By Tim Stevens with Kiel Phegley
To everyone who has been enjoying SKRULL KILL KREW so far, writer Adam Felber promises, with artist Mark Robinson's help, that the best is yet to come. In issue #3, on shelves June 17, the story takes a turn that will drive the limited series beyond expectations.
"To me, issue #3 is where the series really kicks itself to a new level— the plot doesn't thicken so much as it coagulates," teases Felber. "The entire Krew literally reassembles, and even as it's doing so, it's falling apart. Meanwhile, they're discovering that this new Skrull menace might be deeper and more dangerous than a bunch of blood-happy cow fetishists."
The aforementioned statement might prove a bit confusing to some—after all, Ryder seems to be the only original member of the Krew still upright. Not so fast…
"The name of the series ain't 'Ryder's Song,'" Felber points out. "As I [have] said, it'd be a mistake to count the Krew out just because most of them are dead and/or decapitated."
As one might expect, the first priority of the Krew will have to be the Skrulls still hanging around on Earth. However, this conflict will prove a bit more complicated than the one that drove Secret Invasion.
"There's an increasingly aggressive native-born Skrull population [on Earth]," Felber notes. "[But] what makes a Skrull a Skrull and a human a human? Just DNA? And remember: All of these Skrulls were born
here on Earth. Do they have a right to be here?"
At the center of the chaos remains Ryder. For Felber, revealing the Krew's erstwhile leader as a secret Skrull just made sense.
"It seemed obvious to me, I guess," the writer recalls. "Ryder's got a pathological hatred of Skrulls, he's got Skrull abilities. This seemed like the place to go to push his character that much further. What is it like to be the very thing you're obsessively trying to destroy?"
Ryder has yet to have to ask himself that question. While fans might still be reeling from SKRULL KILL KREW #1's revelation of his secret identity, Ryder remains blissfully unaware. Unfortunately, the days of being in the dark will soon to a close for our favorite Skrull hunter. Specifically, they end on July 22, when SKRULL KILL KREW #4 hits stands.
"As for Ryder learning this information, I can tell you that he'll start to deal with it in issue #4, and his method of dealing will not be only 'discussing it,'" Felber divulges.
Before then, Ryder will have to keep surviving his way of life, which consists mostly of eating and suicide runs against hordes of Skrulls. The arrival of a certain someone in
issue #3 might derail that approach sooner than Ryder expects, however.
"In #3, Ryder does have something to live for now, and we'll get re-acquainted with her."
Mysteries continue to unravel in SKRULL KILL KREW #3, on sale June 17.
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