Comic Book: The Invaders

The Invaders 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 and Bucky, 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. All-New Invaders lasted fifteen issues, with the finale due out in March 2015.

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: 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.
    • 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 Baroness: Warrior Woman.
  • The Smurfette Principle / Ms. Fanservice: Spitfire fills this role while still being as Badass as the others.
  • 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:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The new series is set in the present rather than World War 2.
  • Band of Brothers: And they're not ashamed of it, it's not at all uncommon to see the characters address or refer to each other as "my brother."
  • Big Damn Heroes: During 1944, the Axis of Evil finally defeated the Invaders, but unfortunately, they forgot about Namor.
    • Jim pulled one off too for Phil Coulson's grandfather-
  • Cast Speciation: Metatextually, this is why Toro has only been shown in a flashback so far: he, the original Human Torch, and the Fantastic Four's Human Torch all have the exact same powers. James Robinson has said in interviews that one of his goals is to make it so that if you saw Jim Hammond and Johnny Storm standing right next to each other with their flames on, you'd be able to tell them apart, and part of this will apparently involve redefining Toro's power set as well.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Ryoko Sabuki, aka Radiance.
    Human Torch: Anyway, Japan's love for Radiance borders on hysterical worship, especially amongst a certain demographic of young men and women.
  • Faux Death: The Winter Soldier pulls one in issue #5.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: "Friend" is definitely pushing it, but Namor is this to the Marvel heroes at large. Even Cap admits that most people hearing he'd been captured by the Kree would say good riddance, the Kree can keep him.
  • Legacy Character: Tanalth the Pursuer, the female successor to the Kree villain Korath the Pursuer.
    • Radiance, the granddaughter of Golden Girl.
    • The new Iron Cross, as well.
  • Memory Gambit: In order to hide the location of a device that allows its user to control Gods, the members of the original Invaders all allowed themselves to be Mindwiped.
  • Mythology Gag / Shout-Out / RetCanon: Bucky fakes his death using a drug developed by Bruce Banner to control his Hulk-outs. Ya know, exactly like Nick Fury does in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Original Sin, we learn that the Invaders are partially responsible for use of the A-Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as the Kid Commandos sabotaged a previous attempt to defeat Japan without having to use nuclear weapons, and they refused to try again. Radiance is not pleased when she finds this out.
  • Oh Crap!: Bucky, Namor and Jim have a big one when Major Liberty, their best hope at defeating a Brainwashed and Crazy Hela, gets killed trying to attack her.
  • Older Than They Look: Thanks to long stints as a Human Popsicle, being an android, having a blood transfusion from an android, being an Atlantean, and straight-up coming back from the dead, the Invaders are all chronologically in their 90s, but not a damn one of them looks a day over 25. 30, at most.
  • Remember the New Guy: Major Liberty, a previously-unseen member of the Invaders who died during his first mission with the team. The character was actually an existing Golden Age hero, just a rather obscure one who hadn't appeared in decades, and was not part of the original Invaders series.
    • Radiance is stated to be the most popular hero in Japan, even beating out the Big Hero 6 and Sunfire from the Uncanny Avengers. She'd also never appeared at all before the issue that made that proclamation.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: Major Liberty, after beating the crap out of several thousand Nazis, is confident enough to go after Hela directly. This results in him getting Killed Off for Real.
  • Taking the Heat: Namor, after the Invaders refuse to use their powers to send a tsunami at Japan, knowing he's known as a wild card, takes the heat for the team.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Jim Hammond went into retirement after angrily quitting the Secret Avengers, but is forced to reveal himself as the Human Torch once the Kree attack.
  • Token Minority / Affirmative Action Girl: Radiance, a Japanese heroine who will be joining the team in the second arc.
  • Wham Episode: Issue #5 ends with the revelation that The Eternals have found Galactus, who was cast out into the Negative Zone after the events of Cataclysm.
  • The Worf Effect / Dropped a Bridge on Him: Fang from the Shi'ar Imperial Guard is shown dead in the first issue, just to underscore that the Kree soldiers aren't playing around.