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Marvel Universe #2: Review

Jul 1998
Roger Stern, Steve Epting

Story Name:

Tomorrow Belongs to Me!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Marvel Universe #2 Review by (January 16, 2014)
Review: A standard Invaders tale with a time travel twist is enlivened by the late 90s Marvel style: big drawings filling the marginless pages, the deeper and richer computer-aided coloring made me feel more immersed in the story. Plus some nice guest shots: the Whizzer! Doctor Doom! The Dragon of Death! make this a pretty cool comic.

Comments: Part two of three. Thor, Spitfire, Union Jack, Dr Doom, and Hitler appear in Strucker’s flashback/flashforward. Ben Grimm appears on the cover of J. Jonah Jameson’s NOW magazine in the flashback. The Invaders and Strucker plots actually intertwine but it was easier to write up this way.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Universe #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The InvadersCaptain America, the Human Torch, and the Sub-Mariner, joined by the Whizzer—stop a Hydra agent and his hired goons from hijacking atom bomb parts from a factory. Cap suspects it was just a diversion…

…and he was right. Baron Strucker dispatches his Special Attack Squad to steal the needed plutonium. But the Invaders have already puzzled that out and are on their way to the plant where the dangerous element is stored. Soon after, a courier carrying the plutonium is abducted by the elite Hydra agents and bustled into a waiting car but the elite heroes spring their trap and pursue. After a wild chase in which some of the baddies are caught, the last agent converts the car into a mini-sub and dives into the water with the agent and the plutonium still in his clutches….

Meanwhile, Strucker catches his aide Franz, secretly a spy for the S.S., snooping in his office. Strucker explains the presence of history books from the future: when the Invaders battled Thor who had been deceived into aiding Hitler (full story in INVADERS #32-33) Strucker pursued a mysterious bandaged man to a time portal in an alley. Following him through, Strucker found himself in the future (ca. 1960) and picked up some history books to learn the outcome of the War. Taking the books he returned to the time machine to be met by its owner Doctor Doom who allowed him to go, secure in the knowledge that Strucker could do nothing to change Germany’s fate. He then outlines his plan to have Hydra continue after the Reich falls. Finishing his tale, Strucker then kills the spy to maintain his secrets….


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Steve Epting
Al Williamson
Gloria Vasquez
John Byrne (Cover Penciler)
John Byrne (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Baron Strucker, Invaders, Whizzer (Golden Age).