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Review of Secret Invasion 1 (4.5 stars) April 3, 2008

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Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Wait, was that just the first issue? Way too much happened, I thought first issues were always supposed to be set ups for the rest of the series? Oh well, I’m not complaining. 😉 Let’s start at the beginning; the issue opens with a flashback on a Skrull world, where some Skrulls discuss a prophecy (I’m assuming this will be important later). It then jumps to the present when Stark is showing Skrullectra’s corpse to Reed and Hank and they begin the autopsy. (Call me crazy, but didn’t Reed already know about Skrullectra from New Avengers: Illuminati 5? Why was he acting so surprised here?)

Meanwhile in space, at the headquarters of S.W.O.R.D., Dugan arrives on the station, just as they get info that a Skrull ship has entered Earth’s atmosphere and is going to crash land in the Savage Land. This info is given to Tony, who leaves the autopsy and assembles the Avengers. Jessica gives a quick call to Luke, who is able to assemble the Secret Avengers first, and steal a Quinjet from Stark (nice). With the Mighty Avengers on their trail, they both soon land in the Savage Land and find the crashed Skrull ship. The two teams have a confrontation before Luke breaks away and decides to open up the Skrull ship, regardless of what anyone says. Then all chaos breaks loose.

Said opening triggers some kind of message to the current undercover Skrulls, and calls them into action. Dugan (Skrugan?) pulls a suicide bombing and destroys the S.W.O.R.D. space station. Jarvis (Skrarvis?) unleashes a worldwide computer virus which sends Tony into a seizure, sends the helicarrier spiraling downwards, and unleashes all supervillains in every worldwide maximum security prison (or so it appears). An incognito Skrull walks into the Baxter Building, then changes to look like Susan (Skrusan?) and opens a portal to the Negative Zone which causes the upper levels of the building to implode (with Johnny, Franklin, and Valeria present as well!) And last but not least, Hank reveals himself to be a Skrull (Skan- I mean, um, Skrym?) and blasts Reed into a bunch of stringy goo (at least he still appears to be alive though). Not only that, but a bunch of 80s incarnation looking Marvel heroes walk out of the Skrull ship wondering who the heck their doppelgangers are in front of them, and an entire Skrull armada arrives into Earth orbit.

Like I said, an insanely large amount of stuff for a first issue (but no complaints!) 😉 Alright so my reactions: Dugan, know almost nothing about his character, except that he used to be partners with Fury, so this doesn’t really affect me. Pym, I’ve been suspecting him for a while now, though I am certainly shocked that I was right about something for a change! Jarvis, wait, Jarvis?! What the heck?! This certainly surprised me the most! What with his recent feelings for Aunt May, I would have never suspected him. Then again, what with One More Day, did those feelings ever happen? In fact, was Jarvis replaced with a Skrull as a result of One More Day? (See how confusing OMD has made everything Joe Q? Garg!) As for the eighties heroes, I really don’t have any good explanations. I suppose they could be Skrull recreations brainwashed to believe they were the originals, but if so, why make them old school, why not modern? The other answer is that there could be time travel involved, but why would the Skrulls pull heroes from the past and jet them into the future? Surely these 80s heroes aren’t the “real” ones, because if several of Marvel’s main characters have really been Skrulls for the past twenty years, then we would have the “Clone Saga” on a massive level (and likely an even more massive mass exodus). (Then again, I really wouldn’t mind if Spider-Man was a Skrull, it’d be an easy and cheap fix for One More Day.)

So, all in all, a jam packed, action filled issue. If you haven’t already bought it, how can you call yourself a comics fan? (Oh, and as an end note, Yu’s art still sucks, but it is getting slightly better.)

Oh, one more side note, while I do think this story is being executed very well, and I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the story, the following line from the Secret Invasion checklist at the end made me laugh inside: “They could be your most trusted allies. Your closest friends. Your family.” Am I the only one who wanted to add “Yeah. Even You.” at the end, and was instantly reminded of Yeerks? Well, I as soon as I see a bunch of teenagers turning into animals, I’ll know something is up. 😉 (Still waiting for the day when that gets its own comic adaptation too. 😉 )

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LOTRKing, Where Have You Been? March 10, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Stuff, L O S T, Other Random Stuff.
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So where have I been? Well, you wouldn’t believe it, but first I was abducted by Skrulls and then ….. wait, you don’t believe me? Well, here’s the “real” answer then, mostly I’ve just been uber-busy. This past week I worked doubles every day except Wednesday, and I was still busy on Wednesday anyway (doesn’t point to the stack of comics that he bought that day). There were some days when I wasn’t busy enough, and I could’ve written a review or two, but on those days I was just lazy. So to the people who missed my comics reviews and LOST theories in the last two weeks (all four of you), I’m sorry. But just to make up for it, for the next two weeks, I’m going to post something every day (except Sunday). That’s right Monday through Saturday starting today for the next fortnight, there will be a comics review, or some LOST theories, or just some random babblings (heck, I’m even planning to write a review of a fairly new CD). So, since this is today’s post (cause I can cheat like that), check back tomorrow for my much delayed review of Thor 6!

But before I sign off, just some quick comics news: I unfortunately must now sacrifice three more dollars a month. Why? Because I was silly enough to read the first seven issues of Avengers: The Initiative on my Civil War DVD-ROM, and they were insanely awesome. This series is too good not to read, so I will be picking it up for the time being. I’m still catching up on back issues however, so you’ll have to wait a bit for a review of a current issue (I’m not going to review back issues like I did with Daredevil and Thor, because I’m lazy). Doesn’t this go against what I’ve said in my FAQ about picking up new series? Yes, it does. This is exactly why I try not to read other comics, because I’m afraid I’ll like them, and then have to pick up the whole series. You can say “its just one more comic series, only $3 more a month”, until you are in financial oblivion, and I won’t do that. So I think this is really only a one time thing, don’t expect me to pick up another series without sacrificing another any time soon. (Unless they start a Silver Surfer ongoing series.) (And Secret Invasion doesn’t count, it is pretty much a given that it needs to be read, so I will of course be getting those.)

See you tomorrow!