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Invaders #5: Review

May 2019
Chip Zdarsky, ?

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War Ghosts Part V

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Invaders #5 Review by (November 11, 2019)

Review: But here we know that the Tommy Machan in Namor’s head is a bad guy, sort of his anti-conscience, leading him to do the bad things without pondering all of the consequences. And the issue includes a spectacular battle between Subby and Torch (one of Marvel’s longest-lasting animosities) building up to some nightmarish scenes e.g. the murder of the Admiral and her men plus the nuclear destruction at the end. This issue is a knockout.

Comments: Carlos Magno drew the modern scenes while Butch Guice did the wartime episodes. And if you’re wondering how a blank fired from a gun can hurt someone, Google Jon-Erik Hexum (1957-1984).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

1945: The Invaders are planning a mission but the Sub-Mariner objects to Captain America’s plan to sneak into an enemy installation when they can just awe them with power; Cap’s plan will minimize civilian casualties and Bucky Barnes suggests a disguise for Namor. Through his inner voice Machan, modern Namor ponders the necessity of the upcoming deaths….

Cap races to the military base where Winter Soldier is a prisoner in their sick bay, having been shot in the head with a blank from his own gun (last issue) by conspirator Anna. Bucky mentions hearing the name Roman from Anna—and now Cap knows that Roman Peterson is the traitor who gave the weapons components to Atlantis….

Cap calls Human Torch in Maine, telling him to warn the Navy and find Roman, while Cap will assemble the Avengers. Torch takes off but is intercepted by Namor and his men and there is a spectacular fight wherein Subby knocks the head off his android ex-partner.

Meanwhile, the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, She-Hulk) have found Atlantis on lockdown via a powerful force field. Iron Man is mad at Cap for having tried and failed at a peaceful solution with Namor. Cap calls Admiral October at the base and warns her that Roman Peterson is a double agent for Atlantis, to prevent the US from retaliating after an Atlantean attack. When the Admiral confronts Roman, he and his men kill the Admiral and the staff of the control room….

Cap arrives in town to see the US missiles streaking toward Atlantis. He is met by Namor, bearing the severed head of the Human Torch. As they battle, Cap realizes that, with the Avengers in place to stop the missiles from hitting Atlantis, Atlantis could retaliate against the “unprovoked attack,” justifying what happens next. But the Avengers will stop Atlantis’ missiles too, right? No, Namor’s weapons weren’t in his city. They are launched and they strike their targets….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jennifer Walters)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

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