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Invaders, The #34: Review

May 1978
Don Glut, Alan Kupperberg

Story Name:

He Who Destroys!

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Invaders, The #34 Review by (February 5, 2019)

Review: A story done in one issue? Very strange! Anyway, a passable if overly familiar plot involving a baddie masquerading as a hero; he is stopped but no thought is given to restoring the hero's soiled reputation. But then, Destroyer is adventuring in continental Europe, it's not like he has to worry about what the average Brit thinks of him. The artwork is a bit better than last issue's.

Comments: Roy Thomas is credited with the concept. Brian Falsworth was the original Destroyer in issue #18; Roger Aubrey became the second Destroyer in issue #26.

Period Pop-Culture Details: Cap refers to newscaster Gabriel Heatter's tagline “There's good news tonight.” Spitfire quotes Sherlock Holmes, “The game's afoot.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invaders, The #34 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Invaders (Captain America, Sub-Mariner, Human Torch, Spitfire, Union Jack) are surprised and confused by reports that the Destroyer, their friend Roger Aubrey, has turned against the Allies, sabotaging military installations in Britain. A news report comes over the radio that Destroyer riding a Nazi warplane has attacked London Bridge. They hurry to the scene where Namor and the Torch battle the fire that threatens the bridge while Cap pilots Namor's flagship to pursue the enemy planes to a castle out on the Moors. Spitfire and Union Jack leap out of the plane, the latter surprising his companion with his newly-acquired electrical powers that enable him to ride a wave of static electricity to the roof. Spying through a window they see Destroyer meeting with his Nazi henchmen and Union Jack is now certain that this Destroyer is an impostor as Roger could not speak German. They burst in and Union Jack does battle with the phony Destroyer as he takes it personally that the villain is ruining the good name of his former identity. Meanwhile Spitfire takes down the henchmen then searches the castle for Roger. This Destroyer is more powerful than UJ expects, a mystery that is cleared up only when the villain unmasks as Master Man. MM overcomes UJ and when he sees his cowardly henchmen fleeing by plane, he runs to leap aboard carrying his captive. The weary Union Jack creates an electrical explosion sending him and his captor plummeting to the ground. Spitfire creates a whirlwind of heated air which slows him down enough for Roger to catch. But Master Man gets away....

Back at Lord Falsworth's home, Roger is able to don his Destroyer costume, intending to continue his original mission of fighting behind enemy lines. Cap, Namor, and Torch receive a message from President Roosevelt asking them to return to the US immediately....

Alan Kupperberg
Frank Springer
Nel Yomtov
Frank Robbins (Cover Penciler)
Frank Springer (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Roger Aubrey)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Jim Hammond)

(Jacqueline Falsworth)
Union Jack
Union Jack

(Brian Falsworth)

Plus: Master Man.

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