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Quote1 The X-Men ... The Avengers ... and soon the world -- All WITHIN MY GRASP! Quote2
Magneto (Max Eisenhardt)

Appearing in "With Two Beside Them!"

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Synopsis for "With Two Beside Them!"

Continuing from the events of Avengers #110 and Daredevil #99...

Magneto has captured the X-Men and most of the Avengers, bending their wills using his newly discovered ability to magnetically control people by effecting the iron in the bloodstream. Meanwhile, Thor, Black Panther, and Vision have returned to New York, having just recruited Black Widow and Daredevil in their mission to save the other Avengers. Previously, Hawkeye refused to join the initial attack and stayed behind in San Francisco.

Later that night, Magneto sends the enslaved Avengers and X-Men to attack a gathering of intelligence officials. This kidnapping attempt is interrupted by the arrival of the remaining Avengers and their allies, who are unable to stop their foes or even follow for fear that Magneto will start dumping their comrades out of the ship. After the battle, the heroes soon realize that the Vision has gone missing.

At Magneto's secret lair, the master of magnetism explains that he plans to use his collection of nuclear specialists to create atomic devices that will generate an army of mutants to command. He explains to them how his previous attempt failed; however by capturing and manipulating the Angel, he was able to recharge his body and capture the X-Men. Tracking Magneto back to his base thanks to Black Panthers' enhanced senses, the remaining Avengers, Daredevil, and Black Widow attack, finding themselves fighting the various Avengers and X-Men under Magneto's control. During the combat, the Piper suddenly strikes out and knocks Magneto unconscious, freeing all his captives.

As it turns out, the Vision had used his intangibility powers to take possession of the Piper so that he could get close enough to Magneto without notice. With the battle won, the heroes return the nuclear specialists, and Black Widow decides to part company with Daredevil and stay with the Avengers until she can sort out what she wants to do with herself.


Continuity Notes[]

  • The Black Widow officially becomes an Avenger this issue.

Publication Notes[]

  • This issue contains a letters page, Avengers Assemble!. Letters are published from Mark Zutkoff, Mary Sue Knapp, and Frank Santopadre.
  • As seen on page one, this issue is Story #1375-Z.


  • The Black Widow has repeatedly attacked Iron Man and the Avengers in her storied past. She first appeared as a villain in this title in Avengers #29. After overcoming her villainous brainwashing by Soviet agents, she was a long time ally of the Avengers beginning in Avengers #31. Despite her assisting the Avengers on multiple occasions since that time, she did not become an official Avenger until this issue.

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