Secret Wars #3

Event\Storyline: Secret Wars Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Esad Ribic Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 76
8.6Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Rated T+

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Jun 3, 2015

    Jonathan Hickman is my favourite writer in comics and his Avengers run was what won him that status. It got me into monthly comics and helped me understand why I love superheroes so much. It’s a story that I will always remember. Secret Wars had a lot to live up to when I opened its first page and it exceeded my expectations. This is why I read Superhero comics and this is why Doctor Doom is my favourite villain of all time. Secret Wars #3 was an intimate issue that gave us the perfect down time necessary following its explosive predecessors but most importantly, it maintained their quality. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 5, 2015

    Clearly, this is where the excitement begins. I am beyond stoked to see where this goes, and how all our questions are answered. This is definitely a book you need to check out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 3, 2015

    You don't need to have large-scale action sequences in order to have an exciting issue. Hickman, Ribic, and Svorcina open up the doors to Battleworld and let the readers know this more to all of this than previously thought. Again, we get pieces of how this all came together but not the whole picture all at once. It will make you want to continue forward with the book. SECRET WARS #3 is a solid event issue that's going to lead to bigger things. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Inter-Comics Podcast - writingtwentytwopages Jun 8, 2015

    Secret Wars issue three is a must read for fans of the Marvel Universe, the art and story are suburb and the stage is set for some amazing confrontations yet to come. I highly recommend this book, this series and hope you enjoy it as much as I do. All Hail DOOM! Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jun 4, 2015

    If the word brilliant or amazing or fantastic havent been used enough above, just say those three words half a dozen more times, and maybe youll understand just how goodSecret Warsis. Not only this issue, but the intricate and deep tale that Hickman has been weaving and adjusting and changing foryearsnow that are all finally coming together and as long as weve waited and as much as weve enjoyed his work, it just cant seem to come fast enough. Theyre so well thought out and so excellently crafted and executed that you cant help but get sucked in and pulled along for the ride. A new universe is here for any Marvel fan, new or old, andSecret Warsis destined to become the best Marvel event in the history of the company (thats right, I went there), so youd better jump on now before youre left behind. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jun 5, 2015

    Overall, Secret Wars is moving along at a perfect pace. The main story has remained excellently self-contained and is bringing a fantastic story about the nature of gods and men working against the backdrop of the Marvel universe. There are some more key elements introduced in this issue ensuring that this excellent pace and intrigue is sure to continue through halfway point of the series. It really seems that Hickman and Ribic are delivering an event worthy of the title. Everything on show feels like a natural continuation of Hickman's work and there hasn't been a single misstep so far. If you're a Marvel fan who hasn't been reading this series you should rectify this immediately. Secret Warsis managing to capture both the epic cosmic spectacle of an event comic while simultaneously delivering strong character moments that give the series so much weight and depth. If this continues, it'll not only be the best Marvel event in years, but a modern classic for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Sep 14, 2019

    Hickman once again proves that he is one of the best storytellers in any game right now. His ability to take the characters we love while telling a spellbinding narrative that will eventually reboot the Marvel Universe is unprecedented. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 4, 2015

    The slam on the original Secret Wars maxi-series was that the story was simplistic. You'll find no such complaints here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 3, 2015

    Secret Wars #3 is another strong issue in the event, and if you've been enjoying it so far, Hickman and Ribic will not disappoint you. This is a crazy huge epic that is unfolding before us, and I'm enjoying every page of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG Jun 5, 2015

    A rewarding read, if Secret Wars continues to be this good, we could have a modern classic on our hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 3, 2015

    This is a much better series than I expected, though I believe all will return to normal by the last issue. This is a giant Marvel What If?, with a solid story and sensational art. Will please any fan of comic book heroics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Jun 5, 2015

    Thanos' words represent a growing faction of comic book fans less worried about continuity, canon, and history in favor of good storytelling and fun characters.Secret Wars, as a whole, represents a shift to a more inclusive comic book industry.Secret Wars #3 sets the stage for Doom's fall because the cracks are forming and the survivors of the old multiverse are bringing jackhammers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Jun 5, 2015

    Overall Secret Wars #3 is a terrific wrap-up of the first part of what is shaping up to be an event of epic, Multiversal proportions. Jonathan Hickman is both an expert storyteller and expert world-builder, and the groundwork he's laid in the past few years in his Avengers/New Avengers run is finally paying for readers and, most assuredly, the creator himself. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Jun 5, 2015

    Secret Wars #3 is basically an excellent chapter to begin with. From Ross's cover art, Hickman's mixture of serious and touching dialogues and his brand of non-linear sequential storytelling, up to Ribic's anatomically balanced illustrations (plus Svorcina's light coloring techniques), this is a well executed and engaging read. To wit, EXCELSIOR! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Jun 4, 2015

    It's an issue of character-building right after one of world-building, with some touches of revelation that confirm/clarify a few things while leaving some mysteries still lingering. The art beautifully renders the characters and their expressions with a good number of subtle details to make every panel a visual treat. There is a momentum to the plot that propels our interest, proving the story is nicely hitting its stride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jun 4, 2015

    SECRET WARS is shaping up to be one of the best Marvel events in recent history. After a couple of bad events, they needed this to help restore faith in readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Jun 5, 2015

    We have yet to really hit the major action of Secret Wars, but Hickman and Ribic are doing more than enough to set the stage. We've got our Battleworld, we've got our main characters, and we know that the stakes are going to be nothing less than the fate of existence itself. I like where this is going. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jun 3, 2015

    Secret Wars #3 was a brilliant read. I simply cannot get enough of what Hickman is dishing out in this title. Secret Wars continues to be an intricately constructed story that is treating readers to a level of writing and storytelling that is simply superior to anything else currently on the market from DC and Marvel. If you enjoy stories that have lush settings, detailed plot lines and a truly epic feel then definitely check out Secret Wars. This is one big event that truly feels special. And that is a rarity for big events. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Latest Pull - Ryan Utterback Jun 5, 2015

    It kind of goes without saying at this point, but this book is an absolute must-read. Not only is Secret Wars going to change the landscape of the Marvel universe, it's a darn good story in and of itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jun 4, 2015

    Now it's confirmed majority of people in Doom's realm are from the main Marvel U, the stakes are higher than ever. It's everyone's guess what's going to happen next, and I'm really excited with the Secret Wars event. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Doug Zawisza Jun 8, 2015

    Secret Wars #3 brings the reader in closer for some eye-opening revelations, but writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribic also remind readers just how vast the scope of this story truly is. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Troy Powell Jul 7, 2015

    Esad Ribic's exotic landscapes are the perfect complement to the uniqueness of battleworld, I am reminded of his artwork depicting the world from the Uncanny X-Force series, that said my one long standing gripe with his work are his isomorphic facial depictions, they tend to look very uniform. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 3, 2015

    Secret Wars is delivering the goods. It's as epic as anyone could want from a big Marvel event comic, yet expertly paced and as concerned with characterization as it is action and spectacle. Jonathan Hickman once again proves he can write Doom like no other. Unfortunately, the series' generally bedazzling art is marred by poor facial work. That flaw has become increasingly prevalent over the course of these issues, and we can only hope the trend doesn't continue. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jun 6, 2015

    Secret Wars #3 may move at a slow pace and require additional reading to be fully in the loop, but has such great moments it's still an engaging read with fantastic artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 4, 2015

    Three issues in, and Secret Wars is currently the best event book Marvel has done in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Jun 9, 2015

    It's accurate to say we're high on Secret Wars. Its early but the main title and auxiliaries are neither too unwieldy nor too bereft. The rest of the summer should offer up some good readin'. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Jun 4, 2015

    We finally get some answers in this issue, which make it an essential read for this week. The worry is that too many plot points are being trotted out right now, and coupled with the different versions of characters on the page, the confusion might start to outweigh the excellent art and storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 3, 2015

    Secret Wars has a lot of silly superhuman dressing for what is ultimately a story about humanity, morality and the burden of power. It's right in line with the kinds of stories that Marvel has been putting out for over 50 years. But we're still in the early goings of this event and many other events have started similarly strong only to completely lose their way when trying to stick a landing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jun 5, 2015

    "Secret Wars" is off to an undeniably strong start, but we've seen that with Marvel events before. As its cast and plot expand, I hope it will keep tight track of its central threads. "Secret Wars" shows a great grasp of pacing and character in this issue and, if that continues, this will be a memorable event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Jun 6, 2015

    I think what works and doesn't work overall is the exposition-heavy nature of these early issues. On one hand, it is fantastic world-building and gives added depth to a story already pretty complex in nature, but on the other hand it drags things to a crawl when the ideal purpose of an event book is to have hype, insane, game-changing moments every issue until it's over, with long-lasting repercussions and implications. It is in this part that Hickman has both failed and succeeded with Secret Wars. At least his collaborator in Ribic seems to be firing on all cylinders. This is not by any means a bad issue, but the pace needs to pick back up if Marvel doesn't want it to be a dud. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Harry C. Jun 3, 2015

    The book, as I said earlier, can be wordy but if anyone has ever followed Hickman, this is what he does. With the way that the story is told, readers get a front seat to seeing who are The Powers That Be and those that run things behind the scenes. We are not quite halfway into this ride and things are starting to heat up. I can only image what will happen once Thanos fully inserts himself into the picture. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Gary Moloney Jun 5, 2015

    An issue loaded with twists, revelations and fantastic character development. Secret Wars is shaping up to be a modern classic. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn Jun 6, 2015

    Small forward progressions are made that will have huge potential but the broader strokes lack in the immediate. After such exceptional strides, it feels like the foot is coming off the gas a little. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 3, 2015

    Secret Wars #3 is rather dull. It's another exposition heavy issue, but with little plot progression and more continuing setup. There's really not much else to chew on in the issue besides some Fantastic Four moments. Not awful, but it's not great either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 6, 2015

    Secret Wars continues to look at the nature of power and the responsibility that comes with it in this issue. The comic book focuses on Doom and how he came to power and the kinds of regrets he's dealing with. The comic is a slow, but dense read. The plot movement brings together some of the surviving characters from the last incursion. Generally the book is a fine read but it isn't anything terribly memorable. There are some key moments that will provide more punch in a collected edition, but as a single issue they make for a slow paced, average read. This is worth a look. Read Full Review

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