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All-New Invaders #1: Review

Jan 2014
James Robinson, Steve Pugh

Story Name:

Gods and Soldiers

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

All-New Invaders #1 Review by (February 22, 2014)
Review: All-new is right! This isn’t a revived version of the 1940s-set comic; there are no Nazis to biff this time around. Instead we jump to the future with a latest incarnation of the heroes battling Kree soldiers for possession of a sci-fi McGuffin. And issue one re-introduces us to the original Human Torch, the least familiar of the stars to bring us up to speed and throw us headfirst into a battle with the formidable Tanalth the Pursuer. Steve Pugh’s bold art makes the story quite thrilling and James Robinson does Roy Thomas proud by bringing up yet another obscure Golden Age hero, Major Liberty! Imagine my surprise to discover he was real! Anyway, the story is sure ot only get better as we have more of Cap and Bucky (Winter Soldier to his enemies), and Namor to adventure with.

Comments: First appearance of this line-up of the Invaders. A prelude to this story appeared in ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW POINT ONE. Major Liberty was a Timely comic character from the 1940s; he appeared in USA #1-4 then wasn’t seen again until a brief appearance in AVENGERS/INVADERS #10 in 2009; this issue is his next appearance after that. No inker is credited FOR the issue.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

All-New Invaders #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Prologue: in the Egyptian desert Kree warriors kill a Shi’ar enemy then uncover one piece of the God’s Whisper, escaping the planet before they are caught in violation intergalactic treaties….

Jim Hammond, the original android Human Torch, is living in anonymity in Blaketown, Illinois, working at an auto shop. He returns to the garage to find his boss dead at the hands of Kree champion Tanalth the Pursuer. He flames on and they fight, destroying the garage quickly in the process. Witnesses recognize the Torch’s voice and are surprised to learn Jim’s secret. Tanalth shoots the Torch with a special gun that uncovers a forgotten adventure in his mind. It was during the war, as the Invaders fought the minions of Baron Strucker—but Toro was missing and a strange hero called Major Liberty in place of Captain America. Liberty then challenged Strucker’s ally Hela the Norse Goddess of Death who waved her hand and drained the life from the patriotic hero. By accessing this memory, Tanalth learns the location of the final piece of the God’s Whisper, the device that bent Hela’s will to serve the Nazis. Now to cover her departure she unleashes her violence on the Torch’s friends and blasts the Torch as he is distracted. As she plans to destroy the entire town to cover her tracks, she is suddenly confronted by Captain America and the Winter Soldier….

Epilogue: back on the Kree homeworld, Namor the Sub-Mariner is a prisoner of the Supreme Intelligence….


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Steve Pugh
Guru-eFX
Mukesh Singh (Cover Penciler)
Mukesh Singh (Cover Inker)
Mukesh Singh (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Tanalth
Tanalth

(Tanalth the Pursuer)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Invaders, Kree.