A Word From The Commander
“Moonstomp! Deal with the cowardly mothers in that highly ostentatious automobile.”
Hello there comic book aficionados, it’s your Commander here once again, but just brefly. Today I want to put forward just one question. Why, oh why, has Marvel not produced more Skrull Kill Krew? Without a shadow of a doubt, this limited series remains one of my all time favourites and is something all comic book fanatics should take a peek at. The ‘Krew’ first appeared in the Marvel Universe in 1995. Doesn’t sound too long ago right? Wrong, it was 21 years ago. Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of Skrull Kill Krew is the very team that bought it to life. I have three names for you, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell. You are probably thinking already, if you haven’t read the series, that this sounds like one hell of a team up. Well you wouldn’t be wrong. Let’s face it, it rarely gets better.
“Those weren’t people, they were Skrulls, sweatheart…”
Now we all know that Marvel can get quite ‘out-there’ with its character profiles and story-lines. Skrull Kill Krew is no exception to this rule. In short, the series follows a gang of humans who become altered through eating Skrull-contaminated beef. Yes, you heard right, that is the premise here. There is more back-story that involves the Fantastic Four, with Reed Richards brainwashing a bunch of Skrulls into believing they were cows. Down the line a group of people get infected, nice one Reed, and as a result some very outlandish humans pick up various Skrull traits. Only through the tremendous wizardry of Millar, Morrison and Yeowell can such a plot become something of genuine comic book greatness. What these three wise kings gave us were the ‘Krew’ itself, Ryder, Riot, Catwalk, Dice, Moonstomp and 3D Man. Ryder is the ringleader of this band of ‘killers’. He has a fair few abilities under his belt, including shape shifting, superior strength, heightened reflexes and teleportation.
“I don’t believe this. I want some fries. I want some fries real bad.”
The main series consisted of five issues, but the characters didn’t really make a return until Marvel’s Secret Invasion, which in turn lead to another five part limited series. Skrull Kill Krew is something that really should be discovered by the reader. Sure, I have bigged the series up, but our personal tastes in comics are completely subjective. For me, the Kill Krew are a breath of fresh air, far away from the regular faces of Marvel. Though saying that, Captain America does make an appearance, as does the Fantastic Four. Ok, ok, it’s still a breath of fresh air. The language used by the characters works well with its alleyway scenes and gun fights. In more ways than one, the limited series, graphically, reminds me of Walter Hill’s The Warriors. By the way of a conclusion, Marvel, give the Krew more page time! For now, that is all. Moving on…
“Ryder really, really hates Skrulls doesn’t he.”