Invaders #7: Picking Up The Pieces And Preparing For War

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Captain America is taking part in the relief effort for the people who were biologically transformed into Atlanteans by Namor and his army. When Steve surfaces, he finds Iron Man waiting for him, and Tony is not happy. Iron Man blames Cap for letting Namor get this far, and he takes a couple of swings at Steve. The Winter Soldier won’t let that go unanswered, and Steve has to break them up. Meanwhile, the U.N. is deliberating on how to respond to Atlantis, and Namor readies his kingdom for the next step in his plan.

Invaders #7 cover by Butch Guice and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Invaders #7 cover by Butch Guice and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Invaders #7 finds the team reeling from Namor’s unprecedented biological attack on the United States, and the world holds its breath with war on the horizon. Captain America still wants to preserve the peace, but he may be the only one left at this point.

There is less grand action in this comic, with the brawl between Winter Soldier and Iron Man being the main action in the comic. There is some reminiscence of Captain America: Civil War in that, though no one loses an arm nor does Bucky try to rip the Arc Reactor out of Iron Man.

Namor’s madness gets more focus in this issue, and the Sub-Mariner does seem aware that his main advisor is a figment of his own insanity.

There are more World War II flashbacks in this issue, though their connection to the events in the present are slightly more vague– at least for now.

Invaders #7 art by Carlos Magno, Alex Guimarães, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Invaders #7 art by Carlos Magno, Alex Guimarães, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Carlos Magno and Butch Guice continue to split the art in the comic, with Magno on the present and Guice in the past. Both artists are immensely talented, and their styles compliment one another well. Colorist Alex Guimarães gives the book a well-balanced color palette which helps keep the tension strong.

Invaders #7 is a smart and compelling issue in a comic series that hasn’t stopped impressing me yet. The conflict between Namor and his fellow Invaders has been a gripping conflict since the first issue, and Magno and Guice’s artwork has been fantastic throughout. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Invaders #7 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artists Carlos Magno and Butch Guice, color artist Alex Guimarães, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, and cover artist Butch Gucie with Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Final Score: 8/10

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