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:
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.
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.
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.
In book 7 it comes obvious that Scooty was supposed to be Tony Blair. Though, Blair is stated to have been head of the Labour party before they became True Labour.
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.
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.
Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: Happens in-universe during Savage. The series starts off firmly grounded in reality with some advanced technolgy based on things being developed in Real Life. However soon comes alone EMP bombs, Humianoid battle robots, Teleporters, and finally a particle accelerator built under central london.
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.
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 bearly 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).
Robot War: Doubles as a crossover with ''ABC Warriors" when the Americans finally attempt to liberate Britian they use mark one 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.