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"God Save the Queen": In London, the House of Commons is deciding what to do about the recent Invasion! when they are interrupted and taken hostage by a group of terrorists formerly of the IRA who have aligned themsel

Quote1 I've never particularly enjoyed this aspect of my work... but I find it difficult to feel remorse for cold-blooded monsters who believed their cause placed them above the law. Quote2
-- Lionel Hawkins

Appearing in "God Save the Queen"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Free Earthmen Terrorists

Other Characters:


  • Benchley Manor
  • Houses of Parliament

Synopsis for "God Save the Queen"

In London, the House of Commons is deciding what to do about the recent Invasion! when they are interrupted and taken hostage by a group of terrorists formerly of the IRA who have aligned themselves with the Alien Alliance. It is the belief of these men, calling themselves Free Earthmen for the Alien Alliance that by abetting their invaders they will receive preferential treatment, and be able to gain their freedom from English tyranny. They are sympathizers believing the Dominators are some sort of social messiah. It is entirely up to Checkmate's Knight Sir Lionel Hawkins to infiltrate the House of Commons and neutralize the terrorist threat before there is any further loss of life. His mission is a complete success.

After returning to his safehouse and receiving orders from superior Scott, Hawkins' mission is to track down the rest of the group and stop them at all costs. Spending an afternoon on detective work and tracking down leads, he finally discovers arms shipments and traces them back to a hideout... where he bursts in, and takes down every single insurgent before they can raise their weapons. They had been planning to assassinate the Queen, and his interference foils the conspiracy. For rescuing her majesty, Hawkins and Scott are both invited to the very same celebration where the murder was to take place.

The last surviving members of the Free Earthmen are still intent on going through with their plans. Feeling paranoid that some security measures aren't perfectly in place, Hawkins returns to his costume and ambushes the final three assassins before they can go through with it. He survives a close-quarters gunfight to knock all of them out, but is shot in the back by a fourth one. Shortly before Lionel will be executed with a headshot by the terrorist simply for revenge, Scott shoots the man instead and saves his life. Hurt and bleeding on the ground, Hawkins seems to be fine... and he's content knowing that he did his job successfully.


  • This issue is an Invasion! First Strike extra, and a tie-in to the larger story told in the Invasion! miniseries. These crossovers take place in between Invasion! #1 and Invasion! #2, largely dealing with the Alien Alliance's assault on Earth and the way heroes around the world were participating in the initial war effort.
  • Although no aliens actually appear, the Dominators are behind the scenes manipulating the terrorists to their own ends with false promises.


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Invasion! Crossover
The events from this issue or series are related to Invasion!, during which an Alien Alliance led by the hostile super-scientist Dominators invades the Earth in an attempt to exterminate humanity. They wish to eliminate the metagene, for fear that the unpredictable nature of earthlings could destroy them in the future.
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