Marvel Comics
Avengers The Initiative #16
By Hervé St-Louis
November 7, 2008 - 20:20

Marvel Comics
Writer(s): Dan Slott, Christos N. Gage
Penciller(s): Stefano Caselli
Inker(s): Stefano Caselli
Colourist(s): Luca Malisan
Letterer(s): Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist(s): Stefano Caselli
$2.99 US, $3.05 Canada

The Skrull Kill Krew makes a return after years of comic book limbo, just in time to help 3-D Man in his quest to root out all Skrulls in the Initiative. Meanwhile, the new Ant Man is at the Initiative’s headquarter where he witnesses the secret of Yellow Jacket.  He is a Skrull impersonator. Can Ant-Man save the day?


Although I like this series, like much of the Secret Invasion crossover, it turns into a butchering party where Skrulls are eviscerated in all manners every few pages. But this series goes father. Skrulls are barbecued and eaten as hamburgers. This series, which started as a comic book about a super hero academy is moving in strange Mad Max territory and it’s mildly entertaining.  It’s more about shock factors and almost funny situation than anything serious. Sure, it continues the random genocide of  the Skrulls and continues to promote racism about a people that Marvel Comics strongly avoids to identify. But at least, this is more entertaining than the actual Secret Invasion mini-series where the plot’s end can be guessed a mile away.

Visually, this series is strong with strong visual expressions for the characters and great action shots. It’s too bad that the artists are assigned to a less important series.

Rating: 7/10

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