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Avengers / Invaders #6: Review

Nov 2008
Jim Krueger, Steve Sadowski

Story Name:

Book Six: Man on Fire

Review & Comments

Rating:
2.5 stars

Avengers / Invaders #6 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Plot by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger. Also a penciller in this issue: Patrick Berkenkotter.


Avengers / Invaders #6 Review by (October 26, 2013)
Review: Old Paul Anselm gives his opinion that modern heroes suck—which could serve as a commentary on Marvel and DC comics since the 90s….then the Avengers arrive to intimidate him; Dr. Strange accuses him of creating the disaster with the Cosmic Cube and Anselm doesn’t collapse in fear, but deflects this nonsense with a grin—I think he’s my favorite character in the book…Torch leads an LMD revolt and turns out to be—whoa!—more powerful than Sentry and Ms Marvel? When did this happen? When the writer put it in the script obviously, another example of the “any given day” rule...Strange attempts some rambling explanation of how Anselm could be responsible for what happened, switching the blame to the entire non-superhero population of the US. Regrets, I’ve had a few (including reading this series)…then Toro sees a picture of his own grave on the wall—wait, young Paul arrived only yesterday, old Paul made it a point to fill in his future history, visit the cemetery, take his picture by Toro’s grave, develop the film and frame an 8x10 glossy and hang it on his living room wall—in less than 24 hours? Why would you hang that picture anyway?...aaand the big reveal: Human Torch is a dope. Really, he’s being duped by the naughty machines he thinks are innocent victims. And then he’s told Cap and Subby are being held in a VR prison—and invited to enter too. So the doofus goes in without a twinge of suspicion….last word goes to Toro who ends up cursing and crying over his own tomb.

Comments: No inkers are credited for the series. Toro died saving Namor from the Mad Thinker in SUB-MARINER (1968) #14.


Avengers / Invaders #6 Review by (October 26, 2013)
Tony Stark's inbuilt Extremis armour won't respond - it's joined the revolution!

Toro blames Human Torch for letting him die in this future. And no-one quite spells out that Torch didn't save him because he himself was in 1 of his 'dead' periods.

Dr Strange begins the issue by saying that the Cosmic Cube brought the Invaders here because old Paul Anselm wanted it. But later DrS thinks it's a mass desire to overturn Captain America's death. We'll get an added element next issue.

There have been many Cosmic Cubes in the Marvel Universe. The 1st 1 we saw was created by AIM and used by Red Skull in Tales of Suspense #79-81, but there have been many earlier ones. However they are created they start out by being a tool to alter reality. But eventually they evolve into sentient beings like the Shaper of Worlds.

We don't know whether this CC is 1 we've seen before. The last CC sighting was of a fragment of the ToS CC being used to create the Freedom Ring in Marvel Team-Up (2004) #19-24. That Ring is now used by the Crusader in Avengers: Initiative. Before that fragments of several Cube's were fused to create a new 1 which transferred Red Skull's consciousness in to Aleksander Lukin in the Captain America (2004) series, which led to the assassination of Cap. The Marvel Chronology Project thinks the Lukin Cube is this 1, but I believe it was destroyed in CA(2004)#14.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers / Invaders #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The New Avengers arrive at the Manhattan home of Paul Anselm where the aged veteran is hosting his time-displaced younger self. Dr. Strange wonders at Anselm’s connection to the Cosmic Cube and his part in all this….

Aboard the Helicarrier, the Human Torch announces his intention to liberate the Life Model Decoys from their oppression by humans; the Mighty Avengers oppose him—and the LMDs suddenly turn on the heroes. Torch sends Sentry over the side of the craft in flames then takes out Ms Marvel, Wonder Man, and Wasp….

Back at Anselm’s home, Dr Strange theorizes that the mass of humanity, reacting to the death of Captain America, influenced the Cosmic Cube to rewrite history. Toro, however, looking around the house, spots a framed picture of young Paul Anselm standing beside his, Toro’s, grave and wants to know what happened. The aged Anselm reluctantly fills him in on his fate and the fates of his comrades….

Tony Stark, a prisoner of the LMDs tries to reason with the Torch but it does no good. Then the Invader is summoned to where his comrades have been imprisoned and only then do we (and Tony) learn that he is a dupe, the LMDs are trying to kill the Avengers. Elsewhere, Torch is shown to where Cap and Namor are held in a virtual reality chamber where they are living through a simulation of the war. He is told he must enter the artificial environment to bring them out….

At a cemetery in Brooklyn, young Toro arrives at this own gravesite where he breaks down wondering why the Torch wasn’t there to save him….


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Steve Sadowski
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Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(James "Bucky" Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Ronin
Ronin

(Clint Barton)
Spider-Man
Spider-Man

(Peter Parker)
Vision
Vision

(Aarkus)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Echo, Invaders.