It’s been quite awhile since I first expressed my excitement for All-New Invaders, a series featuring James Robinson and Steve Pugh, two of my favorite comic creators. The first arc wrapped up this week, and I felt it’d be the perfect opportunity to talk about one of Marvel’s most interesting team titles. Let’s check out All-New Invaders #5!
Our core team of Captain America, Jim Hammond the original Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner, the Winter Soldier, and Aarkus the original Vision have taken the fight to the Kree homeworld of Hala. While Cap, Jim, and Namor struggle against the possessed Eternal, Bucky and Aarkus race to shut down the object controlling him, the Gods’ Whisper. When the dust settles, will our Golden Age heroes stand tall or fall to the might of alien technology?
Writer Robinson and artist Pugh give the final chapter of the first story arc a proper send off. The former treats us to a bombastic story, full of powerful consequences and culminating in one of the best team interaction I’ve seen in recent comic book history. Robinson respects the bond between the Invaders, paying special attention to their shared history yet still acknowledging their disparate backgrounds and motivations. There’s great dialogue among the team during their quieter moments.
Pugh, meanwhile, supplements Robinson’s tale with glorious scenes of combat as characters almost leap off the page. Special attention is evident in the calmer scenes too, as the full range of expressions Pugh brings to the table accentuates the humanity in these characters. Guru-eFX, the issue’s colorist, provides a bright palette that complements Pugh’s style and helps hearken back to Golden Age sensibility.
Nevertheless, All-New Invaders #5 is not without flaws. Though most of the dialogue is solid, the banter during the battle scenes felt hackneyed and totally took me out of the action. I know most of these characters came of age in the early 20th century, but nevertheless their exclamations were cheesy. Furthermore, Aarkus’s plan seemed to wrap things up too simply, even if they did set up for an interesting future plot Robinson will no doubt explore.
All-New Invaders #5 is a solid comic that gives a fitting, if not entirely satisfactory, conclusion to the story’s first arc. This is a series worth reading for fans of the Golden Age or characters like Captain America and Namor. My only hope is that the series doesn’t get derailed as it moves into an “Original Sin” tie-in next month, but I have faith the team will retain their high level of quality.
-excellent team interaction
-cheesy dialogue in battle scenes
-ending feels like a Deus Ex Machina
Brett Simon is a twenty-four year old comic enthusiast. In a few years, he’s going to have a team-up with his four best friends from High School to fight an alien menace.
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