Matthias Wivel finds himself troubled by the casual, wholesale slaughter of Skrulls in Marvel’s Secret Invasion:
Apparently, the shape-changing little green men just don’t rate as Life Worth Preserving to any of these heroes. … Presumably writer Brian Bendis and editorial have chosen to go about the story this way for the sake of “realism” and, probably, some extra, cheap thrills, but it just seems to me wildly out of character for many of these so-called superheroes to not even stop and think about it. It is simply not addressed. At all. Anywhere that I’m aware of, that is (I’m not enough of a sucker to read all the tie-ins).
For some reason, I’m reminded of the independent-contractors-on-the-Deathstar conversation from Clerks.
But I’m also made to reconsider early comparisons of Secret Invasion to the new Battlestar Galactica (“alien” religious zealots have been infiltrating us for years): Maybe the Skrulls aren’t the Cylons at all; they’re the Bugs. That means Secret Invasion is Starship Troopers. The Paul Verhoeven version.
That makes Clint Barton … Johnnie Rico?
(Via Tom Spurgeon)