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Invaders, The #18: Review

Jan 1977
Roy Thomas, Frank Robbins

Story Name:

Enter: The Mighty Destroyer!

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Invaders, The #18 Review by (October 1, 2018)

Review: Another new superhero of the Golden Age? But this one needed a lot of retcon to fit into the new narrative. So here's the Mighty Destroyer, whose identity will be revealed soon, resulting in yet another recurring hero character, this one a bit more tenacious than most (spoiler: he's Lord Falsworth's son Brian, set to be the new Union Jack and Dyna-Mite Roger Aubrey will grow into the position of the new Destroyer). Soon there won't be any room for Cap and the guys!

Comments: Part three of six parts. First modern appearance of the Mighty Destroyer, who first appeared in MYSTIC COMICS #6 (though the Invaders issue calls it #1) in 1941; in this comic his origin is retconned, claiming the Golden Age appearances were fictionalized versions of his real adventures, even making him out to be an American.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders, The #18 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Last issue, we saw Warrior Woman hurl Captain America from the battlements of Berchtesgaden; now we have a mysterious costumed figure racing to catch Cap in his fall. He does but both men are knocked unconscious....

Now Woman Warrior and Master Man together take down Namor; Adolf Hitler gloats, ordering the four remaining Invaders (Human Torch, Toro, Sub-Mariner, Bucky) taken to Berlin where they will be publicly executed. Hitler orders some men to recover Captain America's body and explains to his two superheros that they will be married and produce super-offspring for the Master Race. WW balks at the idea of marrying this brainless oaf and stalks off. Meanwhile, the soldiers Hitler sent down to recover Cap's body are clobbered by Cap and his new ally the Destroyer. The newcomer takes Cap to his secret lair at the bottom of Berchtesgaden's cliff and relates how as a prisoner in a Nazi dungeon and how he drank the formula given him by fellow inmate Professor Eric Schmitt and gained his super-powers. He also unmasks, revealing his true identity to Cap (we'll find out later)....

As the Invaders are imprisoned inside special cages for their transport to Berlin, Torch wonders where fellow-Invader Spitfire is....

And so we discover that she, Lord Falsworth, and the diminutive hero Dyna-Mite are parachuting into Germany where they are met by Oskar, a German national who is a friend of His Lordship; Oskar takes them secretly into Berlin where their mission is to help Dyna-Mite recover his lost memories....

Back at Berchtesgaden, Cap and the Destroyer enter the castle by stealth and rescue Biljo White from his would-be executioners. They fight their way past a number of guards to find a Nazi doctor who tells them the Invaders have been taken to Berlin; Cap vows that if any of his teammates has been harmed he will commit “cold-blooded murder”....


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Frank Robbins
Frank Springer
George Roussos
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Spitfire
Spitfire

(Jacqueline Falsworth)
Toro
Toro

(Thomas Raymond)

Plus: Adolf Hitler, Destroyer (Brian Falsworth), Dyna-Mite (Roger Aubrey), Master Man, Union Jack (Lord Falsworth), Warrior Woman.