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Subj: Re: Reviews: Secret Invasion #3, SI: Who Do You Trust? ...and Last Defenders #4!
Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 07:03:49 am EDT (Viewed 101 times)
Reply 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.

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?

> SECRET INVASION: WHO DO YOU TRUST?: I enjoyed all the stories in this issue...

Me too.

> ...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.

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