Travel Guide to Battleworld: A-Force to Ultimate End

On New Battleworld, where Doctor Doom is God, 41 Marvel realities attempt to survive, with varying degrees of success. So where to start?

credit: Marvel.com
(photo credit: Marvel.com)

Introduction to Secret Wars 2015

With 41 territories made up of alternate universe fragments, exploration of Battleworld can be daunting, even to experienced travelers. In this guide I hope to help you navigate the perplexing landscape and make the most out of your journey. Whether it’s sight-seeing in Attilan, paying your respects to the Monarchy of M, or beating the heat in Limbo, there’s a destination for you. If you get lost, you can always call the Thors for assistance; just keep in mind that Doom’s Law is absolute, and the Thor Corps exists to enforce the law. Have fun!

Places to Visit

  • A-Force #1
    • written by: G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel) and Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin)
    • art by: Jorge Molina
    • colors by: Laura Martin

Come to Arcadia, the ‘feminist utopia’ you may have heard whispers about. This is not a community of Amazons, though the sparkling island is protected by heroines we know and love under the leadership of Baroness Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk. If you were a fan of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s run on Young Avengers, or miss the days when Nico Minoru was a Runaway, then you’ll love the familiar faces of Arcadia. If you ask nicely, Captain Marvel may even punch a shark on your behalf.

  • Battleworld #1
    • written by: Joshua Williamson and Ed Brisson
    • art by: Mike Henderson and Scott Hepburn

For an in-depth view of the world at large, take a peek into the futuristic world of 2099, though with a Doctor Strange-possessed Punisher wandering around, the city isn’t what it used to be. Be on the look-out for God Doom’s special task-force straight out of Limbo, the Infernal Four: Wolverine, your not-so-friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Hulk. Best to stay inside until the dust (or the spirit of a dead sorcerer) settles. Then find out what awaits you in Killville as the crafty-yet-moronic M.O.D.O.K. summons all his alternate universe counterparts to act as his minions in his plot to unseat God Doom and take over Battleworld. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t go according to plan.)

  • Master of Kung-Fu #1
    • written by: Haden Blackman
    • art by: Dalibor Talajic and Goran Sudzuka
    • colors by: Miroslav Mrva

One of the hidden gems of Battleworld, the mystical land of K’un Lun boasts a population of martial arts masters – don’t challenge anyone to a fight, even if he looks like a harmless drunk. Scenic locations and wry wit make this fiefdom a top destination, and for mutant outcasts looking to lie low, there’s a thriving underground Morlock community eager to jump in and aid fellow misfits.

  • Planet Hulk #1
    • written by: Sam Humphries
    • art by: Marc Laming
    • colors by: Jordan Boyd

Gamma-irradiated Greenland is the land of the Hulks, but don’t be surprised if you see gladiatorial champion, the Captain, and his trusty T. rex, Devil Dinosaur, roaming the flats. Not much of a tourist destination, but if you find yourself stranded in the Mud Kingdom, don’t worry, the radiation levels are mostly harmless – though the creatures of the land are not. If something attacks, don’t hesitate, and bring moist towelettes. It’s going to get messy.

  • Spider-Verse #1
    • written by: Mike Costa
    • art by: Andre Araujo
    • colors by: Rachelle Rosenberg

Arachnia is definitely not for the arachnophobic, but if you have a soft-spot for web-slingers, you’ll want to visit this alternate New York where all the Spider-folk, fresh from their own reality-hopping adventures, have come to rest. There’s a lot of paramnesia going around, so take precautions, like writing your name in your underwear. It’s not quite home, but it’s an incredible simulation.

  • Ultimate End #1
    • written by: Brian Michael Bendis
    • art by: Mark Bagley and Scott Hanna
    • colors by: Justin Ponsor

Manhattan’s a confusing city these days – particularly because two of them are occupying the same space. Dopplegangers abound in New York City; pay special attention to the accents to determine who hails from our world, and who considers him or herself Ultimate – though that’s not always a guarantee for clarity. If you manage to parse the dialogue, stick around. As the epicenter of the event that launched Battleworld, this NYC is bound to put the secrets into Secret Wars.*

*There are absolutely no war councils being held without God Doom’s knowledge in an attempt to set the universe straight, and they are absolutely not being held in the Triskelion.

 

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