Comic Book: Secret Invasion
The shapeshifting, superpowered alien race has been posing as our friends. Uh oh.
"Who Do You Trust."
In the wake of the Civil War
, the New Avengers
confront the assassin Elektra
. But when Elektra is killed in battle, her body turns green revealing her as a shapeshifting alien Skrull
. Turns out the Skrulls had perfected a technique that lets them impersonate anyone
, undetectable even to telepathy, super senses, and anything else the superheroes can come up with. The Avengers' (and fans') reaction? Oh, Crap.
A Marvel Comics Crisis Crossover
for the year 2008, about an invasion of the Skrulls on Earth. It's the conclusion of plot elements introduced by Brian Michael Bendis
in multiple Avengers titles
since the end of the Civil War
crossover. The possibility that anyone in the Marvel Universe
could be a shapeshifting impostor woke big interest in fans, who were hoping for the comics equivalent of Battlestar Galactica
. No surprise then that when the event itself came to a more drawn out
and anticlimactic end than expected, fans found it rather...disappointing
. Fandom is divided
about whether this story was good or not. It was followed by the Dark Reign
and War of Kings
The story involves The Skrulls, an alien
race of shapeshifters
who have (mostly) played a villainous role in the Marvel Universe
. After series of disasters
, the Skrull Empire is greatly weakened, and a religious figure, Queen Veranke, convinces them that their destiny is to rule the Earth. With help from an extraordinary Skrull scientist, a process is created that allows the Skrulls to fool all known means of detection- only upon their deaths do they revert to their true form
. Over a period of several years, they secretly replace several Marvel characters, with Veranke herself taking the place of Spider-Woman
. These Sleeper Agents
have even been brainwashed into believing themselves to be
the replaced person, until a code phrase ("He Loves You" a reference to the Skrulls' god) awakens their true memories. In addition, the Skrulls have figured out how to duplicate the powers of many of Earth's heroes, and even prepared some agents with multiple powers. As the story begins, the awakened Skrull agents begin undermining the hero groups and organizations capable of defeating them, then invade in force...
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