Quote1.png There. That is why I consider you Avengers worthy foes. You neither flee nor surrender, whatever the odds. Like myself, you know that combat means something, and honor more! Quote2.png
--Kang the Conqueror


Appearing in "City at the Heart of Forever"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: Forever #3.

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  • Immortus's drone fighters
  • Kang's time-travelling Sphinx (replica)
  • Rick Jones's "battle-chair"

Synopsis for "City at the Heart of Forever"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: Forever #3.

Discovered approaching the outskirts of besieged Chronopolis, the Avengers and Libra must combat Immortus's drone fighter ships. Gaining a momentary foothold, they are then ambushed by Wildrun. While the Red Wolf is wounded, dazed and confused, Hawkeye mistakes him for his more familiar descendant. Wildrun regains his senses enough to relay the sad events of the battle, particularly the gruesome gradual chronal decay of his teammates in Kang's elite Anachronaut guard and the alleged death of Kang's beloved Ravonna.

Deep within the bastions, Kang is sipping wine and overseeing safe placement of his replica time machine of the Sphinx, symbolic of his time as Pharaoh Rama-Tut[1]. Unsurprised to find the Avengers behind his walls, they confer once more with Kang divulging that Immortus is after the Heart of Forever, the "trans-chronal engine that allows Chronopolis to exist in every branch of the timestream simultaneously."[2]

Cooling off from his rant, Kang offers the adventurers the remaining comforts of his home to rest and recoup before the onslaught begins anew. During this period, the Avengers get to know each other a bit better. Hawkye receives an upgraded bow while Rick, still handicapped from a pre-existing altercation with the Hulk[3], is outfitted with a weaponized "battle chair", allowing him full mobility and constant protection.

Before long, Immortus's "Army of the Ages" is upon them again. As the clash unfolds, Rick's "battle chair" comes under heavy fire, rendering it useless. Moments from being killed by a Viking aggressor, he is able to harness enough of his sporadic powers to fix his paralyzed legs and enact some Captain America-trained self-defense tactics. However miraculous, this victory is short-lived as Kang orders his forces to retreat. He implores the Avengers to escape in his Sphinx, while holding Immortus from reaching the Heart of Forever for as long as he can.

Reaching the final barricade, Kang braces himself. In an uncharacteristic moment of hesitation, he is bludgeoned by the warclub of Tempus and pinned to the ground. Immortus strides past his giant servant, unlocking the chamber housing the Heart of Forever as Kang yells defiantly. Thrusting his hands into the arcane device, Immortus transmutates it into the Forever Crystal, taking the totality of Chronoplois and its inhabitants into itself; leaving him alone in a void with a near-omnipotent artifact and the Avengers very much on the run...

Appearing in "Running Out of Time"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: Forever #4.

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Synopsis for "Running Out of Time"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: Forever #4.

Piloting Kang The Conqueror's replica Sphinx time-machine through the non-space of "The Timestream" (think: Star Wars "hyperspace effect"), the Avengers attempt to evade Immortus's reality-destroying Forever Crystal. Having decimated Kang's Chronopolis refuge[4], the time-lord aims to murder Avenger associate, Rick Jones, for undisclosed reasons.

Tiring of Libra's cryptic "assistance" and generally frustrated, Hawkeye lashes out at the blind criminal-cum-supermonk. Feeling he is no longer wanted or needed, Libra turns a corner and takes his leave of the heroes. Having chased off their guide, the Wasp chastises the Archer. Fortunately, the dual Dr. Hank Pyms (older Giant-Man and mentally-damaged Yellowjacket) intuit Kang's crazy sci-fi/ancient Egyptian dashboard, detecting three "chronal anomalies".

Surmising these as potential hotspots of Immortus activity, the Avengers break off into mini-squads. Utilizing Kang's smaller Chronosphere modules, they investigate with a sense of the "upper hand", believing the Limbo Lord unsuspecting them. Staying behind and out of reach, Rick reluctantly becomes "home base".

Giant-Man and the demoralized Captain America conduct a search into a disturbance in the first half of the twenty-first century (Earth-9930). Arriving in wartorn Manhattan, Cap swiftly urges proceeding with an active stance, lending aid to the people on the street fending off alien invasion. Fighting against the cybernetic Skropsmen, Cap finds his blindspot open. Miraculously, two throwing stars eliminate a potential attacker. Turning, a group of Avengers stand revealed.

The team of this era is an unlikely gathering of survivalists, consisting of Killraven (timely thrower of stars), the Femizonian warrior Thundra, traditional villain Crimson Dynamo and "mainstay" Avengers: Living Lightning and Jocasta, visibly pregnant and bearing a resemblance and powerset closer to that of the Vision. Leading this eclectic bunch is an aged and weathered Black Panther, explaining that the newcomers may have just arrived in time for mankind's final struggle.

Appearing in Tombstone, Arizona in 1873, Hawkeye, Yellowjacket and Songbird seek out another irregularity. Disguised in clothing of the era, the trio head into town to find Kang The Conqueror harassing Old West gunfighting heroes, Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid and Two-Gun Kid. Through some quick realization, Songbird removes her party from the scene, clarifying that they are witnessing a previous Avengers adventure[5]. Rationalizing that the scenario will be resolved through its natural course of events, they return to the nearby cave where the Chronosphere is stashed- only to find it missing...

The Wasp and Captain Marvel materialize in suburban California, 1959. Getting into contemporary attire, they peruse a local newsstand, finding word of Presidential-hopeful, Richard Nixon, campaigning a fairgrounds celebration.

Speculating that Immortus may have designs on the contentious politician, Wasp shares her ideas with the alien Captain. However, their conversation is also overheard by an innocuous attendee with a secret agent-like watch communicator.

Maneuvering through the crowd and finally glimpsing Nixon, Captain Marvel's "cosmic awareness" unexpectedly triggers, exposing the Vice President to him as a shape-shifting alien Skrull agent! Looking for a safe place to change into fighting gear, the duo duck into a convenient tent. Noting their actions is the mysterious stranger, performing a costume/identity swap of his own. Captain Marvel and the Wasp's tent is then ripped down by a quintet of heroes calling themselves... The Avengers?!

Appearing in "Even An Android Can Cry"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #58.

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Synopsis for "Even An Android Can Cry"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #58.

The Vision wishes to become an Avenger, so Captain America, Thor and Iron Man all attack him to test his power. He passes the test and they make him one. Vision remembers he was created by Ultron to kill the Avengers. They go to Goliath's lab and Goliath remembers how he created Ultron, but was attacked by it and made to forget the entire incident. They also notice that Wonder Man's memory tape is also missing and they realize that the Vision is made up of Wonder Man's memory and brain patterns.

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This is a UK title that features reprints of American Avengers titles.

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