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Review of New Avengers 43 (3 stars) August 6, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Reviews.
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Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Sorry for being so late in getting this up for review (I only got it in the mail last Friday, when I also got Iron Man 4 which comes out this week. So I got a week late issue and a week early issue on the same day. Go figure. 😐 )

Anyway, this wasn’t exactly a spectacular issue, so I didn’t mind waiting. We get a rather quick resolution to Captain America randomly showing up at the end of NA41 as some Savage Land mutates take him out with tranquilizer darts. These reveal this Captain America to be a Skrull (big surprise) and follows up with the back story of how he ended up here.

This story would have seemed more relevant had it explained all the heroes’ doppelgangers on the Skrull ship, but it only tells the story of “Captain America.” Seeing as how it is not really a “replacement story” (Steve Rogers was never switched out for a Skrull), it really isn’t that interesting. We get a lot more of the same scenes with “Skrull-Cap” giving his monologue (“the blood of a human, the blood of a male…” etc) as he gets a bloody towel placed over his head (where did the Skrulls get the blood of Rogers anyway?)

The only thing of merit we learn in this issue is that the Skrulls can indeed implant memories into the imposter’s heads. “Skrull-Cap” believed himself to be the real Steve Rogers. This still doesn’t explain who, if any, of the other “Skrull-ship heroes” are real. I think at least some of them are truly abducted heroes. I’m guessing probably Mockingbird (how else would she have known the information she shared with Clint?) and either Luke Cage or Jessica Jones.

Personally, I think it would make for a good story if the very anti-Skrull Luke Cage turns out to be a Skrull and doesn’t even know it. Anyway, a fairly run-of-the-mill Secret Invasion tie-in, this really isn’t a necessary purchase unless you want your collection to be complete. Here’s hoping that next week’s Secret Invasion 5 will be much better!

-LOTRKing

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