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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078513297X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785132974
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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I almost gave this review two stars, for the quality of the art.
Ross Sidor
Bendis' biggest problem throughout this story is that nothing much happens, and what does happen, happens at the wrong pace.
SB
I don't mind a couple of people being skrulls but we should have had a lot of heroes be skrulls.
Dylan Luciano

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By W. B. Dowler on December 31, 2008
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Ever since Brian Michael Bendis first took the reigns on the Avengers franchise, he's been building to this story. The Skrulls, a race of shape-shifting aliens, have among them a religious sect that believes the Earth was created for them by their god. They have slowly infiltrated Earth, replacing a relatively small number of key individuals using new technology and techniques that render them undetectable to humans. The infiltration was revealed to the heroes before this series started, and they didn't take the news well. As of the first page of this collected edition, the two Avengers teams have very little trust for their teammates, and even less for the other teams. Spider-Woman is the only Avenger who trusts people on both teams, and even that trust is limited. (This could be due, in some degree, to the fact that it's usually Reed Richards and the rest of the Fantastic Four that have deterred Skrull operations in the past.)

This collection is almost devoid of the set-up. Rather, the eight issue "Secret Invasion" miniseries it collects serves as the culmination of five years of planning and plotting. If you want answers to the whys and hows of the invasion, you'll need to pick up the tie-ins collected in New Avengers, Vol. 8: Secret Invasion, Book 1 (v. 8, Bk. 1), Secret Invasion, Book 2 (New Avengers, Vol. 9) (v. 9, Bk. 2),
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By SB on April 1, 2009
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I have been anxiously following the build up to this story for years, as have many others. I have previously enjoyed Bendis' work on House of M, New Avengers, and many others. But this book is a gigantic flop.

The first problem is the pacing. The beginning of the book drags as far too much time is spent in the Savage Land. Then the back half of the book is rushed to the point where the final confrontation is just brief afterthought. It's almost as if the authors got through half the issues and then realized they were running out of pages with which to wrap up the story!

Indeed, it seems as if this final phase of the Secret Invasion is resolved over the course of 24 hours (Marvel U time), when readers have been following the build-up over the course of several years! How much richer could this book have been if the whole thing wasn't tidily resolved with 4 pages of illustrations featuring every character Yu could squeeze on a page simply shaking their fists and glaring at each other?

The second problem is the way the characters are used. There is virtually no invention or creativity in terms of the way the characters interact, either dramatically or when the fight scenes and battles take place. The witty banter is rehashed and too drawn-out, and worse, the fights are just "scenes" in which one or two panels of a lot of characters posing stands in for a sequential illustration of a true battle.

The book is full of nonsensical plot elements. For example, early in the story a spaceship full of Skrulls impersonating a gaggle of superheroes (some dead? some duplicates of the living? some older versions of the living/dead?) crashes to earth in the Savage Land, and our present-day heroes investigate.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 9, 2008
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Secret Invasion: The Infiltration is a pretty handy companion to Marvel's next big mega-event, but that being said, this is only worth picking up for those that have been out of the loop and are new to the proceedings. For those that don't know, it has become clear that the shape-shifting alien race known as the Skrulls have infiltrated the planet, and possibly every superhero team in the Marvel universe. Collecting the classic debut of the Skruls in a very early issue of Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as well as recent issues of Secret Invasion writer Brian Michael Bendis' New Avengers, as well as the first and final issues of Bendis' New Avengers: Illuminati mini-series, Secret Invasion: The Infiltration provides readers with some solid past and more recent history that leads up to the event. The thing is, the issues collected here can already be found (or will be found soon) in other TPB collections, so if you already own any of them, this TPB isn't worth picking up unless you're a die-hard completest. Other than that though, Secret Invasion: The Infiltration is worth picking up for those that have been out of the loop or don't follow any of the aforementioned series', but that's it.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 23, 2009
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SPOILERS, SPOILERS like a mutha...

This following is for fans of old school Fantastic Four:
- Reed Richards: "You -- you killed my family. You're not here to save us. It's all lies. You're here to punish us."
- Skrull Queen: "Well, you should have thought about that before you found it funny to turn our brothers into cows."

You've got Jim Shooter to thank, yeah, for the Big Company Crossover Event-itis which has been plaguing both the DC and Marvel houses for years now. Shooter started it off with 1984's quite friggin' awesome SECRET WARS maxi-series. DC's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS promptly followed, and the glut was on. More than two decades later and me feeling a mite crossovered out, here cometh SECRET INVASION, which links the more recent Marvel's big events into one extended, semi-cohesive story arc. Years in the making is Secret Invasion, remarks bald-pated writer Brian Michael Bendis. It has ties with House of M and Civil War, and extends back to the very first issue of the New Avengers title and to who knows how much further back and how all-encompassing. Personally, I'm now thinking, Jack "King" Kirby... SKRULL!!

So after long teases and build-ups and massive promotion by the House of Ideas, we finally get to it: SECRET INVASION, eight issues written by the Bendis and drawn with awkward, jangling energy by Leinil Yu. And it's... okay. I thought Bendis did a terrific job setting things up in the first issue, rendering me all kinds of intrigued. Briefly (and I'm lying when I say "briefly"), in issue #1, a Skrull spaceship crashlands in the Savage Land, necessitating a look-see by both New and Mighty Avengers. By the way, I do like how the renegade New Avengers gain transport to the Savage Land, as it's so a poke in the eye at the Mighty Avengers.
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