| > 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.|
I just can't bring myself to believe that any Marvel character with a solo book will turn out to be a Skrull. Reader reaction to that would probably be very similar to the "Clone Saga" reaction, which of course was very negative.
| > 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.|
I don't recognize any of Fury's people. I was also very surprised to see Fury show up with a big gun. I thought he was doing something covert. I also had heard on some message board that he looked like a black man lately. Did I misunderstand that?
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> 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.|
Me too - but I don't expect it. My current working hypothesis is that absolutely all of the retro heroes are Skrulls, including Mockingbird.
| > 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.|
Me too. I wonder if any of the retro heroes will survive, and if they do, if any of the survivors will retain their heroic Earthling personalities.
| > The Marvel Boy story was enjoyable enough, although I'm not a big fan of the character.|
His story line interests me, even though he personally doesn't - if I assess him as a protagonist. If, instead, I assess him as an antagonist for others, I see potential. He'd make a good recurring villain for, say, Ms. Marvel, or the Young Avengers, or the Runaways - or all the above.
| > The same can be said about Agent Brand and the Agents of Atlas, but the stories were interesting nonetheless.|
I am a fan of Jeff Parker in general and the Agents of Atlas in particular. Jeff is doing a good job of sneaking the Agents of Atlas into any book he possibly can, thus keeping them front and center in reader consciousness. I look forward to their next mini.
Agent Brand: Director of SWORD had never interested me before, but she interests me now, and quite a bit. Hey Marvel! Give her a mini!
| > 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.|
I have no idea what Mar-Vell's plan is, but I don't think we're supposed to know - not yet.
| > 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.|
Thus begins the speculation as to whether someone else (Pennyworth, perhaps) will take them up. Pennyworth is a black man and Ultimate Nighthawk is a black man. Coincidence? Maybe.
| > 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.|
Me too. If we end up with Krang, Son of Satan, She-Hulk, and Pennyworth Nighthawk as the new Defenders, with Yandroth pulling the strings, my curiosity will be piqued enough to buy the next mini if one is published. I just hope they choose a different artist. The current one is tolerable but just barely.