Thursday, January 23, 2014

All-New Invaders #1

   Through much of his recent DC work, I kept wondering, "What happened to James Robinson?"

   The writer who had done tremendous work on books like Starman and The Golden Age seemed to go missing. 

   So now he's migrated over to Marvel, and his first title to appear is All-New Invaders.

   That team featured five central characters - Captain America, Bucky, Namor, the Human Torch and Toro.

   At first I thought the book was going to be set during World War II, as with the original series (created by Roy Thomas and Frank Robbin), but it's set in Marvel's modern day. 

   Robinson seems to have an affinity for Golden Age characters, and this issue focuses on one of my favorites (and one of the most neglected) - the Golden Age Human Torch.

   Jim Hammond has been enjoying a retirement of sorts, working in a small town as a mechanic - but when a Kree powerhouse shows up asking questions, he surges back into action, in a hoo-hah action sequence made all the better for the Torch's concern for the citizens of the town (a lesson a certain Man of Steel needed to learn in his latest movie).

   It's building up to a big story about gods and heroes - and so far, it's a heck of a lot of fun.

   The art by Steve Pugh is excellent, with powerful layouts and excellent character designs - his splash of the Torch swinging into action would make a great poster.

   So the good news is, for this issue at least, the old James Robinson is back! Here's hoping for more of the same.

Grade: A-




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