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

After coming off the high of last issue’s rousing cliffhanger, Secret Invasion #6 comes off as a disjointed mess. There’s plenty of stuff that happens in this issue, but the transitions that lead from Point A to Point B almost seem to be non-existent (at times). Leinil Yu’s artistic endurance is taxed beyond measure as he’s forced to draw big scene after big scene. He’s working in George Perez territory now, and I think due to the high demands of this issue, some of Yu’s storytelling ability was sacrificed or lost in the shuffle.

Many times I was forced to flip back and forth between pages just to make sure I hadn’t accidentally skipped a page, because that’s what this issue feels like: it’s missing pages. It even feels a lot thinner than most of the comics I bought this week and those issues cost a dollar less! Still, at $3.99 you’ll be treated to a bevy of double-page splashes that’ll make your jaw drop.

Like I said, the story is disjointed, but there are some memorable scenes. Finally, we get to the street level with civilians actually buying into the Skrull manifesto. You’re going to love hating these people. In fact, I was hoping Nick Fury would tell his commandos to open fire on them (heh). As for the rest of the story, it basically all finally leads to what’s going to be the inevitable throw down between Earth’s mightiest and the Skrull Empire. And as much as I take issue with flow of the story, the last five pages go a long way in redeeming the rest of the book. When Nick Fury says, “Well my god has a hammer,” I couldn’t help but laugh… hard. Easily the greatest moment of this series thus far. (Grade: B-)

– J. Montes

A Second Opinion

As much as the Marvel fanboy in me enjoyed reading this latest chapter of Secret Invasion (the last few pages are the stuff fangasms are made of), the critic side of me can’t help but feel let down by the lack of forward movement and the surprising number of pages that felt almost completely unnecessary. For example, was there really a need to have three (admittedly awesome) splash scenes covering six pages when it seemed as though far too much was crammed onto certain pages? The pacing just felt off throughout the entire issue. The story was either meandering about or moving way too fast.

With that said however, Secret Invasion #6 is still a fun read. This is summer blockbuster styled entertainment and it makes no effort to really hide that fact. The writing is tight (and suitably cheesy at times), the action delivers (but has yet to actually begin), and the pieces are in place for one hell of a conclusion. The real battle is about to start and I simply can’t wait. (Grade: B-)

-Kyle Posluszny