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Review – Meet the Skrulls #1 (Marvel Comics)

Meet the Skrulls #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover (detial) by Skottie Young
Meet the Skrulls #1
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8.3/10
8.3/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Niko Henrichon
Color assist: Laurent Grossat
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 6, 2019

The Johnsons are a family of Skrulls working for their leaders to infiltrate various aspects of government. Their mission is vital to their survival and our doom!

Family Ties: Meet the Skrulls #1

The Johnsons seem like your everyday ordinary family living in the suburbs. Dad, Mom, and two teenage daughters. They look like a normal family, but looks can be deceiving in Meet the Skrulls #1. The Marvel Universe’s favorite shapeshifting world-conquering aliens are ready to have another go at taking over Earth (also set to make a big impact on the MCU in Captain Marvel soon). It is “the Johnson” family’s goal to infiltrate different levels of the government to stop a project that will nullify the Skrulls’ greatest weapon: hiding in plain sight, whether it is Dad having a job at Stark Industries or Mom working with senators. The eldest daughter Madison makes friends with some high-level officials daughter, doing her part. Alice is having more trouble in high school; has growing up on Earth made her weak?  

Writing

Meet the Skrulls #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Marcos Martin
Meet the Skrulls #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Marcos Martin

Meet the Skrulls #1 (of 5) is a great “thriller” of an issue. Robbie Thompson does a tremendous job of setting all the pieces up for the start of this five-issue miniseries. Thompson not only sets up several different plot points in this first issue but also gives us a character to connect to in Alice. The Skrulls are still trying to take over Earth, so they are not “good guys” or somebody that the reader could really root for. Thompson makes Alice a very sympathetic character and a good attachment for the readers for this series.

I love all the mystery and kind of spy/espionage thriller vibe from Meet the Skrulls #1. There are some plot points that I won’t spoil, but there is a great sense of dread in the issue. Are they going to be found out, who can be trusted, and so on? Thompson also makes the issue a well-written family drama as well. These Skrulls have to be a believable family, yet their Skrull society and values are very different.

The issue also flows nicely from scene to scene. It does play out like a well-written television show. We get to know the characters, what is happening and a general sense of the family’s attitudes. Whether is a slight nod of the head, or some brief words of sympathy, it helps build up the reader’s knowledge of who these characters are.

Art

Niko Henrichon does a fantastic job of building up the tension in Meet the Skrulls #1. The structure and flow of Henrichon’s panels help build up what I was just talking about in the “flow” of the issue. Most of the issue is different characters just sitting around and talking, but Henrichon does a great job of setting up panels and angles to bring that “thriller” vibe to conversations.

I mostly enjoy Henrichon’s character work. There are a few minor things I do not like, but all in all, Meet the Skrulls #1 looks great. The character designs are wonderful. I am sure it is a tough task as for the Skrulls that make up the Johnson family you have to essentially make two new characters for each family member. One for their human form and one for their natural Skrull form. Henrichon does a great job of catching the character’s “essence” in each form.

The coloring is pretty good as well. There is a scene around the dinner table where the Skrulls green color changes a little bit. I think it is supposed to play off the lighting that is over the table but it seems to switch from a lighter green to a reddish green too often in those scenes. Other than that I like the little darker, toned down color palette

Conclusion

Meet the Skrulls #1 (of 5) is an excellent start to this mini-series. We get a great introduction to the characters and what this series is about. It has a great espionage film feeling, while also looking like a solid family drama as well. If you are looking for something a little different or “out of the ordinary” from Marvel Comics, I would definitely give Meet the Skrulls #1 a shot. It is a surprisingly engaging story that will have you hooked from page to page.


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