…kind of unsatisfying? Here’s why:
BIG FIGHT SCENE ISSUES SHOULD BE EXCITING!
There are a number of HUGE payoff scenes/fights/panels in this issue and pretty much all of them fail to get the blood pumping. For instance:
• The Big Three fighting side-by-side!
This dialogue is boring. BORING. And then a couple of pages later, Tony whines about his armor and leaves. Wow, great team-up.
First, Wasp doesn’t even get to reply to Pym’s misogynistic comment, because stupid Stature swoops in to steal her thunder. Then, Bullseye (I think?) shoots Pym in the eye with a rocket (I guess?). Poor Janet, she never gets to have any fun.
Wolverine takes her on and gets owned. Lame? Which brings us to…
• Hawkeye picking up his bow… again, and then…
…the part where Clint skewers the Queen’s face! This? This was awesome and it was just about the only part of the entire book to get me even the slightest bit excited. UGH.
• The Watcher finally shows up!
I mean, we’ve been waiting what seems like forever for this douche to arrive, right?
• Noh-Varr’s spectacular debut!
…and then I turned the page and thought, “so?”
• Hank Pym Skrull sets off whatever it is he put in Janet!
Janet growing all big and glowy is supposed to mean what exactly? The effect reminds me of how Wonder Man used to look. Hmm…
This is “going through the motions” at its worst. You can see Bendis trying, trying really extra super hard to make this shit cool, but I think in the end, Secret Invasion just got too fricking big for him. BUT! It wasn’t all terrible. Aside from the Hawkeye stuff, there was one other scene I enjoyed: Jessica Jones saying goodbye to her baby. Aw, sadness? Character moments, Bendis! What happened to the GREAT character moments!?!
Ah well, once again the art is super-spectacular pretty and the story registers just above “not-so-much”.