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Avengers Celestial Madonna TPB Vol 1 1
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Appearing in "Bid Tomorrow Goodbye!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #129.

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  • Kang
    • His Macrobots

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Synopsis for "Bid Tomorrow Goodbye!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #129.

Kang has appeared before Avengers Mansion seeking out the woman who would known as the Celestial Madonna, hoping to sire an heir with her. Only knowing that one of the women that are presently living in Avengers Mansion is to become the Celestial Madonna, Kang attacks the team and easily defeats them all with the help of his Macrobots. Kang then takes all the Avengers save the Swordsman who Kang finds a laughable weakling to be left behind.

Swordsman is then contacted by Agatha Harkness through mystical means, Agatha informs Swordsman that Kang has taken to them to a hidden base located in a pyramid in Egypt. Taking a Quinjet there, Swordsman has to fight off the Egyptian military to gain passage to the pyramid (one of Kang's former bases when he once acted as the pharaoh Rama-Tut) There, Swordsman unleashed the ancient vampire Amen-Hotep and has to fight the beast off.

Eventually, Swordsman manages to find an entrance to the main control room where he overhears Kang planning on putting the unconscious male Avengers into Macrobot shells to use as weapons to take over the world. Before Swordsman can attack, he is stopped by Rama-Tut, Kang's past counterpart... This story is continued in Giant-Size Avengers #2...

Appearing in "The Reality Problem!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #130.

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Synopsis for "The Reality Problem!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #130.

Following the events of Giant Size Avengers #2 the Avengers have taken the body of the Swordsman and brought it to Viet Nam to be buried in the ruins of the Priests of Pama. There the group runs into three of their old foes: Radioactive Man, Titanium Man, and the Crimson Dynamo, who have been brought together by the Vietnamese government to form a supergroup called the Titanic Three. Battling the three villains, Iron Man and Thor come to blows over the politics of the Titanic Three's status as a hero group. However, the two groups eventually agree to leave each other alone unless the Avengers cause more trouble.

A costumed crook named the Slasher gets wind of this, and uses tensions and his own diamond theft to trick the Titanic Three into attacking the Avengers once more. The two groups clash until it becomes apparent that Slasher was the real jewel thief, and the Titanic Three leaves his fate to the Avengers before departing.

Appearing in "A Quiet Half-Hour in Saigon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #131.

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Synopsis for "A Quiet Half-Hour in Saigon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #131.

While the Avengers continue to aid Mantis in learning her true origins in Viet Nam, in the realm known as Limbo, Immortus has rescued Kang and Rama-Tut from outside of time. Offering to aid them, Immortus is instead betrayed by Kang who imprisons both Immortus and Rama-Tut.

Kang then uses Immortus' devices to gather his "Legion of the Unliving", super-beings from different points in history, plucked out of time moments before their deaths and put under Kang's control. Among those selected are The Frankenstein's Monster, the original Human Torch, Wonder Man, Baron Zemo, Midnight, and the Ghost.

Back on Earth, Mantis is startled by the appearance of a spectral image of Swordsman, however before the Avengers can try and learn what's going on, they are all plucked out of the present and transported to Limbo inside the fortress of Immortus to do battle against the Legions of the Unliving.

Appearing in "Kang War II"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #132.

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Synopsis for "Kang War II"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #132.

Continued from last issue, the Avengers have been plucked from Viet Nam to the realm of Limbo by Kang who is using the newly formed Legion of the Unliving to get the Celestial Madonna (Mantis) and kill the rest of the Avengers. The first bout is between Thor and Frankenstein's Monster, in which Thor learns that the monster is not in Kang's control at all.

Back on Earth, the spectral image of the Swordsman confronts the mysterious robed figure that has been following the Avengers since they arrived there. While in Limbo, the other members of the Legion corner Vision and attack. However, Vision manages to escape thanks to his phasing power, however, the Ghost -- who can also become intangible -- follows after him.

While Mantis fights alone against Midnight, Iron Man, and Hawkeye manage to find each other in the winding maze. They are soon confronted by the Legion as well, and Iron Man is killed by the Human Torch while Hawkeye flees to try and find the others. The Ghost manages to catch up to Vision and the two end up battling each other until the Ghost uses his phasing powers to mortally wound Vision, leaving his dieing body for Mantis to be found. This story is continued in Giant-Size Avengers #3.

Appearing in "Yesterday and Beyond..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #133.

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Synopsis for "Yesterday and Beyond..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #133.

As the Scarlet Witch continues her magical training with Agatha Harkness, the Avengers are just finishing their adventure in Limbo. There, Immortus has offered to reveal the mysterious pasts of both the Vision and Mantis. Sending the Vision through time on his own to learn his own origins, and the rest of the Avengers with Mantis to learn of her past.

While in the present, Moondragon is flying to Earth to answer the Avengers summons for Captain Marvel, and the hooded figure waiting in Vietnam with the spectral Swordsman is revealed to be the Zodiac member Libra.

The Vision travels back in time to the year 1939 and learns that he is the original Human Torch, an android invented by scientist Phineas T. Horton, who hoped to build an android to make a fast buck, however, when the android proved to burst into flames when exposed to air, it was locked away. However, the Torch would break free and eventually become a renown superhero during the 1940's. The Vision learns of the Torch's capture in a pool by the criminal known as Sardo.

Meanwhile, the other Avengers are sent back millions of years and view early life on the home planet of the Kree, known as Hala where there were two alien races, the Kree and the plant-like Cotati that lived there. When the Skrulls came to Hala seeking partnership from the dominant race, they put the Kree and the Cotati in a test to see which race was more worthy to share the Skrulls technology. When the Cotati won, the Kree murdered all the Cotati they could find and the Skrull visitors. The Avengers bore witness to the event that started the Kree/Skrull War.

Appearing in "Times That Bind"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #134.

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  • Moondragon's Starship

Synopsis for "Times That Bind"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #134.

Continuing from last issue... Mantis, Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye continue to learn the early history of the Kree and Cotati races. How the Cotati survived the genocide created by the Kree, and that a pacifist sect of the Kree called the Priests of Pama were formed and would eventually care for the now immobile Cotati.

Elsewhere the Vision continues to see the history of the Human Torch, how a nuclear bomb explosion soon was bringing the Torch's life to an end, and so after one last mission with his partner Toro, went out to the desert where his flame finally burned out of control and his body was lost.

Back on Earth, Moondragon has arrived at Avengers Mansion, answering the Avengers summons of Captain Marvel, upon her arrival she learns that the other Avengers were last seen in Viet Nam, when trying to get the Scarlet Witch to help, the Witch instead attacks Moon Dragon to a standstill before returning to her room to study magic further.

Back in time, Vision sees recent history where the Mad Thinker came across the body of the Human Torch and repaired it and used it as a weapon against his foes the Fantastic Four, putting the android Human Torch up against his successor, the young Johnny Storm. A battle that eventually saw the defeat of the Mad Thinker and the Human Torch android, which was left behind in the Thinkers lab and presumed dead.

While the other Avengers learn of the Priests exile from Hala, and their discovery of the creature known as Star Stalker, and how they used their knowledge on how to defeat the Stalker to appeal to the Supreme Intelligence to allow them to travel the universe and setup on planets likely to be targets of the Star Stalker, using the time back on Hala to collect the Cotati of Hala and transplant them on different worlds.

After this final revelation is made the Avengers are returned to Viet Nam where they are informed by Libra and the spectre of Swordsman that the coming of the Celestial Madonna is neigh.

Appearing in "A Blast From the Past"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Avengers #2.

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  • Kang
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Synopsis for "A Blast From the Past"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Avengers #2.

Continuing from the events in Avengers #129...

Hawkeye has finished busting up some thieves when his attention is directed to the star shining above Avengers Mansion. Arriving there, he finds out, from Jarvis, that the Avengers are missing. Swordsman and Rama-Tut arrive and recruit Hawkeye to help them stop Kang from starting World War 3.

They travel back to Egypt and battle against three fellow Avengers (Thor, Iron Man & Vision) who have been captured and put inside Macrobots by Kang. During the battle, Rama-Tut reflects on his past: how he is a future version of Kang who grew tired of the constant conquest and resumed his Rama-Tut guise and ruled ancient Egypt again as a just ruler. However, he decided to change his destiny, so he was put into suspended animation by one of his medicine men to this point in history when his past self -- Kang -- would travel back in time seeking the Celestial Madonna.

Defeating the Macrobots and freeing the Avengers, they make an attack on Kang, and when Kang and Rama-Tut meet face to face time goes wild, and Mantis is revealed to be the Celestial Madonna. During the fight between Kang and Rama-Tut, the Swordsman jumps into the path of an energy weapon, sacrificing himself to save the others, and Kang and Rama-Tut are sent outside of time.

Following the climax of the battle, the Swordsman dies and the Avengers mourn the loss of their ally.

Appearing in "Kang War II Conclusion: What Time Hath Put Asunder!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Avengers #3.

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Synopsis for "Kang War II Conclusion: What Time Hath Put Asunder!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Avengers #3.

Continued from Avengers #132...

In the realm of Limbo, Mantis has found Vision, mortally wounded by the Ghost. She is attacked once again by Midnight, and defeats him. During the fight, Vision's body is carried off by Frankenstein's Monster. While Thor comes across the dead body of Iron Man, the Legion of the Unliving continues their hunt for the rest of the Avengers, and Baron Zemo (slowly shaking off Kang's control) begins to rebel against his master.

Back on Earth, Jarvis has received word from the President that Libra has escaped from prison. Jarvis attempts to advise the Scarlet Witch, but the Witch orders him to leave her alone.

In Limbo, Frankenstein's Monster finds Wonder Man and the Human Torch. When Wonder Man attempts to kill the Vision for good, the Torch stops him and decides to take a look at the android to see if there is anything he can do to fix him, and to his shock he finds that Vision's internal components are identical to his own.

Elsewhere, Thor finds Kang and Wonder Man and attacks them, while Hawkeye finds the control room and the captured Immortus and Rama-Tut. While attempting to free them, Hawkeye is attacked by Baron Zemo and is trapped in his Adhesive X.

Vision is partially repaired by the Torch and reunited with Thor. Hawkeye manages to free Immortus and Rama-Tut, who swiftly kill Baron Zemo. While Thor and Vision battle Wonder Man and Kang, the future lord is forced to retreat when battling Thor alone. The fight is soon stopped by the arrival of Immortus and Rama-Tut, who send all the Legion members back to their own times and restore the Vision and Iron Man to full health. Afterwards, Immortus offers to reveal the origins of the Vision. This story is continued in Avengers #133.

Appearing in "... Let All Men Bring Together"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Avengers #4.

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Synopsis for "... Let All Men Bring Together"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Avengers #4.

Continued from Avengers #135... Following his adventures through time to learn his origins, Vision finds himself transported to the Dark Dimension where the Scarlet Witch is the prisoner of Dormammu and Umar. There the Vision battles against Dormammu's minions of demons to save the Scarlet Witch.

Meanwhile on Earth, Libra and the spectral form posing as Swordsman (really the energy form of the Cotati living on Earth) reveal that Mantis' recent adventures were all orchestrated in order to see if she was fit for the role of Celestial Madonna and if she wasn't, then Moondragon would take her place.

Back in the Dark Dimension, Vision manages to free the Scarlet Witch and the two defeat Dormammu and Umar before being transported back to Avengers Mansion. There the Vision confesses his true feelings for the Scarlet Witch and asks her to marry him, a proposal which she accepts.

They meet up with the other Avengers in Viet Nam where Immortus has also arrived to play his part in this drama and marry off both Mantis to her Cotati mate and Vision and the Scarlet Witch. However the ceremony is crashed by the arrival of Kang who has come in one last ditch effort to claim the Celestial Madonna for himself. Using temporal duplicates of himself, Kang clashes with the Avengers, and appears to make off with Mantis, however it is later revealed that Mantis was with the Avengers the whole time, and the being whom Kang thought he had capture was really one of Immortus' minions: The Space Phantom.

With Kang thwarted, Immortus marries off both couples and Mantis and the Cotati being change in to energy forms and leave Earth to be among the stars and find their destiny together.

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