Meet the Skrulls #1
Written by Robbie Thompson
Art by Niko Henrichon
Colors by Laurent Grossat
Letters by Travis Lanham
A quiet, unassuming man makes his way through a quiet town on a quiet day. Unbeknownst to the family playing and walking through the park, the unassuming man brings death with him.
Alice Warner is on a field trip with her class. Unable to connect with the mean girls around her or anyone else, she stays by herself fascinated with the creatures of Earth. When things get too cruel and mean for her, Alice slips away and becomes one of the creatures herself before going home.
When she comes in, she finds her family already sitting at the table preparing to eat and that is when they change back into being Skrulls. Their quaint family dinner is the perfect way for them to debrief each other on their various missions. Older daughter Madison has ingratiated herself with one of the cliques in her school, securing an invitation to a sleepover that will get her into the home of a prominent weapons designer.
The mother Gloria has successfully blackmailed someone to get her Congresswoman boss on a very specific committee. The father Carl has a very prominent job as a scientist working for Tony Stark. He and the rest of the family are positioned to get information about Project Blossom. If successful, Project Blossom will allow for the detection of Skrulls anywhere on the planet. The Skrulls are desperate to stop that from happening, but Alice might be a problem that needs to be dealt with.
At the same time, the unassuming man has gotten a step closer to the Walkers.
A well done and engaging first issue. Robbie Thompson lays out the conflicts and stakes for these characters brilliantly. Keeping the characters on task and mission while also showing that there are very human issues these characters are dealing with, namely a loss, is a smart move from the writer and it pays off.
Niko Henrichon’s art is beautifully detailed and there are some great panels showcasing complex emotions through the facial expressions of the characters.