All-New Invaders #14
By James Robinson, Steve Pugh and Guru-eFX
The All-New Invaders are coming to an end as we have two issues left (including this one). This series has been more enjoyable than some books Marvel still leaves on the shelves, but this is a business and if it’s not selling there’s not much use in keeping it around. As the series unwinds, the crew gets to go on one last rescue mission before calling it quits. Everyone likes to go out with a bang.
While this series has had some pretty phenomenal art accompanying it, the book always succeeded on James Robinson’s words. This issue he is on point making the pages of Toro and Jim talking more entertaining than the battle going on. There’s something about the way Robinson writes the relationship between Toro and Jim that comes off so easy and real. Their dialogue is very believable and overall entertaining to read. Robinson also has been very good in this series with keeping this in line with the current events in the Marvel Universe. We no longer have Steve Rogers as Captain America and he is replaced this issue by Sam Wilson. Other writers may finish their story with the cast they started with, but Robinson always makes sure he has the most up to date information. There aren’t many complaints this issue, and a lack of Bucky didn’t help, although he could be replaced any day by Speedball’s super-powered cat.
There usually isn’t much to complain about when Steve Pugh is doing the pencils on your book, and even less when you have colors by Guru-eFX. This is a book that looks great, which is pretty normal for it. Pugh easily differentiates Toro and Jim as they both ignite and fly away. The disappointment on Jim’s face as he hears Toro say he wants to find a home where he fits is wonderful too. Pugh does great work everywhere in this book, but there is a funny sequence where Jim keeps looking at Speedball’s cat in a few different panels. The way Pugh portrays how Jim keeps going back and looking at the cat is pretty classic. The colors are fabulous as usual by Guru-eFX. This is a combined team that just works well together and it truly shows on every page.
Even though this series is getting cancelled, James Robinson and crew are still putting their best effort to send it out on a high note. Many things are great about this series, but the work and dedication by everyone involved show how much they love what they are doing. A big kudos to the team at All-New Invaders on a job well done.