Appearing in "Elementary, Dear Avengers"
- Dr. Vassily Khandruvitch (First appearance)
- Elements of Doom (First appearance)
- Medusa (Referenced)
- Modred the Mystic (Mentioned)
- Russian Army
- Russian pilots Alexi & Sergei
- Russian colonel & captain
- Vanguard (Nikolai Krylenko) (Mentioned)
- Red Guardian (Tania Belinskaya) (Mentioned)
- United Nations (Mentioned)
- USAF (Mentioned)
- Henry Gyrich (Mentioned)
- Thor Odinson (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Central Europe (Referenced)
- New York City
- Russia (Main story and recap)
- Soviet Nuclear Reactor
- Afghanistan (Named only)
- India (Named only)
- China (Named only)
- Mongolia (Named only)
- Burma (Named only)
- Dhaka (Named only)
- Ms. Marvel's Suit
- Scarlet Witch's Suit
- Quicksilver's Suit
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Falcon's Wings
- Wasp's Suit
- Bio-Synthetic Wings
- Avengers Quinjet
- Russian MIGs
Synopsis for "Elementary, Dear Avengers"
The Avengers take Quicksilver home to Attilan. Most of the team are dazzled by the sight of the futuristic city. Crystal is on hand to greet her husband and the team upon their arrival. She reveals the news that she is pregnant to a very stunned Pietro. Although Wanda is happy for Crystal, she is suddenly plagued with doubts about her own potential for motherhood -- could she and the Vision have a child? Should they even try?
The next day, the Avengers depart for home. Onboard the quinjet, the Beast begins reading the Darkhold, much to the consternation of the Scarlet Witch who reacts with alarm. She warns him that the Darkhold is full of passages that are magical traps to ensnare unwary readers.
Captain America alerts the team to a potential problem on their course home. The most direct route to their home base takes them into Soviet airspace, something they probably should avoid. But before they can change course, they are intercepted by MiG fighter pilots. The Beast, who speaks Russian, tries to ask permission to fly through. But suddenly, one of the MiGs bursts apart in midair and the other abruptly speeds away, back to base. The Beast relates that he overheard chatter about a disaster taking place at a nearby nuclear power plant.
Cap wants to use the distraction to beat it out of there. The Beast and Ms. Marvel however want to lend a hand at the disaster site. The team debates whether or not to do anything, with Ms. Marvel arguing the hardest that they should help. Wonder Man takes Cap’s side, wary of the Russians, regardless of the dangers they face. Cap insists on contacting Agent Gyrich before they act, even though everybody is sure what his response will be. But Ms. Marvel has secretly removed a vital component of the comm system, preventing this. Reluctantly, Cap steers the quinjet toward the power plant. The Falcon quietly stews that nobody bothered to ask his opinion, taking it for a sign that nobody cares about him.
The Avengers arrive at the power plant, which is besieged by the Soviet army. They don’t quite get the greeting they’d hoped for as the military level guns at them. But one older Colonel orders the troops to hold their fire. The Beast interprets that this Colonel remembers that Cap fought alongside Russian forces against the Germans in WWII, something Cap confirms did occur. The Colonel directs the Avengers to the reactor control center, where malevolent beings have taken control. They first encounter Vanadium, a being composed of the very super-strong alloy. Despite initially repelling the Avengers, Vanadium is shattered by Wonder Man.
In the plant’s control room he Avengers encounter the Elementals, a bizarre group of humanoid beings, each one of them displaying properties of a particular element from the periodic table. The two groups battle each other, but one of the Elementals - Chlorine - fills the chamber with poison gas, driving the Avengers away. As they retreat, though, the Falcon realizes the Wasp is not among them and flies back alone to rescue her (hoping to prove himself to his teammates.) Unfortunately, he is knocked out cold by Vanadium, who has reassembled himself.
Outside, the remaining Avengers are once again confronted by the Russian Army. The Colonel who granted them permission to access the plant is nowhere to be seen and a small platoon of technicians is crawling all over the quinjet. Infuriated, the Scarlet Witch scatters the troops with a hex bolt. Another hex bolt drives the technicians away from the quinjet and they all keep their distance thereafter.
The Wasp joins them, explaining that she passed out due to the gas. When she awoke, she saw that the Elementals were subjecting imprisoned plant workers to a procedure that transforms them into more Elementals. She also confirms that they have the Falcon. The team plan their second assault on the control room; Ms. Marvel removes the laser cannon from a nearby tank to use as a weapon.
Once more down below, the Elementals are about to subject the Falcon to the transformation when his teammates return to rescue him, much to his relief. As soon as he’s clear, Ms. Marvel and the Beast fire the laser cannon into the reactors, causing radioactive material to flood the room. It engulfs the Elementals but the Avengers manage to escape unscathed.
Boarding the quinjet once more, they take off and head home with no more delays. A narration caption states that Soviet Union’s news outlets report the closure of a Siberian power plant, with no details given.
- This is actually the second time the Avengers have visited Attilan. But apart from Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, none of the current team members were Avengers at the point, therefore their amazement is still in character.
- It is first revealed here that Crystal is pregnant with Quicksilver's child.
- References to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (as opposed to just Russia) should be considered topical references, due to the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. The USSR collapsed long before the start of the Modern Age.
- Slightly more debatable is Wonder Man's referencing Gary Powers getting shot down. This was already a dated reference when this issue was published. In fact, it's a subtle nod to the fact that Wonder Man has been in a coma for a decade or so and is out of touch with contemporary attitudes (which are expressed by Ms. Marvel). However, given that the Gary Powers incident has already faded into history, it's probably better to consider it a topical reference as well.
- Falcon's bitterness at not being asked his opinion is a bit disingenous as NOBODY was asked what they thought. The individual members simply chimed in, and the Scarlet Witch and the Wasp each stayed out of the argument as well.
- This issue contains a Hostess Fruit Pie advert featuring the Hulk vs an out-of-control experimental tank-like weapon.
- The Beast's final line as the quinjet flies away from the power plant "...And awayyyy we go!" is a catch-phrase made famous by Jackie Gleason on the 1950s TV show "the Honeymooners."
- The final line of the story about the Soviet news agency curtly reporting a power plant had closed is meant to be a humorous jab at the censorship practiced by the Soviet party during this time period. However, it likely read a bit funnier in the years before the real-life Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, one which the Soviet Union did attempt to cover up.
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