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All-New Invaders #10: Review

Sep 2014
James Robinson, Steve Pugh

Story Name:

Death-Locked! [Part Three]

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

All-New Invaders #10 Review by (October 17, 2014)
(Marvel’s most confusing character) when those cyborgs are suddenly kicked out of the tale. Even stranger: Killraven and Marvel’s War of the Worlds series is making a comeback, years after they were forgotten. Plus we’re getting a return visit from older Invaders Spitfire and Union Jack (I don’t know the Destroyer) dumped into the middle of the Martian plot. They sure are tossing a great deal of strange stuff into the story arc and I hope they can keep it as fast-paced and offbeat for the rest of the run. All that and Cap still has time to bring up his unfinished business with Namor. I like this book all of a sudden.

Comments: The second Captain America, William Naslund, appears in flashback. Iron Cross (Helmut Gruler) was introduced in INVADERS #36 in 1979. Destroyer (Roger Aubrey) was first seen as Dyna-Mite in INVADERS #14-15. Killraven was the star of Marvel’s WAR OF THE WORLDS series which ran in AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970 series) #18-39; the complete run appears in The Essential Killraven. In AVENGERS (2010) #3-6, Killraven entered 616 continuity and thus can appear here. Luther Manning’s statement that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away” comes from General Douglas MacArthur’s farewell address to the US Congress on April 19, 1951.

Oops! Looks like I cut off the first line of the review (at bottom below). Here's the corrected version: Review: Well this is interesting. Here I was trying to get through a story full of Deathloks (Marvel’s most confusing character) when those cyborgs are suddenly kicked out of the tale. Even stranger: Killraven and Marvel’s War of the Worlds series is making a comeback, years after they were forgotten. Plus we’re getting a return visit from older Invaders Spitfire and Union Jack (I don’t know the Destroyer) dumped into the middle of the Martian plot. They sure are tossing a great deal of strange stuff into the story arc and I hope they can keep it as fast-paced and offbeat for the rest of the run. All that and Cap still has time to bring up his unfinished business with Namor. I like this book all of a sudden.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

All-New Invaders #10 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Flashback to 1946: Namor the Sub-Mariner arrives in Nuremberg to be greeted by the second Captain America. Cap calls him Subby; Namor rebukes him for the familiarity. Namor declines to swear on the Bible as he is of a different faith, and merely gives his word. He is there to testify at the trial of Helmut Gruler, the Nazi hero Iron Cross.…

Now, Bucky Barnes the Winter Soldier has encountered Gruler’s daughter Clare, the new cyborg version of Iron Cross. She has been his mystery informant; she easily destroys the robots attacking them and they move further into the base of arms dealer Kurt Dagmar in search of his missing comrades….

Bucky and Clare soon discover Captain America and Namor confused at the discovery that Kurt Dagmar was a Martian—especially since there are no Martians, not in this timestream at least. Clare explains that the Inhuman Gene was activated and she bonded with her Iron Cross armor; Dagmar’s gang kidnapped her with Toro as bait to capture the Human Torch. The unconscious Torch awakens in a panic and escapes by burning a hole through the ceiling. Iron Cross heads out after him, and Cap, who is still smarting over his brainwashing by the Illuminati, asks Namor to go too. Cap then meets with Luther Manning, the original Deathlok who explains that he and all of his variations are being kept there by Dagmar’s gateway to the alternate realities. Once Manning destroys that the Deathloks fade away one by one. Cap’s last problem is how to free Toro from his cocoon—which glows as soon as Cap turns his back….

In London, Union Jack, Spitfire, and the Destroyer are facing a Martian tripod stalking the city. In a nearby asylum, a totally mad Killraven is chanting "the Martians are coming" over and over….


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Steve Pugh
Steve Pugh
Guru-eFX
Scott Kolins (Cover Penciler)
Scott Kolins (Cover Inker)
Guru-eFX (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Destroyer
Destroyer

(Roger Aubrey)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Iron Cross
Iron Cross

(Clare Gruler)
Spitfire
Spitfire

(Jacqueline Falsworth)
Toro
Toro

(Thomas Raymond)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Martians, Union Jack (Joey Chapman).

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