Thunderbolts: To End All Wars Citizen V and the V-Battalion hang around -- cause, you know, it's not their comic, from New Invaders 2

"To End All Wars" The New Invaders 1, 2, 3 (October 2004 - January 2005)

Reader Rating: Below Average; Thunderbolts Interest: Low

Summary: The evil Axis Mundi and their flying Pterorists are after the dimension-hopping warship created by the Thin Man as the headquarters for his New Invaders. The Thin Man asks for Jim Hammond's help in fending off the bad guys.

The New Invaders include Blazing Skull, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Spitfire, Union Jack, U.S. Agent and a new flaming android named Tara. Appearances from Elizabeth Barstow (the Silver Scorpion), Citizen V, Peter Noble (the Fin), Nia, and the villains: Baroness Blood, Warrior Woman, Meranno the U-Man and an old foe of the Human Torch's who identifies himself as "Der Gotteskrieger."

Continuity: Hammond agrees to work with the Invaders. Roger Aubrey (the Destroyer) is shown to be working for them as well.

Comments: The New Invaders is one of the biggest misfires I have ever seen from Marvel, laden with the legacy of the 1970s retro-Golden Age series but utterly lacking in the original's charm. Author Allan Jacobsen offers poorly plotted stories that develop at a painfully slow pace, stretching across an entire page dialogue that could comfortably fit into a single panel. Artist C.P. Smith draws interesting, expressive faces, but he can seldom be bothered to sketch a background, giving the whole series a nebulous, ungrounded look. This series will cross the Thunderbolts' path once more before its quick and completely deserved cancellation.

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