In 1999 the Volgan Republic of Asia invaded Western Europe, defeating and occupying Britain in hours, leaving only resistance groups fighting for liberty. When London lorry driver Bill Savage found out his family had been killed in the invasion, he took up arms against the invaders.
One of 2000 AD
's debut titles in 1977 under the name of Invasion!
and written by then editor Pat Mills the original story lasted 44 issues before being discontinued. However in 2004 the story was resurrected by Mills and re-titled Savage
This comic book series features the following tropes:
- Alternate History: Savage's solution to the The Great Politics Mess-Up. Here the timeline diverged in 1989 when the Volgan Peoples Party was founded.
- Possibly even earlier, as the SLR (A British FN FAL clone) is still in service in 1999. Justified, though, as at the time Invasion! was published, the SLR was still Britain's service rifle and the SA80 had not been designed yet.
- Might be even ealier, Vashkov's Motive Rant centers around Bomber Harris using poison gas on the order of Winston Churchill during the allied intervention in the Russian Civil War.
- Also, Princess Diana wasn't killed in a car crash, nor did she and Charles divorce in the Savage verse.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The MkI Hammersteins are unable to distinguish between friend and foe, killing everything in sight. The MkIIs have the opposite problem: They actually surrender when they calculate collateral damage from the battle and decide it's not worth lowering property prices.
- Anti-Hero: Savage shows no mercy whatsoever towards the Volgs or Les Collaborateurs, often gunning them down in cold blood without a second thought.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Heavily used in Invasion! all Aristocrats that appear are collaborateurs.
- Badass: Savage, who is able to take out an armoured car with only a shotgun.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted. Krasnodon is stated to be the Volgan equivalent of JFK in that he's handsome and charismatic. A couple is seen discussing this in the pub with the wife noting that Krasnodon can't be evil on account of his looks. However, the Volgs fuck Britain up worse under Krasnodon, even hitting the country with an EMP to regress the country to The Eighties.
- Break Out the Museum Piece: By the time of Book 4, Electromagnetic Pulse technology has reduced Britain to early eightes technology.
- Fashion also appears to have regressed.
- British Royal Family: King Charles flees to canada to lead a Government in Exile at the beginning of Invasion!.
- The final arc of Invasion! involves Savage getting the (fictional) heir of the throne Prince John out of Britain after he stowed away on a british submarine
- Blood Knight: Savage.
- Canon Discontinuity: Savage retcons away a prolog to Invasion! called Disaster1990 which had a nuclear explosion at the north pole, melting the ice, flooding Britain. That said, it got reprinted and packaged with December 2012's and January 2013's issues of the Megazine, which lampshaded the whole thing.
- Quite possibly also Savage's cameo in Armoured Gideon.
- Captain Ersatz: Pat Mills was forced to make the Volgans this after Executive Meddling in Invasion!
- Character Development: Savage goes from little characterization (Barely any backstory and sterotypical working class attitude) in Invasion! to having a much more detailed backstory along with a wider family and more justification for his contining struggle in Savage.
- Darker and Edgier: Savage compared to invasion
- Day of the Jackboot
- Death Seeker: Savage reveals himself to be this.
- Decapitated Army: Subverted. Savage kills Vashkov in Book 2. Krasnodon takes over and the struggle continues, if anything, worse than ever.
- The Great Politics Mess-Up: Averted in Savage. The Volgans are turned into a fascist party that took over the USSR in the 1991 coup.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Hufflepuff House: The entirety of mainland Europe. Apart from one cross-channel hop in Invasion! and savage being part of the Free European Army (FEAR) in Savage, the struggle in Europe is not mentioned.
- In Spite of a Nail: The global recession of the late noughties and 2010s still happens in the Savage verse in spite of the Alternate History, as evidenced by the "Ghost Estates" of Ireland used to test the Mark II Hammersteins.
- La Résistance: Several groups. It's implied that Savage is the only thing keeping them from turning on each other.
- Les Collaborateurs: Called Double Yellows
- Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: Happens in-universe during Savage. The series starts off firmly grounded in reality with some advanced technology based on things being developed in Real Life. However soon comes along EMP bombs, Humanoid battle robots, Teleporters, and finally a particle accelerator built under central London.
- More Dakka: Several examples. The two that stand out are Savage's use of the "Steel Storm", a six barreled assault rifle with an incredible firing rate that uses a coded ring to authorise its use and Savage's slaughter of an entire restaurant full of "Double Yellows" when the State Sec attempt to arrest him.
- Monster of the Week: Invasion! followed this pattern with single issue stories of savage defeating the Volgans in a different location with the occasional longer story.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Volgans
- The Neutral Zone: Ireland, at least early on. Later, the Allied forces use Ireland as a base to launch their assault on Britain with the Hammerstein Mk 1s.
- Monumental Damage: Tower Bridge is blown up by the Volgans along with other bridges over the Thames to keep back the ABC robots as close in on London. Rather pointlessly considering they can cross at multiple points further up river (Oxford and Virginia Water).
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Martine Green attempts to seduce Savage to spare her life after he finds she is one of the ones responsible for Tom's death. Savage simply shoots her.
- Occupiers out of Our Country
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Laugh this off, twinkletoes."
- Putting on the Reich: because of Depending on the Artist the Volgans in Invasion! dressed more like Nazis than Russians half the time (the other half, they're dressed like Americans, though these stories were published when The War on Terror was in full swing). They also often uses WW2 German looking vehicles.
- The Quisling: Scooty, the puppet Prime Minister in Savage
- Simon Creepton, the Prime Minister in Invasion!
- Television Geography: An example occurs in Savage. After Savage and a group of resistance fighters have formed blockade on Oxford Street, a truck comes to take them to the Centre Point building. However Centre Point is on nearby New Oxford Street. They should barely have to walk five minutes to get to it.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: Savage has a preference for "shooters" in combat. Chantry manages to identify him this way when he takes on his brother's identity (and face). After this, he tends to use pistols and submachine guns instead.
- State Sec
- Robot War: Doubles as a crossover with ''ABC Warriors" when the Americans finally attempt to liberate Britain they use Mark 1 Hammerstein robots against the Volgans
- Book seven also gives up the Mark 1 Blackbloods
- A Mek Quake unit is captured by the Volgs and used to demolish surrendering Mark II Hammersteins.
- Unusual Euphemism: The first three volumes makes occasional usage of "Funk" in place of the more potent swearwords. Leads to some surreal moments when Savage sounds like he's talking about the Volgans being in a Disco ("Those Funkin' Volgs!"). This seems to have been dropped entirely after Book 3.
- Working Class Hero: very strong in Invasion!, much less so in Savage.
- You Killed My Family: Savage's motivation to kill as many Volgs as he can is to avenge his wife and kids.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: in Savage at the end of book 3, Savage succeeds in driving the Volgans out of southern Britain. However by book 4 the Volgans have reinvaded (off panel).
- Savage manages to kill Vashkov in Book 2. He is replaced with his next in command, changing almost nothing.
- Zeerust : Invasion!'s depiction of future Britain is now incredibly dated, its basically the late 70's with a few futuristic pieces of technolgy.