Dr. Doom.  This guy is all business, and looks like some sort of broker or another.  Doesn’t really matter I guess.  Anyways, he is going to try and blackmail Doom, but makes sure that he tells people close to him so that the information stays safe.  He actually makes an appointment to see Doom (I think at an embassy).  It’s during the wait to see the dictator that the man starts getting calls about people close to him dying.  By the time he actually sees Doom, everyone who knew the secret is dead, and we are left with the impression that the man will die too.

Dugan (Dum Dum to you) finds out a terrible secret.  He isn’t really Dugan.  The real Dum Dum is on life support, and has been for quite some time.  Every Dugan that we’ve seen has been a LMD.  In my opinion, there are too many Fury stories about false deaths and LMDs.  I will probably still read them, but they are getting a bit old.

Those five were about half an issue each.  The next ones were much shorter, and only ran a page or so.

Lockjaw (a recent muse of mine) goes through a tired gag where he tries to get people to help him dig up a bone.  Just plain lazy.

Howard the Duck (!) has a secret too.  It turns out he was born to be a genius, on a level with Reed Richards, but let it go to waste.  Thank goodness for that.  Otherwise, we wouldn’t have the Howard that I have grown to love.

J. Jonah Jameson tries to hide an old article he read.  An article about Spider-Man.  But this wasn’t the normal hate piece.  It was a glowing review for Spider-Man on television.

The last of these small bits had lots of panels, and lots of people.  Just talking head panels, but it worked well for this.  Each person said a secret they had.  Some were funny, others kind of dumb, but it ended the series nicely.

Overall, this was my favorite tie-in.  I didn’t like every part of each issue, but it was generally entertaining.  I think that this tie-in might be added to the collection, while the other 2 move to the boxes of comics to sell/get rid of.