Secret Invasion #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Leinil Yu; Inker: Mark Morales
‘Secret Invasion’ is as overly hyped, melodramatic and contrived as I feared.
‘Civil War’ was an event. This, on the other hand, is a 1950s science fiction movie gone bad. Everything feels so forced, especially when compared to how well Brian Bendis usually plots his stories.
And the stupidity of Tony Stark (and Agent Brand to a lesser extent) is mind boggling. Having faced Skrulls before, one would think the heroes would be better prepared, especially the Fantastic Four.
To top off the issue, Bill Quesada writes a three-page love letter explaining just how diligent Bendis has been over the years and why we should care about this miniseries. It serves as the kiss of death for me and speaks volumes about Marvel’s failure to generate any good publicity about this project beyond the sycophants in the comics press who adore anything put out by Marvel.
From Marvel (preview): “The shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls has secretly infiltrated every super-powered organization on Earth with one goal…full-scale invasion! Brian Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu leap off the pages of mega-hit New Avengers and deliver a story that will change the Marvel Universe forever. The shocking reveals, powerful action and pulse-pounding page after page will keep you on the edge of your seat as Marvel’s greatest heroes and villains must ask…Who Do You Trust?” On sale April 2, 2008.