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Subj: Reviews: Secret Invasion #3, SI: Who Do You Trust?, Omega #9 and Last Defenders #4!
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 at 09:27:48 am EDT (Viewed 2 times)

SECRET INVASION #3: This issue was mostly a big battle issue, although there were some sneak peaks into other plotlines. In particular, we learned that Spider-Woman was indeed the Skrull Queen, as hinted at in NEW AVENGERS #40, and it appeared that Iron Man may also be a Skrull and just not know it. However, I think the Queen was lying and trying to screw up Stark psychologically, but we will see. A couple of Initiative heroes were killed, but I felt nothing about those loser characters, so no loss there. I like Nick Fury's little group, especially Daisy Johnson, who grew on me, so I'm looking forward to seeing them in action next issue. One last thing, I gotta say that Yu's artwork looks ten times better with an inker than without one.

SECRET INVASION: WHO DO YOU TRUST?: I enjoyed all the stories in this issue, especially the Wonder Man/Beast one. I seriously hope the ship Beast turns out to be the real deal cuz I miss the happy-go-lucky, adventurous Beast. The story ended with this Beast swinging off into another part of the Savage Land, so I'm curious to see where he pops up next. The Marvel Boy story was enjoyable enough, although I'm not a big fan of the character. The same can be said about Agent Brand and the Agents of Atlas, but the stories were interesting nonetheless. The Captain Marvel story was written for #5 of his mini but was cut out due to length; a little confused about Mar-Vell's reasoning: it looks like he's pretending to aid the Skrulls by going after the Thunderbolts, but he's actually just playing the aliens. I think. Anyway, nice complimentary one-shot, with nice stories and art.

OMEGA THE UNKNOWN #9: Alexander Island finally begins his journey toward his destiny, as he dons the Omega costume and starts battling the rampant nanotech beings running amok in the city. There was a single panel with dialogue by Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes; I can only assume the dialogue originally appeared in the original OMEGA series somewhere, likely the final issue. I'll have to check it out sometime. The issue ended with Omega grabbing the Overthinker and causing an implosion; this bit was a little confusing, but I'll wait until next issue's resolution and see if I will understand it better. I still say Omega is the adult version of Alex/James-Michael.

THE LAST DEFENDERS #4: After a quick thrashing of the Quintronic Men, a little "down time" hits, mostly the consequences of Nighthawk's "illegal" using potential Initiative recruits. The results: Kyle Richmond is forced to give up his Nighthawk costume and persona. Meanwhile, Hellstrom visits his ex-wife Patsy, making me happy to see Casey acknowledge his connection with Hellcat and the details of their separation. I also like Hellstrom's new costume, too. Krang seems like Namor Deluxe, but I like his new look nonetheless. In any case, while this series is nothing like the original, I'm curious to see how things finish up in the next two issues.

And that's all she wrote for this week! Thanks for reading and have a nice day!

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