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Secret Invasion #1

Event\Storyline: Secret Invasion Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 2, 2008 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 6
7.1Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

The shape-shifting Skrulls have secretly infiltrated every super-powered organization on Earth with one goal: full-scale invasion! It's reveal after reveal and shocking moment after shocking moment featuring the entire Marvel Universe!

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Apr 1, 2008

    Secret Invasion is off to a dizzying start and like its pacing, it'll leave you breathless. You did good this time, Bendis. You did good. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Bryan Joel Mar 31, 2008

    Does Secret Invasion have room to grow? Absolutely. But with issue #1, Bendis ensures that those direction(s) are as outrageous as they are interesting. I'm hesitant to geek out completely because who's to say what the rest of the series holds? But SI #1 leaves me with no reason to assume the level of quality won't continue, and if so, I honestly think my head might explode and shoot confetti everywhere. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Kevin Fuller Mar 31, 2008

    On the whole, this is a very strong start of the series. While we get a clearer idea of what our heroes are up against, there's still a lot of uncertainty, especially where it concerns the bigger names. Personally, I'm very excited to see where this series goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Eric Sunde Mar 31, 2008

    However, when it all comes down to it for me, this series hinges on Brian Michael Bendis. It's one thing to write a universe-spanning storyline that affects the entire Marvel Comics line. It's another thing entirely to do that and at the same time tell a story that should weave in and out of comics that have been on shelves for years. With plot threads allegedly being planted as far back as Secret War in February, 2004, and story implications potentially stretching back even further, this series has the potential to deliver some big shocks. I personally hope it does that without resorting to the dreaded retcon, since that would cheapen some of the setup. From some of the events of this first issue, it looks like some events in Civil War were pretty Skrully, and it was a cool feeling to put the pieces together. I hope there are a lot more reveals like that coming up in future issues, since that could make Secret Invasion a series fans are talking about for years... for the right reasons Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Daniel Crown Mar 31, 2008

    All of this brings me to the final and most important question. Does this book accomplish that which it sets out to do? I can confidently say, that Secret Invasion does just that. The stakes are set, a few secrets are revealed and the narrative is dramatically pressed forward. And, perhaps most importantly, Bendis succeeds in pontificating his ability to responsibly handle the authority he's been given in writing this potentially polarizing series. While Secret Invasion could still, undoubtedly and easily, take a bad turn, the first issue gives me faith that it won't - coming from a skeptical wannabe hipster such as myself, there's no higher compliment. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - IGN's Review Crew Mar 31, 2008

    Idiosyncrasies aside, the only major complaint I can lodge against this issue is that it doesn't give me enough. I want more Skrully revelations, as well as further explanation regarding the revelations it did give me. Like I said, this is a problem inherent to any first issue, and I'm just going to have to suck it up and wait 30 days for another helping. The fact that I can still feel this excited about an event after all these years is a good sign. I think Bendis has what it takes to pull this baby off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Mar 31, 2008

    So to wrap things up after reading this first issue, my head is still on my shoulders, the Marvel Universe still exists, the Internet appears to be in one piece, and I'm no more excited to read issue #2 than I was issue #1. Entertaining? Sure. Mind-blowing? Not in my book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Apr 4, 2008

    People not pictured I want to be Skrulls: Cyclops. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Apr 5, 2008

    This issue was quite interesting as a set up issue, although not much into the early infiltration of the Skrulls has been revealed. It will be interested when more of the Easter eggs that Bendis has been inserting are revealed. However, this issue and possibly the rest of the series, will probably focused more on action than the secret plot. And there is the main problem with Secret Invasion. Readers will have to read a ton of other books where the real story will be exposed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Apr 3, 2008

    "Secret Invasion" #1 offers just about what you'd expect, but it's well-executed and offers a solid launching pad for what could turn out to be an excellent little gigantic crossover event. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Apr 1, 2008

    I'm surprised that I enjoyed this issue as much as I did, as I haven't always been the greatest advocate of Bendis' Avengers work, especially lately. That said, I've stuck with the books over the last year on the promise that Secret Invasion will retroactively enrich them, and that Bendis really does have a plan for where this is all going. Whilst this issue hasn't completely convinced me just yet - it's a lot easier to write a strong opening issue than it is to craft an equally satisfying complete story, after all - it's a good start, and has allowed me to hope that this series could make good on its promise to tie together the New and Mighty Avengers series into a more cohesive whole than I expected. Much depends on how the story plays out, of course, but this is a solid first issue that delivers enough in the way of twists and big reveals that those who have been looking forward to the series for months shouldn't be disappointed. Just don't expect anything more than a bombastic, Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Apr 2, 2008

    I want to like this issue and I do, for the most part, but it feels like a cheap B movie at the most. Pretty much anything I say at this point will just sound like nitpicking, and it probably is, but still don't feel this is a worthy "event" book. However, this would be a great New Avengers issue and I think it shows that this was conceived as a NA storyline first and bloated to event status second. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Apr 2, 2008

    All in all, Secret Invasion #1 was a fun little read that serves for some nice popcorn for the brain. This issue doesn't require much from the reader and is best served by the reader letting go of demanding too much from the story and simply going on for a ride and not questioning things along the way. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kevin Church Apr 2, 2008

    "That's the one." Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 3, 2008

    That being said, I do like the new direction for Marvel unveiled by the end of the issue. It doesn't necessarily make a lot of sense, but it's such a simple, Silver Age idea that logic isn't such a big requisite. I think the effectiveness of the ending (and appreciation of the aforementioned continuity housekeeping) relies a little too much on one's previous knowledge of the Marvel Universe, and I worry that the line as a whole will become so interconnected that enjoying select titles will be a bit of a challenge. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 8, 2008

    Hopefully, the Young Avengers will finally get their relaunch out of Secret Invasion, and we won't spend another five years waiting for a continuation of what was a pretty compelling story a couple of years ago. Read Full Review

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