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Beyond! (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars)

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A book by Dwayne McDuffie

An indescribably powerful cosmic being gathers nine of Marvel's most mismatched super-beings for purposes beyond their comprehension. Can Spider-Man, Gravity, Venom, Henry Pym, the Wasp, Medusa, Kraven, Firebird and the Hood keep from killing each other … see full wiki

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Author: Dwayne McDuffie
Publisher: Marvel Comics
1 review about Beyond! (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars)

A third-string Secret Wars

  • Feb 7, 2008
The original Secret Wars storyline for Marvel was big news primarily because of the many characters it drew together into one giant brouhaha. Ultimately, the story itself wasn't all that interesting and -- beyond Spider-Man's new black costume, which would later become the living symbiote Venom -- it had little in the way of lasting impact on the Marvel Universe.

So I'm not sure what Marvel creators were hoping to accomplish with Beyond, which is a stripped-down version of Secret Wars, but with lightweight characters replacing the top-shelf characters of the original. OK, you've got Spider-Man, but he's there primarily for the alleged shock value of his violent death early in the story. I don't think I'll be spoiling any surprises if I tell you now that he isn't really dead.

A worthy plot might have made the characters more interesting, but it never comes together. The "battle" is more like a superhero reality show, where everyone bickers and squabbles and occasionally punches someone as they try to figure out the game. I just wish the game was worth the energy they spent on it.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(net) editor

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