Skrull Watch #2

Another month has passed, and another installment of Secret Invasion has hit store shelves. I took it upon myself, once again, to delve into the depths of the issue (and the issues surrounding it) and see what interesting questions I can drudge up. Once again, this is not a review, it’s just an analysis of Secret Invasion #2 (with snippets of New Avengers #40 and Mighty Avengers #12-13 thrown in for good measure).

Clint Barton’s Really Bad Year

So the last couple of crossovers have been kinda bad for Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye aka Ronin). They killed him in Avengers: Disassembled. House of M brought him back, only to kill him once more. He then spent a while walking the Earth, trying to make sense of the world. And now he sees his (dead) wife stumble out of a Skrull ship, supposedly human.

In the issue we get to see the result of this much psychological pain – he just snaps. In one of the coolest Hawkeye (yes, Hawkeye) moments, Clint just picks up a bow and starts shooting up everyone. This of course leads to the reunion between Clint and Mockingbird, and a moment that will probably go down in history as “The October 12th Test”. Now this reunion could be interpreted in either a very touching moment or a very sinister moment. It all depends on which of these is a Skrull (if any). The way I see it, there are three possibilities. Either we’re watching the real deal, both Clint and Mockingbird are genuine humans. The other possibility is that Mockingbird’s a Skrull, and the green-chinned bastards managed to somehow (it’s not that hard, really) find out what happened on October 12th. Lastly, they’re both Skrulls, and the whole thing was a big show for Luke and Wolverine. Which is damned evil.

The Many Allegiances of Jessica Drew

So Spider-Woman’s a Skrull. Not only that – she’s the Skrull Queen! This little revelation pretty much makes Jessica Drew the most important character in the story. Once someone on the human side realizes who she really is, she effectively becomes the first target. That’s all well and good, but you also have to look at who Jessica is – she’s simultaneously an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, Hydra, a New Avenger and a member of the Mighty Avengers. She’s one of the most well-connected characters in the Marvel U. That’s a pretty good place for a Skrull to be. The question that needs to be asked is when was Spider-Woman replaced?

My guess is that in New Avengers #1 it’s already a Skrull. But it’s an interesting point to think about, how all these allegiances will play into Secret Invasion.

The most important scene, however, is in Mighty Avengers #12 – where Jess is shown to be talking to Nick Fury. It’s made clear that Jess is one of the only people in steady contact with Nick, so is this Jess the real deal or a Skrull? If she is a Skrull, that means that any and all info Fury’s getting is bogus. Boy, will he be pissed.

Keeping on Those Baby Blues

In my last Skrull Watch I posited the “Blue Eyes Theory”, in that any character that is shown to possess clear blue eyes is a potential Skrull (due to the fact that the three Skrull reveals possessed those eyes. Here are the characters possessing blue eyes in #2 –

One thing of note is that shot of Young Avengers – note how none of them have blue eyes except Hulking, who IS a Skrull?

That’s it for this month, more in 4 weeks!


6 thoughts on “Skrull Watch #2

  1. GoGreenLantern

    Very good analysis, but you miss one critical point. This is Nick Fury, a man who when wanting to retrieve a missing weapon put a hit out on himself to find it. This is a man who brainwashed Captain America without batting an eye. Nick Fury is not just the man who’s done all this, he’s the man. Think about it – Nick Fury is trusting no one, but talking to Jessica Drew – but she’s not his only contact. Fury could very well be feeding Spider-woman wrong information as to throw the entire skrull invasion plan out of the loop. The skrulls have really gotten smarter, but how smart are they… they were turned into cows.

  2. GoGreenLantern

    Also. Wolverine has bright blue eyes in Secret Invasion one, they focus very much on it and Marvel confirms that Wolverine has brown eyes. Either someone doesn’t care (which is not true, since these very artists have drawn characters with the correct eye colors before) – but be careful, a lot of Marvel characters have blue eyes.

  3. Nice analysis, though I have my own ideas about most of this. Please come over to

    and check some of these ideas out. I personally am loving Bendis’s VERY overarching SI story. Hope to see your analysis of my ideas soon.

  4. Twyst

    Additional infos — Bendis is supposed to do a Spider-Woman solo book after he is done Halo… Is he setting up to delete her history so he can rewrite it? I love Spider-Woman so much – she is the reason i started reading comics 😀

  5. green eyes = loyal skrulls,
    blue eyes = shape shifting kree agents (shanna blue eyes in new avengers)
    …i am a bit disappointed by SI…the feeling of utter paranoia and distrust is not played out to the fullest…the FF and Miss Marvel X-overs are a travesty…its more DC’s late 80s thing Invasion then the second arc of Ultimates I.

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