Monday, December 2, 2019

Annihilation Scourge Alpha Review


Annihilation Scourge is the latest in the Annihilation Saga which began with the original Annihilation in 2006. This was followed up be a series of events (Annihilation Conquest, War of Kings, Thanos Imperative along with Nova's 2007 and 2016 series) with the consequences of one leading into the other.

The first issue of this new event begins with the Alpha issue. An excellent issue which picks up after the Nova 2016 series with the Cancerverse invading the Negative Zone. It's a terrific reversal to the original Annihilation series. In the original, Annihilus invaded the Marvel Universe and destroyed Xandar. In Alpha, Annihilus's Negative Zone is invaded by the universe now controlled by Xandar's WorldMind (although the WM has yet to be seen).

It's very clear that writer Matthew Rosenberg has done his homework on Nova and the comic events leading up to this point. I'm definitely looking forward to Rosenberg's Annihilation Scourge: Nova and Annihilation Scourge Omega books in the next few weeks!

The art is a bit dark and I'm not sure if that's on the inker or the colorist. However, given the story and the mood of the story, it works well.

The selection of the main villain (SPOILER AHEAD) caught me off-guard. Sentry isn't a character I'm too familiar with. After reading the issue, I did go research him a bit. The fact that Sentry's alter ego, the Void, is most powerful in the Negative Zone, it made more sense to me that he is leading the invasion.

However, I also have to wonder if the WorldMind isn't in control of Sentry/Void and using him as a host in order to lead the invasion as revenge on Annihilus?

All in all, highly recommended!!

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