By James Robinson, Steve Pugh and GURU-eFX
All-New Invaders is one of those books that sounds cool and has the nostalgia factor going for it, but it could be a big miss if not done right. Luckily, James Robinson and company have done a pretty good job so far at keeping things interesting. Month in and month out, this title continues to be a high quality book.
James Robinson has done a masterful job of giving All-New Invaders an old time feel, but keeping the stories fresh and relevant. As the characters begin to find more people affected by the Inhuman mist, the story becomes more and more complicated. Robinson does a very good job of keeping continuity among the many other Marvel books as Namor and Cap have a bit of a confrontation. This is, of course, a plot point from Avengers where Captain America finds out the Illuminati has mind wiped him. It’s a little thing, but it makes a huge difference to fans. The interaction between these characters is also a big selling point of the series. Robinson has written Jim Hammond wonderfully since the first issue, and it’s great to see him get a little light to shine. His friendship with Cap and the Winter Soldier make this title worth a read.
The art is handled by Steve Pugh, who does an excellent job as usual. While there are a couple of off panels here and there, Pugh draws the book great. Highlights in this issue are many, but seeing Iron Cross turn into an Inhuman was one of the best. There is a certain level of detail that Pugh gets just right, whether it’s showing the difference between costumes or the fact that characters look great from a far distance, Pugh is an absolute pro. GURU-eFX needs to get some attention for their wonderful colors. They make many panels look even better and are a great compliment to Pugh’s pencils.
There shouldn’t be any surprises here, another good issue in the books. James Robinson is crafting an intriguing tale that will tie into the main Marvel universe. Steve Pugh continues his awesome streak of good work and most likely won’t slow down any time soon. All-New Invaders is a hit!