Stopping The War With Invaders #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Iron Man is ready to start a war between the Avengers and Atlantis, but Captain America and the Torch cool him down while they visit Naval Base NSWC Bristol. They’ve been experimenting with undersea weapons which Cap suspects will soon be a target of Namor and Atlantis, and Steve warns the base of a potential Atlantean attack while trying to keep Bristol from instigating any conflict. Admiral October, the commanding officer of NSWC Bristol, is reluctant to listen to Cap’s pleas for peace. Steve anticipated this, as the Winter Soldier is currently infiltrating the naval base to learn what they’ve been working on. All the while, Namor continues to ready Atlantis for war.

Invaders #3 cover by Butch Guice and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Invaders #3 cover by Butch Guice and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Invaders #3 finds Captain America and the Torch continuing the mission of peace. Namor continues to appear more volatile and bloodthirsty, and Steve is worried that the United States may strike first.
This is also an issue that shows Steve Rogers how far his cache has dropped with the military. Between Admiral October and an angry seaman named Kyle, Cap is forced to reckon with the fact that he may never be as respected and loved again.
Thankfully, this issue has more Winter Soldier than the previous two. We get to watch some of Bucky’s mission inside Bristol, and I will always be grateful for Bucky Barnes reading material.
The finale of the issue is quite cathartic too. We see the more human side of Namor again, even if it’s cast on the backdrop of Namor preparing to do something terrible.
Invaders #3 art by Carlos Magno, Alex Guimaraes, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Invaders #3 art by Carlos Magno, Alex Guimaraes, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Carlos Magno provides the art for the full issue this time around, and it continues to be damn fine work. The detailing is immaculate, and this allows for the more emotional scenes to strike home. The action beats look especially good too, with Magno showing he knows how to convey movement and impact well. Alex Guimaraes’ color work is well-balanced and a even somber in parts, looking great with Magno’s linework and inking.
Invaders #3 finds Cap and the Torch trying desperately to stop a war between Atlantis and the surface world, but Namor appears more determined than ever to see this transpire. It’s an engaging and even slightly emotional issue, and it definitely earns a recommendation. Give it a read.
Invaders #3 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Carlos Magno, color artist Alex Guimaraes, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, and cover artist Butch Guice with Romulo Fajardo Jr.

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