Written by: Roy Thomas
Art by: Jerry Ordway
Colors by: Jay David Ramos
Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 3, 2019
I love Chip Zdarsky’s new Invaders book (I mentioned on the podcast that I’d even marry it), so I grabbed this 80-year Anniversary issue with high hopes. I haven’t liked all of these over sized issues, but this one is right up my alley. So, was it any good? Let’s find out…
We start the issue with a timestamp (it takes place in 1941 before the United States entered WWII) and Cap kicking Nazi ass! Yea, it’s some classic fisticuffs and I loved seeing classic Cap getting a workout. After a couple of easter eggs, Cap gets his next mission and it’s a doozy…guard President Rosevelt on a fishing trip to the Bahamas. Psst…it’s not really a fishing trip.
After the cold open, I was wondering how will this be an Invaders book if it takes place before the war. Well, it’s a prequel/first meeting type thing that looks really good but could have done with a little more fun by the end.
I can see what Roy Thomas was going for here…use some history (FDR did go on a fishing trip to the Bahamas around this time and was keeping tabs on the Duke of Windsor), mix in some superheroes and villains and see what comes out the other end. The problem is the pacing which gives the reader long lulls in the action to set up the scene when all most of us want is the Invaders meeting up and kicking butt.
As for the Invaders…Captain America and the Human Torch (Jim Hammond) kind of meet and kind of figure each other out…kind of. We finally get Namor involved at the very end and he seems there only to force the issue to an end.
The best part of the whole issue is who the villain is (it’s not Hitler), but even he doesn’t have a whole lot to do except yell about his deathray and get punched by Cap.
I would say that history buffs may dig this issue, but I don’t think they would go for all the nonsense and the actual history isn’t spot on anyway. What we’re left with is a boring comic filled with characters with little to do and a story that just meanders to the ending. Oh well, at least I still have Zdarsky’s Invaders once a month.
Another anniversary issue that might be better left on the shelf. Invaders fans might want to check it out, but I won’t speak for anyone but myself and I was just bored.