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Secret Invasion by Brian Michael Bendis
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bookshelves: collected-comics
Read from October 21 to 24, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Mirrored on my personal comics blog The Raving Asgardian

This is the trade paperback collecting the 2008 Marvel Comics event. This reprints the entire eight issue miniseries but none of the tie-ins. The numerous tie-ins have their own trade paperback collections. It features the work of Brian Bendis, Marvel’s top writer and Leinil Yu, one of the “superstar” artists under exclusive contract with the publisher.

The main villains here are the Skrulls, a shape shifting alien race that used their abilities, along with advance technology and mystic arts to infiltrate strategic positions within the Marvel Universe, including the ranks of its myriad superhuman protectors.

This storyline is notable as it is the fruit Bendis harvested from the subplots and hints he has seeded in his work, particularly from his acclaimed work on New Avengers and even before that, from his Secret War miniseries. He maximizes the payoff by using a companywide crossover event instead of it unfolding in his monthly New Avengers title.

Secret Invasion has a different flavor from the different crossover event I have followed, by giving the villains a religious motivation. The Skrulls believed that Earth was the promised homeland for their dying race based on a prophecy as interpreted by a zealot cult. This religious tone gives it a semblance of relevance as America was embroiled in an ideological and covert war with Islamic terrorists at the time of publication.

This religious tone was enhanced by the return of Thor, a character based on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s take on Norse mythology, to the Marvel Universe proper. This character was killed off in another Avenger-centric event called Disassembled a few years back orchestrated by Bendis, though he was not the writer on Thor’s monthly title. He has since returned in his own title but was isolated for a year and was not interacting with the rest of the Marvel Universe.

Another major character that returned was superspy Nick Fury, who has fallen off the grid since the events of another Bendis miniseries. Along with Thor, Nick Fury represents another character that Marvel was positioning for a return to relevance.

Bendis ties up loose threads from this past work and creates new ones for future storylines and spin-offs. This work should satisfy a lot of Bendis’ fans. He has a lot of readers as his monthly titles are among best sellers every month.

This is also artist Leinil Yu’s best work, creatively and financially since the individual issues were top sellers on the months of their release. He gets to illustrate a lot of splash and double splash pages showing a crowd and action scenes. He doesn’t do crowd scenes as well as George Perez but renders each character recognizable. His work here is looks more finished than his previous work, which is indicative of the talent of his inker and colorist. This is the first time he headlines a project that features almost all of the characters in the Marvel Universe and he is up to the task.

As a graphic novel it doesn’t have a definite ending, although it has an epilogue, it only opens a new can of worms. No spoilers here, but it does provide a new direction for stories and a theme for another crossover event. If you are a casual reader, it would feel incomplete. But if you are regular Marvel reader, you are provided with an enriched reading experience.

Best moment: The Avengers Big Three reunite to fight a common enemy.
Best line: "Yeah? Well my god has a hammer!” – Nick Fury.
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