First Strike: The Invasion! Podcast Ep.34: Invasion #3

We’re here! Invasion #3! Follow along with Bass and Siskoid as they chronicle the events that result from the detonation of the Dominators’ gene bomb in this massive episode, as the show enters its third act!

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7 responses to “First Strike: The Invasion! Podcast Ep.34: Invasion #3

  1. Congrats on making it through the series proper guys. I think you uncovered my ultimate problem with the 3 issue mini itself, and honestly, a lot of Giffen’s writing. He focuses on the part of the story that’s LESS interesting, while the stuff you really want to see is only briefly mentioned or given a panel or two.

    Sure, in hindsight, we now know the DC of a few years from this would have given us a “Batman: A Cure for Arkham” one-shot special or mini-event across the Bat-titles. But even in 88/89, it would have been nice to have seen some of these very interesting plot points fleshed out.

    Still, I have fond memories of this book. I really enjoyed Bart Sears’ roided-up art at the time. I don’t care for it as much now, but he executes that style very well. And he gave Captain Atom one mean mullet. And yes, it WAS a mullet, no argument there.

    As for meta-genes…yeah, I didn’t care much for their introduction. It was around this time in the Spider-Man titles that they jokingly started heralding him as “The Non-Mutant Super Hero”. That tells you how prevalent Mutant-mania was in the late 80s. DC was really just jumping on the bandwagon here. To me it’s another example of DC forsaking their own unique identity to be like Marvel, much like Crisis.

    But over time, the word “metahuman” becomes a unique DC brand, so in the long run, I think it KIND of works. I think it actually works better on the TV series, selling these strange powers and fantastic coincidences to the general public. It’s easier to swallow in a lot of ways. But Dr. Fate being a meta? No. I could buy Zatanna as more of one, given her parentage, actually.

    Fun show as always!


    1. Agreed. That list issue in particular felt like all the good pages were missing. On the whole, I quite enjoyed this series when it initially came out. I suppose for the super prolonged version of this, checkout the Our Worlds At War arc that took over a number DC’s titles and even “killed off” a couple of major characters!

  2. (I’ve reread the comic, but not listened to the show yet. I seem to end up driving the San Bernardino Mountains on the days your show releases. So your coverage is becoming linked with windy roads in perty places.)
    What I most associate with this issue is the sentence:

    “Metahuman is DC’s ‘Mutant’ equivalent.”

    Because this is literally the issue where explaining that became an issue.


  3. Just a quick note on the whole speed force/Flash/Metagene thing. You might recall when Bart Allen became the Flash that Jay Garrick (Flash 1) lost touch with the speed force but had retained some of his superspeed. This was because it turned out he was a metahuman. It’s possible that the metagene lets you tap into the speed force and heighten speed?

    Or it’s all just bullshit science. I don’t know.

  4. I’ve never read the issue so this was all new to me. Love the ad his medical ward. Not much space to operate between victims!

    Interesting to hear about the effect of this, or lack thereof. For most books I read at the time, there was no discernible difference. Of course, Doom Patrol was profoundly effected,

    Intrigued to hear about all the remaining issues, homages, and aftermaths.

    Since this was an event that slid by me, I have truly appreciated the show! Thanks for all the hard work.

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