Must Read: Invasion!

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Must-read graphic novels are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: Invasion!
Date: 1988-1989

Vitals: An alien race called the Dominators leads a coalition of aliens to invade Earth in this DC Comics miniseries. So of course they start by taking over Australia (where else?) and turning it into a massive base for their project to create their own Australian superhumans.


Famous names: Keith Giffen, Bill Mantlo, Todd McFarlane, Bart Sears

Crunchy goodness: 3

Story breakthrough: Invasion! was far from the first time aliens attacked the DC Comics Earth,
but it was the first alien attack on such a huge scale. It also introduced the idea of the "metagene," which gave all the DC heroes their super-powers.


Deadliest spoiler: One of the obscurest heroes of all time, the ghostly Deadman, saves the entire world by possessing one of the Dominators.

Who stays dead: A couple of members of the original Doom Patrol meet a final end in this storyline, to make room for Grant Morrison to revamp the title from scratch.

The DC Canon: Invasion Anatomy of the Crossover #7 by Julian Darius

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