is a Marvel Comics
series about a team of superheroes that fought against the original Axis of Evil during World War II
. The team originally consisted of Captain America
, the original Human Torch and his sidekick Toro, and Namor
the Sub-Mariner. They first appeared in The Avengers
in the sixties, later gaining their own comic book series in 1975. A newer series was published in the early 2000s, in which several of surviving Invaders came out of retirement and joined up with some new members to fight terrorists inspired by their old enemies.
A new volume dubbed All-New Invaders
was launched in 2014 as part of the All-New Marvel NOW!
initiative, featuring several of the surviving members reuniting to deal with mysterious events linked to their past.
In Captain America: The First Avenger
, this team was combined with the Howling Commandos
. Essentially it's the Howlers but includes Captain America, Bucky and James Montgomery Falsworth (who is the British superhero, Union Jack, in the comics).
Not to be confused with the TV show, The Invaders
or the comic book series of the same name made by DC Comics
Tropes found in the original series and the 2000's revival include:
- Absolute Cleavage: Lady Lotus.
- Alternate Company Equivalent / Take That: The members of the Super-Axis are all Expies of members of the Justice League of America. Master Man is Superman, Baron Blood is Batman, Warrior Woman is Wonder Woman, and U-Man is Aquaman.
- Badass Gay: In recent years, the second Destroyer (Roger Aubrey) and the second Union Jack (Brian Falsworth) were revealed to have been lovers back during the war.
- Battle Cry: Ok, Axis... here we come!
- Darker and Edgier: The short-lived 2000's revival, which dealt with topics like The War on Terror.
- Dragon Lady: Lady Lotus again.
- Frozen in Time: The series will always be focused on World War II, but Marvel has given many different explanations on how these characters survived in the modern day era.
- Kid Heroes: The Kid Commandos, a team which consisted of Bucky, Toro, Golden Girl, and the Human Top.
- Legacy Character: U.S. Agent (the fifth Captain America) and Joey Chapman, the third Union Jack.
- The Mole: Tara was created by the Red Skull to infiltrate the modern team.
- Multinational Team
- Remember the New Guy: Golden Girl and the Human Top were retconned into being allies of Captain America and Bucky, but didn't actually exist during the real life Golden Age Of Comic Books.
- The Invaders themselves. Though most of its members were actual Golden Age heroes, the team itself didn't actually exist until they were introduced in an issue of The Avengers thanks to a Timey-Wimey Ball.
- Robot Girl: Tara, Jim Hammond's successor.
- The Smurfette Principle: Spitfire.
- Super Breeding Program
- Super Speed: Spitfire's power.
- Token Enemy Minority: Golden Girl, before she was retconned into a hero.
- Unfinished Business: The miniseries Invaders Now! implies this is the reason for all the various freezings, deagings, and resurrections that allowed Namor, Captain America, Bucky, Spitfire, Torch, and Toro to make it to the present day. Aarkus explains that he'd been steering their various reemergences and resurrections because he sensed that an unspeakably terrible mission of theirs was going to have consequences due to a magical force being invoked around it. It becomes this trope when Aarkus says that he can't reach the second Union Jack, Brian Falsworth, because his soul is at peace. Brian turns out to be the only one of the Invaders who flat-out refused to participate in that mission.
Tropes found in All-New Invaders include: