Guide to Marvel Comics' Secret Invasion!


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Many of you are excited about Marvel's Secret Invasion story line coming in early 2008, but what are the origins of the event? While we expect it to be very new-reader friendly, this story will have ties to some existing Marvel story lines that are available in trade paperback collections that we carry and restock regularly at Acme Comics. If you're serious about Secret Invasion here are some of the most vital storylines and if you already own these, this will be a reminder of what to re-read.

With the Skrulls able to duplicate powers and fool senses, literally everyone is suspect!

Kree-Skrull War trade paperback
Collects Avengers vol1 #89-97
By Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, andSal Buscema

The two most powerful alien races in the Marvel universe engage in an intergalatic battle to end all battles with Earth in the middle! Featuring the classic Avengers, Captain Marvel and his human host Rick Jones, the Fantastic Four, and the Inhumans! One of the first epic crossovers of the Marvel universe, the Kree-Skrull War is a timeless classic!

Avengers Disassembled trade paperback
Collects Avengers#500-503 and Avengers Finale special
By Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, and various artists

Earth's mighiest heroes experience thier worst day in history! The most unlikely and deadly catastrophes unfold before the Avengers back-to-back-to-back and it's their own fault! Discover with the Avengers the problem that they turned a blind eye to for years that is now destroying them! And in Avengers Finale, join the surviving characters in a look back on the Avengers' most challenging battles and beloved storylines. This is the start of the new Marvel Comics story telling and direction!

Secret War trade paperback
Collects Secret War limited series #1-5
By Brian Michael Bendis and Gabrielle Dell'Otto

Set between Avengers Disassembled and New Avengers, Nick Fury discovers that the costs of Marvel's technology based villains doesn't equal what they bring in with their mercenary jobs and thefts. An outside force is financing the bad guys so their suits are always ready to go for terrorist purposes! Denied by the U.S. government, Fury brings Marvel's finest together to strike back at the source, but it fails miserably. One year later, our heroes are under heavy attack for a mission they don't remember having participated in! This story is why Nick Fury has been underground and absent from major story lines!

New Avengers trade paperback volume 1
Collects New Avengers #1-6
By Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch

Earth's mightiest heroes are no more, but there is still a need for Avengers! During a daring super-villain prison break-out Marvel's finest heroes are brought together to turn the tide! In the process of bringing escapees to justice, these new Avengers uncover a massive and far-reaching conspiracy that runs through the entire series!

New Avengers trade paperback volume 2
Collects New Avengers #7-10 and New Avengers Most Wanted Files Handbook
By Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven

Who is the Sentry and what is his bizarre secret? That's what the New Avengers need to find out before this immensely powerful, yet familiar, hero becomes a threat to the Marvel universe! Guest-starring Emma Frost, this story is also the very first appearance of the secret Illuminati group.

House of M trade paperback
Collects House of M #1-8 and The Pulse special edition
By Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel

The New Avengers and the Astonishing X-men band together to deal with a threat common to Earth's mightiest heroes and the world of mutants! But before that can happen, the entire Marvel universe is replaced with a completely new Marvel univers where mutants are the ruling species and our heroes seem to be living the perfect lives! How did this happen and if it can be undone, do all the heroes want to give up what they have now? Long-lasting effects for Marvel's mutants!

New Avengers Trade paperback volume 3
Collects New Avengers #11-15
By Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, and Frank Cho

The New Avengers are still on the task of tracking down escapees and the trail leads them to Japan! In order to battle the combined forces of the Yakuza and the Hand, the Avengers will need help from a special hero in a brand new identity: Ronin! Plus, Spider-woman's loyalties are put to the test as she makes a surprising choice! The Avengers demand explaination and the truth behind the revitalization of Spider-woman and her life as a triple agent is revealed!

New Avengers trade paperback volume 4
Collects New Avengers #16-20
By Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven, and Mike Deodato, Jr.

Spinning directly out of the House of M event! A mutant comes into possession of hundreds of mutant powers at once along with a force driving him to a specific location and nothing can stop him! Will the Avengers figure out what he really is in time to prevent another tragedy on the island of Genosha? Features the demise of a longstanding Marvel super-team, the return of a character from Secret War, and the return of one of the most controversial characters in X-men history!

Road to Civil War trade paperback
Collects New Avengers Illuminati one shot, Amazing Spider-man #529-531, Fantastic Four #536-537
By Brian Michael Bendis, J. Michael Straczynski, Alex Maleev, Ron Garney, Mike McKone, and Tyler Kirkham

Look back into Marvel's past, shortly after the conclusion of the Kree-Skrull War, to witness the formation of the secret cabal known as the Illuminati! What hero warned them of the concequences of such an alliance? And what events in the present would break the group apart? This trade paperback also features the developing partnership between Iron Man and Spider-man, the return of Doctor Doom to the Marvel universe, and clues about the rebirth of the Mighty Thor!

Civil War trade paperback
Collects Civil War #1-7
By Mark Millar and Steve McNiven

The chaos and instability of the Marvel universe comes to a head right here! A group of young heroes makes a tragic mistake that will affect the lives of every Marvel super-hero! The Super-hero Registration Act is passed into law with Iron Man, Reed Richards, and others trying to lead the way while Captain America and his allies trying to keep fighting the good fight while resisting the registration. Lives are lost, trusts betrayed, friendships are broken, and heroes will switch sides! Whose side are you on?

New Avengers trade paperback volume 5
Collects New Avengers #21-25
By Brian Michael Bendis and a variety of top artists

Set on the backdrop of the Marvel Civil War, check in with each member of the New Avengers to see how they are affected and which side they choose in a series of one-shot issues. Witness the breaking of the New Avengers!

New Avengers trade paperback volume 6
Collects New Avengers #26-31
By Brian Michael Bendis, Leinil Yu, and Alex Maleev

Without Captain America and in defiance of Iron Man, a new team of Avengers is born! Led by Luke Cage, the remnants of Cap's resistance force get back to the business of tying up loose ends. The Avenger known as Ronin has been abandoned for months on her mission to monitor The Hand organization in Japan and is feared dead! The quest to resuce their lost team mate from the clutches of The Hand's new leader Elektra will blow the lid off Marvel's big story line for 2008! Can the Avengers deal with what they uncover? Not at all and neither can you!

New Avengers Illuminati premiere hardcover
Collects New Avengers Illuminati mini series #1-5
By Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed, and Jim Cheung

After the frightening events of the Kree-Skrull War in which the Earth was almost lost to a war they didn't start, five of Earth's smartest heroes, leaders, and kings decide to unite to consult on threats and if need be intervene before a crisis breaks out. These well-intentioned men, acting in secret, have had impacts on major Marvel story lines and now those stories are revealed for the first time! Covering content from the distant past right up to the very present day, this is one of Marvel's best mini series of recent times and shines a new light onto other Marvel story lines going back to Avengers Disassembled! This is the can't-miss springboard for 2008's Secret Invasion! Available NOW!


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