This week it’s time to put on your tinfoil hat and prepare for another round of secret societies attempting to take over the world! It’s Illuminati on this installment of Munchkin Land!
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We’ve been waiting for it ever since Elektra was revealed as a Skrull, now Marvel launches the first salvo of Secret Invasion: Infiltration in two issues – New Avengers: Illuminati #5, and Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1. They are sans word balloons, but Marvel has sent a sneak peek of the two issues that you can see after the jump.
Or – “This Meeting of The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club Will Now Come To Order.” I’ve complained in the past about Brian Bendis’ take on certain Marvel icons, how his Captain America is a bit too casual and conversational, how his Doctor Strange talks more like a barber from Ohio than a man who has seen the depths of a thousand parallel planes, how his Reed Richards is an inattentive stereotypical absent-minded professor type with no social skills whatsoever… Essentially, Bendis has an ability to boil the characters down to a central essence, and make that essence seem real. With
Or – “What Happens When The Smartest Heroes Are Neither Smart Nor Heroic…” The first two issues of The Illuminati miniseries can be boiled down pretty succinctly by saying this: Overconfidence and arrogance nearly costs them all their lives. In the first issue, it’s a miscalculation as to the competence of the Skrull Empire, in the second, they overestimate their own ability to resist the phenomenal cosmic power of the Infinity Gems. Every time we see this grouping, they have done something incredibly stupid because they presume to be smarter than everyone else on the planet, and that hubris will,
Recently, whenever I’ve asked comic friends what their favorite title spanning event of all time was, a lot of them have responded “Marvel’s Secret Wars”. Fans of the series now have a chance to revisit The Secret Wars in New Avengers: Illuminati #3. Marvel has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of the issue that arrives this week!
With New Avengers: Illuminati #3 just around the corner, and with issues #1 and #2 sold out, Marvel is releasing a mini-trade in the form of New Avengers Illuminati: Secret History. Secret History will be released on April 25 for $3.99, while New Avengers: Illuminati #3 is scheduled to be in stores on May 16 for $2.99. via Marvel Comics
Or – “This Is The Greatest And Best Retcon In The World… Tribute.” I’ll admit it: I’ve been extremely hesitant to review this issue, simply because I don’t want to have it come across as bashing Bendis, Marvel, or the Civil War in general. I’ve been skeptical (heck, some might even say negative) in my reactions to CW as a whole, and this book contains many of the same characters, by one of the key writers of CW, detailing the retconned backstory that sorta-kinda led to the events in question. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Professor