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Secret Invasion Paperback – 29 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: PANINI UK LTD / MARVEL (29 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846534054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846534058
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS is an award winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller, and is the current writer of All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, which debuted at number one on national sales charts. He is one of the premier architects of Marvel's Ultimate comics line and has won five Eisner awards, including two 'Best Writer of the year' and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. He lives in Portland, Oregon. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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If you hadn't noticed in the comic book world, at the moment Marvel have a small event going on called Secret Invasion. This event tells the tale of when the Skrulls finally decide to stop playing nice and get around to invading the good old Marvel Universe. To this end they have infiltrated the heroes with Skrulls who don't know they are really Skrulls (sleeper agents so to speak). With this they have thrown doubt amongst the heroes.

As part of the promotion and to help slightly newer readers this collection has been thrown together. It start's way back at the beginning with the Fantastic Four's first run in with the Skrulls. From here we jump to more recent stories, mainly from the New Avengers and the Illuinati.

This all goes to show how clever Brian Micheal Bendis really is (no sarcasm). He has sowed the seeds back as far as the first issue of New Avengers and the breakout of the raft (further if you take into account the likes of the Nick Fury centric Secret War). The writing is excellent and the artwork is generally top notch throughout.

But there is a problem. With the exception of the Stan Lee & Jack Kirby Fantastic Four story, there really isn't a complete story in there. All the other issues form a smaller part of a larger story that was being published. For example two issues where taken from the 5 part Illuminati and the Elektra storyline was taken from the tail end of a several part Avengers story line. This means that as you read it, you are treated to the planning that the Skrulls have been so thorough about but it doesn't really make for the most complete reading experience.
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Secret Invasion... where do I start. I am assuming that this is yet another case of having to buy the hundred odd tie in books to get the complete experience? Because there are at least three battles in this book that end SUDDENLY without explanation and then move on to something else. Frankly, i'm dropping a star solely for the superhero on superhero Royal Rumble in the forest that we never get to see.
Apart from that the art is very good, the overall story is fun and there are some intriguing developments concerning who it is that have been imposters all of this time. Although as far as I am concerned there should have been far more set-up as some of them come completely out of the blue as opposed to say, being of the same cloth as the Sixth Sense film by M Night Shyamalan, where you can go back and re-read your old issues and say 'Oh, yeah! I can see it now! He WAS an alien in disguise!''
Although, not to spoil anything, it does offer a very nice explanation for the travesty that was ''Civil War''.
TL;DR A good read let down by bad execution.
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I was expecting a lot from secret invasion, it slightly disappointed me. It is a comic with lots of action, but to me it felt like action over story. Most of the time you don't know who is who. Which may sound exciting but to me became repetive. I felt it was entertaining but not brilliant. A lot of charcters just didn't do much, other than Iron man and Thor. Decent buy but not a must buy.
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I didn't enjoy this. I was dissapointed, as I enjoyed Civil War and thought House of M was quite good too.

I like what I have read of Bendis (Daredevil mainly, though also enjoyed Alias. I read the first few Ultimate Spider-man volumes when I started following comics, but was not overly impressed with them) so was expecting to enjoy this, but it was just too scatty. It didn't really make any sense in its own terms. I roughly knew what was going on before Secret Invasion (from wikipedia as I don't follow any of the relevant comics), but if I hadn't it would have been pointless as it relied heavily on you knowing what is going on. I think if you followed New and Mighty Avengers you would enjoy this, but it is not a good way to get into comics or the Avengers franchise.

The art is quite good though I have a couple of complaints. Yu's faces are too lined and look very odd. Also the costumes (particularly for the female characters) are just too skin tight and show off their bodies too much. I know this is common in super-hero work, but I am used to series like Daredevil and Captain America, which are a little more subtle.

The volume itself its very good value. Eight larger than usual issues (I think they are 30 pages each rather than 22) plus two extra issues that are related to the event, one having a few short stories, one being an encyclopedia of all skrulls to appear in the Marvel Universe since the 60s. The variant covers for an issue are all included on one page, which is acceptable considering there are quite a few covers, but not ideal.

In conclusion, I would only recommend this to people who follow New and or Mighty Avengers. The story is just too tied in to the plots in those comics. It's not that bad in itself, just not accessable enough. I have reviewed this assuming anyone who hasn't already bought it does not follow the Avengers franchise.
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"I have this idea, right. The Skrulls can attack earth."
"Why?"
"Because... they're evil."
"Okay, then how can we make it seem more interesting so people will give us money for it?"
"Well, we could make loads of posters and adverts saying that no-one can trust anyone becuase they don't know whose an alien and whose not..."
"Right..."
"And then we can reveal who all the aliens are at the start of the first issue."
"Yeah, then what happens?"
"The heroes could fight them."
"How could it end?"
"The heroes could win."
"I love it. And we could cross it over into all our other series so that all our unsuspecting comic fans can give us loads of money."
"Ingenious. This is going to change the Marvel Universe FOREVER!"
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