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Annihilation Book 2 (Bk. 2) Paperback – November 14, 2007
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It seems our universe is expanding. As it does, the Negative Zone becomes smaller and smaller. Annihilus is now determined to take back what's his and then some. One of the byproducts of his attack is the destruction of an interstellar prison older than time itself. Now freed are two super powerful inmates that were imprisoned by Galactus. The power of these beings rival that of Galactus himself and their very existence threatens to tilt the cosmic balance and possibly destroy the universe. Aware of the danger from the freed cosmic entities and of the threat of Annihilus is Silver Surfer. In order to help put things right, the Surfer once again becomes the Herald of Galactus and teams with all of the former Heralds to save the universe.
Joining the fray is the Super Skrull whose multiple defeats at the hands of The Avengers and the Fantastic Four have made him the disgrace of the Skrull Empire. The invasion by Annihilus threatens the home planet of the Super Skrulls family. With the help of a young star struck Skrull mechanic, Super Skrull goes to the Negative Zone in an attempt to find weaponry and form an army with the power to stop Annihilus.
Also entering the circle is Kree powerhouse Ronan the Accuser who finds himself in a situation similar to that of the Super Skrull. Ronan is accused of treason against the Kree Empire thanks to false testimony given against him. Ronan is scouring the galaxy to find the person who set him up. During his search he runs up against bronze age femme fatale Gamora, the deadliest woman in the universe and quickly discovers that the label is no idle boast. But Ronans mission and his battle with Gamora is put on hold as they too become part of the battle to stop Annihilus universal armageddon. But Annihilus has an ally of his own...Thanos.
Keith Giffen gives us a great story, full of action, wit, and good old fashioned adventure. The art is also pretty easy on the eyes. The Silver Surfer segment is probably the weakest from a visual standpoint, but its not bad and it's very well written. The best segment belongs to Ronan.
Book two of this three book saga is a very enjoyable read that I highly recommend.
The Annihilation Wave is finally looking impressive after (what was to me) a somewhat lackluster debut on Xandar. The wholesale destruction of the Skrull empire, the hunting down of the former Heralds of Galactus (and the entity itself!), and the machinations with Thanos were all awesome reading. There does seem to be a convenient gathering of super powered beings in all the right places, but I'm OK with that because, y'know, payoff!
Reading as one looking forward to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, it was fun to read about characters like Gamora, Ronan, Nebula, and the like... although I'm increasingly getting the feeling I should have read Infinity Gauntlet as well.
All in all, while a fun read for fans, this must be quite inaccessible to the uninitiated. Looking forward to the conclusion in book 3...
This volume has 3 seperate stories, the Silver Surver miniseries, Superskrull and Ronan the Accuser. Each has very different art and stories that seem padded out. The forces of Annihilation Wave look drastically different in each series and if they didn't have the same name you'd never know it was the same foe.
Worse yet each book is packed, PACKED with obscure Marvel characters. I've been reading comics more than 20 years and could not name many of them. Text peices after each chapter try to keep you up to speed but the writers assume readers will have a lot of familitarity, a lot of patience or be stilling at a PC checking wikipedia every few pages.
Each series ends inconclusively, we'll have to wait for the 3rd book to see if the various writers can tie it all together.
I enjoyed the Super Skrull story the most but was not a fan of its distorted, cartoonish artwork. Conversely, the Silver Surfer story was the slowest but I enjoyed its art the most. This book offers great trade paperback value with 320 pages for the same price as the first volume's 256 pages. However, the `Book 2' title seems a misnomer as these mini-series are more sidebars than extensions of the plot from Book 1. Though I was slightly disappointed with this, I still plan to read Book 3.
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