By Brian Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Laura Martin (colors)

We all knew that, at some point, the heroes would find some traction to begin pushing back against the Skrull threat. What we didn’t know was that it would be the (comparatively) minor characters that would provide the spark. With Iron Man, The Avengers, and Reed Richards either out of commission, it’s up to people like Maria Hill, Agent Brand, and Norman Osbourne to step up the plate and attempt to regain control of a situation that continues to get more and more out of hand. That is Secret Invasion #5 in a nutshell and, let me tell you, it kicks all sorts of ass.

I honestly don’t think that this “turning point” chapter could have been executed any better. Nearly all of the major situations are addressed, many different characters get a chance to shine, and, most importantly, the flow of events is damn near perfect. With this issue, Secret Invasion truly achieves summer blockbuster status (and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible). With the Skrulls well established as a threat and the world spiraling into complete chaos, the event has been in a desperate need of some “F*CK YEAH!” moments. I am happy to say that they are delivered in spades.

Well done Brian Bendis, you’ve crafted a story with action beats and momentum changes absolutely worth cheering for. Well done Leinil Yu, Mark Morales, Laura Martin, and Emily Warren, you have all done an excellent job bringing this action epic to life with some fantastic visuals and solid choreography.

Secret Invasion is the real deal. If you aren’t reading it, you are missing out on one hell of a wild ride. This chapter makes it official: This is one event worth investing in. (Grade: A+)

-Kyle Posluszny

A Second Opinion

Best issue of the series so far. Not a panel or page wasted (except for the cover which completely blows).

After four months of Skrulls kicking the snot out of Earth’s finest we’re treated to an emotional high as the heroes of the Marvel Universe finally turn things around and get their crap together. And who woulda thought the big catalyst for this change would be Agent Brand? Basically, this issue marks the beginning of the end and unless we see the Skrulls counter with some big secret weapon, our heroes are going to steamroll over their entire empire.

What fuels them? Rage. Pure rage. Reed Richards? Good lord, do not piss that guy off! In fact, don’t piss off Hawkeye, either. I can’t wait to see the rage unleashed on these alien scumbags!

Buy this issue. It’s coated with a series of reveals and counter measures we’ve all been clamoring for months. It’s a pay off story, and one of the best I’ve ever read. After months of languishing in near mediocrity, Secret Invasion is back and unfortunately proves that this story would be better read in trade format. But who wants to wait nearly a year for that? Gimmie the next issue now! (Grade: A+)

– J. Montes