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Invaders, The #28: Review

Nov 1977
Roy Thomas, Frank Robbins

Story Name:

Calling the Kid Commandos!

Review & Comments

Rating:
3.5 stars

Invaders, The #28 Review by (December 24, 2018)

Review: Yet another WW2 team debuts in another claustrophobic issue with two new good guys as well. Golden Girl is okay but I have to admit I think Human Top looks ridiculous, especially on the cover and especially in that absurd black-and-green striped outfit. And why does Namor have something like that in his traveling wardrobe? Must be an earlier fashion from Atlantis, like bell bottoms or tie-dyes. And they cap off the issue with the implication that a later generation will understand and condemn the Japanese internment; a protest to that effect happened about the time this comic was written, with Presidents Carter and Reagan studying the issue and agreeing to pay reparations to those interned and their heirs accompanied by an apology.

Comments: Part three of three parts. The Kid Commandos reappear in issue #38-39 of this title, and in ALL-NEW INVADERS #6-7. Issue includes a one-page tribute to the late Marvel staffer John Verpoorten.

Period Pop-Culture Details: Bodybuilder Charles Atlas, parlor game Twenty Questions, the sealed envelopes naming the winners of the Academy Awards (Oscars).





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders, The #28 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Agent Axis' attempt to reseparate his personality has resulted in Davy Mitchell gaining spinning powers, Gwenny Lou Sabuki having the ability to shoot “golden sunbursts” out of her hands and a lot of chaos. The Invaders (Captain America, Sub-Mariner, Human Torch) arrive to add to the madness. Agent Axis escapes using Dr Sabuki as a hostage; the villain leaps into his mechanical mole with Sabuki and takes off, drilling a hole through the cave walls which fills up again as soon as the machine goes through; Human Torch tracks it through the earth by its heat to the desert. The mole comes up in a reservoir where Namor is waiting to snatch Dr Sabuki away. Cap then lands Namor's flagship where the villain is and there is a short but violent fight between Cap and Agent Axis. Cap returns to the cave with Axis to find Gwenny Lou, now Golden Girl, and Davy, now Human Top, have vanquished the trio of henchmen with the aid of Bucky and the recovered Toro. Once the team is reassembled, Bucky explains his plan....

Bucky and Toro, with Golden Girl and the Human Top, take Namor's ship to fly Dr Sabuki back to the relocation center at Sandy Flat. On the way, they find clothing stored in the ship that can be adapted to superhero costumes. Arriving at the center, Bucky confronts the angry bigoted commander Captain Sims. As they argue, the mechanical mole buzzes up through the ground and Agent Axis emerges. The four youthful heroes team up to take down the villain, and Toro seals up the mole to await investigation by army scientists. Dr Sabuki chooses to stay in the camp to serve as doctor to the inmates. The kids return to the cave where they learn that Agent Axis was the Sub-Mariner in disguise to give the youngsters more clout with Captain Sims. As they head east with the real villain captive, Bucky, Toro, Golden Girl, and Human Top announce their plans to stay in the USA as...The Kid Commandos!


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Frank Robbins
Frank Springer
George Roussos
Frank Robbins (Cover Penciler)
Frank Springer (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)
Toro
Toro

(Thomas Raymond)

Plus: Agent Axis, Golden Girl (Gwenny Lou Sabuki), Human Top (Davy Mitchell), Invaders.