Secret Invasion
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SECRET INVASION IS HERE! The shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls has secretly infiltrated every super-powered organization on Earth with one goal - full-scale invasion! In this collected edition, page-after-page unveils reveal-after-reveal and shocking moment-after-shocking-moment! Brian Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu leap off the pages of mega-hit New Avengers and deliver a story that will change the Marvel Universe forever! Collects Secret Invasion #1-8.

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  • Crap
    The squandering of what promised to be an interesting and thought provoking story, Secret Invasion is nothing but an 8 issue brawl whose only purpose is to create more spinoff books. Nothing substancial happens. The return of Fury is and the uniting of the marvel universe happens in a single page without any character development. None of the interesting undertones are dealt with, such as the conflict of religious ideologies or the revenge against Mr. Fantastic. I hope Bendis can bounce back from this crap....more info
  • yu!
    you really see Yu's artwork shine throughout the book. if you havent had a taste of Yu's artworks, please do try to catch up on what you have been missing on. Bendis does an convincing yet messy attempt at delivering 08's event of the year. judging from opinions, getting the single issues does more for the series than getting the book done in one sitting, which is what i did. Pacing of the story was well conceived but the fight scenes were hard to control. Especially since when does one survive a shot to the eyeball? dialogue was at times irrational but bendis still manages to deliver a solid performance. but of all the elements of the series, the one that shines is the interior art. i just reread the book for a second time and the pre battle scenes were the best in my opinion....more info
  • The Invasion is here
    Nearly everything that Brian Michael Bendis has been weaving since taking over the Avengers books has been leading up to this moment. Secret Invasion is here, and it finds the shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls taking their plans for Earth to full effect. Whether it means decimating New York City and trapping the New Avengers and Mighty Avengers in the Savage Land; the Skrulls appear to have all their bases covered in their taking over of the planet. Naturally though, this wouldn't be much of a Marvel mega-event if our heroes didn't have their own plans up their sleeves. Loaded with action and twists, Secret Invasion manages to deliver in terms of changing the status quo for many characters, including Nick Fury, Norman "Green Goblin" Osborn, and especially so for Tony "Iron Man" Stark. The only real disappointments I found with Secret Invasion are that I feel Bendis didn't use characters like Thor and Captain America nearly as much as he could or should have, and instead focused mainly on the characters he uses on both of his Avengers books. Still, the end result of Secret Invasion delivers on its promise of changing the shape of the Marvel universe for now, with a big lead-in for Marvel's next mega-event, Dark Reign. Bendis' New Avengers collaborator Leinil Francis Yu provides solid artwork as well, even if some of the big action scenes don't always seem to gell. All in all, Secret Invasion is an entertaining event that is definitely worth checking out, as Bendis makes better use of the Skrulls than anyone else has in quite some time....more info
  • Openly disappointed by Secret Invasion
    This just didn't live up to my expectations, and that's clearly been the case for other readers and reviewers. It just strikes me that the value of this storyline was in the build-up to the "event," but the event itself--the invasion--just wasn't that grand.

    I realize that some of the plot points originated in other storylines, and I understand that the concepts have been in development for some time, but because I understand that, I think the climax should have been more powerful. I mean, this could truly have been an epic event in which Earth was invaded and then occupied for an extended period of time--another year or two of real-world publishing time. The ramifications could have been so much greater and far reaching. Take the "destruction" of the Baxter Building as an example: seemed like little more than an inconvenience. Think about the extreme potential of a world--the Earth-- that has to be evacuated into, say, the Negative Zone.

    So, Secret Invasion doesn't have the proper scale. And as a series within the larger storyline, it . . . just wasn't that well scripted. I love Bendis, and I think much of what he's done for Marvel has been fantastic, but that makes Secret Invasion that much more disappointing. I can imagine what it could and should have been, and I know Bendis was capable, but it just didn't come together. This is definitely not a book to pick up at cover price. Thirty bucks for a softcover this size is outrageous in the first place, but for that amount of money it should pack more punch. ...more info
  • Too many charcaters and too few payoffs!
    The general idea behind Secret Invasion in fantastic but this trade sadly, was too filled with characters that were unable to distinguish themselves in any way. I felt that the large amount of meaningless characters (Young Avengers, Initiative, Secret Warriors, etc.) took panels away from true personalities that are interesting.

    On the art side, I thought Yu was not a good choice for a book that wasn't super dark. He does gritty very well, but superheroes, not so much. Just an average read....more info
    This book is real good, has a lot of action and fighting secuences, the art of Leinil Yu is Awesome, all happens too fast but the ends is really good with a great twist, I think this is a masterpiece and a must have....more info
  • Strong concept, weak execution.
    After a few years of build-up, Brian Michael Bendis' supposed master plan for the Marvel Universe since the beginning of "New Avengers" is at hand. This trade paperback collects all eight issues of the main title of Marvel's 2008 summer event (April to November), which sees the alien Skrulls make their bid to conquer Earth. The result is a decidedly mediocre event; there are high points, and long stretches where little happens.

    This story began in "New Avengers" in 2007, when the supervillain boss of the Hand, Elektra Natchios, was revealed to be a Skrull spy. From there, a parallel story arc in "New" and "Mighty" Avengers that saw everyone become massively paranoid while mostly not doing anything about the invasion. In #1 of this series, the invasion finally kicks off. The central gimmick of this new Skrull invasion is that the Skrulls have upgraded their stealth capability to the point that they can essentially escape detection by all conventional means. However, the actual story is anything but `secret'. Having achieved total surprise, the Skrulls proceed to voluntarily reveal themselves and wage an open war on Earth in the city streets.

    The first issue, where the Skrulls drop the hammer on Earth's primary lines of defence (the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, SHIELD, SWORD) is, for the most part, masterfully executed. Bendis, who can often let his stories drag, masterminds a fairly compelling series of setpiece openings, lending the story considerable scope. However, things quickly go off the rails in #2, and subsequently about five issues are spent with Avengers running around the Savage Land fighting Skrull duplicates of heroes from the 1970s. There are occasional interesting scenes here, such as Black Widow's scenes taking the initiative, but it's mostly dull. Other plots over this same stretch, such as Maria Hill's, stagnate as well, until the plot suddenly begins barrelling forward past the half-way point, with the introduction of a technological deus ex machine that solves the Skrull reveal problem.

    I don't in principle object to Reed Richards' solution, but it is a less interesting way of solving the situation, and is coupled with a total breakdown in the dramatic handling of the Skrull replacements. In the early stages of the story, it seemed that the thought-bubbles used by the characters in "Mighty Avengers" would be the clues used to guess who was replaced. However, the story switched gears and said that the Skrulls were flawless mimics who actually thought themselves to be the people they had replaced. Under these rules, absolutely anyone could be a Skrull and there would be no way for people to guess, which sucks any level of fan participation: one is just waiting for the wholly arbitrary reveals.

    Having wasted a lot of time in repetitious conversations in the Savage Land (Bendis all too often indulges himself in pages of repetitive and irrelevant banter between characters that is far less clever and purposeful than he thinks it is), the final battle, denuded of the scope that the first issue gave it, becomes a free-for-all in Central Park, and is literally concluded as an afterthought in a narrative flashback. Bendis likewise keeps pulling in more new characters every issue who don't do much of anything; Nick Fury's much-built-up return doesn't amount to anything (though he gets a great line), and the New Captain America and Thor, prominently featured on the cover of this trade, barely have any lines (particularly Bucky, whose debut in the wider Marvel Universe had far more potential than is shown here). The final issues likewise feature the rise of Norman Osborn, which happens almost entirely in tie-in stories until the critical moment, which thus has little build-up within this story itself.

    Lest I give the story no credit, there are enjoyable moments to be found in Bendis' writing, hints of a much better story to be found here. Leinil Yu's art is excellent; far better than I had ever expected after his work on "New Avengers" earlier in the year. This is in part because of the participation of Laura Martin (colours) and Mark Morales (inks).

    It's a shame, because there is a great concept to be found here, as shown by the work of other writers in the tie-ins to this event, who produced great work: Paul Cornell's "Captain Britain and MI-13", Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak's "Incredible Hercules", Joe Pokaski's "Secret Invasion: Inhumans", and Matt Fraction's "Secret Invasion: Thor" all come to mind....more info
  • Skrullicious, but with a bitter aftertaste...
    SPOILERS, SPOILERS like a mutha...

    This following is for fans of old school Fantastic Four:
    - Reed Richards: "You -- you killed my family. You're not here to save us. It's all lies. You're here to punish us."
    - Skrull Queen: "Well, you should have thought about that before you found it funny to turn our brothers into cows."

    You've got Jim Shooter to thank, yeah, for the Big Company Crossover Event-itis which has been plaguing both the DC and Marvel houses for years now. Shooter started it off with 1984's quite friggin' awesome SECRET WARS maxi-series. DC's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS promptly followed, and the glut was on. More than two decades later and me feeling a mite crossovered out, here cometh SECRET INVASION, which links the more recent Marvel's big events into one extended, semi-cohesive story arc. Years in the making is Secret Invasion, remarks bald-pated writer Brian Michael Bendis. It has ties with House of M and Civil War, and extends back to the very first issue of the New Avengers title and to who knows how much further back and how all-encompassing. Personally, I'm now thinking, Jack "King" Kirby... SKRULL!!

    So after long teases and build-ups and massive promotion by the House of Ideas, we finally get to it: SECRET INVASION, eight issues written by the Bendis and drawn with awkward, jangling energy by Leinil Yu. And it's... okay. I thought Bendis did a terrific job setting things up in the first issue, rendering me all kinds of intrigued. Briefly (and I'm lying when I say "briefly"), in issue #1, a Skrull spaceship crashlands in the Savage Land, necessitating a look-see by both New and Mighty Avengers. By the way, I do like how the renegade New Avengers gain transport to the Savage Land, as it's so a poke in the eye at the Mighty Avengers. Anyhoo, Avengers, New and Mighty, bump into each other, get to squabbling but before that comes to a head, Tony Stark collapses and a horde of surprising someones pour out of the Skrull ship.

    One wonders why it took this long for the Skrulls, given their shape-shifting nature, to hit on this particular ploy. But they finally have. And because of the Skrull's long-range, carefully contemplated behind-the-scenes tweaking of events and their thorough infiltration of the super-powered community, paranoia and dissent have greatly weakened Marvel's mightiest heroes. The Scarlet Witch has decimated mutantkind. The Hulk is out of commission. And so the Skrulls finally come out of hiding. Skrull sleeper agents, long in place, engage in simultaneous assaults on the Baxter Building, on key facilities run by Stark Enterprises, and even on Thunderbolt Mountain. Reed Richards and Tony Stark, deemed to be two of the biggest threats to Skrull Happyville, are dealt with. Second stage is global invasion, as armies of Super Skrull variants pop up all over the world, although the comic book tends to focus on Skrully doings in New York. With the main Avengers stuck in the Savage Land, the Young Avengers and the Initiative scramble to take on the New York invaders. They don't do so well, and are lucky to get their behinds saved by...

    Okay, if it seems dire for the good guys, that sounds about right. Bendis is perfectly fine in how he sets up the conflict, and you can feel the peril and can cut the tension with a knife. Predictably, the Sentry - possibly the most powerful being on Earth but, to me, a useless tool - is easily disposed of. Skrull Queen Veranke, in her guise as Spider-Woman, mindf*@%s Tony Stark so convincingly that it had me wondering, is he Skrully? Ronin is reunited with a loved one (but is she Skrully?), and retro-costumes make a comeback.

    I do like that the Skrulls also wage a media assault on the Earthlings, in which they justify their actions. Their shapeshifting ability rendering them experts in espionage and subterfuge, it makes sense that they would also resort to more cerebral gambits, and not just restrict themselves to blatant displays of force. Their TV air time (probably sponsored by RC Cola, if you're up on your "Super Skrull" song) assures us that they have come to save us from ourselves. And it's realistic to me that there are actually folks who buy into that, as Bendis demonstrates in issue #6. Having said that, other than many uttered "He loves you"s, there's barely a mention here of the prophetic Skrully Scriptures, which have long guided the Many-Clefted-Chinned-Ones in their staging of the invasion. You pretty much have to check out the past year's issues of NEW AVENGERS to get the lowdown on Skrull religion. By the way, I did get a chuckle when Reed is being taken out and the Skrull sleeper agent tells him: "He even loves you."

    There's a lot of stuff going on here, a host of sub-plots. And I guess that's one downside to large company crossover shindigs, that these little sub-plots get kinda glossed over. The Bendis just has too many spots to cover, and in only eight issues, most of which apparently has to be devoted to punchfests (issue #7 alone is essentially one extended "You hit me, I hit you"). Or so it seems. The impression left is that it all feels too busy, too rushed; Bendis doesn't slow down enough or allow enough reflective moments to give the reader time to let all this sink in, before the brouhaha picks up again. Nick Fury (and his huge honking gun) and his spanking new Howling Commandos pop in and out to save New York, but since I don't get a peek at the times in between the fighty fights, I'm not as invested in them. For someone whose long-awaited return I've been anticipating, my reaction to Nick Fury was surprisingly "meh." As well, I would've liked to have seen more of the Hood and his criminal posse and how they fared. Thor shows up for a mo, with his hammer and his thees and thous, and I dig that he disses Tony. Alas, Bucky Barnes, one of my new favorites, gets even less screen time. And did I see Daredevil in the background? I guess, if you want the full Secret Invasion flavor, you have to pick up the various tie-ins and associated mini-series. Corporate Marvel is really intent on maximizing their profits here.

    The stakes are huge, and there's even an Uatu joke to that effect. The scale is epic, and I guess that's my beef with tapping Leinil Yu as SI's penciller. I liked him on the NEW AVENGERS title, as he added an interesting quirky twist to the storytelling. But, on a massive, widescreen venue like SI, Yu to me just doesn't have that polished style and appropriate sense of grandeur. I don't dig how he draws the Skrulls when in their mid-change, either. And there are times when Yu's storytelling gets a bit murky, to the point that I found myself having to go back to see what exactly he was trying to convey. Bryan Hitch, Salvador Larroca, Stuart Immonen, I can't help but feel that any one of these cats would've rocked this series.

    I'm not sure that this next thing is even a complaint, as much as it is a resigned observation. The Skrulls have accessed techonology which now renders them undetectable to Earth's warning systems, magical, mutant, or technological (just how is chronicled in NEW AVENGERS #44). Yet Reed is able to pretty briskly whip up a countermeasure device, and, just like that... detectable. Seeing as Reed himself was sorta instrumental in the Skrull's newfound undetectability, I guess this is apropos. Still, it smacks of too convenient a deux ex machina.

    By the end, there's a shuffling of the status quo (And if you're not a fan of Tony Starks, then you'll relish this series, as start to finish dude gets kicked around). New comic book titles will spring from SECRET INVASION, formerly dead characters will resurface, etc. But the rawest punch in the gut is the death of a major classic superhero. I don't mind it when a character dies, by the way, so that an "event" can be even more relevant. But please do it right. CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS did it right and with verisimilitude with the deaths of Supergirl and Barry Allen. In SI, I don't feel that the character's death is given the weight and moment it deserves. Bendis carries this out almost in a nonchalant manner. And, for some reason, one panel bugged me to bits. So this character croaks, and an ensuing caption reads that, because of this death, "whoever survived... whoever was left... would be insanely ticked off." Norman Osborn, the Hood, and Bullseye are in this panel, with many of Marvel's superdupers, but why would these three particularly give a hoot regarding this hero's passing? Yeah, I know, this is nitpicky stuff. But I don't buy it (And Daredevil in this panel looks really, really anguished). Anyway, I still think that Steve Rogers is coming back. Same with this character.

    As someone who doesn't bleed money, I'm having to ease off on purchasing comic books. Not that big of a deal since, for a while now, both Marvel and DC haven't been impressing me with these company events. SECRET INVASION ends as an ominous set-up for the next big Marvel extravaganza, called Dark Reign, and I'd be more into this if Lex Luthor hadn't already walked this road. As it is, as I've said, I'm scaling back.

    But, despite the artwork and Bendis's underwhelming execution, SECRET INVASION does have its moments. Bendis still has his knack for dialogue, so there's some snappy banter going on here. Tony Stark, Reed Richards, Luke Cage, and Clint Barton get a lot of screen time, with Spidey here and there doing his wiseacre schtick. Clint, especially, gets a chance to cut loose. There's one awesome sequence in which he takes up the bow and arrows from the fallen Young Avengers' Hawkeye and rapidly takes out a gaggle of Skrulls. There's a nice reconciliation scene between Luke and Jessica (in the middle of a massive Skrull throwdown, natch). And the return of one favorite female crimefighter has got me pumped, as this hints of an addition to the New Avengers' roster. But, mostly, I'm just relieved that my main man Spidey isn't a Skrull... or is he?...more info
  • Sign of the times
    I enjoy reading this book. Not as great as Avengers: The Kree/Skrull War but is great. The best for me is that Stark wasn't a Skrull. That would be a lame way to go. If you solve all the problems with these caracters in one mini series then there is no growth and nothing to read in the future. Captain America has to earn his place, Iron Man has to pay for his mistakes. Is a good story. Just read it whitout pondering in how much you can you sell those comics in the future....more info
  • Let down
    Just another Marvelous build up to a significant let down. Marvel has in recent years become dependent upon extravagent storylines that sacrifice plot and good story for 'epic'. This is just another in the long list of failures by a very average writer -- Bendis. None of the dazzling aura of the old Avengers is here as Bendis has totally devastated the Avengers roster. Marvel is always rushing to the next 'big event'. Unfortunately, they are leaving a trail of the very ordinary....more info