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Invaders, The #32: Review

Mar 1978
Roy Thomas, Alan Kupperberg

Story Name:

Thunder in the East!

Review & Comments

3 stars

Invaders, The #32 Review by (January 22, 2019)

Review: Brilliant idea, casting a well-known superhero as the enemy of the heroes even though all the excitement is pushed off until the next issue. The big problem with the issue is the startlingly inferior art, enough to bring the issue down. And Union Jack is whingeing (he's British) so much about not deserving to be on the team that any sharp reader should cringe about what stupid development is going to happen in the next issue—and they would be right to. Had anyone been complaining about this, as they did with Invisible Girl in the early days of the FF? It hadn't occurred to me until they brought it up.

Comments: Part one of two parts. Issue is sort of a follow-up to issues #1-2 where a fake version of Donar, Germanic God of Thunder, (actually an alien) appeared. It seems that everyone hears Thor's Nordic speech in their own language, which makes things convenient for a comic book.

Period Pop-Culture Details: Torch refers to the nursery rhyme “Baa Baa Black Sheep.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders, The #32 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Invaders (Captain America, Sub-Mariner, Human Torch, Spitfire, Union Jack) are at a military base in Britain when Nazi saboteurs take control of a trio of the Allies' newest weapons, the Achilles Tank. Torch heats up the first tank forcing the saboteurs to surrender; Subby tears the second one apart and hurls the wreckage to sink the Nazi sub off the coast; Union Jack inserts a flare into the last tank's vent, blowing the vehicle apart. The General informs them that one of the tanks was promised to the Russians and now, with only one intact, the Invaders are ordered to take that one to Moscow, attached to Namor's flagship. On the way, Brian (Union Jack) confesses to his sister (Spitfire) that, as the only one without powers he feels he isn't contributing enough to the team. Meanwhile, the ship crosses the Arctic Circle....

After an evening at the opera, Adolf Hitler explains his belief that the world of Teutonic gods that Wagner wrote of is real and that it can be seen. Hitler visits the lab of Dr Olsen and his bandaged assistant Hans who show Der Fuehrer Asgard on a giant television screen. Hitler is impressed by Donar the God of Thunder (better known to Marvelites as Thor) and has Olsen bring him through the transporter and into our world. Thor (yes, that Thor) comes through and after his initial violent shock, Hitler manages to calm the unruly deity and persuade him to join “his people,” the Germans, against the Russians and especially to destroy the Invaders....

Arriving in Russia, the Invaders take down a German plane strafing a train and discover they have rescued Premier Josef Stalin. Then another German plane arrives—dropping Thor who announces his intent to kill Stalin....

Alan Kupperberg
Frank Springer
Carl Gafford
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)

(Jacqueline Falsworth)

Union Jack
Union Jack

(Brian Falsworth)

Plus: Josef Stalin.

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