Oh My God! (make sure you say it like Jonathan Higgins)
The Secret Invasion is upon us, and it’s not secret anymore. Who’s a Skrull, who isn’t a Skrull, and just when did all this happen?
Marvel may have worn you down with the “Who do you trust?” campaign, but even with all the hype, The House of Ideas is still able to kick you in the teeth and still politely ask you to smile for the camera. Yes, the Skrulls are here, and yes some of your favorite heroes are indeed those green skinned aliens from beyond.
“So tell us already!”
Well Dear Reader, I’ve been telling you for the last month at least. Take a quick look at those Who Do You Trust? campaigns once again, and you’ll discover part of the answer.
Sweet Christmas! It Looks like it.
“Come on, Joe Q. said Iron Man wouldn’t be a Skrull, yet he was on that poster campaign.”
First, never believe anything being “spun” out of a fan meeting. Second, you’ll have to explain to me why we come face to face with not one, but two people in Iron Man suits.
“Please tell me Spider-Man isn’t a Skrull!”
Okay, I won’t, but see my comment above about duplicate bodies. It certainly makes OMD and BND more interesting now, doesn’t it? Yes, it does appear that everything Marvel has been hinting at over the last two months, is indeed the real deal.
Or is it?
This issue was full of surprises, like the simultaneous attack on every hero installation from the Baxter Building to everything owned or controlled by Stark Enterprises to Thunderbolt Mountain by surprise suicide sleeper agents, to the big reveal in the Savage Land. I know Marvel Legal will jump all over my ass for posting images from the issue, so I won’t, but my guess is the big reveal page is already floating around the net.
I’m not a big Marvel reader. There are more Ultimate Marvel titles on my pull list than 616. Even though I’m not familiar with everything going on, new readers who have heard the hype and want to jump on board the Skrull-wagon, shouldn’t have any problem identifying who is who thanks to the “supers” (for lack of a better term – I’m a pro video guy after all) next to each appearance of the central characters.
I love Bendis’s story build, leading us up to the big confrontation. I don’t care what the haters will say, Secret Invasion is Three Days of the Condor, Independence Day, Manchurian Candidate, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the original, not that crappy Spock version) all rolled into one. I went into this issue with zero expectations, but found myself on the edge of my seat the entire time. Bendis has really delivered a story that makes you question anyone and everyone in the Marvel U.
Now, for those who are reeling in shock thinking every storyline you’ve read for the last 30 years is now being erased, remember this is only the first issue. Not everything has been revealed – those “people” that walked out of the crashed ship could be Skrulls, the real deal, or something else entirely. More questions need to be answered, more drama needs to play out, we need to find out who lives and who dies, and we aren’t going to get those answers until the next tie-in issue.
For all the grief people give Yu for his art style, I actually found his work here to be on par with many other artists currently working in the industry. His panel layout and composition totally work for me and coloring done by Laura Martin works really well.
- Sweet Christmas!
- Bendis’s writing
- He Loves You
- Big Questions, and big answers
- The hype machine may have revealed too much
This issue has it all – aliens, dinosaurs, a military invasion on a global scale, sleeper cell agents, space ships, big explosions, and most importantly SKRULLS! Civil War, The Death of Captain America, World War Hulk, One More Day and now Secret Invasion. This is going to be the series of the summer. I’m giving Secret Invasion #1 4.5 out of 5 Stars.