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Review – Meet the Skrulls #2 (Marvel Comics)

Meet the Skrulls #2 (Marvel Comics) cover(detail) by Marcos Martin
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Summary

Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Niko Henrichon
Color Assitant: Laurent Grossat
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 20, 2019

The Johnson family continues to try to derail project “Blossom” but with somebody tracking and killing Skrulls on Earth, things just got a little more complicated for them.

 

Changes Come in Meet the Skrulls #2

When we first “met” the undercover Skrulls, the Jonhson family, things were going pretty well for them, except for Alice. Dad works for Stark Industries getting intel, while Mom works on the campaign of a high-ranking senator, and her sister Madison has made friends with a high-ranking official’s daughter and was gathering pivotal information about the project “Blossom”. This project would ruin the Skrulls’ greatest weapon, their ability to shapeshift and hide in plain sight. Alice, the youngest of the family, born on Earth, is having trouble; she doesn’t fit in at school and maybe she doesn’t want to take over Earth. In Meet the Skrulls #2 Alice tries to become the Skrull her family wants, but can she be that ruthless? Will she have the chance? Someone is hunting and killing Skrulls and he is on Alice’s trail!

Writing

Meet the Skrulls #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Marcos Martin
Meet the Skrulls #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Marcos Martin

Meet the Skrulls #2 is the second installment into this interesting little mini-series. I like a lot of things Robbie Thompson is doing within this series. The first issue was a bit of an interesting little family drama. The Skrulls have a whole different set of family values than those of Earth, putting Alice at odds with her family, as she was the only one of them born on this planet. Alice kind of just wants to fit in, the thing Skrulls do the best, and she is having a hard time with it. This issue kind of deals with Alice trying to please her family, and it takes some interesting twists.

The mystery behind who is this guy hunting Skrulls and why is intriguing as well. He is a total mystery. We only see him singing songs and killing Skrulls with his electric hands. We find out he is on Alice’s trail and that ramps up the more “thriller” aspect of the series. What Robbie Thompson ends up doing with this character is anyone’s guess.

I enjoyed Meet the Skrulls #2. It pushed along the plot and added some interesting details. It did read very fast though. Before I knew it, I was at the end, and had that feeling of “oh, that was it?” It wasn’t a bad read or anything truly wrong in the storytelling, it just felt extremely short and like not that much happened. It felt like half of the story that needed to be told, and that they were holding off to fill the other issues coming up. That is not a terrible thing, but felt like getting “short-changed” for this issue a little.

Art

Niko Henrichon continues to do some good work in Meet the Skrulls #2. The issue starts with a flashback to the Skrull “Throne World” that looks absolutely fantastic. I won’t spoil all that is in those few pages but the characters are wonderfully rendered and the Skrulls’ battle armor is wonderfully displayed by Henrichon. I love the coloring in the flashback pages as well. It is a little washed out and “muddy”. It looks fantastic.

Henirchon draws a wonderful-looking lawnmower. It is an odd thing to notice but, man, it looks great! Actually, all the vehicles Henrichon illustrates look great. Nice details are added to them and they look like their real-world counterparts. I enjoy Henrichon’s cartooning on all the different characters as well. The eyes do throw me off some; they just all look a little weird on every character’s face. Like they are spaced too far apart or too big. Other than the eyes the characters have some great little details that bring the individuality of them out.

Conclusion

Meet the Skrulls #2 was a solid entry into this mini-series even though it felt a little short in the story department. I am still enjoying the series and it has me interested to see where it is going with these characters. Henrichon delivers some really solid art throughout the entire issue. The spy-thriller tone coupled with a little family drama works surprisingly well and I do feel myself becoming a bit more attached to these characters with each and every issue.


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