MEET THE SKRULLS #1 / Writer: Robbie Thompson / Artist: Niko Henrichon / Color Assistant: Laurent Grossat / Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Published: March 6, 2019
Meet The Skrulls #1 follows a normal family of four that are secretly Skrull agents, supposedly here to perform another secret invasion of some kind. Their goal is to stop Project Blossom, Tony Stark’s operation to locate hidden Skrulls on the planet, under the guise of a well-placed everyday family.
Marcos Martin’s cover is a gorgeous opening to this fun first issue with the beautiful image of a broken family photo. Inside, Henrichon’s art blows me away. Most of the book looks like a normal family and school setting, but the drawings of the Skrulls are a gorgeous take on the classic Jack Kirby design.
The Skrull family members are placed in certain social circles to learn about and stop Project Blossom. The big sister, Madison, is placed within a high school to be a generic popular mean girl trying to climb the social ladder. The mom, Gloria, works in government to elect a congresswoman into power. The dad, Carl, is undercover as a scientist working for Stark. All three of them are doing a great job for the Skrull Empire, but then there’s Alice. As the younger sister, Alice is the awkward teenager we all are or have been. She can’t be mean like her older sister, and she lives in the shadow of the missing other girl in the family photos. She doesn’t seem to live up to the mission, which rubs her dad the wrong way. Imagine struggling with being a teenager while also trying to take over the world. As if the first part wasn’t stressful enough!
Beam me up Robbie!
Robbie Thompson (Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme) and Niko Henrichon (Pride of Baghdad) team up for this quirky sci-fi family drama that is somewhere in the realm between Coneheads and The Americans, with a healthy dose of Third Rock from the Sun thrown in. Going in, I was worried this book would similar to Tom King’s hit run of The Visionwith aliens instead of androids, but was pleasantly surprised by the originality and relatability of the book blew my mind.
Verdict: 5 out of 5
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