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Annihilation: Super-Skrull #2

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2006
By: Shaun Manning

Writer: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Artist: Gregory Titus

Publisher: Marvel Comics

The Super-Skrull goes on a tear across the universe, searching for a way to stop the Annihilation Wave's ultimate weapon before it destroys the planet his son calls home. R'Kin, Super-Skrull's young protégé, watches as his childhood hero tortures much-needed information out of dying adversaries, and begins to question the virtue of their mission. Do the ends justify the means? And what about the old adage of my enemy's enemy?

Lost writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach packs an incredible amount of action into these pages, compressing even his characters' development into a few powerful panels. R'Kin oscillates between idolizing the Super-Skrull and reviling him, as his mentor displays a vicious passion that may yet save the universe. Thankfully, too, R'Kin is one of the less obnoxious in a recent glut of "teen sidekick perspective" characters. Still, it wouldn't be such a terrible thing to let a bad guy be a bad guy, and let him tell his own story.

On art, Gregory Titus does a fantastic job emphasizing both the human and inhuman nature of the Skrulls. His style is reminiscent of Humberto Ramos's early work on Impulse, with gigantic feet and exaggerated facial expressions. It works, particularly in the savage angularity of Super-Skrull's warlike chin. Also, any time a hominid pig with oversized guns shows up, it's a sure thing a good time is on the way.

Civil War or interstellar war, whichever side you're on, Marvel is currently running two phenomenal events. Annihilation continues to surprise with its diverse styles and engaging characters. It'll take just a slight increase in thrills to push Super-Skrull through the roof, and issue two's final page suggests Javi and Titus are about to really let loose.

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