This March, Marvel will capitalize on the release of the Captain Marvel movie with a new series by Robbie Thompson and Niko Henrichon called Meet the Skrulls, teased Friday on Twitter, though of course, you heard about it first here on Bleeding Cool (pip pip).
The book stars a family of Skrulls masquerading as a typical American family, living an ordinary American life. Except, of course, for being shape-shifting aliens who have infiltrated Earth with a mission of preparing for (another) worldwide invasion. Their name: The Warners.
Coincidence? Or a dig at Warner Bros, the parent company of their main competitor, DC Comics?
It's been fifteen years since these companies were friendly enough to give us a crossover with 2003's Avengers vs. JLA, but since then the relationship between the two companies has turned sour and there might never be another. And the comic book industry itself has only become more cutthroat since then, with Marvel usually thumping DC in the monthly sales charts on a regular basis, and both companies employing frequent use of nuclear sales tactics like line-wide relaunches, super-mega-crossover events, flagrant price gouging, variant cover abuse, and spoiling their own comics in the mainstream media. DC, for their part, recently stole Marvel's most famous writer, "The Great One" Brian Bendis. That had to sting. It's not all-out war, but there doesn't appear to be a reconciliation on the horizon, is what we're saying.
And now, Marvel, whose own parent company is ruthless megacorp Disney, could be taken as implying that their competitors are invaders hellbent on world domination.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
Meet the Skrulls will be out in March 2019. Whose side are you on?
The Warners are your typical family. Dad works at Stark. Mom works in a Senator's office. Jennifer and Alice are students at Stamford High School. The only thing that makes them different is that they're shape-shifting Skrulls and have infiltrated our society to pave the way for a Skrull invasion. Robbie Thompson (SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL) and Niko Henrichon (DOCTOR STRANGE, Pride of Baghdad) bring the Marvel Universe down to Earth with a bold new look at the Skrulls that will test even YOUR loyalty.