Written by Mike Carey
Art by Cary Nord
Secret Invasion: X-men is shaping up to be a lot like WWH: X-Men, which is a good thing, in my opinion. Like most SI tie-ins, this isn't essential reading, but it's still a fun read watching the X-Men working together to fight back against the Skrulls.
The bulk of this issue deals with the X-Men mounting gorilla warfare hit and run tactics against the Skrulls, who have them outnumbered and outgunned with their Super Skrulls.
In fact, the only time we really go outside of these fights is for the Cyclops peptalk and for Nightcrawler's talks with "God" and these scenes serve to add some much needed fleshing out of the story to contrast the bulk of the action. Nightcrawler's scenes, in particular, are intersting when juxtaposed with his Catholic faith and I look forward to seeing more of these scenes in the remaining issues.
The only problems I have with this issue are the same as the first one - the Skrulls here, outside the Super Skrulls, are so different in the way they act compared to every other story. It's a small qualm and probably only something I'm really hung on, so I'll try not to harp on it too much in future issues. Things like the religious orb Nightcrawler has stolen and simple things, like the tactics being used and actions of the Skrulls compared to other issues, like Black Panther or Runaways / Young Avengers, etc.
Verdict - Check It. It's solid action, unique artstyle (although a little weaker with facial expressions this time around) and the X-Men being the competent team that's trained their whole lives for these types of situations make this a fun read. Definitely a must read for any Nightcrawler fan.