I've been plowing my way through last summer's big crossover from Marvel: Secret Invasion. I think my mistake is my determination to read all the chapters rather than just hitting the highlights. Some are pretty good and make sense while others are a distracting, jumbled mess. And, I have to ask: Is anyone really reading Incredible Hercules? I mean, really? I have an early contender for worst series of 2009 already in that one.
For those of you who aren't inflicting Secret Invasion on yourself (and I can't say I blame you), it's a plotline that has been used by Marvel twice before in Rom: Spaceknight (for about 5 years) and the Avengers: Kree-Skrull War. Apparently, Marvel is hoping that everyone who read comics in the 1970's and 1980's has a short memory or will just keep quiet about being served the same soup again, only slightly reheated.
So, what's it missing? Well, random shots of the Wasp getting smacked, for one thing:
Ah, that's much better. Thank you, Avengers v1 #90!
and hallucinations caused by an unsatisfying love life:
Well, there we go! See? We've had more fun with two panels from Avengers v1 than I've had in about twenty chapters of Secret Invasion.
Yeah, I've got to say, the old school was much better. For example, Ant Man manually re-booting a crashed Vision by going straight to his brain:
How did he get into the Vision? By going straight in his mouth. Unfortunately, he exited through the Vision's nose. I had a much funnier exit strategy in mind, but Roy Thomas wasn't taking any suggestions from me at the time. Stupid Comics Code, ruining my best ideas.... rasam frasam.
And how did the Vision get offline in the first place? He was struck down by cows:
Yeah, baby! Cows! Drawn by Neal Freakin' Adams, no less! You can't improve on moments like that. You just can't.
I know, they were Skrulls disguised as cows, but they were still cows! And they were drawn by Neal Freakin' Adams! Yeah!
It's a shame to see a dip in quality after Civil War, which was actually pretty good. Ah, well. Maybe DC's big event will be better. Is Final Crisis over yet? Anyone?
See you tomorrow!