Secret Invasion #3

Event\Storyline: Secret Invasion Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Lenil Francis Yu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 4, 2008 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 7
7.3Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

It's Avenger versus Avenger. Hero versus hero! Norman Osborn versus Captain Marvel! The Initiative versus an army of Super-Skrulls! Only one man can stop the madness. Enter: Nick Fury!

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jun 4, 2008

    Personally, I didn't care for it all that much and found the action rather stilted and all the danger and excitement felt manufactured. Nothing felt all that real. However, this entire event just isn't gelling with me and I can recognize that this has all the trappings of a great comic and should be at least treated as such. It was definitely better than the first two issues, in my opinion, and I think most will see this as a Must Read. However, if you share my opinion on Secret Invasion, this is probably a Check It at best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Possibly related posts (automatically generated) Jun 4, 2008

    After dropping the ball with last issue, it's nice to see this book back with its legs. We get minimal time with the Savage Land and more time with Earth's other heroes. Plus, the reemergence of Nick Fury is grand. But what's with the Rob Liefeld "bigger than me" gun? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Eric Sunde Jun 4, 2008

    The creative team is really clicking on all cylinders, with Brian Michael Bendis continuing to "open up" his storytelling style with this series. If I didn't know who was writing the series, I don't know that I would have guessed him, considering his trademark dialogue heavy storytelling with 12 panel pages isn't present here. Leinil Yu's art continues to shine with Mark Morales on inks. It's easy to get lost in a book with a huge cast and big action, and it's a credit to the art team that they are able to handle the big action pages just as well as the small character moments. Despite my misgivings about the pacing, I'm still enjoying what is presented to me and looking forward to what is coming. I just wonder if there is a better way to present the individual issues, whether it is a bigger page count, or more frequent publication, instead of spreading it over 8 months. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 4, 2008

    With a series of memorable character moments and some truly epic artwork, Secret Invasion #3 helps put Marvel's event back on the right track. That said, I'm still not happy with the overall story flow, and most of Bendis' Avengers tie-ins continue to run circles around the core series. Hopefully a last-minute introduction we've all been waiting for is a sign Secret Invasion will continue to pick up steam. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jun 4, 2008

    All in all, Secret Invasion #3 offers an entertaining read that nevertheless failed to impress me as anything other than this summer's big event comic. For now, I'll continue to look forward to reading Bendis Avengers titles before this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Wallace/McCoy/Hill Jun 5, 2008

    Shawn Hill: Since I still read those titles too (and Thunderbolts, and I just picked up the Captain Marvel/Ms. Marvel Skrullvasion special with the Dodson wraparound cover) it's a less a problem for me. I'm looking at Secret Invasion as an adjunct to the regular titles I read, not a self-contained event full of big dumb (offensive, stupid) moments like Civil War was. That's the last thing I want at this point. So far, Marvel's got me hooked for what I think is shaping up to be one of Bendis' most entertaining stories in years. I have been disappointed that Mighty's now interchangeable with New, and that both are almost solo issue spotlights at this point, but, well, that's always been what Bendis does best. One-on-one conversations are his forte, so when he sets up stories that depend on those (as this issue does with Spider-Woman/Iron Man) he's done himself a big favour. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jun 14, 2008

    I actually like the work by Yu this issue. Some of the annoying aspects of his past work are not as present. The lines in his work make more sense and the layout of his pages, and hence, the progresses of the actions are better and less disruptive. Hes learning storytelling and how to refine his raw artwork as we read. Once he masters these, hell be a great artist. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 5, 2008

    Secret Invasion #3 is an enjoyable mindless diversion with plenty of action and good enough artwork that will provide the reader with some nice cotton candy for the brain for about 10 to 15 minutes. Bendis delivers an accessible issue that is easy to read and should have mass appeal and be a strong seller. If you dig fluff entertainment along the lines of cheesy sci-fi television shows then you will certainly dig Secret Invasions #3. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jun 4, 2008

    "Secret Invasion" continues to be a better-than-average event, but it's starting to show some weaknesses. But if Bendis can hold it together for the next five issues and tell an actual story in this one series, this still has a chance to be one of the best crossovers in Marvel history. It's still a heck of a lot of fun. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 7, 2008

    This issue worked for me as a middle chapter, sort of that point in the summer blockbuster where the special effects slow down for a few minutes and they throw in the obligatory love interest and/or guest appearance by Rob Schneider. It's that part of the story where your brain starts to look at the plot holes and think, "Waitaminnut!" but then Will Smith says something funky, or we get a nipple shot of a model/actress/future feature dancer at Scores. For what it is, it's interesting, but there's still too much bait and switch going on for my tastes. The art, by Leinil Yu, is at least more attractive than his work on New Avengers has been (something I attribute to inker Mark Morales) and I'm still irritated by the revelation that Spider-Woman, one of the best things Bendis ever inexplicably decided to revive, is a Skrull spy. It's interesting to finally see somebody catch Tony "I Have To Be The Marvel Universe Batman" Stark flat-footed, but the issue overall is a cotton candy, Read Full Review

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