I have declined picking up most of the Secret Invasion tie-ins in the books I don’t normally read. That means, I’m following the story in the miniseries itself, the Mighty and New Avengers books, Incredible Hercules and Guardians of the Galaxy. I was excited to see that the SI storyline wouldn’t derail the Thor ongoing series. Straczynski and Coipel are doing amazing work there restoring the thunder god to his rightful, mighty place in the Marvel Universe.
Instead of hijacking that story, a tie-in miniseries has been offered — Secret Invasion: Thor, in which Matt Fraction and Doug Braithwaite bring us the Asgardian front in the war with the Skrulls. What’s great about this mini is that it builds on what Straczynski is crafting in the ongoing series, layering more development on the setting and supporting characters both immortal and otherwise.
By the way, I love that Asgard hovers over Oklahoma; Fraction deepens that appreciation for me. Some don’t much care for the small moments depicted in Secret Invasion: Thor #2, but I sure do. We get to see the full on Skrull invasion of the Norse gods’ home while simultaneously partaking in the much less dynamic — but heroic all the same — efforts of the local volunteer fire department responding to the Asgardian emergency.
The layers of story and perspective are what I’m digging.
Oh, and this miniseries features Beta Ray Bill, who’s always, always welcome. But is it my imagination … or does Bill seem to take beatings more often than he gives them?