Yes, it has been many years since this Marvel comic cosmic event and I'm just getting to it, but on the plus side I'll post a review of the titles every two weeks or so and you'll learn all about my thoughts on it before spring (maybe). Also, I've already reviewed one of the useless post event books! *sigh* there's no pleasing some ArmzRacers. On with the show. This trade introduces us to the universe shaking event by reintroducing Drax (as in the Destroyer), the killing machine that was suppose to take down Thanos, the death worshiping machine. While I think the new Drax is stupid, I do like the idea of intergalactic criminals hold up in Alaska--do you think they can see Russia from there? (No one remembers that? *sigh*) Then we get to the part everyone cares about when an unknown forces of space traveling, hive minded, bugs come smashing into our universe and start annihilating everything in their path (thus the name of the books and event, right? Nope.) And one of those first things is the galactic police force the Nova corps.
I'm not going to pretend the writing was great here, but I truly enjoyed the overwhelm feeling of horror and despair of the Annihilation Wave. Literally billions upon billions of lives, entire civilizations and planets are removed from existence. And Earth's heroes have no idea that it is even happening. That's another great thing about this event: It happens to fringe elements of the Marvel universe so the changes--while typically never too dramatic or permanent--are completely wild! The deaths of superheroes, and supervillains, that occur are tragic and meaningful (well, maybe not in the Drax portion) in part because they often have no greater meaning to the Marvel universe and it is believable that they won't simply be undone in a few months. (Ok, so some of it gets undone almost right away.) While I'm not familiar with many of the characters that pop up in this series, something that usually aggravates me, they are not presented in a way that you need to know who they are or that the reader isn't filled in to what you need to know--it's the whole: this one is for the fan boys, that makes cameos and inclusion of non-mainstream characters annoying. I'm enjoying this.