Writer – James Robinson
Artist – Steve Pugh
Colours – GURU-eFX
James Robinson and Steve Pugh hit the end of the road with this final issue of Invaders and it really is quite sad as it was just hitting its stride during the latter half of the run. This issue essentially wraps everything up fairly quickly as our heroes all have a little chat with each other about what went down in the past fifteen issues and while it was decent enough, it really left a lot of plot threads hanging. In fact, James Robinson even acknowledges in the issue, all of the stories that are going to be left unfinished and in this day and age, it is really quite a shame that this is still going on. This book should have been a double-sized issue so that Robinson could have at least finished up the Martian storyline and addressed a couple of the others. That is really the worst thing about this book, just for the simple fact that as Robinson was cooking up these really great stories, and we as readers were getting invested in them, we will never be able to find out how anything ends. Now Marvel could just go and say that Secret Wars would erase all of it so it would not matter anyways, but having a definite ending to those tales would still be much more fulfilling. There are a couple of plotlines that do get wrapped up, one being the last story to take place in the book dealing with the fate of Toro. As Toro is now an Inhuman, what better place to go than to live in Attilan with his people? It was somewhat rushed and seemed to be a little bit of a cop-out, but at least we learned of his fate. But the one thing that Robinson and Pugh did manage to do very well was give the book a happy ending, one that would soften even the hardest of hearts as Jim Hammond settles down with his new friend Niels, the cat with the Speedball powers who was set to be destroyed. It is a touching moment and a perfect way to leave the book off until we meet Jim and the Invaders again.
3.5 out of 5
Writer – Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Artist – Scott McDaniel, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, R.B. Silva, Walden Wong, Eduardo Pansica, Paul Neary
Colours – Mike Atiyeh
The Doomsday devices that Apokolips happens to be releasing are coming fast and furious and no matter how much Superman, Power Girl and Red Tornado fight, more continue to rain down and they realize it is just to keep them busy. Huntress and Batman meet Oliver Queen in Bruce Wayne’s last secret fortress. Meanwhile, back at Atom’s Haven, Brainwave is causing trouble as is Terry Sloan up on one of the ships that are supposed to save them all. World’s End keeps motoring on towards its end and this issue ended up being all right with the best part being the meeting with Oliver Queen and the revelations about Bruce. Seems like Bruce, who was always prepared for everything no matter what the situation might be, was also prepared for the end of the world. With everything from DNA samples belonging to every creature upon the Earth to every literary work ever written and more, Bruce had a ‘just in case’ scenario and lo and behold, that just so happens to be what is happening at the moment. On a different note, it is a little weird seeing Oliver all in red, but different worlds, different styles. The beginning of the book was action-packed as we find our heroes still battling all out to save the planet while the last part of the book was the weakest, though it does leave us on a little cliff-hanger with Terry Sloan being dastardly as usual. Wilson and company delivered a fairly decent book this week and it is good to see some things starting to head towards their eventual conclusions and whether good or bad, they are dragging us along for the ride.
3.5 out of 5