So if anyone checked into my Twitter feed the last few days (or the updated Utopian blog today), you may be aware that I was struck down by some sort of evil stomach bug upon my return from Santa Barbara this weekend. Which has put me behind by a few days. This timing is pretty terrible, not the least of which is because Chris Sims, he of the Invincible Super-Blog, put out the challenge for his annual “30 Second Recap Contest” last week, and the due date is today.
Between my mini-vacation and my stomach-churning ailment, I was not able to create my epic retelling of a godlike entity’s arrival on Earth to seek the source of desire and blah blah blah. So instead, I have been forced to boil down the essence of Marvel Comics’ classic 1980s maxi-series Secret Wars II into one panel, one single image that distills the epic themes so well-represented by Jim Shooter’s nine-issue visionary masterpiece: