DeFalco + Olliffe will reveal what happened between the pages of ‘Secret Wars’

Marvel will release a four-issue miniseries, subtitled ‘Battleworld’ and set during the original 1980s event.

Marvel’s trip down nostalgia lane continues in November with Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld, a miniseries that will “expose never-before-told secrets behind one of the significant conflicts in Marvel history.”

Tom DeFalco, who edited the original miniseries, will team with artist Pat Olliffe on the miniseries — reuniting the team behind the long-running Spider-Girl title.

“Pat Olliffe and I were handed a daunting creative challenge,” DeFalco told “We were asked to do a sequel/new tale of a classic Marvel story that first saw print 40 years ago and created ripples that are still felt throughout the universe today. Since we share a kinship with a certain web-swinger (and his family), we were also compelled to do a story that ripped to his core and defined his unique place in the Marvel Universe while examining the budding relationship with his new black costume. With the aid of editors Mark Basso and Drew Baumgartner, Pat and I constructed a tale that we believe has repercussions for today’s readers and creative ripples that we hope will still be felt 40 years from now.”

Here are the details from Marvel:

The mysteries of the Secret Wars deepen! Get ready for an all-new cataclysmic battle from when Spider-Man first got his alien costume and a mysterious being called the Beyonder assembled super heroes and villains from Earth to do battle on a patchwork planet. Witness now an untold adventure set during the original Secret Wars!

Interestingly, it says it will include characters who didn’t appear in the original miniseries — almost like there was a Secret War happening during the Secret Wars!

Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars was a 12-issue maxi-series published back in 1984-1985 by Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck and Bob Layton. It featured the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and Spider-Man, plus many of their enemies, being transported to “Battleworld” where they were forced to fight by a cosmic being called The Beyonder. The fallout from the miniseries included the introduction of symbiotes to the Marvel Universe (in the form of Spider-Man’s new black costume), She-Hulk replacing the Thing in the Fantastic Four, and the introduction of Titania, Volcana and a new Spider-Woman.

Here’s a look at Battleworld’s variant covers by Francesco Mobili, Todd Nauck, Olliffe and Ryan Stegman:

Look for the first issue on Nov. 22.

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