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Secret Invasion: X-Men Paperback – March 25, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785133437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785133438
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Carey got into writing through comic books, where his horror/fantasy series Lucifer garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. From there he moved into novels and screenplays, while still maintaining a presence in the comics world (he is currently writing two of Marvel's flagship titles, X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four). His movie Frost Flowers, an erotic ghost story, is currently in production with Hadaly/Bluestar Pictures. He lives in London, England, about as far as you can get from the centre of the city and still have access to the London Underground train network. His wife, Linda, writes fantasy for young readers under the pseudonym A.J. Lake. They have three children and an implausibly beautiful cat.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Soweidy on May 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Secret Invasion X-men was an unexpectedly good read. Instead of the paranoia angle that the enemy is among us that the other secret invasion tie-in books it takes a different approach.

This is the X-men at war with an invading alien force. All the X-men, there are so many characters that get their moment to shine that its pretty impressive.

Mike Carey does some great character moments with Cyclops, Beast, and Nightcrawler. Cary Nord's art is clear and expressive and really moves the story along well. I also have to make note of McCaig's color choices really add to mood of the book. This collects X-men secret invasion 1-4 and a nice classic issue of fantastic four with the x-men.

If you want to see the x-men using military strategy and cunning, I recommend this trade.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cleo on October 7, 2010
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I don't think I could take paying for and/or reading every comic related to the Secret Invasion storyline but happily this tpb (pretty thin for a TPB!) is just right. I paid almost half of the suggested retail price and I would say that's the most this tpb is worth. Do not pay full cover price for it but compared to the recent level of quality of comics, this one is superior and worth buying. I love the depiction of Skrull shamelessness and whining when countered/thwarted. They are very Doctor Who villains but way whinier like actual nerd humans. At least with Skynet and Terminators, we don't have to listen to them mangle morality or religious direction. The art is pretty good, the panels are logically laid out (no Image popularized scatter and sprawl), and the dialogue is clear. I appreciated the bonus of an early Skrull appearance issue back in the day where the Skrull imitated but misdelivered the style of a certain team. Awesome.
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This was a good story in many ways, though there were some leaps made in the story that I didn't really enjoy. For one, the story kicks off with the Skrulls apparently not knowing that the X-Men had moved to San Francisco, despite the fact that they've infiltrated pretty much every other aspect of humanity and the mutants' move was not exactly private (they had already had a public confrontation with Magneto). I didn't understand why they wouldn't have had one of their spies relay that information before they attacked the city.

That being said, once you get past the setup for that premise, the story worked pretty well. This is one more chapter in Cyclops's progression from the golden boy to the militaristic leader he has become since. We see one of his first major disagreements with Beast as their long friendship begins to erode before ending (for good?) shortly after this. And we get to see several X-Men characters get a moment or two in the spotlight, which is always nice.

If you like the X-Men and are at least aware of the story behind Secret Invasion, this is worth reading. The art is a little inconsistent though (especially Beast's face, which almost seems to mutate from panel to panel). It does look good, but just doesn't seem to settle in at all.
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By Hector Aguayo on July 2, 2014
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The best graphic novel in the secret invasion storyline
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