OK, I've been a little behind on my comic reading, but I've finally managed to catch up. Secret Wars 9-- I liked it. I was afraid that it was going to suffer from what many events do, a great set-up with a lackluster resolution, but I was completely satisfied. I found it ironic that after Hickman built up this story over 85-odd issues of Avengers books, the conclusion read like it belonged as a part of his FF run. But I didn't read any crossovers, so I do have some questions. First off-- what is the state of the multiverse?* I know Reed, Sue and the Future Foundation are creating new universes through the powers of Franklin and Owen**, but did any of the other Battleworld realms have their universes restored? The continued presence of Spider-Gwen and Web-Warriors would imply such, but the Ultimate Universe is gone? Unlucky coin toss? Are Reed and Miles the only survivors of the UU? Still enjoying Totally Awesome Hulk. I thought the revelation that Maddie has the same abilities as Amadeus was interesting. I now wonder if, like her brother, she believed that her entire family had been killed and went into hiding, using her abilities to survive. Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange-- Scarlet Witch has been alright, but not particularly engaging or memorable. I'll give it a few more issues to get better, at least through the upcoming crossover with Doctor Strange, and then decide its fate. Doctor Strange, on the other hand I am greatly enjoying. Never a huge fan of Chris Bachalo's work, but it's a good fit for Strange. I loved Ant-Man, Hawkeye and Silver Surfer before Secret Wars, and am very happy that they all seem to have survived the wars more or less intact. Mark Guggenheim's first issue of Agents of SHIELD was interesting, but I did have one serious WTF moment. Spoiler: Agents of SHIELD 1 Fitz and... May? Fitz and MAY?? Are you fucking kidding me? New Avengers has been kind of "meh". I'm enjoying certain plot threads that are coming to head concerning Billy/Wiccan/Whatever his new name is, but otherwise, it needs to get better fast. Still buying Guardians of the Galaxy, but ironically enough, it's more for Kitty Pryde and Ben Grimm than for any of the traditional Guardians. Spidey has been OK. I'll give it a few more issues. Dropped Daredevil. Looking forward to Waid and Samnee's Black Widow, and will probably check out Steve Rogers return as Captain America. *How often does one get to legitimately ask that question? I love comics. **Whatever happened to Volcana?