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Published by Marvel Comics, August 2000
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"Skrulls & Crossbones"Writer: Peter David
Inker: Anibal Rodriguez
w/Parsons, Wiacek, & von Grawbadger
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: RS & Comicraft's Wes Abbott
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Editor in Chief: Bob Harras
Original Price: $2.50
History Behind Issue: Continues from issue #7 and guest stars Moondragon and Super-Skrull (with a cameo by the Silver Surfer)!
Look, up in the air - it's the Super-Skrull. His mission: to annihilate a young woman whose very existence could unravel reality. His one obstacle: Captain Marvel - who had to decide whether he can allow one girl to perish in order to safeguard the universe.
Issue Synopsis by James "Marvelite" Pedrick:
This issue begins with a
maintenance man at a theme-park called ‘Morro Place asking someone named
Morrie when a new ride was installed.
The ride he is looking at, though, is a spaceship, which is glowing
in a bright green light. Morrie
suggests they get out of there, when Super-Skrull exits the spacecraft and
blasts them with fire so they will leave quicker.
Meanwhile, at Marlo is just got
out of the shower just when the side dish, of the dinner she is preparing
for her date with Rick, is burned. Just
as Lorraine, the ghost who only she seems to be able to see, tells her
dinner is ruined, Marlo says the roast is still perfect, only to find
smoke coming from her stove. At
the same time, Rick is all dressed up for the occasion.
As he heads up to Marlo’s apartment, he reminds Genis that he and
Moondragon promised not to use their cosmic awareness during the date.
As their evening begins, Rick and Marlo are both distracted by
their counterparts (Genis and Lorraine), trying to communicate to them
without letting the other knowing. Marlo
then asks Rick which Tombstone pizza he’d like to have for dinner.
Elsewhere, Kelly is sitting in the
cemetery (next to a grave of Kirby “The King”).
She then cosmically senses something.
Moondragon then contact Genis
telepathically and says she needs him because of a problem and that she
doesn’t care that they promised not to bother Rick.
During the date, Rick and Marlo
have a hard time yelling at their counterparts while talking to each
other. Through the process, they manage to explain their feelings
with to each other. They then
begin to make love with each other, making it awkward for Genis and
In the Microverse, Genis tells
Rick that earth is not the only place where they can control the change
between them. But when he
tries, he finds that earth does appear to be the only place where they can
control the transformation.
Determined to get Captain
Marvel’s help, she decides to tap into Rick’s mind himself (but after
she first gets rid of a man trying to hit on her).
As she taps into his mind, she can see he’s preoccupied with
something else and goes off without Captain Marvel.
Back to the cemetery, Kelly tells
Super Skrull that he can stop hiding because she can see him while he is
invisible. Super Skrull comes
out and tells Intelligentsia, presumably back at the ship, that he has
found her. He says he
believes he can subdue her, but she says she has foreseen that Kelly must
be destroyed. He goes on a
speech of how she cannot withstand his power, when she tells him the girl
He flies after the girl.
When she sees him, she tries to turn him into potato salad, and
although she doesn’t, it appears to have some affect on him, as Super-Skrull
calls his display “impressive” but says that the Skrull technology
allows him to withstand her power.
Super-Skrull then clinches his
fist and aims it at Kelly, but when she simply stands still, he asks why
she does not put up a fight. She
says she doesn’t care about her life, because she can do anything why
should she bother. Intelligentsia tells him to obey orders and destroy her.
Just then, Moondragon arrives and blasts Super-Skrull, who returns
with a blast of his own. She then tells Kelly to flee, but she says she has already
arranged for help.
Rick, who’s wearing less clothes
now, tells Marlo he has to go, because there’s a kid… she then jumps
to the conclusion that he has had a kid, but he assures her that’s not
it. He says he cannot explain
and then transforms into Captain Marvel, who then tells Marlo that Rick
loves him but that they have to go.
For the first time, Lorraine is at
a loss of words. Marlo,
though, jumps up and hugs him, glad that Rick wasn’t leaving because he
was afraid of a commitment. Captain
Marvel then leaves toward the Moondragon, after receiving a kiss from
Marlo on behalf of Rick.
Back to the fight between Super-Skrull
and Moondragon, Super-Skrull punches Moondragon into the air, when he
smells an impure Kree.
Moondragon then comes to Kelly’s
side. She asks if Captain
Marvel was the assistance, but she responds that it wasn’t, it was –
“NEXT ISSUE: It’s a showdown between Captain Marvel and the Super-Skrull! Is there anything more power than these two? You betcha! And we call him the Silver Surfer! Nuff said!”
Preview of Issue #9:
The Hyssta have arrived on Earth, and only an unholy
alliance between Captain Marvel, the Super Skrull and the Silver Surfer can
save our world from slipping into an alternate universe where reptilian
parallels of our greatest heroes rule!
Review by James "Marvelite" Pedrick:This issue was pretty good and one of the best so far. Peter David did a great job with the interaction between Rick and Marla and putting that with the interactions between Rick and Genis, and Marla and Lorraine. It was also nice to see Super-Skrull in this issue, after having Comet Man and the Micronauts in the earlier issues. It also nice to see things heat up between Rick and Marlo. ChrisCross also did a fantastic job with the artwork. Kelly still proves to be an interesting character for the series and it will be interesting to see what threat she causes and how the Silver Surfer will become a part of it. Whatever it is, it looks like the Hyssta from issue #1 will have something to do it if previews mean anything.
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