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Invaders, The #25: Review

Aug 1977
Roy Thomas, Frank Robbins

Story Name:

The Power and the Panzers

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4 stars

Invaders, The #25 Review by (November 26, 2018)

Review: A more lively issue that the previous one with everyone fighting or flying or yelling or something. And we find that Scarlet Scarab is loyal only to his own people, not unlike Namor but the Prince of Atlantis is willing to make common cause with the surface dwellers to face a common enemy; SS doesn't see that as a necessity and so prefers to stay neutral for now—though we do see him on the side of the Nazis in a flashback in ALL-NEW INVADERS #4, but that's a different century. And didn't you think that somehow the good guys were going to take the ruby scarab away from him, rendering him powerless? Maybe Roy was saving it up for a future story which never materialized. Up next: the creators take on another controversial bit of WW2 history: the Japanese internment by the USA. Let's hope it goes better than their handling of the Warsaw Ghetto in issue #12-13.

Comments: Part two of two parts; part one was in issue #23. Scarlet Scarab is seen in flashbacks in ALL-NEW INVADERS #4 and he turns the power over to his son in THOR #326. Toro does not appear in this issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders, The #25 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Among the pyramids, Human Torch and Sub-Mariner battle the demi-god Scarlet Scarab, who wants the British out of Egypt. The two Invaders are unable to harm their enemy. On the other hand, SS is able to snuff out Torch's flames and slam Namor to the ground. Scarab buries his fallen foes under a stone pile and heads off to aid the


On the battlefield, Union Jack and Spitfire, followed by Captain America, have inspired the overwhelmed Brits to counterattack. Seeing Scarlet Scarab flying overhead, the Invaders worry about their teammates and hurry back to the pyramids. There, they help free Namor and Torch and Namor fills them in on the plot, adding that the ruby scarab is the source of the villain's abilities, giving him the powers of whomever he is fighting....

Behind enemy lines, Scarlet Scarab offers his aid to the Nazi cause; the Germans take up his offer, plotting to betray him when he is no longer of use to them. SS leads the next offensive against the British and the Invaders are there to face him. Scarlet Scarab seeks out Namor, who is weakening under the desert heat and carries him off, keeping him hostage until he can learn whether he can trust the Nazi general. He gets his answer on the next page when the General is about to kill an elderly peasant and his daughter for their defiance. Scarlet Scarab begins tearing his way through the German forces, followed by the Invaders, including Namor who has dipped himself into a handy well. Driving off the enemy, Scarlet Scarab assures the heroes that this does not mean he is now on “their” side but will return to fight anyone who threatens his country and flies off....

Epilogue: Bucky Barnes arrives at the California office of Dr Sam Sabuki, the only surgeon who can save Toro's life and finds it empty. He learns that all of the Japanese-Americans have been taken away to internment camps....

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)

(Jacqueline Falsworth)

(Thomas Raymond)
Union Jack
Union Jack

(Brian Falsworth)

Plus: Scarlet Scarab (Dr Faoul).

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