Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 21:23
Secret Invasion: War of King's One ShotStory by: Dan Abnett, Andy LanningArt by: Paul Pelletier, Bong DazoCover by: Brandon PetersonCover Price: $3.99Release Date: Wed, January 7th, 2009 Warning: Contains Spoilers
I said it once and I’ll say it again …Marvel’s best books out there are their cosmic titles.To be truthful, I do usually focus on Nova when addressing someone that way.However, with the last few issues of Guardians of the Galaxy, including the GOTG War of King’s tie-in issue #8
(Yes, folks it was a tie-in and it does make sense!) and now this one shot, Marvel cosmic has really begun to take on a sparkle all its own.Finally!Stories from the X-Universe, regular Marvel Universe and the Cosmic Universe are all nicely brought together by writers, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, collectively known to fans as DnA.But before we blast off into the one shot, the FREE War of King’s Saga
is worth a mention. Did you pick it up? That’s right it was free. Released the same day the one shot came out, your local comic shop should have had a stack. This little baby got you caught up on all the current happenings leading up to the one shot. With a beautiful wrap-around cover
by David Yardin and John Rauch, just about every character featured in the series is put on display. Writer, Michael Hoskin, sums up the past few years (and more) worth of stories for us ranging from early Kree History, to Inhumans: Secret War and Secret Invasion to the Emperor Vulcan story lines. Nova and the Guardians are only briefly mentioned, hopefully their tale will be told further into War of Kings. Another plus, in case you missed this, was the “reading chronology” of trades included at the end. Need to get caught up? Now you got the entire list.All in all, nice freebie.Now onto the main event …I’m sure most of you caught the fourteen page preview thanks to Joe Quesada’s My Cup O’ Joe and viewable here
. Thanks, Joe!Since this is a Secret Invasion issue, what better way to begin, then with those darn and dirty -- and what a bunch of darn and dirty cowards who just so happen to be on the run that they are -- the skrulls!I’ll go ahead and say it:Begin Rant - The characterization of these skrulls is probably better than anything I read in the main Secret Invasion mini. DnA’s take on these skrulls seemed a lot more serious as we don’t get that goofy skrull smile we see throughout SI and ..- End Rant.Okay, back to the story at hand. These slimy green sons of -- finally get what’s coming to them. Blasted to smithereens.“What’s that noise?”, the Skrull says, as he is introduced to oblivion.Well, that particular noise is none other than King Black Bolt. The Inhumans have had enough. Black Bolt has had enough.The entire city of Attilan has become a massive star ship equipped with a WGD - weapon of galactic destruction. That weapon beingBlack Bolt himself, amplified to the unknown degree by tech out of the previously locked Inhumans vault, the Chamber of Devices.Suffice to say, earplugs aren’t gonna help.After what took place in Secret Invasion: Inhumans and Secret War, you can hardly blame Black Bolt for taking the initiative - so to speak. Going on the offensive, Black Bolt follows the skrulls into Shi’ar space destroying three Shi’ar vessels in the process.The Inhumans don’t stop there as they make way to Kree space. Protected by the babel spire (see GOTG #8!), the Kree can only hope that it holds. Well, it doesn’t. Really, without much choice, Ronan the Accuser does something that could be viewed as controversial - he gives up and declares his allegiance to KingBlack Bolt with two words, “My Lord.”However, keep in mind Ronan’s previous invasion of Attilan and forced servitude upon the Inhumans, now with their positions switched, everything has come full circle.Black Bolt has taken over with his own surprise attack. This time he has forced the hand and the accuser has been forced to fold.Black Bolt destroyed the last of the skrulls, expanded his empire to include the Kree and attacked without provocation, the Shi’ar. Well, you can’t have a War of King’s without at least getting a glimpse of the other side -- which we are shown in the epilogue, with Emperor Vulcan’s reaction to the attack - “It’s an invitation.”While the two kings, Black Bolt and Vulcan do have some kind of human origin or another, they are both acting as if they are, well, in-human. Worth noting is the similarities between the two.Emperor Vulcan: an already mutant outcast, now a homicidal sociopath driven mad by ideas of revenge and grandeur, a slave who conquered his masters.Black Bolt, an already human outcast, now a leader pushed over the brink, a slave who conquered his masters (or looking at both from another perspective- the creation besting the creator).However, DnA, balances this “alien” characteristic by having Crystal narrate. Contemplating the past and the future, Crystal gives us a bit of the human perspective the two leaders are lacking.Now onto the art…Pencils done by Paul Pelletier and Bongo Dazo, I thought were done well. This book definitely came off with the intended sci fi feel, sort of Star Wars meets Battle Star Galactica, the big space battles withBlack Bolt’s WGD are definitely “heard.” The cover done by Brandon Peterson shows a triumphant King Black Bolt standing amongst a pile of darn, dirty and dead (a good thing!) skrulls which only adds to the “magnificence.”While we do get a small Guardians of the Galaxy reference (with the babel spire and a mention of Blaastar) conspicuously absent is any mention of the human rocket, Nova! For sure DnA does have something in store as we are treated to War of King’s Darkhawk (Chris is currently guest starring in issues of Nova).Great Issue.Nerd note:
Geometry of EarthriseThe earthrise that could be witnessed from the surface of the Moon is quite unlike sunrises on Earth. Because the Moon is tidally locked with the Earth, one side of the Moon always faces toward Earth. Interpretation of this fact would lead one to believe that the Earth's position is fixed on the lunar sky and no earthrises can occur. However, the Moon librates slightly, which causes the Earth to draw a Lissajous figure on the sky. This figure fits inside a rectangle 15°48' wide and 13°20' high (in angular dimensions), while the angular diameter of the Earth as seen from Moon is only about 2°. This means that earthrises are visible near the edge of the Earth-observable surface of the Moon (about 20 % of the surface). Since a full libration cycle takes about 27 days, earthrises are very slow, it takes about 48 hours for Earth to clear its diameter. During the course of the month-long lunar orbit, an observer would additionally witness a succession of "Earth phases", much like the lunar phases seen from Earth. That is what accounts for the half-illuminated globe seen in the photograph.