Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Invaders Now! Graphic Novel Review

Invaders Now! published in 2011, contains issues 1-5 of the Invaders Now! comic, written by Alex Ross, Christos Gage, and illustrated by Caio Reis, plus cover art by Alex Ross.

The Invaders, the World War 2 premier super-hero team, consisting of Captain America, The Original Human Torch, and Namor, the core members, add to that two Brit's, Union Jack and Spitfire, with Cap's Sidekick Bucky, and The Torch's sidekick Toro.

The tale contained within the pages of this graphic novel involves a return to an episode in The Invaders past that needed resolving, that as far as I know didn't actually happen in any Invaders comic, so basically it was written for this run, so it seems. Also On the cover of this graphic novel you can see a character called Aarkus, he's the green guy who looks like a hybrid of Martian Manhunter and The modern Vision, also known as The Vision, The Golden-Age Vision, who according to this story was a member of The Invaders who took part in this unrecorded dark day in the Invaders past.

The story goes something like this...

The Vision gathers together all the original members of The Invaders, to correct a wrong they did in World War 2. Every member of the original Invaders are alive, apart from Union Jack, the original one died years ago, but to balance the numbers the current Union Jack is required.

This event happened towards the end of World War 2, and Arnim Zola had used a whole village in The Netherlands for an infectious experiment. The Invaders were sent in to stop Zola, and discovered the infected villagers, plus the Super Axis. The infected locals, if allowed to leave the village would destroy the whole of Europe, so The Invaders had a tough decision to make.

There you have it, The Invaders had to murder a whole village to save the world from infection, sacrificing a few for the good of the whole planet.

That was then, now to the now, the infection has appeared once more, in Europe, and The Golden-Age Vision, has transported The Invaders to the original site to face it once more. Once again The Invaders come up against The Super-Axis, who for those of you that don't know them, are Germany's equivalent of The Invaders from World War 2, who have also been drawn to this same place, but the only original members seem to be Warrior Woman and U-Man.

The person responsible for this whole new mess, and infection is, a villager, who didn't die, he's the young deformed hunchback, pictured next to Aarkus in an earlier frame.

He blames the Invaders for the death's of his village, and his family, and he's arranged for his family to be reborn, if The Invaders are sacrificed in their place. He's done a deal with a Demon-thing called Shuma-Gorath, who'd been banished from our realm.

The Invaders fight The Super-Axis, and confront the villager who wields the spear of destiny. They defeat the Super-Axis, and face The Villager in a church which houses a host of infected humans, who infect Union Jack.

The Invaders agree to sacrifice themselves, but request 24 hours to find a cure, which they manage to do, and return Union Jack, and the infected back to normal.

The villager, convinced by the ghosts of his dead family that what he's done, and doing is wrong, repents, and decides not to sacrifice The Invaders. Up pops Arnim Zola, backed by The Super-Axis, who's none too pleased with the turn of events, and shoots The Villager, and eventually kills him.

The Invaders fight Zola, and The Axis, whilst The Vision and the ghosts of the dead villagers fight Shuma-Gorath, to prevent it from entering Earth's plane. The Invaders defeat The Super-Axis once again, and Shuma-Gorath has the Spear of Destiny inserted into it's eye, by The Vision, sending it back to it's own dimension.

It wasn't a bad story, and the art was quite good, but in the grand scheme of things it seemed a little pointless. It would have been far better if there was some continuity, something that linked to a real major event, and if the art was all done by Alex Ross. It was fun, even if it was a little silly.

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