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Invaders #12: Review

Dec 2019
Chip Zdarsky, Carlos Magno

Story Name:

Dead in the Water Part VI

Review & Comments

5 stars

Invaders #12 Review by (June 29, 2020)
Review: Hard-hitting climax to the entire series gives Namor a career-defining moment when he exclaims “Namor, King of Atlantis…takes commands from NO ONE!” before ending the battle with a single punch. But remember, in this miniseries, Namor started out as the villain, pursuing a scheme to destroy the surface world and we, the readers, were aghast at these extreme actions by, if not always a good guy, more of an antihero. But then Cap and company tried to reason with him, and ended up fighting him and through it all he was reminded of his ties to his wartime comrades and the unity of the Invaders is invoked at the end, going a long way toward his rehabilitation in the Marvel Universe.   

Comments: Carlos Magno drew the modern scenes while Butch Guice did the wartime episodes. The existence of Vodan was revealed in NAMOR: THE BEST DEFENSE just before this limited series. 


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders #12 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America’s mind drifts back to the time Sub-Mariner discovered him frozen in ice in the Arctic…and he is interrupted by Spitfire who also recalls the good and the bad of the World War 2 era. The other InvadersHuman Torch, Toro, Winter Soldier—are monitoring the situation and Machan/Roman Peterson is flooding the entire planet; Namor explains that they are using a portal to the alternate world of Vodan and draining the water from that submerged world—leading the surface-dweller to beg for the Genus Compound. Cap has notified America and other heroes (we see Spider-Man and Thing) are trying to save other so they are not available to aid the Invaders. Namor accuses the others of driving him to formulate that plan but Torch shuts him down, reminding that they are coming to his rescue….

Machan/Roman with the Serpent Crown has his device protected by a force field, pumping water to flood Earth. The Invaders arrive and Machan raises giant octopi and the vicious fishmen from the other world to battle them in a frenzy of violence. Water-breathers like Namor can pass through the force field and he does, hurling himself into the crowd of Atlantean troops and shutting it off. Machan then captures Namor’s mind with the Serpent Crown and has him first protect him (Machan) from Cap and then to fight Cap. As the two heroes plunge into the ocean, Cap feels him fighting back and soon the memories of being wartime comrades comes to the surface and Namor and Cap return to the fray. Spitfire rescues Bucky and Torch goes underwater to drive off the ocean creatures with a blast of light. Then with the cry “Namor, King of Atlantis…takes commands from NO ONE!” he smashes Machan. Namor promises to repair the machine to send the excess ocean back to Vodan and to take Machan back to Atlantis for execution. Cap won’t let him: unless they take the villain back to the surface world, everyone will still think Namor was behind it all and attack them. So Cap tells Namor he must make the sacrifice of his need for vengeance in the interests of his people....

Two weeks later, Steve, Jim, and Bucky talk matters over, with Steve reporting that Namor is demanding the extradition of Machan and both Atlantis and the USA claiming to have destroyed all the Genus Compound. Jim has given up work on his memoirs because he is still angry with Namor. Steve reminds him that they all went through the war together and under it all, Namor is an Invader.

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Carlos Magno
Carlos Magno
Alex Guimaraes
Butch Guice (Cover Penciler)
Butch Guice (Cover Inker)
Romulo Fajardo (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)

(Jacqueline Falsworth)

(Thomas Raymond)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

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