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Epic Collection Vol 1 Avengers 2
Published
November, 2014


Appearing in "The Bitter Taste of Defeat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #21.

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Synopsis for "The Bitter Taste of Defeat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #21.

Erik Josten, who worked as an agent for Baron Zemo before his death, returns to the machinery Zemo used to create Wonder Man. There he finds the Enchantress, who tells him she will use the machine to grant him super-strength as well. He agrees and is given the name Power Man.

The Enchantress then creates a number of illusions around the city that make the Avengers seem dangerous when they accidentally destroy property and endanger lives. Captain America tries to subdue Power Man as he attacks men with important documents, only to find out that the men were imposters trying to steal them.

Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are also caught with similar traps. The Avengers believe themselves to be nuisances and are ordered by the authorities to disband.

Appearing in "The Road Back"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #22.

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Synopsis for "The Road Back"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #22.

The Avengers try to find out who framed them and disband for the time being. The Scarlet Witch briefly considers becoming a lounge singer (!) but instead she, Quicksilver and Hawkeye are enticed to join the circus, which turns out to be the superpowered criminals the "Circus of Crime" (then called the "Masters of Menace).

The Circus of Crime poses as a normal circus and then call the police, claiming that the three Avengers were trying to rob them. Again they flee.

Meanwhile, Captain America, posing as a publicity man, catches Power Man admitting the frame-up on tape. He and the rest of the Avengers then battle Power Man and the Enchantress and win. They use the proof to get pardoned by the government.

Afterwards, Captain America decides to leave the Avengers.

Appearing in "Once an Avenger..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #23.

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  • Kang
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  • "The Champ"

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Synopsis for "Once an Avenger..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #23.

Captain America gets a job as a boxer as Steve Rogers. Meanwhile, Kang the Conqueror plans to attack the Avengers yet again.

Adding a fourth floor to the Avengers HQ, Kang lures the remaining three Avengers into an inescapable room and transports them to the future.

Kang tries to show his power to the future Princess Ravonna but she doesn't care. Meanwhile, Steve gets worried after hearing about the Avengers' mysterious disappearance.

The Avengers attempt to make an escape, but the Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye are recaptured, leaving Quicksilver on his own.

Captain America then appears, sending himself to the future using the Recreater. There, he meets up with Quicksilver with a little help from Princess Ravonna. They confront Kang, and are joined by Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch, who have managed to escape. Ravonna still denies Kang marriage, so his armies move in to destroy the city.

Appearing in "From The Ashes of Defeat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #24.

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Synopsis for "From The Ashes of Defeat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #24.

The story is continued from the last issue.

Kang makes his escape as his troops advance on the city. Although all seems hopeless, the Avengers decide to put up a fight against the never-ending army arrayed against them. Quicksilver is put out of action by a stray blast while trying to help a mother and child. The rest of the Avengers battle on but are eventually overwhelmed and captured.

Although Kang's law states that conquered monarchs are to be executed, Kang wants to marry Ravonna. Meanwhile, Quicksilver is nursed back to health by the mother he saved.

The rest of the generals, led by his second-in-command Baltag, rebel against Kang and try to assassinate him. Kang is therefore forced to team up with Captain America, Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch to save Ravonna and liberate her civilization.

Baltag's forces are routed thanks in part to a recovered Quicksilver who rejoins the fray. Kang sends the Avenger back to their time just as Baltag leaps out and fires a shot at Kang. Captain America tries to warn him, but Ravonna leaps in the way and is shot herself. Kang's guards kill Baltag and the Avengers are transported away, leaving Ravonna dying in Kang's arms - unsure whether she will survive or die.

Appearing in "Enter...Dr. Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #25.

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Synopsis for "Enter...Dr. Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #25.

The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver recieve a letter from their Aunt in Latveria and decide to visit her. They're accompanied by Captain America and Hawkeye. But when they arrive, they are all jailed and discover the letter was to lure them into a trap set up by Doctor Doom, who decides defeating the Avengers will instil fear in to the Fantastic Four, making them easier to defeat.

The Fantastic Four attempt to assist the Avengers, but are not allowed, as interference could spark an international incident. Nevertheless, the Avengers escape and fight Doom to a standstill, when he causes a divertion and escapes.

Appearing in "The Voice of the Wasp!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #26.

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  • Exploration ship
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Synopsis for "The Voice of the Wasp!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #26.

Captain America shows everyone the new system for recieving secret messages, but Hawkeye doesn't pay attention.

Meanwhile, on the ocean Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne are doing research and spot the Sub-Mariner heading for New York. The Wasp flies away to warn everyone that the Sub-Mariner may pose a threat. On the way she is captured by Attuma.

Attuma brags that he has created a Wave Machine that will flood the whole of the surface world. Wasp manages to send a mayday to the Avengers. The Avengers go to help her without Hawkeye, who isn't present.

Captain America, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch battle Attuma's forces but are ultimately captured. Hawkeye returns to the mansion and tries to check his messages but can't remember how to work it. He decides to use one of Tony Stark's inventions: the "subliminal recall inducer" to remember. However, as he uses the machine, an unknown villain approaches him silently...

Appearing in "Four Against the Floodtide!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #27.

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  • Tidal expaunder
  • Aero-sub
  • Attuma's fleet
  • Y-Ray Tank

Synopsis for "Four Against the Floodtide!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #27.

Hawkeye remembers how to work the message machine but is attacked by the Beetle before he gets a chance to use it. He defeats the Beetle, reads the message and sets off to help. After locating a beaten Quicksilver, they help defeat Attuma. Captain America sabotages Attuma's controls and the base collides with his wave machine, destroying it. They return to find the Beetle missing and an important message on the computer involving the Wasp.

Appearing in "Among Us Walks a Goliath!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #28.

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Synopsis for "Among Us Walks a Goliath!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #28.

Henry Pym calls the Avengers, telling them that he is Giant-Man and that the Wasp is missing. The Wasp has been captured by the Collector and the Beetle.

The Scarlet Witch presents Hank with a new costume she'd just happened to have been sewing in the hopes that he might return to the team. Along with the new costume, he renames himself Goliath.

The Avengers enter the Collector's lair and get seperated and captured but Goliath escapes and frees the other Avengers. They rescue the Wasp and force the Collector to escape with the Beetle using a time machine.

Afterwards however, when Goliath tries to shrink down to his normal size, he collapses and faints at 10 feet tall.

Appearing in "This Power Unleashed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #29.

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  • Avengers car

Synopsis for "This Power Unleashed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #29.

The story is continued from the last issue.

The Avengers are unable to revive the fallen Goliath. The Wasp calls the team's usual doctor, Dr. Donald Blake, but his answering service says he's out of town. Instead, Cap calls upon an army doctor whom he worked alongside during the war, Major Carlson.

Meanwhile, the Black Widow has been brainwashed to once again be loyal to her communist masters. She is sent back to the States to destroy the Avengers.

After examining Pym, Carlson informs the team that Goliath will recover but that he must never attempt to shrink any further than his present, ten-foot height. Frustrated and feeling like a freak, Goliath storms out in anger.

The Black Widow enlists the aid of the Swordsman and Power Man to defeat the Avengers. While back at Avengers Mansion, Cap informs Hawkeye that the Black Widow has been seen by SHIELD agents alive and in the states. Hawkeye is elated, but Cap warns him that she has been brainwashed to be loyal to the Soviets; the archer doesn't care. He rushes off to find her. Concerned, Cap asks the Wasp to tail Hawkeye secretly.

Hawkeye returns to the mansion that Natasha previously inhabited. He finds her there along with the Swordsman and Power Man. The two villains knock Hawkeye out. The Wasp (who flew off after Hawkeye so fast that she neglected to arm herself with a stinger), who's been watching the proceedings, flies away to alert the rest of the Avengers. Unfortunately, she is waylaid by a sparrow and then has a crash landing that renders her unconscious as well.

The Swordsman infiltrates Avengers Mansion (apparently they haven't updated any of their security measures since he was briefly a member.) He captures Captain America and takes him back to the Widow's lair. However Cap activates a "communi-crystal" that alerts Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to his predicament. As they track Cap's signal, the Wasp recovers and returns to the mansion to summon aid from Goliath.

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are subdued, but Goliath and the Wasp arrive on the scene soon afterwards and turn the tide. The three villains flee the scene. Hawkeye has a chance to prevent their escape by shooting an arrow after them, but doesn't. He can't bring himself to harm Natasha. As the Avengers depart, Cap offhandedly states that things are "back to normal." For Goliath however, stuck at ten feet tall, he can no longer lead a normal life.




Appearing in "Frenzy in a Far-Off Land!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #30.

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  • Avenger's Rocket Powered Air Car
  • Avenger's Scout Ship

Synopsis for "Frenzy in a Far-Off Land!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #30.

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch take a leave of absence from the Avengers due to their powers dwindling.

Goliath also sets off to South America to try and find a cure for his condition. He is seeking out his old college professor, Dr. Anton. Meanwhile, the Black Widow is ordered to destroy the Avengers again with the help of the Swordsman and Power Man. The Avengers locate the villainous trio but Hawkeye wants to go after them alone, as it is personal to him.

In South America, Goliath learns that Dr. Anton has been captured by someone known as the Keeper of the Flame. He tries to save his mentor but is overwhelmed. He is brought to safety, however, by Prince Rey, leader of a rebel force against the Keeper.

Hawkeye defeats the Swordsman but is trapped by Power Man. Realizing she loves him, the Black Widow saves him, finding herself unable to harm him.

Captain America and the Wasp leave for South America to help Goliath.

Appearing in "Never Bug a Giant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #31.

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  • Avengers Rocket Plane

Synopsis for "Never Bug a Giant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #31.

The story is continued from the last issue.

Captain America, The Wasp and Hawkeye leave for South America to help Goliath. Meanwhile, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch realise how badly they liked being Avengers and hope their powers return soon.

Goliath and Prince Rey escape to Prince Rey's rebel hideout. He explains how the Keeper controls a powerful cobalt flame capable of destroying the world. Goliath realises Prince Rey only wants the flame for his own desires and leaves him.

Goliath attacks the Keeper and gets captured. The other Avengers attack and also get captured with the exception of the Wasp. Prince Rey's forces attack the Keeper's, while at the same time, the Wasp frees all the Avengers. Hawkeye smothers the flame with explosive arrows, destroying it.

The Avengers free Dr. Anton and leave. Unfortunately, Dr. Anton can do nothing to help Goliath's condition.

Appearing in "The Sign of the Serpent!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #32.

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  • Sons of the Serpent's helicopter
  • Sons of the Serpent's Air Shuttle

Synopsis for "The Sign of the Serpent!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #32.

Captain America encourages Goliath to keep looking for a solution to his size-changing dilemma. Goliath finds a new assistant, Bill Foster.

The Sons of the Serpent attack foreign people, including General Chen, the dictator of a communist country, while he visits the United Nations.

The Black Widow provides information to Hawkeye to prove herself to him.

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch discover they will regain their full powers.

Bill Foster, an African-American, gets attacked by the Sons of the Serpent. Captain America goes to Nick Fury for more information about this new villainous group and the Avengers vow to defeat them. But Captain America is kidnapped and the Avengers are warned that he will be killed if they oppose them. They have no option but to refuse to fight against the Sons of the Serpent.




Appearing in "To Smash a Serpent"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #33.

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Synopsis for "To Smash a Serpent"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #33.

With Captain America being held hostage, the Avengers can't attack the the Sons of the Serpents. Because of this, Bill Foster storms out of Goliath's lab.

Captain America seems to have been brainwashed by the Sons, turning him into a fascist. The Avengers attend a Sons of the Serpent meeting while Hawkeye and the Black Widow attempt a rescue mission to save Captain America. During the meeting, Goliath argues with the Sons of the Serpent, but is attacked by a brainwashed Captain America.

After a brief battle, Goliath follows the escaping Serpents to their ship. The Black Widow finds the real Captain America captive and rescues him. They capture the Sons of the Serpent and their leader turns out to be General Chen.

Appearing in "The Living Laser!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #34.

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  • Aero-car
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Synopsis for "The Living Laser!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #34.

The Living Laser, a villain using powerful hand-mounted laser projectors, robs a bank and the Avengers investigate the scene of the crime. While they are there, the Living Laser observes their actions incognito. He becomes smitten with the beautiful the Wasp, developing an obsession with her.

Bill Foster returns to work for Goliath. The Living Laser attacks them and is beaten by Goliath before the rest of the Avengers arrive, although he manages to escape. In his secret lair, he works to make his laser beam even deadlier.

The Avengers, excluding Goliath, attack the Living Laser again. Hawkeye and Captain America get captured in a deadly trap and the Wasp is kidnapped by the Laser.

Appearing in "The Light That Failed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #35.

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Synopsis for "The Light That Failed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #35.

Goliath arrives to save Hawkeye and Captain America from the Living Laser's trap.

With the Wasp as his prisoner, the Living Laser flees to South America. In Costa Verde, he creates a powerful laser cannon and uses it to save the country from dictatorship, although he's really motivated by the expectation of fame and reward money.

The Avengers attack the Living Laser but they are defeated by his cannon and captured. Goliath escapes by willing himself to shrink, even though it is dangerous for him. He overcomes his size limit and sabotages the Laser's cannon, causing it to explode and defeating the Living Laser.

At the end of the issue, Captain America is alone in Avenger's Mansion when an unknown person reaches out to him. Cap is shocked to see... (Story continued into the next issue.)

Appearing in "The Ultroids Attack!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #36.

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  • The Burgomeister

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  • UFO
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Synopsis for "The Ultroids Attack!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #36.

(Story continues from last issue) Captain America is surprised to find the Scarlet Witch in Avengers Mansion. She relates that Quicksilver has been kidnapped by a UFO.

Elsewhere, Hawkeye nominates the Black Widow for membership, but Goliath objects on the grounds that the Avengers is not a "halfway house" for reformed criminals. A distress signal reaches the team. Despite Wanda's concern for her brother, Cap states that the Avengers must always concern themselves with innocent civilians first. Thus the Avengers (including the Scarlet Witch and the Black Widow) fly to the Balkans. There, they discover a huge computer named Ixar draining information from the village's Burgomeister.

Ixar lured the Avengers to him in order to extract power use them to build the Ultroids. They also discover that the Scarlet Witch who accompanied them is a fake, she is in fact an Ultroid known as Ultrana.

Ultrana and the Ultroids attack the Avengers, capturing them all. They are to be subjected to Ixar's experiments. Since the Black Widow is not an Avenger, she is sent to be destroyed.

Appearing in "To Conquer a Colossus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #37.

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Synopsis for "To Conquer a Colossus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #37.

(Story continues from last issue) The Avengers have been captured by the Ultroids. Since the Black Widow is not an Avenger, she is being taken away to be destroyed.

The Ultroid's spaceship takes off. Goliath changes size to escape and sets the rest of the Avengers free. They fight the Ultroids to a stalemate. But they stop short of defeating them since, if they go any further, Ixar will kill the burgomeister of the village.

Ixar absorbs the power of all the Ultroids, giving himself a colossal-size body. The Avengers attack but are all defeated except for Hawkeye and the Black Widow. They theorized that Ixar is somehow connected to the burgomeister. Acting on this hunch, they threaten to kill him. Ixar speculates that Hawkeye cannot carry out that threat as he is bound by Avenger's moral code which forbides them from taking life. The Black Widow, however, reminds Ixar that she is not an Avenger. Realizing she can carry out this threat, Ixar is forced to release all the Avengers.

Appearing in "In Our Midst... an Immortal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #38.

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Synopsis for "In Our Midst... an Immortal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #38.

The Asgardian Enchantress and the Olympian god of war Ares schme to place the legendary Hercules under their control. Overcome by the Enchantress' love potion, he is sent to attack the Avengers.

While on her way to attend an Avengers' meeting (in which the team would vote to decide whether to induct her as a member), the Black Widow is shanghied by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and asked to act as a double-agent behind the Iron Curtain. She agrees, but is unhappy to have to leave Hawkeye again.

Hercules attacks the team. The Avengers eventually bring him back to his senses but he is dismayed to discover that because he left Olympus, Zeus has declared him exiled on Earth! The Avengers charitably house him for the duration.

Appearing in "The Torment...and the Triumph!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #39.

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Synopsis for "The Torment...and the Triumph!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #39.

The newspapers are filled with headline stories about how the Black Widow stole secret plans and escaped to Russia with them. Feeling betrayed, an upset Hawkeye walks into a trap set by the Mad Thinker. He is attacked and captured by Hammerhead - one of the Thinker's "Triumvirate of Terror".

Goliath and the Wasp attempt to rescue Hawkeye but are captured by Piledriver, another Triumvirate member. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are captured by Thunderboot, the third and final member.

The Mad Thinker begins carrying out his plan of stealing all of Tony Stark's inventions housed in Avengers Mansion. But the team's new guest Hercules returns to the masnion, discovers them and frees the captive Avengers. With Hercules' aid, the AVengers defeat the Triumvirate of Terror. The Mad Thinker escapes however.

Appearing in "Suddenly...the Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #40.

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  • X-76 Verti-Jet
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Synopsis for "Suddenly...the Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #40.

The Scarlet Witch collapses from stress sustained in their most recent battle (last issue). Elsewhere, the Black Widow steals an experimental jet from General "Thunderbolt" Ross.

The Sub-Mariner attacks a submarine which has been destroying underwater wildlife. He then decides to attack the base it came from. The Avengers receive a call from Captain America warning that a dangerous item called the Cosmic Cube has been seen near the base and the Avengers should secure it.

While Quicksilver stays with his recovering sister, the other Avengers accompanied by Hercules journey to the base and battle the Sub-Mariner. Just as the Avengers are on the verge of defeating Namor, Hercules unwittingly mentions the Cosmic Cube to him. The Sub-Mariner (who had located the Cube earlier but was unaware of its abilities) flies away but returns with the Cube and the battle begins again. Namor is beaten, however, when he loses contact with the Cube, and it is lost down a crack in the ground which seals itself after.

Sometime later, the Mole Man finds the Cosmic Cube but throws it away, dismissing it for a useless bauble.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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