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Appearing in "-- They First Make Mad!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #99

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Synopsis for "-- They First Make Mad!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #99

While the Avengers attempt to restore the amnesiac Hercules’ memories, Hawkeye fills the Avengers in on how he returned to Earth, why he resumed his Hawkeye identity, and how he found Hercules.

During the climax of the Kree-Skrull War, Goliath (Hawkeye) was ordered to stop a Skrull ship that was sent to destroy the Earth. Boarding the ship, he realized that he was out of growth tablets and had to resort to his old archery skills in order to battle the Skrull warriors.

After destroying the alien ship, he crash-landed an escape pod in Yugoslavia where he was found by a circus troupe. He joined them as payment for transportation and supplies until he could get to the nearest town and arrange to travel back to the United States. During his time with the circus, he realized that the strong man was really the former Avenger Hercules. Hawkeye eventually convinced him to join him on his trip back to America.

With his story finished, the Avengers consult their scientist members (the Black Panther and Ant-Man) for solutions to restore Hercules' memories, to no avail.

While all this is transpiring, Hawkeye (who is unaware of the romance that has been fomenting between Wanda and the Vision) professes his love to a surprised Scarlet Witch. The Vision happens to witness the archer’s declaration from afar but departs without either Clint or Wanda seeing.

Just then, Avengers Mansion is attacked by Kratos and Bia, Olympian warriors seeking to reclaim Hercules for Ares. During the battle, the Scarlet Witch is injured. The Vision and Hawkeye almost come to blows over who will aid their injured teammate.

Ultimately, the Avengers fight off the Olympian warriors who do manage flee the battle with Hercules as their prisoner. Afterward, the Avengers vow to go to Olympus in order to prevent Hercules’ prophecy of doom from coming true.

Appearing in "Whatever Gods There Be!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #100

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Synopsis for "Whatever Gods There Be!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #100

After bringing the Avengers a warning of impending doom, an amnesiac Hercules has been captured by Ares. Thus the current team of Avengers calls out to all their members, past and present. Traveling to the Black Knight's castle for aid, everyone who’s ever been an Avenger arrives, including even the Hulk who is convinced to join the fight.

The group enters the Black Knight's castle. In the basement, Dane summons the spirit of his ancestor, the original Black Knight, who reveals to them the chain of events that brought all of them together.

He explains that after the Knight relinquished his ebony blade (in Avengers #84), it had materialized in the realm of Olympus and became embedded in a tree where it was found and retrieved by Ares. Shortly afterward, Ares was joined by the Enchantress who arrived in Olympus and told him of the power that the sword wielded. Ares used it to snuff out the Promethean flame, turning all the Olympians (save himself and Hercules) into crystals.

Believing in an ancient prophecy that foretold of a war god with a sword crafted by a wizard who would one day rule all worlds, Ares gathered up a horde of mythical beings native to the Olympian realm as his private army in order to capture Hercules and expel him. When Hercules finally landed on Earth, the traumatic trip had caused his amnesia.

The original Black Knight’s spirit goes on to recap the events of the past few issues. With the story finished, the Avengers plan to travel to Olympus to fight Ares. They are joined by the Swordsman who has been watching the whole time. The Swordsman, a one-time Avenger in the past, offers his aid which the Avengers reluctantly accept.

The group splits in two, one group remaining on Earth to battle any Olympian invaders and the other to travel to Olympus to free Hercules and stop Ares.

A battle erupts in Olympus against the Avengers. Meanwhile, the other group fends off the first wave of invaders who have begun appearing in England. As both battles rage on, the Black Knight tackles Ares alone and the Hulk is attracted to the portal to Earth by the flute-playing satyrs gathered there.

The Avengers defeat Ares and the Black Knight reclaims his ebony blade. Fearing impending defeat, the Enchantress calls back the invading army back to Olympus through the portal to fight off the Avengers in Olympus. But their return disturbs the Hulk enough to goad him into attacking them.

In the aftermath, the Avengers gather at the portal. They leave Hercules to mete out punishment to Ares and the Enchantress while the rest return home. Hercules and Thor then use their combined might to close the portal.

With their mission accomplished, the remaining Avengers on Earth are questioned by the police about what was going on. Thor merely responds "Don't ask!"

Appearing in "Five Dooms to Save Tomorrow!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #101

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Synopsis for "Five Dooms to Save Tomorrow!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #101

The Avengers are on hand to maintain security during a highly publicized match between Sporadik, a Russian chess champion, and a chess-playing computer called Nimrod. In the middle of it, Sporadik collapses from an apparent (fatal) heart attack. While all eyes are on the chess champ, Thor sneaks away and transforms into his alter ego, Dr. Donald Blake, in order to attend to him. He discovers that Sporadik was poisoned. The Avengers deduce that his chess pieces were coated with a poison that could be absorbed through the skin.

Later that night, Leonard Tippit (the man responsible for the poisoning) attempts to sneak out of the building. He spent the day hiding inside the Nimrod computer in order to avoid being connected to the murder. His plan is foiled by the Vision, who stayed behind to investigate. The seemingly mild-mannered Tippit exhibits superhuman powers and easily defeats the Vision. But Captain America arrives on the scene as well and knocks him out. Tippit's powers allow his unconscious form to escape, however.

A short while after the encounter, the assembled Avengers are jolted by a strange energy and made aware of the origin of Tippit's super-powers: two nights prior, Tippit was visited by Uatu the Watcher who informed him of an impending nuclear holocaust that would destroy the entire human race. Giving Tippit vast cosmic power, the Watcher told him of five individuals in the present who would one-day birth children, all of whom would play a crucial role in causing the prophesied nuclear holocaust to occur. Uatu tells Tippit that the only way to stop this impending doom is to kill all the parents of these future children. With his new godlike power, Tippit knows every thought of the five individuals he must kill and knows that they are good people. But ultimately, Tippit resigns himself to his fate of killing these people so that he can save countless millions of lives in the future.

With the trip into Tippit's past over, the Avengers decide that killing innocent people is still morally wrong no matter the circumstances and determine the best course of action is to try and stop Tippit from achieving his goal. The Avengers break up into teams and travel to the locations of each of the remaining four victims. Each time, however, they either arrive too late or are overpowered by Tippit and unable to stop him from killing his targets. During all of this, Iron Man is devising a control helmet to immobilize Tippit.

With the last victim killed, the Scarlet Witch stuns Tippit with a hex bolt long enough for Iron Man to put the control helmet on Tippit. The Watcher then arrives and informs them all that this was all a plot to stop Tippit who was the real menace all along. The Watcher convinced him to go on his killing spree in order to alert the attention of the Avengers whom the Watcher hoped would find a way to subdue him. The ensuing battle weakened Tippit enough for the Watcher to capture him and take him away.

Tippit laments that his actions were all in vain. Not wanting to be as unimportant a person in death as he was in life, he tells the Avengers that he wished he had one moment to be an important person. Taking pity on him, the Avengers promises to let him be known as the man who saved the world before he is whisked away by the Watcher. The Avengers to left to ponder the strange events of the past day.

Appearing in "What to Do Till the Sentinels Come!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #102

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Synopsis for "What to Do Till the Sentinels Come!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #102

Responding to an anonymous letter, the Vision travels to a frozen food locker in a warehouse on the lower east side of Manhattan. There he is met by the Grim Reaper who offers him a proposition: if the Vision aids the Grim Reaper in getting revenge on the Avengers, he will transfer the Vision's mind into the body of Wonder Man (Since the Vision's brain patterns are based on that of the deceased hero, the Grim Reaper believes that Vision is his brother.) The Reaper has been preserving Wonder Man’s body since his death while fighting the original team of Avengers (in Avengers #9 and he blames the Avengers for his brother's death. The Vision refuses the Grim Reaper’s offer. Nevertheless, the villain gives him a medallion that will put them into direct contact should the Vision change his mind.

The Vision returns to Avengers Mansion, where the Scarlet Witch is preparing for monitor duty. She is once again confronted by Hawkeye who professes his love for her again and makes an advance that the Vision walks in on unbeknownst to either Clint or Wanda. He departs before he can hear the Scarlet Witch rebuff Hawkeye's advances.

In outer space, the Sentinels are returning from their attempt to destroy the sun in a warped plan to prevent further mutations [1]. Their return is reported on the news, causing Quicksilver to reflect on his and Wanda’s last encounter with the mutant-hunting robots.

Wanda informs her teammates that she is going for an evening stroll in Central Park. While the other Avengers attend to personal matters, the Vision gazes at her from a window and therefore sees a Sentinel approaching her. Vision engages the Sentinel alone while Jarvis informs the other Avengers of the brewing trouble. The Avengers attack but their powers are of little effect against the robot, which escapes with Wanda via an "ultra-linear leap."

As the Avengers plan how to rescue Wanda, Quicksilver angrily pushes them away because they were unable to prevent the Sentinel from taking Wanda in the first place.

This story is continued into the next issue.

Appearing in "The Sentinels Are Alive and Well!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #103

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Synopsis for "The Sentinels Are Alive and Well!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #103

The Scarlet Witch has been kidnapped by the recently returned Sentinels, and the Avengers are formulating a plan to try and rescue her when they realize that Quicksilver is missing.

Quicksilver has decided to act on his own, traveling to the Sentinels' last base. He finds it empty but devices have recently been taken. He recalls the time just after the Sentinels' last defeat when he, Wanda and many other of their mutant captives were freed by Larry Trask and Judge Chalmers. Pietro guesses that if anybody moved the devices, it was probably Larry Trask. He tracks down Trask to Judge Chalmer's residence and captures him in order to learn the location of the Sentinels.

Back at Avengers Mansion, as the rest of the team attempts to learn the location of the Sentinels, the Vision can’t help but contemplate the Grim Reaper’s offer to transfer his mind into the body of Wonder Man.

The Avengers pinpoint the location the Sentinels’ new base of operations and rush to the quinjets to rescue Wanda. Rick Jones attempts to join them, but they rebuff his request because he has no superpowers.

Quicksilver is forced to remove the amulet that suppresses Larry Trask's mutant powers before he learns that the Sentinels have built a base in Australia. He speeds off there, taking Larry Trask with him.

In Australia, the Avengers arrive at the "ant-hill" base of the Sentinels, where they are attacked by some defending drones who put up quite a fight.

Aboard a commercial airliner, Larry learns (via his mutant powers that allow him to see the future) that the Avengers are not winning their fight, and that the Sentinels' leader, known as Number Two, is plotting to cause a solar flare that will destroy the entire Earth.

The story continues into the next issue.

Appearing in "With a Bang -- And a Whimper!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #104

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Synopsis for "With a Bang -- And a Whimper!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #104

With the Sentinels plotting to cause a solar flare that will destroy the Earth, Quicksilver and Larry Trask speed from an airport in Australia to the outback base of the Sentinels, where the other Avengers are fighting off Sentinels at its entrance.

The Avengers defeat the Sentinels guards with the help of Vision’s intangibility powers. As the Avengers battle their way deep inside the complex, to where the solar flare device is located, the lead Sentinel, Number Two, explains his plan to the Scarlet Witch who is shackled to the device.

Number Two explains that it is using her as a power source for the device which will cause a solar flare to erupt. The Sentinels believe this will sterilize the human race so that the Sentinels will be able to have control over creating pure humans without the risk of mutation. Wanda fears (correctly) that the device will actually destroy the entire planet.

Elsewhere in the complex, Quicksilver and Larry Trask are unable to join up with the other Avengers. Larry has a new vision of the Avengers being killed by Number Two. Just then, a Sentinel attacks them and Quicksilver is injured while fighting it. He urges Larry to keep going and warn the Avengers of the impending doom.

While Quicksilver is alone, he is startled by a sudden burst of bright light.

The Avengers reach the main control room and battle the remaining Sentinels before they are confronted by Number Two, who explains the Sentinels’ scheme to the Avengers. Suddenly, he is attacked by the Scarlet Witch who has been freed by the Vision. The Avengers fight off a number of the Sentinels until Larry Trask arrives. Larry activates a mutant-detecting device that makes all mutants glow, revealing that Number Two is a mutated sentinel!

The remaining Sentinels turn on Number Two, destroying it. This, however, causes the other Sentinels to deactivate. As the deactivated Sentinel's tumble, Larry Trask is crushed by one of the falling units. The Avengers, unaware that Quicksilver was even present during their battle, leave the ant-hill behind, declaring Trask is a hero for saving mankind.

Appearing in "In the Beginning Was... The World Within!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #105

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Synopsis for "In the Beginning Was... The World Within!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #105

Quicksilver is MIA and his inconsolable sister, the Scarlet Witch, has locked herself in the Avengers’ monitoring room until she finds her lost brother.

The Black Panther returns to the mansion after an adventure with Daredevil just as the Scarlet Witch bursts into the room with information about a report of scientists in Chile that has been kidnapped by strange attackers. Iron Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, the Vision, and Thor (who is accompanied by Sif, a visitor to Earth with a number of other Asgardians) travel to Chile to check out the strange occurrences.

In Chile, they find a secret series of cavernous tunnels that lead to the Savage Land. There, they are attacked by the Savage Land Mutates but easily fight them off. Traveling to the village Magneto built in the Savage Land, they find it in ruins and also find the costume previously worn by the X-Man known as the Angel.

Once again, the Mutates, led by Vertigo, attack. The Avengers gain the upper hand until Vertigo unleashes the Mutate known as Lorelei who uses her mutant singing power to lull the Avengers into a trance-like state. This, however, does not affect the Vision, who easily defeats both Vertigo and Lorelei.

After the battle, the Scarlet Witch approaches the Vision about his cold behavior which the Vision passes off because he is "just an android."

After saving the scientists and returning home, the Avengers continue their search for Quicksilver. The Vision stays behind to brood, contemplating taking up the Grim Reaper's offer to become human.

Appearing in "A Traitor Stalks Among Us!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #106

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Synopsis for "A Traitor Stalks Among Us!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #106

Brooding by himself, the Vision's thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of Captain America to Avengers Mansion. The Vision informs Cap that the other Avengers have gone off to search for Quicksilver while he remained behind to brood about his lot in life. Just then Rick Jones barges in, in a fury about how the Avengers made him stay behind during their battle against the Sentinels but shows that he is once more bonded with Captain Marvel. When Rick clashes his Nega-Bands together, it causes suppressed memories to resurface in Cap's mind.

Flashing back to a battle against Hydra, with Rick, Cap's partner under the Bucky guise (back in Captain America #113), at his side. Cap begins to have memories of parts of that battle that he did not previously remember happening.

Meanwhile, Iron Man, Black Panther, Hawkeye, and the Scarlet Witch search New York City for any trace of Quicksilver, when suddenly Hawkeye falls through a hidden manhole. While elsewhere, Captain America returns to the graveyard where the battle he is recalling took place. He begins to recall he and Rick chasing Hydra to an abandoned building and stumbling across a Hydra base hidden below, upon entering they were attacked by agents of Hydra. Remembering the location of the warehouse, Cap then rushes off to find it's location.

While back in the sewers, it appears that the Avengers have stumbled upon the Hydra base as well, however, each member seems to go mad one at a time and attacks the other until all present are suspicious of one another and have fought to a standstill. They're soon stopped when their true foe reveals himself: The Space Phantom has returned, and this time he has teamed up with the Grim Reaper.

Appearing in "The Master Plan of the Space Phantom!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #107

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Synopsis for "The Master Plan of the Space Phantom!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #107

Continuing from last issue.... With Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, and Hawkeye as their prisoners, the Space Phantom and the Grim Reaper begin to lay out the next phase of their plan. As they plot what to do with the remaining Avengers that have not been captured, Captain America continues to uncover the mysteries of his returning memories of a previous battle against Hydra. His memories take him to an abandoned warehouse where he beings to recall was a front for a hidden Hydra base below. He recalls fighting Hydra soldiers with Rick Jones and the two being shrunk down to size before they eventually located the Supreme Hydra and resumed their normal size. His final recollection is beating the Supreme Hydra and unmasking him and being shocked by who's face was underneath the mask.

While elsewhere, the Vision wanders the city still brooding over the offer to have his mind transferred into the body of Wonder Man, an offer that was made by the Grim Reaper. The Reaper himself appears who makes him the offer again and takes Vision back to where the body of Wonder Man is being stored. There, the Reaper reveals that he really cannot transfer the Vision's mind into Wonder Man's body, because Wonder Man is dead, however, if they join forces he would transfer the Vision's mind into the body of Captain America. Trying to appeal to Vision, the Grim Reaper reveals his and the Space Phantom's plan:

He retells the Avengers first battle against the Space Phantom (which happened back in Avengers #2) and was trapped in limbo, but when Loki banished Jane Foster to Limbo (in an unrelated battle that occurred in Journey into Mystery #108) the Space Phantom was freed from his prison, he then found the Grim Reaper and the two teamed up to achieve a mutual goal. To this end, the Phantom took the form of Viper, and later the Supreme Hydra during Captain America's last battle against the terrorist organization. When the Phantom was unmasked by Cap, he paralyzed the star-spangled Avenger and his partner, and then to facilitate their plot, the Space Phantom made the whole world forget that Captain America was Steve Rogers, suppressed Cap and Rick's memories of the event and sent them on their way.

Without finally revealing his and the Space Phantom's plot, the Grim Reaper asks if the Vision will go along with their plan so that he may be human, a question in which the Vision answers "Yes."

Appearing in "Check -- And Mate!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #108

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Synopsis for "Check -- And Mate!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #108

Continuing from last issue... The Grim Reaper has asked the Vision to join them in destroying the Avengers in order to give the Vision a human body by transferring his mind into Captain America. After the Space Phantom checks out their new "ally", the Vision goads the Grim Reaper into anger by suggesting that the Reaper is merely one of the Phantom's lackey's. This gives Captain America (Who has been spying on them) the chance to attack. The Vision explains to Captain America that he was tricking the Reaper into believing the Vision had joined their cause in an attempt to free his captured comrades. The two Avengers then free their friends and soon find themselves confronted by the Grim Reaper, Space Phantom, and an army of Hydra soldiers.

When the Phantom tries to kill the Vision, the Reaper attempts to stop him, and soon a battle erupts between Hydra and the Avengers. The Avengers are soon felled by one of the Phantom's weapons, except for the Scarlet Witch who escaped to summon Thor, and the Vision who was immune to the sonic attack. However, the Phantom get the Vision to surrender and allow himself to be imprisoned when he threatens to kill the Grim Reaper. The Phantom then chases after the Scarlet Witch so she cannot rouse Thor, and she is quickly captured.

Phantom then arrives at the Avengers Mansion and attacks Jarvis and Rick Jones, the only two present at that time, and takes them both back to his hideout. There, Rick comes around and the Space Phantom reveals that he will assume Rick's form for some sick satisfaction when he pushes the button that will execute the Avengers. Just as the Phantom is making his transformation (which would shunt Rick off into Limbo) Rick clashes his Nega-Bands together becoming Captain Marvel.

Marvel then frees the Avengers and they all make short work of the Hydra army. Marvel explains to the others that when Rick clashed the Nega-Bands, the Space Phantom's powers attempted to become two people at once and that proved to be too much and so the Phantom was transported to Limbo, while Rick was transported to the Negative Zone as usual. The Avengers allow the Grim Reaper to go free and all the Avengers return home, where the Scarlet Witch and Vision reconcile their feelings for one another.

Appearing in "The Measure of a Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #109

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Synopsis for "The Measure of a Man!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #109

Angry that the Scarlet Witch and the Vision are forming a romance, Hawkeye attempts to blow off some steam by practicing in the Avengers training room. While in California, a tall man by the name of Imus Champion, late for his flight to New York, literally stops the plane with his bare hands before boarding. Back in New York, Hawkeye explodes into another fit of anger over the Vision and Scarlet Witch's displays of affection and locks himself in his room. Donning his old costume, he goes out to get some fresh air. There, he is confronted by Champion who offers to pay Hawkeye's favorite charity a million dollars if Hawkeye can teach him how to be a master bowman. Accepting the offer, Hawkeye leaves with Champion to his retreat in California which is totally cut off from the outside world.

The Avengers get a letter from Hawkeye that tells them where he's gone, and while Wanda finds it slightly odd, the group accepts it. Meanwhile, Hawkeye trains Champion to be as good an archer as he is. Soon, Champion explains to Hawkeye that if the hero cannot defeat Champion in a duel of archery, he will detonate a bomb on the San Andreas Fault and cause the entire state of California to drop into the sea.

While back in New York, Wanda wakes up suddenly realizing what she thought was strange about Hawkeye's letter: That it was signed "Hawkeye" instead of "Clint". Fearing the worst, the Avengers head out to California to help their friend. Meanwhile, Hawkeye is defeated by Champion and soon finds himself strapped to the very bomb that Champion plans to use to destroy California. The Avengers arrive and fight off Champion's men, and with the help of Hawkeye, manage to stop Champion from detonating the bomb. After the battle is over, Hawkeye tells the Avengers that he is leaving the team.

Appearing in "...And Now Magneto!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #110

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Synopsis for "...And Now Magneto!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #110

A current training session of the Avengers is interrupted when Thor enters the room informing everyone that there is an important communication that they all must-see. Entering the communications room, the Avengers (especially the Scarlet Witch) are delighted to find that it is Quicksilver reporting in after being missing following their battle against the Sentinels. Pietro explains that he was injured in the Sentinel's base, but was rescued by Crystal and Lockjaw of the Inhumans and was nursed back to health in the Great Refuge of the Inhumans. There Pietro and Crystal fell in love and they plan to get married. Scarlet Witch congratulates them, and informs Pietro of her budding romance with the Vision, which Pietro reacts to negatively and tells her never to contact him until she comes to her senses.

As the Avengers discuss the loss of Quicksilver in their ranks, the monitor comes on again, and it shows a mansion which they soon learn belongs to Professor Xavier, leader of the X-Men. Xavier appears to be talking to somebody who is responsible for trashing the mansion before the monitor shuts off again. Recognizing Xavier, the Avengers rush to the X-Men's mansion to see what they can do to save the X-Men. While the Avengers are off to the rescue, Hawkeye is on the west coast and drops in on the home of the Black Widow, where he is told by her aide, Ivan informs him that she is off with Daredevil, Hawkeye decides to wait in hiding for his old lovers return.

Back east, the Avengers arrive at the X-Men's mansion and finds each member of the X-Men unconscious inside the mansion, after fighting off a boobie-trapped Cerebro, the Avengers carry out the wounded X-Men. There the very ground attacks them, but they fight this off as well and soon are confronted by a number of prehistoric dinosaurs. Fighting off the dinosaurs, which are being controlled by the Savage Land Mutate known as the Piper, the Avengers are suddenly blindsided by an attack made by Magneto, who had disguised himself in Angel's costume. Trapping Black Panther, Thor and Vision in a pile of boulders, Magneto captures the remaining Avengers and the X-Men as his prisoners.

The three remaining Avengers burst free and plan to save their friends, no matter the cost. This story is continued in Daredevil #99.

Appearing in "With Two Beside Them!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #111

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Synopsis for "With Two Beside Them!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #111

Continuing from the events of last issue and Daredevil #99... Magneto has captured the X-Men and most of the Avengers and are now holding them his prisoner, and 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 (a mission Hawkeye refused to join 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, and are unable to 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 create him 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.

Appearing in "The Mark of Hawkeye!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Daredevil #99

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Synopsis for "The Mark of Hawkeye!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Daredevil #99

Returning home from their battle against the Dark Messiah, Daredevil and Black Widow are greeted by Hawkeye, who had just recently quit the Avengers, and has shown up in San Francisco to rekindle his romance with the Black Widow.

This doesn't go over very well with Daredevil, who tries to get involved in the conversation, which further agitates Hawkeye. It finally gets to the point where the two end up fighting it out. The brawl ends when Daredevil pretends to be "blinded" by Hawkeye's phosphorous arrow, at which point Hawkeye calls off the fight and leaves the scene. Daredevil then goes off to track down Hawkeye so that the two of them can "talk it out." He finds the avenging archer just as he has defeated some bikers and swoops in to talk to him but Hawkeye interprets this as if Daredevil has come to continue their fight. The two heroes duke it out again, fighting to a standstill at which point they then decide to stop fighting and let Natasha decide who she wants to be with.

Returning to Black Widow's home, they soon find that they're going to have to wait for Natasha's answer as the Avengers, Thor, Vision and Black Panther have arrived to recruit Daredevil to help them save members of the Avengers and the X-Men from Magneto. Hawkeye thinking the Black Widow called them to get him to leave storms out of the house. While Daredevil listens to their proposal. He initially declines but the Black Panther informs Daredevil that he owes him one due to previously assisting Daredevil in his time of need.[3] Daredevil accepts and so he, the Avengers, and the Black Widow depart in a Quinjet back to New York.

This story continues in Avengers #111.

Appearing in "The Lion God Lives!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #112

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Synopsis for "The Lion God Lives!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #112

Somewhere in Africa, a newspaper reporter has come to see a tribe that worships a real African god of myth, the lion god, however, his big scoop turns out to be more than he bargained for when his own soul is offered up as a sacrifice to the Lion God.

Later in New York, the Scarlet Witch is helping Black Widow settle in Avengers Mansion when suddenly they're alerted of a disturbance outside. A number of African American protesters have shown up protesting that the Black Panther has "sold out" to the "white establishment" of the United States and demand that he return to Africa. These protesters manage to crash the doors and get into Avengers Mansion where they try to attack the Panther, and a battle ensues. In the confrontation, Black Panther demands answers when he's told they were organized by the news reporter who demands that the Black Panther come with him. Suddenly the Black Panther bows in subservience, and it's revealed that the reporter is really the Lion God in disguise. The Lion God explains that he has come to take the Black Panther back to Africa and succeeds in doing so before the Avengers have a chance to stop him.

Elsewhere the being is known as Mantis and her mysterious partner decides that the time is right to join the ranks of the Avengers. In Africa, the Lion God has Black Panther shackled as his prisoner. The Lion God explains that he seeks to crush the Panther God and all who worship him. Back in New York as the Avengers contemplate how to rescue their friend, the Lion God returns with Black Panther. There the Lion God to destroy the Avengers.

The Avengers battle the Lion God and the lions which he summoned, at first the Lion God has the upper hand, however, the Black Panther manages to get free and turn the tide. Thor summons lightning and commands it to strike the Lion God's staff, causing the being to disappear. After the battle, the Black Widow decides that being in the Avengers is not for her and quits the group to return to Daredevil. Elsewhere, the Lion God has survived and is already plotting his revenge against the Black Panther.

Appearing in "Your Young Men Shall Slay Visions!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #113

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Synopsis for "Your Young Men Shall Slay Visions!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #113

After making repairs to the Statue of Liberty, a spectator is upset by the image of the Scarlet Witch (a "mutant") and the Vision (an android) sharing a loving embrace. As this development gets media coverage, the Avengers begin getting hate mail as well. Meanwhile, the man who watched the spectacle has organized a group of like-minded people who think that romance between a mutant and an android is an insult to god, band together and become The Living Bombs, a group of extremists strapped with bombs that are set off by detonators on the top of their helmets.

Later, the Avengers make short work of a bunch of thugs terrorizing a neighborhood. After the battle, one of the members of the Living Bombs manages to get close to the Vision and detonate her bomb, seriously injuring the android. The Avengers take him to Stark Industries, where Tony Stark attempts to heal him. The Living Bombs learn of this and attack the Stark Industries building in hopes of destroying the Vision, however, they are opposed by the Avengers. The Avengers manage to stop the Living Bombs from destroying the Vision, however, all the members end up blowing themselves up when caught in a tornado created by Thor.

After the battle's climax, Tony Stark informs the Avengers that the Vision will pull through, much to the relief of his comrades. Wanda, however, is angry that everyone seems to be against her romance with the Vision and storms out.

Appearing in "Night of the Swordsman"

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Synopsis for "Night of the Swordsman"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #114

As the Scarlet Witch mulls over the fact that her own brother is against her romance with the Vision, she storms out of Avengers Mansion after watching a training session between Vision, Captain America and Iron Man when they refer to Vision as an android. In public, Wanda is gawked at by construction workers and she attacks them in a fury. When they retaliate they are stopped by Mantis who fights them off and brings Wanda back to Avengers Mansion.

There, she is joined by her partner, the Swordsman and both ask for membership in the Avengers. The idea is opposed at first, especially by Captain America given their past clashes with the Swordsman, but the other Avengers vote to give him and Mantis a chance as their ranks are depleted with the departure of Hawkeye and Quicksilver.

After training with the Avengers, Swordsman joins Mantis on the roof of the mansion where she uses her powers to summon the Lion God back to the Mansion, who immediately seeks to destroy the Black Panther once again. Mantis and Swordsman pretend to join forces with the Lion God until the Avengers are defeated, however, Mantis manages to hypnotize the Lion God and command him to walk into a device created by Tony Stark that would shunt him to another dimension.

The Swordsman and Mantis explain that they were aware of Lion God's presence due to the power of empathy that Mantis possesses and tricked the god into believing that they were against the Avengers. The Avengers thank them for their assistance, however, Captain America is not entirely sure that these two recruits don't have ulterior motives in joining the Avengers.

Appearing in "Below Us the Battle!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #115

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Synopsis for "Below Us the Battle!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #115

Travelling to England to search for their missing comrade, the Black Knight, the Avengers are stopped by the British division of S.H.I.E.L.D. because they are carrying the Swordsman and Mantis aboard their Quinjet. Explaining that the Swordsman has reformed, they decide to grant him temporary amnesty while in Britain.

Arriving at the Black Knight's castle, they find that it's protected by an invisible barrier. Their presence near the castle alerts the attention of Skol and his army of Troglodytes, a group of underground dwellers who were forced into living under the castle for centuries. They capture the Avengers and take them prisoner, where they are blamed for the barrier blocking their path as the Troglodytes used an underground entrance into the castle to steal food.

After battling a giant insect, and fighting off the attacking Troglodytes, Skol surrenders to the Avengers. The Avengers, however, decide to help the Troglodytes out by making arrangements with the British government to aid these underground dwellers. With Skol's problems dealt with, and the knowledge that the Black Knight was taken from his castle by costumed beings, the Avengers leave England to continue their search for the Black Knight.

Appearing in "...If Atlantis Should Fall!"

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Defenders #8

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Synopsis for "...If Atlantis Should Fall!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Defenders #8

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A mind-controlled Namor easily defeats Hawkeye and Valkyrie for the Red Ghost. Dr. Strange tries to locate the Defenders to update them on his search for a cure for the Black Knight, but he is only able to find the Silver Surfer and the Hulk. The Hulk tells them that the others were captured by Attuma. Strange and Surfer locate their comrades and free them from their mind-controlled state. Later, Dr. Strange uses his powers to contact the astral form of the Black Knight, asking him how he can be saved. His return message is altered by Loki and Dormammu to trick the Defenders into recovering the Evil Eye for them.

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Red Ghost and Attuma have captured the Sub-Mariner, Valkyrie, Hawkeye and Professor Jennings in an attempt to capture Atlantis. The Red Ghost turns Namor into his mindless slave and sets him against his two comrades, who are easily defeated and prepared to be subjected to the same treatment.

Two weeks later, Dr. Strange has returned to his Sanctum Sanctorum to inform Clea and Wong that he has found a method that may free the Black Knight from his stone prison. He begins summoning the Defenders to share with them the good news, however the only heroes he is able to locate are the Silver Surfer and the Hulk.

Meanwhile back under the sea, Red Ghost and Attuma have finished their mind control over Namor, Hawkeye, and Valkyrie and are plotting to use them in their attack against Atlantis.

On the surface, as the other Defenders mull over what to do about their missing comrades, the Hulk mentions he might know where they went. Instead of telling them what he knows, the Hulk decides to leave. The Surfer tries to keep him from leaving and Dr. Strange casts a spell to put the Hulk in a trance. He commands the Hulk to remember and they learn that the missing heroes were captured by Attuma and taken under the sea, but the Hulk didn't want to go with them. Putting the Hulk to sleep, the Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange fly off to rescue their captured comrades.

Strange and the Surfer arrive just in time to see that their friends are being used as pawns in Attuma's attack on Atlantis. Combining their powers, they block the flow of cosmic rays from entering Earth's atmosphere which causes the Red Ghost's powers to fade. Thus, they are able to free their friends from the Red Ghost's mind control. The Defenders make quick work of Attuma and the Red Ghost, which turns back the invasion against Atlantis. With their foes defeated, the Defenders return Professor Jennings and head to Dr. Strange's home.

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Chapter 1: Deception!!
After their battle against Attuma and the Red Ghost, the Defenders and Hawkeye have all gathered in Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. There, gathered around the statue of the Black Knight, Dr. Strange informs them that he has found the means to contact their imprisoned friend.

Using his mystic powers, he sends a message out to the astral form of the Black Knight asking him if he is aware of anything that may set him free from his vantage point. The message goes to the Knight in an otherworldly plane of existence. The knight responds by sending a message back that he has no knowledge on how to get home, but that he is trapped in a timeless realm and is not suffering. This message is intercepted by Loki and Dormammu (who recently teamed up [4]) and use their combined magic abilities to change the message.

When the Defenders actually receive it, it tells them that the only way to free the Black Knight from the realm he is trapped in is to recover the Evil Eye. Although the Defenders believe that it was destroyed, they decide to seek it out in the hopes that it may still exist.

Appearing in "Betrayal!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #116

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Synopsis for "Betrayal!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #116

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The Avengers attempt to enter Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum in hopes of learning the fate of the Black Knight. Instead, mystical protections cast them out. Inside, the Defenders are busy earning about the locations of the Evil Eye fragments, which they have been tricked by Dormammu into gathering for him. Loki starts to wonder if he is Dormammu's pawn as well. As a result, he seeks the help of the Avengers, convincing them that the Defenders are trying to gain unlimited power for a nefarious plan. Despite Loki's past treachery, the Avengers are convinced and set out to stop the Defenders. Meanwhile, the Silver Surfer searches French Polynesia for a piece of the Evil Eye in an active volcano. While searching for it, his powers suddenly activate the volcano and cause an explosion that destroys the Scarlet Witch's airplane and renders her unconscious. The Vision attacks the Surfer for the perceived assault and their battle reveals the location of the Evil Eye. Vision is forced to abandon the struggle for the piece in order to save the Scarlet Witch, and the Silver Surfer takes off with his prize.

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Chapter 2: Betrayal!
The Avengers have traveled to Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum seeking word with him regarding the Black Knight, however all attempts to get inside have been met with resistance, both from Dr. Strange's manservant Wong and the mystical protections cast upon the house.

In the Dark Dimension, Dormammu savors the fact that he has tricked his mortal foe, Dr. Strange, into collecting the fragments of the Evil Eye for him. Loki, being denied the restoration of his eyesight by Dormammu, begins to wondered if he has also been fooled.

Meanwhile using the Orb of Agamotto, the Defenders learn the history of the Evil Eye and how it was destroyed by Wyatt Wingfoot. The device exploded into fragments, which where scattered across the planet. They decide to split up and each retrieve a piece of the Evil Eye, all the while being mystically guided by Dr. Strange.

Fearing that he is being double crossed and afraid for the fate of Asgard under an all-powerful Dormammu, Loki decides to seek the aid of the Avengers. Appearing before them at Avengers Mansion, Loki explains to the Avengers that the Defenders are seeking out the fragments of the Evil Eye for sinister ends. He convinces them that every member of the Defenders with unlimited power has a reason to want to harm the Earth and so the Avengers split up into groups to intercept them in their search for the Evil Eye.

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Chapter 3: The Silver Surfer vs. The Vision and the Scarlet Witch
Seeking a fragment of the Evil Eye, the Silver Surfer arrives on the island of Rurutu in French Polynesia. There he is worshiped by its people as if he were a god. He learns from the inhabitants that they offer sacrifice to a volcano god and deduces that that is where the fragment of the Evil Eye must be located.

As the Surfer enters the volcano, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch also arrive on the island. The Silver Surfer's powers unintentionally activate the volcano and cause an explosion. The explosion causes the Scarlet Witch's Quinjet to be blown out of the sky, knocking her unconscious. Thinking the Silver Surfer purposely attacked the Scarlet Witch, the Vision launches a counter-assault.

The two battle within the volcano and cause the fragment to become exposed. They both lunge for the object and grab it at the same time. However, the Vision is forced to abandon fighting over the fragment in order to save the Scarlet Witch's life from the volcano's oncoming lava flow. The Silver Surfer collects the Evil Eye piece and escapes.

Appearing in "Divide... and Conquer"

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Defenders #9

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Synopsis for "Divide... and Conquer"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Defenders #9

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The Silver Surfer brings Dr. Strange the first piece of the Evil Eye and confirms to him that the Avengers are trying to stop the Defender's mission. Dr. Strange leaves to search for another piece and warn the others. Valkyrie drops off Hawkeye in Mexico where he battles Iron Man for another fragment. Hawkeye escapes with the piece when Iron Man becomes distracted saving people from a building that was damaged during their fight. Meanwhile, Dr. Strange finds another piece in Indiana, but has to fight Mantis and Black Panther before he can leave with the fragment.

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Chapter 4: Divide... and Conquer
The Silver Surfer has returned to Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum with the first fragment of the Evil Eye. He informs Dr. Strange that he met opposition from the Avengers. Using the Orb of Agamotto to check out what is going on over at Avenger's Mansion, Dr. Strange gets an image that Loki dwelling within and holding sway over the heroes. He then sees an image of the Swordsman, unaware that he has reformed and joined the Avengers ranks. Thus, Dr. Strange starts to believe that the Avengers may be under some evil influence. Dr. Strange orders the Surfer to stay behind to protect the Black Knight as he leaves to warn the other Defenders and heads to Indiana.

Meanwhile, back on the island of Rurutu, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch report in with the other Avengers that they were attacked by the Silver Surfer. They inform them that what Loki had told them was "true" and warn them to be on the alert for other Defenders that may stop them from collecting the remaining parts of the Evil Eye.

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Chapter 5: The Invincible Iron Man vs. Hawkeye the Archer
In Monterrey, Mexico, Valkyrie drops Hawkeye off to search for the fragment of the Evil Eye that is hidden there. Before Val can leave they are contacted by Dr. Strange who informs them that they may find opposition from members of the Avengers. As Val leaves for Bolivia, Hawkeye notices the arrival of Iron Man.

Iron Man checks in with the local university where to see if the fragment of the Evil Eye was taken there after it was discovered. There he meets with Professor Martin Figueras who shows him a fragment of the Evil Eye. Just as Figueras is about to hand over the fragment, it's snatched out of his hand by one of Hawkeye's arrows. Iron Man and his former ally end up battling it out for possession of the fragment. However, Iron Man is forced to stop fighting when one his repulsor ray blasts accidentally hits a nearby building and he has to save a civilian from the toppling debris. This distraction gives Hawkeye the time to snatch the fragment and make his escape.

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Chapter 6: Dr. Strange Master of the Mystic Arts vs. The Black Panther and Mantis!
Arriving in Indiana, Dr. Strange begins looking for the next fragment of the Evil Eye and quickly locates it with his magic. Elsewhere, Black Panther and Mantis are combing the area looking for it as well. During their search, the two Avengers end up at a bus station where the enhanced senses of Mantis detect that Dr. Strange's magic is nearby. She attacks an older woman to reveal that it was actually Dr. Strange in disguise.

The two Avengers pursue the mystical hero and end up battling Dr. Strange for the fragment. The fight lands them on the property of a farmer who bursts out of his home with his shotgun blazing. However, through the fast reflexes of Mantis, Dr. Strange and Black Panther are saved from being hit by the farmers shotgun burst. Mantis pushes them out of the way and disarms the farmer. This gives Dr. Strange enough time to summon a spell that stuns both Avengers long enough for him to escape with his part of the Evil Eye.

Appearing in "Holocaust"

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Synopsis for "Holocaust"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #117

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Dormammu discovers that the Avengers are trying to stop the Defenders from getting all the pieces of the Evil Eye. Loki convinces him that he has no idea why they are doing this. The Swordsman and Valkyrie end up in a castle in the jungles of Bolivia, battling over their piece of the Evil Eye. The castle's owner attacks the Swordsman, which allows Valkyrie to escape with the item. Captain America and Namor fight over their piece of the Evil Eye in Japan, however, they are interrupted by Sunfire, who takes the fragment for himself. Cap and Namor team up to retrieve it, and Cap realizes that Loki may have been tricking the Avengers all along.

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Full Synopsis:
Holocaust
Viewing from the Dark Dimension, Loki and Dormammu watch the battle raging between the Avengers and the Defenders over the fragments of the Evil Eye. Dormammu is furious over the Avengers' interference and Loki plays dumb, not wanting Dormammu to learn that it was he who tipped the Avengers off to a version of Dormammu's plot.

The blind Loki once again asks Dormammu to help him regain his sight, but the current skirmishes between the two groups of heroes prove too much of a distraction.

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Chapter 7: Swordsman vs the Valkyrie
Arriving in Bolivia to seek out the next fragment of the Evil Eye, the Swordsman spots a castle that has been built in the middle of the jungle. Before he can investigate further, he is attacked by Valkyrie and is forced to make an emergency landing of his Quinjet. She disappears as quickly as she came, and Swordsman continues to the castle where he believes she is hiding.

Upon arriving, he meets the castle's owner, and warns him that his abode might have an unwelcome visitor within its walls. The owner doubts that this is true, however, as they walk through the castle they hear strange noises. Rushing to the treasure room, Swordsman finds Valkyrie and the two end up battling. During the scuffle, they find the piece of the Evil Eye which the Swordsman is able to secure.

The castle's owner, however, shoots him from behind before he can leave with the item. He doesn't want anyone to know about the vast Nazi treasures that are kept inside these walls. As the Swordsman passes out, he stabs his assailant with his sword in revenge.

Valkyrie makes sure the Swordsman's wounds are not life-threatening and then takes the Evil Eye fragment. She leaves just as the local authorities arrive on the scene.

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Chapter 8: Captain America vs. Sub-Mariner
Arriving in Japan to collect his fragment of the Evil Eye, Captain America finds that his presence is unwelcome by the locals who harbor anti-American sentiment. He also quickly finds that the Sub-Mariner has already beaten him to finding the fragment. The two end up fighting over who is more worthy to possess it.

During the battle, they attract the attention of the Japanese mutant super-hero known as Sunfire who takes the fragment from them. Namor attempts to follow him, but is stopped by Captain America. Cap swears that he'll never let the Defenders succeed in taking over the universe. Namor corrects Cap, by revealing to him that they need the Evil Eye to save the Black Knight's life. Confused by this revelation, Namor is able to free himself from Cap and pursue Sunfire.

The Sub-Mariner catches up with Sunfire and knocks the Evil Eye fragment out of his hands. It is caught by Captain America who makes a truce with Namor and the two leave together with their fragment of the Evil Eye.

Appearing in "Breakthrough!"

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Synopsis for "Breakthrough!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Defenders #10

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The Hulk and Thor both arrive in Los Angeles looking for the final piece of the Evil Eye. They engage in battle and appear to fight to a standstill until the Avengers and Defenders stop the fight. Earlier in the day, Namor had brought the Avengers and Defenders together to sort out their recent misunderstandings. It was discovered that Loki had been deceiving the Avengers and tricking them into fighting the Defenders. They all rush to Los Angeles with the fragments of the Evil Eye. Once all the pieces are collected, Dormammu swoops in and takes the weapon from the heroes.

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Chapter 9: Breakthrough!
The Hulk arrives in Los Angeles and is lead by Doctor Strange to city fountain. There he starts to break into sidewalk to reveal the last missing fragment of the Evil Eye. As he is about to pick up the item, Thor arrives and demands to talk with him. The Hulk has no patience for Thor and quickly lashes out at him.

The two titans exchange blows, rocking the city and people that surround them. Evenly matched, their clash appears to be fought to a standstill. Suddenly, the struggle is stopped by Doctor Strange, the Defenders, and the Avengers.

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Chapter 10: United We Stand!
Earlier that day, Doctor Strange and the Defenders gather at the Sanctum Sanctorum with the collected pieces of the Evil Eye. Namor arrives and surprises the Defenders by bringing the Avengers with him. Before a fight can break out, Namor explains how a truce was made when he battled Captain America in Japan. They talked and realized that Loki had tricked the Avengers into fighting the Defenders.

As the two groups of heroes discuss how the recent events had transpired, they realize that the only two unaccounted for were Hulk and Thor. The combined hero groups head off to Los Angeles to stop the two powerhouses before they cause too much damage.

With the battle between Thor and Hulk stopped, Thor mentions that he last battled the god of mischief in Rutland, Vermont. This causes the Defenders to wonder if Dormammu is involved considering they fought him recently in Rutland as well.

They collect all the pieces of the Evil Eye and wonder if they dare put it together. Before they can decide, Asti, one of Dormammu's minions, swoops down and scoops up all the fragments of the Evil Eye and brings them to the Dark Dimension. At that moment, Dormammu instantly begins merging the Dark Dimension with Earth. The landscape and humans begin to warp in front of their eyes. The heroes vow to fight back.

Appearing in "To the Death!"

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Synopsis for "To the Death!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #118

Overview
With the Evil Eye in his possession, Dormammu begins to merge his Dark Dimension with the Earth-616 universe. The Avengers and Defenders enter the Dark Dimension to find and stop Dormammu, while Earth's other heroes stay to fight off the demons that are starting to overcome the world. They attack Dormammu, but the Defenders are quickly knocked unconscious by his power. He traps the Avengers, but is ambushed by Loki. While distracted, the Scarlet Witch blasts the two with her hex powers. This causes the Evil Eye to suck Dormammu into it and to drive Loki insane. With the villains defeated, the demons leave the Earth and the universe is saved.

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Full Synopsis:
With the Evil Eye in Dormammu's possession, the Dark Dimension begins to merge with the Earth-616 universe. This causes the landscape and buildings to deform and people to turn into demons. The Avengers and Defenders quickly jump into action, fighting off the attacking demons. Doctor Strange realizes that they need to enter the Dark Dimension and take the fight to Dormammu himself. However, Captain America cautions that if they all leave, then many people on Earth would perish.

Before a decision can be made, they are joined by Nick Fury and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury's team agrees to stay on Earth to fight the demons, while the others continue into the Dark Dimension. As soon as they leave, agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. start to turn into demons and Fury realizes that the only path to victory is through the two superhero teams stopping Dormammu.

Deep in the Dark Dimension, Dormammu unleashed the full fury of the reassembled Evil Eye. He watches the heroes enter his dominion and once again Loki demands that he restores his sight. Instead he imprisons Loki, accusing him of plotting against him, and is subsequently surprised by the appearance of the Watcher. Uatu assures him that he poses no threat and is only there to observe the merging of the two dimensions.

Meanwhile, the Avenges and Defenders fight through an army of Mindless Ones as they progress deeper into the Dark Dimension. While in Earth-616, superpowered individuals throughout the world fend off the continuing invasion from the Dark Dimension.

The Avengers and Defenders manage to finally reach Dormammu, but the Defenders are quickly rendered unconscious by his power. The Avengers charge at him, but are easily entrapped. While Dormammu is distracted by the heroes, Loki uses it as an opportunity to strike at Dormammu from behind. The two struggle and the Scarlet Witch is able to strike Dormammu with a hex bolt, which causes his essence to be sucked into the Evil Eye. The beam from the Evil Eye then rains on Loki restoring his vision, however, it also drives him mad. Uatu explains that this latter effect is the result of Loki's mind absorbing the full force of Dormammu's mystic energy, which no mind from their dimension, not even that of an immortal Asgardian, can properly process.

With the villains defeated, the merging of Earth-616 and the Dark Dimension ceases and earth's inhabitants are restored to normal. The Defenders leave with the Evil Eye in hopes that it may hold the key to freeing the Black Knight, while the Avengers depart with the mind-ravaged Loki left in their care.

Appearing in "A Dark and Stormy Knight"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Defenders #11

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Synopsis for "A Dark and Stormy Knight"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Defenders #11

Brief Summary:
With Dormammu and Loki defeated, the Defenders leave the Avengers and head back to Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. Strange attempts to once again contact the Black Knight in limbo, but is unable to find him. Instead, the Defenders are suddenly transported back in time to the Crusades. There they find the Black Knight. They help him rescue the captured King Richard and fight his evil brother, Prince John, and Mordred. They stop the army of giant gnomes, but Prince John is able to get the Evil Eye during the battle. Before he can use it, Prester John appears and seizes it from him. He defeats the villains and sends the Defenders back to their own time. The Black Knight decides to stay in the past and Hawkeye, Namor, the Hulk, and the Silver Surfer all decide to leave the Defenders for their own adventures.

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Detailed Summary:
The Defenders and the Avengers have defeated Dormammu and Loki and have reclaimed the Evil Eye. Dr. Strange, not wanting the world at large to know of the existence of a new super hero team, erases Nick Fury's mind (as well as the entire world's) of any knowledge of the Defenders. Only the Avengers are spared this memory wipe. Using the Evil Eye, Strange also repairs all the damage that Dormammu had done to Earth. With this work completed, he and his fellow Defenders leave the Avengers and head back to New York City.

Returning to his Sanctum Sanctorum, Dr. Strange attempts once again to free the Black Knight from his stone prison. Using the Evil Eye, Strange sends his physical body to the limbo realm where he initially contacted the Black Knight's astral form. To his surprise, he is not able to find the Black Knight there.

Dr. Strange returns to tell the Defenders, but they all find themselves suddenly transported to the 12th Century and right in the middle of the Crusades. They are met by the Black Knight, who is fleeing a large Arab army. The Defenders come to his aid, but are then attacked by a giant gnome named Temax. This earth spirit proves to be too powerful, so Strange makes the heroes vanish from the battle site.

Once they are safe, the Black Knight explains that he is living through the body of one of his ancestors. King Richard has been captured by the Arabs and now Prince John plans to desert the king and take over his army. He was sent here by Merlin's spell to fight Mordred, who has allied himself with Prince John. The Defenders agree to help the Black Knight rescue King Richard and stop Mordred's evil plans.

Disguising themselves, the Defenders sneak into the Arab's castle. The Defenders split up, half going to save King Richard while the others attempt to destroy the evil sorcery that is being used against them. They free the king, but are then attacked by more giant gnomes. Their elemental powers once again over power the heroes and they are defeated. Meanwhile, Dr. Strange, Hulk, and Namor find Prince John, Mordred, and an Arabian wizard named Chandu. They attack the villains, but are repelled by Chandu and other gnomes. During the battle, Namor manages to defeat the gnomes after discovering their weakness to water. Water is used to destroy the entire army of giant gnomes.

During the battle, the Evil Eye is taken from Dr. Strange by Prince John who is eager to use the device to destroy his enemies. Suddenly, Prester John appears (having traveled through time in search of the Evil Eye), seizes the device, and uses it against the prince and Mordred. With Mordred defeated, the Black Knight decides to stay behind and continue to fight in the Crusades under King Richard. Prester John returns the Defenders to their own time. Once back, Hawkeye, Hulk, Sub-Mariner and the Silver Surfer all decide to leave the Defenders and go out on their own. Dr. Strange and Valkyrie bid them farewell.

Appearing in "Night of the Collector"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #119

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Synopsis for "Night of the Collector"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Avengers #119

Returning home with an enfeebled Loki as their prisoner following their adventure with the Defenders, the Avengers are suddenly attacked by the mansion's defense systems. After they are shut down the Avengers begin trying to figure out what to do with Loki. During the downtime, Black Panther and Mantis have time to bond, when suddenly Mantis goes into a trance warning the Avengers of trouble in Rutland, Vermont.

Traveling to Rutland, they find that it's Halloween and their annual All Hallows Eve party is occurring. Upon arriving on the scene they are met by Tom Fagan, the party organizer who thinks the Avengers are part of a parade, the Avengers warn him of danger and agree to be in the parade to stake out the area. However, it turns out that Fagan is really the Collector in disguise who captures Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and the Black Panther for his collection.

Mantis and the Swordsman find the real Tom Fagan who is tied up, freeing him and learning about the Collectors' presence, they (along with Scarlet Witch and Vision) form a plan to rescue their friends. While Tom distracts the Collector with an army of party-goers, the Avengers manage to free their comrades in the confusion. After a battle against the Collector which the Avengers win, they decide to leave Loki under the care of Tom and the people of Rutland.

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  1. following the events in (Uncanny) X-Men #57-59
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  3. Dardevil #92
  4. The time allocated for running scripts has expired.
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