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My Thoughts on Marvel’s “Secret Invasion”!

April 14, 2008

Earlier this month, Marvel Comics‘ big event of the year, Secret Invasion has finally started. In this new overarching storyline, the shapeshifting alien race known as the Skrull have been secretly posing as different characters in the Marvel universe, in their aim to claim Earth as their ‘rightful territory’. What’s fascinating is that according to the writer Brian Michael Bendis, there have been hints to this event going as far back as New Avengers , which explains some of the more mysterious goings on in New Avengers #1, where a mysterious figure hired Electro to free prisoners from the superhuman prison known as ‘The Raft’.

Fan reaction to “Secret Invasion” has been good so far, but some are claiming that it’s Marvel’s way to retcon (a term to describe the act of deliberate changing previously established storylines, as if they never happened) siginificant changes to the continuity from previous storylines such as the last year’s controversial event Civil War, where Marvel’s superheroes were pitted against each other with Iron Man and Captain America leading opposite sides. I’m still pretty dismayed by the previous event Marvel had with Spider-Man, One More Day, where they decided to completely retcon (which was done in bad taste) a lot of significant events in Spider-Man’s life (including his marriage), but so far I’m not getting that vibe from “Secret Invasion”.

I won’t be talking about what happened in the first issue here (nobody wants spoilers, right?) but as expected it had a lot of surprising and shocking moments, as well as a few revelations to keep everyone excited for what’s going to happen next. So far, it looks like the Skrull’s longtime nemesis on earth, the Fantastic Four, will play a huge part in this storyline, as well as the Mighty Avengers and the New Avengers. I’m certain Marvel will have a lot of surprises in store for us, in particular with the Fantastic Four, which most people consider to be Marvel’s best superheroes.

Leinil Yu‘s art has always been excellent, and I’m pretty glad he got the job to do a big crossover event like this. The writer, Brian Michael Bendis has always done what he does best in big events like this one, providing intricate plots and shock-value, and his claims that “Invasion” will be the final chapter in the story that started way back in “Avengers Disassembled” should keep everyone talking about the hints that were shown from back then.

As far as I’m concerned, as long as they don’t do anything stupid like killing well known characters just for shock value or suddenly retconning things, I think this’ll be Marvel’s best event in recent years.

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