Covering Issues #1-6
An incident brings some of the best from World War II together once again, relying on each other like that have not in decades. Something that begins on Earth ends up taking them across the galaxy to the heart of one of their sometimes enemies/sometimes allies, but they won’t go quietly into the night without a fight. Though they’re no longer fighting against the forces of the Nazi blitzkrieg or the Imperial Japanese advance, these heroes band together to protect each other when no one else can, calling upon their bond of brotherhood that transcends time, boarders, and background. At first believed that they would end up on the wrong end of a powerful immortal warrior, Cap and the rest plan well ahead of their confrontation, taking the “supreme” intelligence by complete surprise and reigning victoriously.
I was really pleased that after the crisis was over, Bucky immediately went back into hiding, not breaking his need to keep the fact that he’s alive quiet from the general population or the other heroes of the world. Part of me half expected him to become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. like the Torch did, operating as covert operations—perhaps part of the Secret Avengers team—since it seems like everyone who has powers and is a hero becomes either an Avenger or an agent, but I’m quite glad he kept out of the limelight. His ability to disappear and keep quiet is a major asset for the rest of the Invaders, especially during their time on Hala against the Kree. He’s often been seen as the sidekick—especially back during when he was just Bucky alongside Cap in World War II—but he’s really shown that he’s his own person in recent developments, be they good or bad.
One thing that I’m a bit disappointed in is the uniform that the Torch wears in the sixth issue, when he becomes a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. It is nothing more than a design rip-off of the outfit that Steve Rogers wore when he was in charge, which Nick Fury, Jr. later adopted. I know that S.H.I.E.L.D. agents—at least the normal, non-super-powered ones—have a standard uniform, but the super-agents have always been a bit special. It’s not so much that the uniform resembles another one, but rather that it was the only option to give him. This is a hero from the days of the greatest generation of American soldiers and icons; there has to be something better and more appealing than copying something else.
Given the last issues showed what went on in the Invaders’ past and how it impacted current events, I wonder if future issues will have them reacting to other past situations that have come back to haunt them. I am eager to read more about Jim Hammond, as the rest have been thoroughly looked over in other publications over the years. There’s got to be more to him than just being a synthetic person. Now, if only he would stop stealing other people's looks.