- Patriotism doesn't automatically equal conservatism.
- --Iron Man
Appearing in 1st story
- Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff)
- Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
Synopsis for 1st story
The events of this book take place during Avengers #16.
The Avengers return to their mansion to find Jarvis tied to a chair. They find out that it is the work of Hawkeye, who asks to become a member of their team after showing off his superb marksmanship to them. The Avengers tell him to wait and go argue among themselves while Hawkeye and Jarvis share tea (their demonstration of Hawkeye's proficiency with a bow on a tied-up Jarvis had been an act planned last issue). The Wasp and Giant Man reveal they want to take a break from the Avengers roster, and Iron Man eventually decides that Hawkeye can be an excuse to start using the Avengers team as a way to rehabilitate villains into heroes.
In South America, Captain America is surprised to feel regret at the death of Baron Zemo. Rick Jones encourages him that it is a good thing, but then collapses unconscious, and cap carries him into the jungle towards home.
In the United States, the Avengers make an official public announcement that Hawkeye will be joining their ranks, and as a result Iron Man is later confronted by an enraged Agent Murch for allowing an ex-criminal on their team. Iron Man threatens him and tells him of the other ex-villains that they are accepting, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The two later go and meet the super-powered twins when they arrive in America, and Quicksilver is extremely rude to the two Americans.
In South America, Captain America is recognized by a man with a newspaper and Cap learns from the newspaper that Hawkeye has joined the Avengers team.
Appearing in 2nd story
- Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff)
- Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
- Giant-Man (Henry Pym)
- Ted Bails (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
Synopsis for 2nd story
Appearing in "The Destiny Hunt!"
- Avengers (Main story and recap)
- Black Panther (T'Challa) (Main story and recap)
- Moondragon (Heather Douglas) (Main story and recap)
- Hawkeye (Clint Barton) (Main story and recap)
- Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) (Main story and recap)
- Wonder Man (Simon Williams) (Main story and recap)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark) (Main story and recap)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers) (Main story and flashback)
- Thor (Main story and recap)
- Hercules (Main story and recap)
- Wasp (Janet van Dyne)
- Yellowjacket (Henry Pym)
- Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) (Main story and recap)
- Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
- Vision (Main story and recap)
- Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) (Main story and recap)
- Guardians of the Galaxy
Races and Species:
- Humans (Main story and recap)
- Human-Kree Hybrids
- Kree (Main story and recap)
- Asgardians (Main story and recap)
- Human-Olympian Hybrids (Main story and recap)
- Synthezoids (Main story and recap)
- Unrevealed alien races
- Iron Man Armor MK V (Main story and recap)
- Captain Marvel's Suit (Main story and recap)
- Nega-Bands (Main story and recap)
- Ms. Marvel's Suit
- Mjolnir (Main story and recap)
- Panther Habit (Main story and recap)
- Quicksilver's Suit (Main story and recap)
- Hawkeye's Suit (Main story and recap)
- Hawkeye's Bow (Main story and recap)
- Captain America's Shield (Main story and recap)
- Captain America's Uniform (Main story and recap)
- Scarlet Witch's Suit (Main story and recap)
- Black Widow's Gauntlets
- Black Widow's Suit
- Yellowjacket's Suit
- Wasp's Suit
- Bio-Synthetic Wings
Synopsis for "The Destiny Hunt!"
Starhawk arrives and Iron Man recounts the team’s recent adventures to him. While the alien from the future still believes Korvac is the greater menace (no longer aware that “the Enemy” is Korvac), he agrees to aid the Avengers in their search.
Moondragon meditates and thinks she has a piece of the puzzle. On her way to discuss it with Iron-Man, she encounters Quicksilver arguing with Hawkeye about the propriety of the Vision's marriage to Wanda. Moondragon alters Quicksilver's thought patterns and demands that Hawkeye thank her. Hawkeye is about to object when Pietro states he wasn’t harmed, but instead was given… insight.
Moondragon then consults with Iron-Man. She telepathically summons a group of the Avengers, much to Iron-Man’s chagrin as he feels she is presumptively taking charge. Meanwhile, other Avengers and allies -- including Yellowjacket and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and Jocasta -- pick up trace clues of a recent cosmic disturbance. (All of these clues relate to the recent confrontation between Starhawk and Korvac / Michael in Avengers Vol 1 168.) They all receive Moondragon’s summons and return to the mansion.
Starhawk is the only member of the group to not pick up any traces, which baffles Iron-Man. Nevertheless, Iron Man feeds the clues into a computer and determines that the disturbances were centered around... Forest Hills??
Unable to use Quinjets, Iron-Man is forced to commandeer a city bus and drive the entire team out to suburban Queens. They arrive, much to the surprise of the neighborhood residents, and knock on the door of an unassuming ranch house. Michael answers the door and allows the Avengers in. He and Carina appear baffled and confused by this visit. Silently, Starhawk puzzles as to why Iron-Man seems to be addressing a blank space (since Michael had previously made himself invisible to Starhawk’s senses, the Guardian of the Galaxy cannot see or hear him.) Despite the trail leading to the house, none of the cosmic-powered Avengers can detect their quarry’s presence.
Humiliated, Iron-Man is offering his apologies and the team is about to depart when a confused Starhawk demands to know why Iron-Man appears to be speaking to dead air. This then clues the team to the fact that the ordinary-looking Michael is in fact the cosmic menace they’ve been seeking. With a certain amount of weary sadness, Michael confesses his identity and declares that for their meddling the Avengers must die. He then reveals himself in his true cosmic-powered state.
Appearing in "The Trial of the Gods!"
- Yagg the Invincible (First appearance)
- Executioner (Skurge)
- Frightful Four
Races and Species:
- Midgard (Earth)
Synopsis for "The Trial of the Gods!"
This story picks up a trial that had been postponed in previous issues. Thor had rushed back to Asgard, and left his fight with the Absorbing Man to save a kidnapped Jane Foster from his evil half-brother Loki. They were in a heated battle when Odin burst in, and confront them about their "private conflict that hath not the approval of Odin!" Since Foster was already in Asgard, Loki tried to use Thor's love for Jane against him, by claiming that he had tried to make her immortal as well by bringing her there to Asgard. Thor then asked to be allowed to return her to her home, and defeat the Absorbing Man first.
With his foe defeated, Thor returned, and the trial began. Odin asked his son to yield his magic hammer to him, so that they would be unarmed when they were sent to "Skornheim, the deadly land beyond the pale of Asgard". As they arrived there, Loki insulted Thor's intelligence by saying that without his magic hammer, he was now unarmed, whereas he still had his cunning and wits. He produced a bag containing his enchanted Norn Stones, then used one to show Thor his minions, the Enchantress and Skurge as they were entering Foster's office. This distracted Thor as the sun came out and melted the ground he stood on, turning the solidified lava to quicksand. Loki used a Norn stone to harden a path for himself and walk away. Thor then escaped using his awesome strength.
At the next obstacle, a forest of spiny plants, he used one of his enchanted stones to change himself into "an unsolid, ghostly figure" and slipped through. Thor was on his heels though, as he used his helmet and cape, tightly wrapped around his arm, to smash through the plants, and catch up with his half-brother. Thor then subdued him, and demanded that he call off his villainous allies from his love Jane Foster. Before anything else could be said, Yagg the Invincible attacked them with one of his deadly energy blasts, throwing the two apart. Again, Loki used a stone to escape, flying out of harm's way, leaving his "accursed half-brother, still trapped". Thor then dodged numerous blasts of energy, grabbed a rock and "hurls it - straight and true, with force of a comet, felling the giant Yagg, even as David felled the mighty Goliath many ages before!", hitting Yagg in the head. Thor then pressed onward toward Loki, despite the time for him to gain a sizable lead.
Meanwhile, Loki was "facing a new obstacle, the withering heat of the glowing Boulder Road of Skornheim". He once again used a magic stone, and created a whirlwind around himself to cool him as he moved on. He then found the next danger in his path, a horde of hungry, carnivorous plants. He employed yet another stone, which "contains a repellent which no form of plant life can approach!"
Back on Earth, Jane Foster was trying to evade her persuers, the Enchantress and the Executioner (Skurge). A small group of local citizens briefly tried to help her, but they were subdued by a sleeping spell from the Enchantress. As this took place on the streets, one of Rick Jone's Teen Brigade, tried to sound the alarm, to no answer. The next moment though, Balder the Brave arrived on Earth, atop the Baxter Building, and quickly found and challenged the villainous pair.
Back in Skornheim, Thor braved his way along the Boulder Road, to the carnivorous plants. He then found the river that feeds the plants, and dived in, to avoid them, and tried to catch up with Loki. As he does, they come to a rocky gap over a fiery pit, which Loki uses a stone to levitate over, as Thor grabs him and also crosses the pit. As they get across, Loki senses the fatigue that is taking its toll on Thor, and knocks him off, giving him just enough time to run through the portal to Asgard.
This is a UK title that features reprints of American Avengers titles.
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