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Invaders: The Eve of Destruction (Invaders (Marvel)) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 25, 2010


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Invaders (Marvel)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785145524
  • ASIN: B005M4UZRM
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,394,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stern's Marvel Universe book was really great, though the Invaders story pales in comparison to the Monster Hunters arc." -- Nick Ahlhelm, everydayislikewednesday.blogspot.com

"Marvel Universe was a great idea that got cut short: an anthology featuring stories and characters all set before Fantastic Four #1. So much potential and it was canceled after two stories:

"Invaders:
Marvel's WW2 hero team fights Nazis, sees the birth of Hydra.


"Monster Hunters:
Giant monsters from the 1950's go on a rampage, so a rag-tag group consisting of an immortal big game hunter, a minor mystic, a jungle girl and a government agent band together to stop them.


"These were just fun adventure stories that read like an old-fashioned cliffhanger serial.
" -- Travis, goodreads.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Roger Stern has written for radio, television, the stage, and the Internet, creating scripts for everything from sketch comedy to flash-animation. For ten years, he was the senior writer of the Superman series for DC Comics. Stern has written hundreds of stories about such diverse characters as Green Lantern, Supergirl, Starman, and the Justice League for DC Comics; and Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, and the Avengers for Marvel. His first prose novel, The Death and Life of Superman, was a New York Times bestseller.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daneel Olivaw on July 30, 2013
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Although this is billed as an Invaders book, only three of the seven issues reprinted here involve our Golden Age heroes. This book actually reprints the entire seven-issue run of a short-lived comic titled Marvel Universe that failed to find its audience when released near the end of the previous century for reasons that will be apparent if you choose to read these stories.

It was a "gimmick" title whose conceit was to draw together disparate elements of the Marvel universe during times prior to the start of the "Marvel Age" as launched in Fantastic Four #1. The Invaders story, for example, takes place during World War II and features the creation of Hydra by Baron Strucker as an offshoot of Naziism. Though Strucker's involvement with Hydra was explained long ago in the Agent of SHIELD series, this story "reveals" the hitherto unknown details that Strucker was motivated by his certain knowledge that Hitler would lose the war thanks to a trip to the future in Doctor Doom's time machine--a trip that also revealed details of the Manhattan Project and put Strucker on a quest to develop the atomic bomb before the United States.

The story has its entertaining moments, but is less than half this book. The rest is a revisiting of the "Atlas" era when most Marvel Comics told stories of giant monsters threatening humanity ala King Kong, Godzilla, etc., revealing that there actually was a unified agency behind the creation of many such monsters and putting a team of heroes together to reveal and thwart the plot. Those heroes were Doctor Druid, Ulysses Bloodstone and female warrior Zawadi of Wakanda.
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