Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Billy Tan
I wasn't a fan of this issue for the simple fact the big deal about the Skrulls needing Reed Richards' "brain" for this invasion of Earth ended up being a huge copout that consisted of the Skrulls cloning perfect duplicates of Reed over and over and attempting to use imposter family members to get him to come up with a way for the Skrulls to invade undetected, which he eventually succeeds at.
What was the big secret he came up with? Well, after about 2 or 3 pages of scribbling some notes after his son Franklin (a Skrull) complained of being scared of Skrulls, Reed came up with this flawless method to remain undetected. The Skrulls walk in, kill the clone and then take the blood stained papers and do a little victory dance.
While I can live with the easy cloning methods and Reed somehow maintaining his intelligence and experiences while being rapidly grown to adulthood in perfect clones, the fact of the matter is, the Skrulls are using magic rituals to obtain the memories, personalities and undetectability they currently employ with those bloody facerags. What the hell does Reed Richards know about magic? He's all about science and can't even wrap his head around the concepts of magic. Does not compute for me unless the two pages of notes consisted of "Set up meeting with Dr Strange for tomorrow".
Verdict - Check It. Some people might be interested in the "revelation" of why the Skrulls needed Reed's brain to succeed, so I give this a Check It, but I thought this was just another pointless story with a flimsy, paperthin plot that barely explains what it sets out to, leaving more questions than answers.