Monday, January 19, 2009

Secret Invasion: War of Kings #1

Overall- This comic book was a HUGE treat to read! I would implore everybody to pick up any of the comics that Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning write(Nova or The Guardians of the Galaxy), because these two writers really know their stuff. These two guys are fast becoming two of my favorite writers. To be perfectly honest, besides Geoff Johns and Ed Brubaker, Dan and Andy ARE my next favorite writers. This comic really pleased the old school Marvel fan in me and has my mouth watering in anticipation for the upcoming "War of Kings" crossover event.

This comic deals with Black Bolt returning to the throne of the Inhumans after months(years?)of being held captive by the Skrulls. Black Bolt has decided that the Inhumans would no longer sit idly by and allow other races to manipulate and attack them. Black Bolt and the royal family turn Attilan(the Inhuman's home on the Moon)into a spaceship and the Inhumans chase after the Skrull forces retreating from the planet Earth after the failure of the Skrull Secret Invasion. The Inhuman ship gains on the Skrulls and Black Bolt gives the order to annihilate the retreating Skrull armada down to the last ship.

The Skrulls, while fleeing the Inhumans, cross over into Shiar controlled space(the Shiar are the most powerful alien race in the Marvel Universe)hoping the Inhumans would stop pursuit. Instead, the Inhumans follow the Skrulls and destroy the last of them. Three Shiar warships approach the Inhuman ship and demand them to leave Shiar airspace or face the consequences. In response, the Inhumans destroy the Shiar warships.

After these events, the Inhumans begin to approach Hala, the home planet of the Kree(the #2 alien race in the Marvel Universe). Millions of years ago, Kree scientists took cavemen from Earth and altered their DNA, in the hopes that they would be able to eventually use the altered humans as weapons against the Kree's mortal enemies, the Skrulls(Marvels #3 alien race). The Kree ultimately abandoned these experiments, but the cavemen who were experimented on wound up becoming the Inhumans of today. So you see, the Inhumans have strong ties to the Kree.

Ronan the Accuser, the de facto leader of the Kree, puts up a massive force field to halt the Inhumans approach, but the Inhumans manage to find a way past the Kree defenses and tear through the Kree forces with ease. Ronan stands ready to battle the Inhuman's royal family to the death, but is surprised to learn the Inhumans would rather join with the Kree and combine forces, the way the Kree originally intended to do millions of years ago. However, Black Bolt would have to be recognised as the King of the Kree empire. After contemplating things, Ronan bows to Black Bolt, thus transferring power to Black Bolt.

In the epilogue, we see Vulcan, the brother of Cyclops and Havok of the X-Men, as well as the King of the Shiar, learn that the Inhumans had destroyed the 3 Shiar warships earlier, before moving on to Hala. Vulcan smiles, realizing he can use this action as justification to start a war with the Kree, in an attempt to conquer them and expand his empire.

"War of Kings" is shaping up to look f###ing AWESOME!!! So, we have Black Bolt and the Kree empire about to go to war with Vulcan and the mighty Shiar empire. Besides this, we have Blastaar ruling the Negative Zone, and sure to make a power grab when the opportunity presents itself. On top of that, Adam Warlock and Gamora are attempting to conquer the Universal Church of Truth(which is over a billion members strong), while the Badoon wait in the wings. Nova and his peacekeeping Centurions are sure going to have their hands full!

Like I said earlier, this comic really appealed to those of us who grew up reading(and studying)the Marvel Universe. It was really just a matter of time before the Inhumans said "enough is enough", and the prospect of them joining with the Kree was unexpected, but brilliant. Besides the Kree, who have always been my favorite Marvel alien race, the inclusion of Vulcan and the Shiar is also great. While I've never really liked the Shiar, I've always loved Vulcan, from his initial appearance in the Ed Brubaker penned "X-Men: Deadly Genesis". Throw in Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and this "War of Kings" is starting to look like a dream crossover for me. It's like Marvel is going out of its way to make up for all of the storylines/crossovers I've hated lately by including some of my favorite characters and having two of my favorite writers plot the entire story. Umm, needless to say this comic book was easily a 10 out of 10. If you are currently or ever have been a fan of Marvel's alien races, a fan of any of the characters I have listed in this post, a fan of the Green Lantern Corps over in the DC Universe or are a fan of great storytelling in general, I'd really recommend giving "War of Kings" a try. I have a strong feeling this story is going to become a real classic!

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