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Comic: "Annihilation: Super Skrull"
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Artist: GregoryTitus

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 4/17/2008

Plot: Kl'rt, the Super Skrull, fights against the Annihilation Wave, a huge space armada commanded by fellow Fantastic Four villain and space insect, Annihilus. He tries to get some help, but the other skrull think he's a loser on account of him always getting his ass handed to him by the F4, so he decides to go it alone. When he discovers that a giant planet-destroying ship is headed towards a skrull planet that's home to his son, things get personal.

Review: Marvel decided to throw together Silver Surfer, the other Heralds of Galactus, and a host of other, less famous, space-themed superheroes like Nova and Drax the Destroyer into a single massive storyline entitled "Annihilation". Before the actual Annihilation storyline started, however, we got to see several prologue comics following a few of a principle characters in the story, including recurring Fantastic Four villain, the Super Skrull.

As played out an idea as it is to have a villain become a hero, or at least a sort of anti-hero, I admit I was a little curious to see how such a story would play out with a guy who has all the powers of the Fantastic Four, minus the annoying family dynamic. The idea that his main reason for fighting the Annihilation Wave was in order to save some previously unmentioned son of his seemed a little forced, and at one point, he even takes on an annoying little kid as a sidekick (although he muses that because skrull are shapeshifters, he might not be a kid at all. Good save).

At the same time, the writer, one Javier Grillo-Marxuach, was careful to balance out the Super Skrull's heroic jaunt by keeping him ever focused on trying to further the Skrull as a whole, even though they seem to think he's a tool, and also by keeping the Super Skrull's tactics suitably brutal as to convince the reader (and some of his companions) that he's no hero.

I did take issue with a couple things in Annihilation: Super Skrull. The artwork in the series was a little too cartoony for my liking, at times making you wonder if every character in the series didn't have a little of Mr. Fantastic's stretching power. My bigger problem, though, was with the big twist near the end. I won't spoil it for you, but suffice to say it felt a bit unbelievable to me. The writer didn't really lay a convincing foundation for such a twist to make sense, and I thought it seemed a little forced.

Even so, it's an interesting take on what would otherwise be just another two dimensional F4 villain. Plus, the artist toned down his exceedingly pointy shoulder pads.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Apr 17th, 2008, 10:13 AM
Annihilation was/is a fantastic series. I think the prologue books were the weakest part. The story only gets better, especially Conquest.
Funky Dynamite
Apr 17th, 2008, 01:41 PM
Yeah, the Drax the Destroyer one was a little weird.

Spoilers!
pickled
Apr 18th, 2008, 10:47 PM
The Super Skrull isn't the Super Skrull without super pointy shoulder pads.
The Goddamned Batman
Apr 20th, 2008, 10:09 PM
I must admit I've steered clear of the entire Annihilation event. I've never cared much about the Marvel Cosmos.
Funky Dynamite
Apr 20th, 2008, 10:46 PM
Well if this thread is any indication, you're not alone.