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Gilbert and Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic after Thirty Years
Annette R. Federico, Sandra M. Gilbert
Annette LaPointe
Secret Invasion - Brian Michael Bendis, Leinil Francis Yu I read this just to catch up with what happened between volume one and volume two of Matt Fraction's Invincible Iron Man, so I am probably not the target audience for it. That said, it is easily the least interesting of Marvel's Big Event books I've read so far -- plot, fight, plot, wait, was there supposed to be characterization in there? fight, fight, plot, we've noticed the plot doesn't make sense, let's blame it on religion, plot, plot, plot,fight, the plot still doesn't make sense but surely no one will notice if the events are shocking enough, plot, plot, fight, fight, done.

The shapeshifting alien Skrulls have been secretly infiltrating superhero circles on Earth and now they launch their physical invasion. Some characters we know and trust are really aliens! Some characters we know and trust are really human but are gaslighted into thinking they're aliens! The Skrulls destroy all Stark technology with a single blow (somehow leaving all other technology untouched), so everyone decides to blame Tony Stark for the invasion, even though it started long before his directorship of SHIELD and also, you'd think maybe the politicians who determine public policy would come in for some blame there, huh, but apparently not.

Also, a female character of major historical importance is killed off, and yet, strangely, Marvel doesn't see fit to do two separate miniseries on the aftermath of her death or, as far as I can tell, ever mention it again in individual characters' series. Somehow I suspect she won't be coming back in two years' time.

Bendis has some nice quippy dialog. Leinil Francis Yu's art is horrifyingly bad.