Wow… so this was… epic. Just so, so epic. I want to keep this review short just because of how long this video is rapidly turning out to be, but unfortunately there’s also a lot to talk about here. I mean, this story has been built up for well over two years at this point, and man, did it pay off.
Everything tied so nicely together, and this was on the whole a very well written story. The characters and how they interact with each other is fascinating, and I’m amazed at how Hickman can put in characters like Ex Nihilo or Black Swan and make them out to be as compelling or interesting as the characters we’ve known for years if not decades.
And so many characters have some of the coolest moments in their entire history in this story. Doctor Doom, Doctor Strange, Namor, and Black Panther are all good examples of characters who have amazing story arcs and really interesting changes are happening to these characters. The story also really ties into the original Secret Wars plot quite nicely, featuring a lot of the same characters and ideas, while also telling a completely original tale as well. It’s a good balance, and made reading this all the more enjoyable.
It’s so good. I could talk about it all for hours, and you really should check this our for yourself. I couldn’t possibly fit in all the details and characters in this story, so there were some great moments featuring Cyclops, the Avengers, and other characters I sadly had to omit entirely.
Of course, this story takes place over so many issues that a lot of different artists were involved. Sometimes they did jaw-dropping work, while other times I found the art did leave something to be desired. But that’s irrelevant, because it was this story that kept me coming back.
I’ve gotten a bit of a reputation for not liking dark comics, but that’s not actually a correct view of my opinions. I do like dark stories if they add something to the tone. This is one of the darkest comics I ever read, because it’s basically about the death of everything. So yeah, if the universe is dying, some darkness is to be expected. But it matches the dark tones with epic, insane moments that reflect the drastic nature of the event. Time Runs Out feels like what the death of the multiverse would look like. It was epic and big to the point it was nearly beyond comprehension, while also being dark and sombre. It was exactly what it needed to be, and hey, if Marvel wants to burn the house down, at least they did it in a super interesting way. Yes, this story has about as friendly a relationship with actual science and math as say, the Transformers franchise, but that’s not important either, because the story was too awesome for me to care about how the number infinity actually works.
I don’t know what this all means for the story going forward. We’ll find out in Secret Wars. But after reading this, I am pretty excited. So look forward to what will hopefully be some pretty cool stuff coming out of Marvel shortly.
And that’s it. If you made it this far, good for you, and thanks for watching! This is likely to be one of my longest videos ever, but it was so awesome, this was all worth it. Let me know what you think of Time Runs Out and Secret Wars in the comments section below! You can also check out our website for a full list of all our Complete Story videos! And finally, don’t forget to like, subscribe, and keep reading comics.