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Secret Invasion

(Marvel Ultimate Graphic Novels Collection #58)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,731 ratings  ·  248 reviews
The shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls has secretly infiltrated every super-powered organization on Earth with one goal - full-scale invasion! Filled with shocking revelations and powerful action, this adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat as Marvel's greatest heroes and villains ask - Who do you trust?
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by Marvel (first published 2009)
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Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Religious Nutters & Shape Shifters
Recommended to Anne by: Sam Quixote
He loves you...


Re-read 2016
This one was a buddy read with my fellow Shallow Comic Readers, initiated by our own sassy Brit, as an homage to the American colonies Thanksgiving Day celebration...aka Turkey Day. Because according to him there was no bigger turkey than the Secret Invasion storyline.
Now, I remembered loving it, but I pretty much expected to change my mind when all of the other kids in the clubhouse started nodding along with him.
So, it was with a feeling of dread that I picked this o
Embrace the reading of this event!

I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able of making a better overall review.

This TPB edition collects “Secret Invasion” #1-8.

Creative Team:

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator: Leinil Francis Yu

Covers: Gabriele Dell'Otto


In any war, trusting in your allies is crucial, but what happens when you don’t know who is really your ally?

The Skrulls are an alien race introduced in the pages of Fantastic
Sam Quixote
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok

Shapeshifting aliens called Skrulls have replaced key figures on Earth, including some Marvel superheroes – who can you trust? Welcome to Secret Invasion aka Duuuuuuuuuuuh: The Comic!

It’s a Marvel event written by Brian Bendis so I wasn’t expecting it to be good – and I was right, it wasn’t! But ‘tis turkey season so why not scoff down a turkey like Secret Invasion?

How you feel about this comic depends on whether or not you enjoy emotionless superhero action, particularly the sort that compris
Paul E. Morph
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
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I re-read this for a Turkey Genocide Day group read. I originally read it when it was first published and didn't like it much at the time. Back then, I also read all the countless unnecessary tie-ins across Marvel's entire line and, when contemplating this re-read, I thought 'Maybe if I just read the core book it'll read better with all the extraneous fat cut away'...

... aaaaannnd, sorry Anne, it still sucked. So, why don't I like it?

For starters, the entire concept had been done before, in a m
Nicolo Yu
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
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 abili
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Skrulls have come to Earth. They have infiltrated every group of super powered heroes. Now the Earth's mightiest don't know who they can trust and the world's at stake.

I love the concept of the shape shifting Skrulls learning to assimilate powers and become undetectable in order to take over the planet Earth. I did feel they could have been a little smarter about it by killing or capturing the heroes smart enough to stop them, but the story was still strong. Even The Watcher showed up to rec
James DeSantis
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well this was stupid.

Not like "OMG WHAT DID I JUST READ" but more like "Why did I read this?"

So Skrulls are in town. Do you know who they are? They're shapeshifters. This pisses off a lot of people cause one second you think you're with your wife, the next it's a green face with a evil grin in your face. Fucked up huh? Could make for some compelling storytelling.

Besides a few moments (One included Mr. Fantastic, another including Jessica) the rest of the reveals or fights come off as flat or
Marie Antoinette
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To me Secret Invasion has one of the greatest lines in Marvel history. (Courtesy of Nick Fury):

"He loves you"
"He... Who?"
"Yeah? Well... my God has a hammer!"
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super-hero
I finally got around to picking up a copy of this. I read the New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Avengers The Initiative, Ms. Marvel (War Bird/Carol Danvers) issues along with Dark Avengers which come directly out of the finish on this so I had a good handle on what happened around the event. Overall a pretty decent job.
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Man was I excited the first time I read this. I distinctly recall feeling like Bendis had been plotting this ever since he got his first gig writing whatever Marvel 616 book he'd been handed, and he built it for ages while we innocently stood by.

It's harder to read this book out of context of what had built up before - what signs were there that we didn't know how to read, all the storylines that were leading into this, and trying to remember who the hell was who, where and when. I'm struggling
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
After 2 not-very-exciting books I felt like I wanted a no-brainer.
Wish fulfilled!
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little torn on this one. On the one hand, Bendis has crafted a massive, Marvel Universe-spanning blockbuster of a thrill ride of a mystery of a crossover. The plot unfolds at a breakneck pace, leading to bigger and bigger superfights that just plain look cool. On the other hand, though, this is pretty messy, and doesn't necessarily have the payoff promised by the previous several months of New Avengers and Mighty Avengers stories.

First of all, the major players in this are very spread out,
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is graphic/comic book that tells the story of the "Secret Invasion" by the Skrull of Earth. The Skrull Empire's planets have been devastated and they've been plotting this for some time make great (and extremely convoluted) preparations.

As I've noted elsewhere I date back to the Silver age of comics. I haven't kept up since than and am reading some of the collections and graphic novels of the updates and so on. My experience with the Skrull dates back to the Skrull Kree war comics (Avenger
Mark Johnson
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By itself, this is very quick and enjoyable read. However, as the culmination of over a year (or 5 if you believe Marvel's hype) plotting, scheming, and forshadowing it's kind of a let-down. The Skrulls' master plan falls apart pretty quickly and the elaborate conspiracy boils down to a pretty standard superhero slugfest that takes up the bulk of the last three issues. Despite that, there is a lot to like: some humorous touches, some pretty clever twists, and a welcome and unexpected call back t ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
This probably deserves 4 stars (on my scale), but I had some unanswered questions and confusion, and disappointment over some... changes... as a result of the Secret Invasion. Readers should probably pair this with The Mighty Avengers, Vol. 3: Secret Invasion, Vol. 1and DEFINITELY read in parallel with The Mighty Avengers, Vol. 4: Secret Invasion, Vol. 2.
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, that wasn't confusing.

"Totally painless," I say as I curl up to a ball and start crying.
Chris Greensmith
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: secret-invasion
"The shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls have invaded Earth."
I really did not like the art, every just looked the same and had massive chins, the detail was good but everyone was just teeth and chin...1 🌟
This was the heart of the whole Secret Invasion saga. Secret Invasion was what go me into comics, issue one was one of the first comics I bought that I really followed, I bought all the ties ins and each month my wallet was taking a battering, but it was worth it. The idea that no
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
Básicamente se trata de que los Skrulls reemplazan a muchos superhéroes y personalidades importantes del mundo para después invadir el planeta.

Lei en algunas reviews que este comic es divertido, y si, es divertido. Leí también que es malo y no es necesariamente malo, pero los díalogos si son flojos y la historia si se siente incompleta.

Bendis usa muchísimo espacio en peleas, peleas gigantes con un millón de héroes y skrulls, hay skrulls como el super skrull, hay skrulls como x-men, hay skrulls
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

Way too much superheroes. It's a clusterfuck.

4 stars for the story and being fairly entertaining
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Danger Will Robinson! Spoilers ahead!

I think Brian Michael Bendis writes masterfully solo characters, his run on Daredevil is amazing, what he did in Alias is really good, the spiderwoman he wrote after Secret Invasion is fun and interesting. Wheneverhe writes an EVENT (thats how they are calling the crossover stories with some enduring consecuences for the general continuity of the general universe of their stories) he has to put so many characters in, that that there is really no character de
Valery Tzvetanov
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the second best of Bendis’ big crossover events (the first one is House of M for me). I really enjoy the epicness of the story and how far it begins (you need to check the New Avngers tie-ins for understanding this). When I was starting with the reading of New Avengers series I couldn't imagine that the things from the first volumes are going to lead to this event, almost 40 issues later. I don’t believe that Bendis was fully aware for this links and hints from New Avnegers title when he ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secret Invasion is action packed with some big events, but my still limited superhero knowledge meant I was a little confused and lost in places! I spent a lot of time on Wikipedia and quizzing my Boyfriend to work out who was who.. and I still couldn't tell you them all!

The Skrulls have a clever plan to invade Earth. Over many years they have replaced heroes with identical Skrull agents, and now the superheroes have no idea who they can trust. Tony Stark, having positioned himself as the most p
Oct 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
This is a pretty good story that draws on some interesting bits of Marvel history. It's a lot more fun, less serious, and less divisive than Civil War, and it leaves the Marvel universe in a better place (though the obvious new villain at the end of the book could get tiresome.) The big death toward the end of the book seems completely senseless, but I'm not too annoyed since it's not a particularly large character.
Unfortunately, Brian Michael Bendis uses this main book as the guidepost for all
Jan 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-seq-art, comics
I read this just to catch up with what happened between volume one and volume two of Matt Fraction's Invincible Iron Man, so I am probably not the target audience for it. That said, it is easily the least interesting of Marvel's Big Event books I've read so far -- plot, fight, plot, wait, was there supposed to be characterization in there? fight, fight, plot, we've noticed the plot doesn't make sense, let's blame it on religion, plot, plot, plot,fight, the plot still doesn't make sense but surel ...more
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
No leí en su día esta saga posterior a Civil War y el otro día me hice con el Marvel Deluxe que la recopila. Y sinceramente viendo el nivel actual de líos con Battle of the Atom e Infinty, me parece que esta pifostio ha envejecido algo mal.

Como sabéis uno de los insólitos resultados de la epoca post-guerra civil fue el descubrimiento de que Elektra era un Skrull y que ademas había sido completamente indetectable, por lo que no se sabe desde cuando lo era, o si hay otros personajes que no son qui
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
Well it was better than Bendis' last big crossover event. The idea for this crossover was great, and the execution was pretty good. That is if you're reading both Avengers series alongside it. The conclusion needed some big events though. It felt more like throwing everything into a soup and then watching it drain. The big changes to the status quo felt kinda contrived as well. Well contrived isn't the right word. It just feels like they didn't properly justify it. As is typical for these things ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
So I just read this as part of my 'Marvel Avengers/Secret Warriors' catch up marathon-read. I suppose it's a bit 'neat' in that we have lots of Super Heroes fighting Super Skrulls and we don't really know who is an imposter and who is real.

The writing is fine, the art is fine but the crux of my issue with this storyline is that it seems to just hit the 'reset' button on lots of very important events which occurred in the Marvel Universe over the previous few years... and it does so in a way that
Sketching Girl
This was BRILLIANT! I loved it! I got very excited when I read the first New Avengers graphic novel, the Civil War storyline felt epic, but now I know what truly epic is! FANTASTIC! For a comic book geek it is cool having just about every Marvel Superhero appear in one book, it is cool and fun, yet has a strong story running through it, and keeps you guessing who's who right through it. It never fails to please. There are also amazing comic book covers throughout, which give a nice pause at inte ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-read
Certainly one of the better Marvel events I've read. Usually these big crossovers will start out strong, fizzle out by the 4th or 5th issue, and then completely die out on the last issue. I thought Secret Invasion stayed consistently strong throughout all eight issues. Really, my own complaint is, where the hell did Captain America come from? He's suddenly back from the dead and not one character seems to be surprised by it. Literally not one line of dialogue mentioning it. They just carry on fi ...more
Christian Smith
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
wow........just wow.....this is what all comics should strive to be like. the mystery and fantasy in this comic helps it to shine out and be really amazing.

ART: Leinil Yu's drawings are just amazing. A good story will make a comic great but great art is 90%.
his art makes you feel like your living the story. everything about it is just great
STORY: overall I didn't see many plot holes. the story really felt like a movie.
the only thing i could say bad about it is that i wondered how all the heroes
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot

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