Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Leinil Francis Yu
After an extended argument with the One and Only, I am still not going to change my mind about the Secret Invasion. I am personally not offended by this popcorn comic book event, and I really did not have high hopes for this event. And with that, I am pretty ok with how its going. Theres an invasion, Skrulls take out the Avengers, smaller resistance groups trying to fight it, and the planning and the "secret" part of the invasion is taken care of in miniseries. And also, its not just taking place in just New York, but all over the world. And that is taken care of in other mini series (Captain Britain). I thought this issue moved the plot along to some extent. They move along the Stark plotline in Savage Land. He was crippled, but now Black Widow and Wolverine are trying to help out Stark. It is done in a way where there is obvious mistrust in the air. The battle in New York wages on, as Fury makes some tough decisions. We see the Hood. And the last page probably saved the issue in my opinion. Having Thor and Cap show up really helps the "big event" feel of this. Why should we take this Invasion seriously if Thor or Cap, Marvel's big guns, don't show up. Having them here will, in my opinion, pick things up in later issues. It is hard for me to just judge this event alone without considering the tie ins. So with all that included, I am just fine with how this is going. The art was really inconsistent, especially in the fight scenes in New York. Tough to follow.