Secret Invasion #8 (of eight) (Marvel – Bendis / Yu)
THIS IS IT!! The truly shocking conclusion to THE comic event hit of the year. And you are not prepared for what will happen in these pages. Heroes will rise, heroes will fall…and the Marvel Universe will, and we’re not joking, NEVER be the same again!
Never be the same again? Didn’t we here this after World War Hulk, Civil War, House of M…
Before I start ranting, let me talk about the good stuff that is in the whole Secret Invasion series. To be honest, it was a fun book to read, it’s always enjoyable for a fanboy to see the heroes put on the rope and see how they get out of it. At some level, the Secret Invasion event was the ultimate death trap scenario. Bendis’ writing served the book well with some memorable scenes and one-liners (Wizard has highlighted the “My God has a Hammer” multiple times now). Yu’s stylized art is very consistent and very solid, but I probably couldn’t read an ongoing series with it, this eight part series pushed my limit for “unfocused lines”.
My real big issue with this is that we had 7 issues plus of huge build up, the Skrulls had taken over almost every major point of power on Earth (political, social and economic), they have super-skrulls that can mimic any super power many times over and then they fold as soon their leader gets shot?
And speaking of that shot… Harry Osborne and his high powered-rifle succeed where every Marvel hero, villain and super-military agency failed? Then we rush through how Harry ascends to power. Seems a little bit too neat for this fanboy.
Secret Invasion began with an incredibly intricate introduction and ends quickly with blunt points. Almost like they had one less issue than they had planned. And issue #8 ends with nothing less than a direct next-week introduction into Dark Reign, Marvel’s next big event… again.
Issue Grade: B
Series Grade: B