YMMV / Annihilation

  • Complete Monster: Annihilus is the Big Bad of this Universe-Wide Crisis Crossover, and becomes far more depraved than any of his previous appearances. No longer content with ruling the Negative Zone, Annihilus leads an army of insect monsters out into the galaxy in what is aptly termed The Annihilation Wave. Consuming whole star systems and devouring entire worlds, then using what's left of the population as fuel for his army, Annihilus wipes out numerous races and leaves the Skrulls near-extinct with his genocidal campaign. Annihilus implants numerous innocents with body-controlling bugs that painfully force them to do his bidding, and, when one of his armadas encounter resitance while invading a world, Annihilus massacres the entire fleet for taking too long in destroying the planet. Capturing Galactus and many of his Heralds after brutally murdering the hero Quasar, Annihilus uses them as superweapons, which leaves them in a near-death state of constant agony, then reveals he plans to use them to wipe out all life in the universe and reign over the void that's left. Harboring hatred and disgust for everything in the universe that isn't himself, Annihilus is the worst being the Negative Zone has to offer.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "And that is how we do things in the Racooniverse."
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Two for the Super-Skrull:
    • First, the progression from Ronan the Accuser spitting on Kl'rt's grave and Kl'rt later reveling in the opportunity to murder some innocent Kree soldiers for the greater good. By Conquest, Kl'rt is willing to accept a medal of honor from the Kree Empire because Ronan asked him to. Kl'rt's quiet concern over the effect that putting down the infected Kree will have on his friend is particularly touching.
    • Second, Kl'rt's initial characterization during Annihilation was of an old warhorse who didn't understand his people anymore and was fighting for an empire that was dead and gone. Come Infinity, the Skrulls have been hit harder than ever but elect, by popular vote, Kl'rt the Super-Skrull as their new emperor. He never stopped caring and fighting for his people, even as the Skrull infrastructure crumbled around him, and finally the people noticed and rewarded him by rebuilding the infrastructure around what he always knew it should be.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Drax the Destroyer before his mini series that lead into the event and his appearances was not nearly as popular or well known.
  • First Installment Wins: While there had been many Crisis Crossovers after this one in the cosmic Marvel series, fans still agree that Annihilation is the best yet.
  • It Was His Sled: Ultron is the mastermind behind the Phalanx conquest. He's even on the front cover of the omnibus edition.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Quasar's death isn't pretty.
    • Bugs, crawling around under your skin, controlling your actions.
  • Tearjerker: The death of Gabriel the Air-Walker.
    • Richard waking up only to find Xandar in ruins and that he's the only survivor.
    • From Conquest, the death of Moondragon. Extra points for Quasar's reaction.
  • The Scrappy: Wraith, despite being one of the main heroes of Conquest, is generally disliked due to his overly edgy look and personality which feel like a reject from The Dark Age of Comic Books.