In advance, I realize that the majority of you on the classics board are noy fans of Secret Wars. But I haven't seen a serious discussion of these series here, so I figured I should start one.
For the purpose of this conversation let us limit this to I and II, since Marvel has used the name a few other times since then.
I was eight years old in 1984 when the 1st issue came out. Up to this point I was mainly reading Amazing Spider-Man with an occasional Avengers. I was only able to get 1 or 2 comics a month. I was vaguely aware that there were other heroes and that they existed in the same universe but I knew very little of them.
I bought Secret Wars I issue 1 at a 7-11 because I recognized Spider-Man, Hulk and some Avengers that I knew like Cap on the cover.
I loved it. I loved learning about all of the different heroes and that they weren't all exactly friendly with each other. Galactus! Ultron! Dr. Doom! I have never seen these characters before. I am immediately interested in them.
I plan to continue this, maybe not dwelling on every single issue but addressing the high and low points. I am generally a fan of the 1st series. It wasn't perfect, and re-reading it as an adult I can see a lot more of the flaws. But as a kid it was incredibly entertaining, giving all of the heroes and villains a chance to shine.
I think a lot of people hate Secret Wars for being a toy tie in, and one of the early mega crossovers that have plagued us ever since
I'd like to hear why you disliked or liked this series. Eventually let's get into the even more hated II as well!