Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mighty Avengers: Secret Invasion Book 2 Review

Mighty Avengers: Secret Invasion Book 2
Marvel Comics
Softcover Trade Paperback
120 pages
$14.99
ISBN 9780785136507

Contributors: Brian Michael Bendis, Khoi Pham, Danny Miki, Stefano Caselli, Carlo Pagulayan, Lee Weeks, Jim Cheung, and Marko Djurdjevic

Reprints: Mighty Avengers #16-20

Synopsis: The first Skrull impostor to be revealed was Elektra, but how was one of the deadliest women on Earth replaced by an alien shape-shifter?

The Skrull impersonators are genetically linked to their subjects and the imprinting is so strong that their personalities are in danger of being submerged with the dominant, "heroic" personalities.  See what happens when "Hank Pym" goes native.

Nick Fury sends his new team on their first mission - to kidnap Maria Hill, the acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Noh-Varr is a dimension-displaced Kree soldier stranded on Earth and imprisoned for threatening to take over the planet.  He's vasting advanced in mind, body, and technology.  He encounters the "Skrull" Captain Marvel who rebels from the invading armada after identifying with the imprinted personality of the original Mahr-Vell.

The Avengers and superhero community bid farewell to The Wasp.

Pros: More backstory on Secret Invasion, nice covers by Djurdjevic

Cons: Art is less good than previous book, stories are less compelling

Mike Tells It Straight: The Secret Invasion backstory continues, but is less intriguing in this volume than the previous one.  It seems like all the secrets are out and these issues are just filler.  Even the Wasp farewell seems like filler (especially with the full splash pages recounting earlier crossovers).  I guess if you've come this far into the storyline there's no turning back.

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