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All-New Invaders #7: Review

Jul 2014
James Robinson, Mark Laming

Story Name:

Original Sin [Part two]

Review & Comments

4 stars

All-New Invaders #7 Review by (July 13, 2014)
Review: Nice tie-in to the current mega-event leaves one major loose end: if the Invaders knew nothing about the atomic bomb, why did the Watcher’s eye make Radiance think they had? And why did Jim Hammond act like it was true and that they were hiding something (last issue)? Ignorance is not a sin, at least in this instance. Seem like a lot of soul searching going on for the answer to be “we didn’t know anything about it” and it undercuts the over-ripe dramatic promises of the issue’s solicit. That quibble aside, the story is well-done especially that cute homage to the Japanese giant monster movies near the end. And I really like that manga-style cover. Meanwhile it looks like something big is hatching for the next issue viz. Deathlok….

Comments: Technically the only character in this issue is the Human Torch as everyone else is in a flashback, but I went ahead and put everyone into the characters list anyway. Golden Girl (Gwenny Lou Sabuki) and Human Top (Davey Mitchell) gained their powers in THE INVADERS #27 in 1978; The Kid Commandos were formed in #28.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

All-New Invaders #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch and now a SHIELD agent, continues his debriefing with psychiatrist Dr. Derek Malloy aboard the Helicarrier….

The Japanese-American heroine Radiance had learned from the detonation of the Watcher’s eye (in ORIGINAL SIN #3) that the Invaders could have prevented the atomic bombing of Japan. So she had taken hostages at a SHIELD base and demanded to see Jim for an explanation. Jim went in and told her that during the war, American scientists had discovered how to create a massive tidal wave by combining the powers of the Torch, Sub-Mariner, and Spitfire. The plan was to use it to destroy the Japanese fleet in the Pacific. Her grandmother Golden Girl (Gwenny Lou Sabuki) opposed the idea because it would also wipe out the peaceful populations of the surrounding islands. Fellow Kid Commandos Toro and Human Top sided with her but they were silenced by the brass. The next day, the Invaders were on hand to unleash the wave when Golden Girl and her comrades attacked the assembled Invaders. They turned out to be more than a match for the older heroes with Golden Girl able to challenge even Namor with her powers. The battle took Gwenny and Namor to an inhabited island where the Invaders discovered that the area was more densely populated that they had thought. They then refused to complete the mission, unaware that the alternate plan was the dropping of an atomic bomb as none had security clearance that high. On hearing this Radiance was so consumed with shame and sorrow that her powers were unleashed, destroying the facility but she was able to protect the hostages from harm. Torch and Radiance left the building to face the forces of SHIELD with Jim claiming he blew up the building to keep Radiance from imprisonment. Word then comes through that the giant monster Lord Great Dagora is threatening Tokyo and she must return—so she invites the Torch to join her….

As he wraps up his session with Dr Malloy, Jim reveals that he knew from the first that the doctor was also an A.I….so Malloy removes his human disguise to reveal a skull-faced cyborg. An explosion aboard the Helicarrier follows….

Preview Pages
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Mark Laming
Mark Laming
Mukesh Singh (Cover Penciler)
Mukesh Singh (Cover Inker)
Mukesh Singh (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Golden Girl
Golden Girl

(Gwenny Lou Sabuki)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)

(Jacqueline Falsworth)

(Thomas Raymond)
Union Jack
Union Jack

(Brian Falsworth)


Plus: Bucky (Fred Davis), Captain America (William Naslund), Human Top (Davy Mitchell).

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