Sep 05 2008
Inquiring minds will want to check out Marvel’s Secret Invasion.
I’ve never been a fan of the Skrulls, Marvel’s standard shape-shifting alien villains. Sort of like an Atlantean invasion, aliens feel so far removed from the standard Marvel setting that the effect is campy rather than sinister. It’s also extremely hard to write an interesting alien invasion plot. Marvel seems to be treating this plotline like it’s novel, but the concept of a secret alien invasion is pretty tired (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the second Wild Cards novel, Animorphs). “Benevolent” alien invasions aren’t much better (The Day The Earth Stood Still and maybe The Happening).
I found the ads for Secret Invasion above-average, but more because the slogan “Embrace Change” is vaguely threatening and sounds like it came from a US political campaign.
I really like the detail on the hands and I found the visual pretty good, but I think our book-cover makes better use of a human and alien hand.