Title- Secret Wars (Volume 1) #10
Release Date- February 1985
Writer- Jim Shooter
Artist- Mike Zeck
Death To The Beyonder!
The heroes watch from below as Galactus feeds on his home world to gain the strength that he needs to fight the Beyonder. They see a flash of light but suddenly they see the energy that Galactus is absorbing get drawn away from him and it heads towards the fortress where the villains are being held. Captain Marvel goes ahead of the others so that she can see what is happening.
When she arrives she discovers Doctor Doom strapped to his machine as Galactus’s energy goes into him. Professor Xavier creates a mind link between her and Mister Fantastic so that they can understand what is happening. When the energy transfer is finished Doctor Doom gets up and everything around him begins to change as he tries to cope with the power that he now wields. He gains omniscience as he can feel every atom around him. He can see practically everything and he even touches the minds of the villains who had once been his allies. It is at that moment that he sense Captain Marvel.
Xavier feels the mind link cut off and the heroes know that Captain Marvel is in trouble. Quickly they move towards their ship but they discover that it is damaged. They are about to split up but Magneto uses his own power to get the ship up and moving again. The heroes waste no time entering and rocketing back to the base.
On the way to the base there is some tension between Captain America and Magneto. When Captain America states that he has no issues with mutants Wolverine decides to step in. He questions why Captain America would stand by and protect the people who persecute mutants. He compares them to Nazis and even defends Magneto’s actions while on Battleworld. Wolverine no longer has any respect for Captain America as his teammates begin to hold him back.
Back at the base Doctor Doom sits down and considers destroying the heroes with a mere wave of his hand. He no longer even considers them his enemy and prefers to turn his attentions to the Beyonder who is watching what is happening through a rift above the planet. The severed head of the Klaw tells Doom that even with his new found power that victory is unlikely. Doom talks about David and Goliath before changing his suit as he has attached a piece of technology from Galactus which absorbs energy. He wishes to get close enough to the Beyonder to absorb his power. With that he teleports away.
Meanwhile the heroes arrive at the base but they soon discover that Doctor Doom is already gone. They check that the other villains are still accounted but as they search they also discover Captain Marvel. She is trapped in a light/frozen state where she is nothing more than a living hologram. They also find the head of Klaw who although is only a head felt no pain in having his body turned into lenses. Suddenly the ground begins to shake violently as above the planet Doctor Doom has approached the Beyonder and begun his battle against the immortal being.
In the base the heroes do everything they can to keep the base standing and Mister Fantastic moves to a monitor so that he can try and find Galactus. He hopes to revitalise him since Galactus is their only chance against Doom. Another shockwave hits causing debris to fall on Mister Fantastic. The Thing and the Human Torch tend to him as the Hulk goes over what is happening elsewhere on a screen. On request from Colossus he brings up an image of the alien village and he sees Zsaji in trouble. Colossus tells the Human Torch of Zsaji’s plight but he doesn’t care much about her at that moment. This angers Colossus but before he can properly react another earthquake occurs and the heroes have to shield the walls.
Above the planet Doctor Doom is losing his battle against the Beyonder but he refuses to admit defeat. He transfers an image of himself down to the heroes and he tells them that he is on the verge of defeating the Beyonder. He claims that he does need their help to utterly defeat the Beyonder and asks for their power. He offers them power beyond measure once he is victorious and at first Magneto steps up as willing subject but at the last moment he hesitates and looks back at the X-Men. He is then tackled by a few of the heroes as Doom’s projection fades. Hawkeye tries tells the X-Men that Magneto is evil through and through but Captain America stands by him stating that Magneto didn’t do anything in the end and there Doom was using some mental manipulation abilities.
Meanwhile above Doctor Doom is on the verge of defeat. He is sent down to the planet and he has lost all but one of his limbs. The Beyonder begins to probe Doom and discovers about his history and rise to power in Latvaria. He then begins to remove Doctor Doom’s armour and the good doctor himself can only watch this happen and seems to be powerless to do anything about it.
The earthquakes continue as the base continues to all. Captain America goes to where the villains are being kept and he begins to free them. Wolverine even gives him a helping hand and as soon as they are all free they flee outside as the base crumbles away. Wolverine admits that he was wrong about Captain America and that he has won his respect.
The earthquake suddenly stop and they see a flash of light coming towards them. As it approaches it forms into a giant size Doctor Doom. He claims that the Beyonder is dead and that he is the supreme being in the universe. The heroes are about to attack but Doctor Doom begins to shrink to his normal size and explains that there is no reason to fight. He tells them that the war is over as he removes his faceplate.
Now we come to the tenth issue of Secret Wars and there is only two issues left before it is wrapped up completely. We saw Doctor Doom achieve a power level that he has never achieved before as he gains the powers of both the Beyonder and Galactus. By the end of the issue it looks like no one can stop him.
We also got to see another scene of tension between Wolverine and Captain America which now would seem silly since it had been more or less phased out. There have been numerous stories about Captain America and a pre-X-Men Wolverine fighting alongside in World War II. Of course Jim Shooter didn’t know this at the time but it makes Wolverine’s attitude towards Captain America a bit laughable but at the time readers could see that he had a good point. Captain America is a champion for a people who fear and hate mutants and since the US Government has made some questionable actions against mutants Wolverine’s words were understandable. As I said this is for the times that the story was written in.
As you can imagine from the cover Doctor Doom was ripped apart by the Beyonder even though he had absorbed the power of Galactus. This only shows just how powerful the Beyonder is if he could take down someone as powerful as Doctor Doom at that state. Ok so maybe Doctor Doom was still getting used to his new power but even so I don’t think Galactus could have defeated the Beyonder if you ask me.
The other heroes didn’t have too big of a role to play, besides maybe Magneto who actually helped the heroes in this issue. He was attacked by them as well (including the Wasp who somehow defeated the X-Men a few issues earlier). He did show self restraint with the fact that he didn’t try and kill the heroes for what they had done and for the first time ever we see Captain America actually sticking up for him. I think this is supposed to help us see that he isn’t as evil as he first seemed and will eventually become a mentor to the New Mutants although this event has yet to happen at this period.
The overall story wasn’t too bad and it felt like it was trying to show an epic battle. Yeah we did see two enormously powerful beings go head to head. We didn’t see that much happen between them however and we still haven’t seen what the Beyonder actually looks like. I guess this is to build up the suspense until we actually see what he looks like. I can imagine a reader seeing this in 1985 and still wondering what this omnipotent being actually looks like or is he so grand that his appearance defies comprehension. (I’m sure that we’ll be disappointed).
In conclusion I’m giving this issue a 7 out of 10. It was alright for what it was but I felt that there could have been some improvements.
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