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All-New Invaders #12: Review

Nov 2014
James Robinson, Barry Kitson

Story Name:

Invaders! Martians Attack!!

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

All-New Invaders #12 Review by (December 2, 2014)
Review: Another oddly-placed issue. #11 had the British Invaders and Killraven, then #12 ignored that to go with the Human Torch’s mental issues, ending, not quite on a cliffhanger, but still unresolved. Now in #13 we’ve dropped the Torch and are back to the Martian plot—in a lengthy flashback, no less. Bet this will look strange in a trade collection. Anyway, more War of the Worlds, Killraven returns again (sort of). Okay issue doesn’t advance the story much but gives us a glimpse of a previous incantion of the Invaders so that’s nice. Roy Thomas would be proud.

Comments: The Freedom’s Five were introduced in INVADERS #7 in 1976 as Union Jack, Phantom Eagle, Crimson Cavalier, Sir Steel, and the Silver Squire. Phantom Eagle first appeared in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #16 in 1968 and had some later appearances. This is the only subsequent appearance of Sir Steel and Crimson Cavalier; the latter’s identity is altered to make him an ancestor of Batroc the Leaper. Sir Steel’s sidekick, Silver Squire, is absent from the present issue with the explanation that he is recovering from injuries. The Squire is replaced by Iron Fist (Orson Randall), Danny Rand’s predecessor in the role showcased in the series THE IMMORTAL IRON FIST. Eben Stafford was introduced in ORIGINAL SIN ANNUAL #1 as one of Woody McCord’s and Nick Fury’s predecessors as the “Man in the Wall,” protecting Earth against invasions; appropriately Bucky Barnes, Fury’s successor, appears briefly. Inker P. Craig Russell is the artist most associated with the original WAR OF THE WORLDS series which ran in AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970 series) #18-39; nice that they offered him this issue, even if only as inker.

Okay, the word in the nest to last line of the review should be "incarnation." Why, oh why don't I check these things before I hit "submit"?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

All-New Invaders #12 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

From the diary of the original Union Jack, Lord Falworth: he relates how in 1917 he and his team the Freedom’s Five were planning a sortie into Europe against the villainous Ursula Frankenstein when they received word that London had been invaded by Martians in battle-tripods. The heroes rushed to the scene and engaged the enemy with great difficulty until Eben Stafford, with a team bearing high-tech weaponry, arrived to take over. They sent the Martians teleporting away in retreat….

Falworth’s diary is now being read by his daughter Spitfire, the new Union Jack, and the Mighty Destroyer. They now know that the Martian incursion they fought off (after the end of issue #11) is one of a series of such attacks since the 1880s. Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes suddenly enters the room with a stranger he introduces as Jonathan Raven. Raven has the answers to the Martian invasions—because in another time stream he was Earth’s great freedom fighter Killraven….

Preview Pages
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Barry Kitson
P. Craig Russell
Michael Komarck (Cover Penciler)
Michael Komarck (Cover Inker)
Michael Komarck (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Roger Aubrey)

(Jacqueline Falsworth)
Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier

(Bucky Barnes)

Plus: Martians, Union Jack (Lord Falsworth), Union Jack (Joey Chapman).

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