W: Grant Morrison & Mark Millar
P: Steve Yeowell
I: Chris Ivy
Pub: Marvel Comics
Reprinting Stories from: ‘Skrull Kill Krew’ #1-5
Described as, “The world’s most hateful comic magazine”, this mini-series introduced five people determined to kill every Skrull on Earth. For those of you new to this planet, the Skrulls are shape-shifting aliens that frequently attack Earth. The first Skrulls on Earth were hypnotized and turned into cows by Mr. Fantastic. After they impersonated the FF in the Kree-Skrull War, the US Army turned them back into cows and sold them to a fast food chain. Mixing their corpses with ground beef resulted in a virus similar to mad cow disease. People infected with this disease gain the Skrulls’ shape-shifting powers and other abilities for the short time before their deaths. The SKK use their borrowed time and disease-born powers to find and kill every Skrull they see. That includes a European leader and a town in Middle America.
I got the feeling this was intended to be an ongoing series. The premise has enough promise to fuel several years’ worth of stories. Characters die and new ones come along. I also like how Morrison and Millar laid the ground work for an international Skrull conspiracy. Think about it: you have a race of aliens that can assume any form imaginable, and they’re routinely defeated by monkey-men from a planet so primitive they never got farther than their own moon. Of course the Skrull would try to watch and overthrow them! I’m surprised it hasn’t come up before.
As the cover promises, we get lots of violence. When one of the “heroes” is a neo-Nazi with a hammer, you know blood’s gonna flow. The story climaxes in the death of an entire town! We get plenty of the dark humor and odd one-liners you’d expect from Morrison and Millar. Steve Yeowell does a great job creating distinct Skrulls and depicting the action sequences. Unfortunately, the inking is thick and has a sharp edge. It also appears thin around the edges, giving the work a sloppy feeling.
Ultimately, this book is a disappointment. This was written back in 1995. Millar was just starting his career, but Morrison had already completed the mind-bending ‘Doom Patrol’ and ‘Animal Man’. He was also deep into the revolutionary ‘Invisibles’. And compared to his work that followed, this is the most pedestrian project he’s ever been involved in. This story reads more like one of Millar’s comics. It’s stylish violence with cool characters who spout badass lines instead of developing personalities. I’ll wager Morrison was the “plotter” and Millar the “writer”.
‘Skrull Kill Krew’ has gained a cult following due to its name recognition and rarity. Some people might find this funny in a dark way. I just see this as an interesting distraction that’s not as good as the talent involved.
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