Appearing in "This Beachhead Earth"
- Ant-Man (Henry Pym)
- Ant-Man's Ants
- Carol Danvers (Super-Skrull in disguise)
- H. Warren Craddock (Skrull in disguise)
- Ultron-1 (Main story and recap)
Races and Species:
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Iron Man Armor MK IV
- Ant-Man's Helmet
- Omni-Wave Projector (First appearance)
Synopsis for "This Beachhead Earth"
Captain America, Thor and Iron Man are in Avengers Mansion when the Vision bursts in and passes out. Henry Pym conveniently arrives in the guise of Ant Man in time to repair him by shrinking down to microscopic size and entering his inert form. Battling through the Vision's high-tech immune system, the miniature Avenger revives the synthezoid.
After Ant-Man has departed, the Vision explains to them the events that led up to his arrival: The battle in the Arctic, the insurgence in alien hysteria, H. Warren Craddock's government hearings and finally the fact that Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor had ordered the Avengers to disband. The Big Three heroes are shocked to hear the last part as they did not in fact issue such a proclamation.
The Vision continues his story: after being ordered to disband, Vision, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Goliath left to meet up with Captain Marvel and soon found themselves battling three cows that shape changed into Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, and the Human Torch. The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were captured but the Vision escaped thanks to his density changing powers. As the Vision finishes explaining his story, the Avengers vow to rescue their friends and Mar-Vell.
At the farm, Captain Marvel and Carol Danvers are being held prisoner by the Skrulls. They watch helplessly on the monitors as the Skrulls disguise themselves as members of the Fantastic Four to stalk the remaining uncaptured Avengers: Goliath and Rick Jones. The pair are then defeated by the Skrull.
Inside the Skrull’s ship (hidden within the barn), they explain that they were part of the first Skrull invasion force to visit Earth but were defeated by the then recently formed Fantastic Four and hypnotized into believing they were cows. Just then, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Vision arrive at the farm to rescue their friends.
While the Skrull engage the arriving Avengers, Mar-Vell frees himself and Carol. While the Avengers battle the Skrull (who assume the forms of the Fantastic Four’s members) and rescue Golaith and Rick, Mar-Vell begins to construct an Omni-Wave projector, a Kree communication device that can also be used as a devastating weapon. However, certain remarks from “Carol” tip off Mar-Vell that something is not right. He quickly destroys the Omni-Wave and "Carol" reveals himself to be the Super-Skrull in disguise!
The Super Skrull defeats Mar-Vell and sets the ship to blast off. The Avengers, having just defeated their Skrull opponents, attempt to stop the ship from escaping but fail. The Super Skrull escapes...with Mar-Vell, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch as his prisoners.
The story is continued in the next issue.
Our awesome assemblers battle the F.F. - or do they? Bonus: the return of the most unexpected Avenger of all! Tale by Thomas - art by Adams!
- This issue is divided into three parts, each with their own story title. They are:
- This Beachhead Earth (Part one, pages 1-4)
- A Journey to the Center of the Android! (Part two, pages 5-22)
- War of the Weirds! (Part three, pages 23-34)
- As with the other issues from this storyline, the titles are homages to science-fiction novels or films. These titles refer to Raymond F. Jones' "This Island Earth," Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," and H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."
- This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.
- Ant-Man's adventure inside the Vision is an homage to the 1966 movie "Fantastic Voyage" which is about an experimental submarine and its crew being shrunk down to microscopic size and inserted in a human in order to perform surgery. In the movie, the sub and its crew are attacked by antibodies, similar to what Ant-Man endures here.
- John Buscema drew the distinctive cover logo for this issue which will be displayed consecutively for a number of years.
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