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Essential Series Vol 1 Avengers 7


Appearing in "The Phantom Empire!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #141.

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Synopsis for "The Phantom Empire!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #141.

On his way to the hospital to see how Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne are recouping following their last battle, the Beast is attacked by a group of costumed criminals armed with high-tech weapons. However, their attempt to attack the Beast is foiled due to the timely arrival of Captain America, who lends the Beast a hand in the fight. As the crooks flee, Captain America tells the Beast that following his clash against a Serpent Crown controlled Hugh Jones and the Red Skull he's been trailing this group until they attacked the Beast. He then realizes that they were hired out to attack the Avengers. Meanwhile, at Avengers Mansion, the mysterious woman who has come looking for the Beast comes knocking at the door one more time and is told once again by Jarvis that he is not in, after he tells her that the Beast is at the hospital she leaves.

There Captain America and the Beast have arrived to point Thor, Scarlet Witch, and the Vision in their visit with the Pym's who are expected to make a full recovery in days. There Captain America asks the active Avengers there to join him to discuss the most recent attack against the group. After they leave the woman looking for the Beast arrives and is upset when she learns that she just missed meeting him. Although Hank and Janet can't remember the woman's name they recall seeing her at the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm.

After discussing with the group about the tie in between Roxxon Oil and the Brant Corporation, they all agree that the situation bares investigating. Shortly thereafter, Iron Man and Moondragon return to base from their mission to search for Hawkeye. They tell the group that they Hawkeye has been lost in time due to the manipulations of Kang the Conqueror. As the group considers their options on how to deal with both crisis, the woman bursts into the mansion and turns out to be none other than Patsy Walker, come to call the Beast on the promise that he made her. When she blurts out his secret identity, the Avengers tell her that they already know it, but Patsy insists that Hank make good on his promise to make her a super-heroine. Beast instead allows her to accompany the Avengers on their investigation of the Brant Corporation. Although Captain America has issues with this, he allows Hank to continue with the ordeal in the hopes it will dissuade Patsy from any interest in heroics.

Thor and Moondragon decide to go searching for Hawkeye and the goddess uses her vast mental powers to summon Immortus. Immortus agrees to help the two Avengers through the time stream to find Hawkeye, however along the way they are attacked by Kang. When Thor redirects Kang's attack on him, it sends Kang hurtling through time to points unknown leaving the two Avengers and Immortus to travel onward in their search for Hawkeye.

Meanwhile, Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Beast and Patsy Walker infiltrate the Brand Corporation building. They are soon picked up by the security systems and Buzz Baxter (Patsy's ex-husband) alert Hugh Jones and he tells Baxter to initiate their new security measures that have been in place since the Beast last visited the Brand Corporation.

The Avengers are caught in a surprise attack by their one-time allies from an alternate dimension: Lady Lark, Whizzer, Dr. Spectrum, Golden Archer and Hyperion of the Squadron Supreme. The Golden Archer battles Cap, Whizzer matches wits with Iron Man, Hyperion goes toe-to-toe against Hyperion, the Vision tackles Dr. Spectrum, and Scarlet Witch takes on Lady Lark. The Avengers seem to have the upper hand at first until the Scarlet Witch is downed by Lady Lark, which distracts the Vision long enough for Dr. Spectrum to handle him. The Whizzer then easily defeats Iron Man, and the Beast fares no better against Hyperion. When Captain America proves to be an even match against the Golden Archer, Lady Lark takes him down with her sonic scream. With the Avengers defeated the Squadron picks up their unconscious bodies as Hugh Jones plots what to do with them next.

While in the year 1873, Thor, Moondragon and Immortus materialize in the American West to find that there is a welcoming party that thinks that they are demons.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Go West, Young Gods!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #142.

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Synopsis for "Go West, Young Gods!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #142.

Thor, Moondragon, and Immortus have arrived in the year 1873 searching for their missing comrade, Hawkeye, however what they find are a group of that era's most well-known crime fighters: Night-Rider, Two-Gun Kid, Kid Colt, and the Ringo Kid. Thinking that the time travelers are enemies, the cowboys are about to attack when they are forced to pull back when Thor calls down a thunderstorm on them. Overhearing that they know Hawkeye, Thor stops the deluge and demands that the group of western heroes answer their questions.

Told that there is something wrong in the town of Tombstone, the cowpokes secretly smuggle the two Avengers and Immortus into the law office of Matthew J. Hawk, where they find Hawkeye alive and well. Hawkeye explains that when he left the Avengers, he decided to check out Dr. Doom's castle and use its Time Machine to travel back to the 12th Century. While traveling through time though, he was attacked by Kang the Conqueror and ended up trapped in the 1800's. There he found that the town of Tombstone had been invaded by Kang who has setup his own citadel in the middle of the city. Realizing the trouble, Hawkeye then assumed a less conspicuous outfit and russelled up all the wild west heroes he remembered reading about in history class. With the explanation completed, Immortus deduces what Kang is intending to do in this time period: To further his goals of conquering the 20th Century, he intends on conquering the 19th first.

While in the present, Captain America, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, Beast and Patsy Walker are prisoners of the Brant Corporation after being defeated by their new super-agents from another dimension: The Squadron Supreme. Hugh Jones the owner of Roxxon Oil, and Buzz Baxter, the former husband of Patty Walker, gloat over their victory over the Avengers. Although the group is trapped in a cage that is specially made to contain them all, including the Vision, the Avengers and Patsy vow to break free and stop them.

Back in the past, the three Avengers and the wild west heroes realizes that Kang will likely be looking at collecting a Uranium shipment aboard the Pecos Train and decide to foil this plot. Sending Thor and Moondragon incognito aboard the trail, Hawkeye, and the others prepare to prevent the robbery of the train. When a team of train robbers attempt to attack the locomotive, Hawkeye and the others rush to stop them.

The would-be train robbers fall right into the Avengers and cowboys trap, and each of them is captured by Hawkeye, Night Rider, Kid Colt, Two-Gun Kid, Rawhide Kid and the Ringo Kid. With the uranium theft foiled, Hawkeye and the others prepare for their final assault on Kang.

Appearing in "Right Between the Eons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #143.

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Synopsis for "Right Between the Eons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #143.

Continued from last issue...

1873: After busting up a group of train robbers hired by Kang the Conqueror, the three time-displaced Avengers and the heroes of the old west learn how to break into Kang's citadel. Hawkeye, Two-Gun Kid, Moondragon, and Thor (in his mortal guise of Donald Blake) disguise themselves and attempt to enter Kang's base.

However, Kang is waiting for them and when they enter the citadel he appears before them on a giant screen and explains that he had lured them there hoping to get revenge on the entire group of Avengers for foiling his attempt to win the Celestial Madonna. Willing to settle for the few Avengers that have shown up, he attacks them with his high-tech machinery.

While back in the present, Captain America, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Beast, Iron Man, and Patsy Walker are still trapped in the cage that they have been imprisoned in by Roxxon Oil owner Hugh Jone's super agents the Squadron Supreme. Realizing that the Vision cannot phase through, let alone stick his hand through the cage, the Avengers try having the synthazoid phase his head through Captain America's shield while it's pressed up against the cage. This work's and allows the Vision to use his solar energy beams to destroy the cages controls and free the Avengers.

While back in the 19th Century, Kang unleashed a genetically mutated coyote (which has been changed into a gigantic creature thanks to Kang's 41st Century technology) he sicks it against Hawkeye, Two-Gun Kid, and Moondragon. While the heroes are occupied, Donald Blake manages to sneak into Kang's control room. When Kang realizes that the "bearded stranger" that was with the others is missing, Blake reveals himself and transforms into Thor. As the God of Thunder battles Kang, the other heroes continue to struggle against the monster the time master has unleashed upon them. It's ultimately downed by Moondragon's superior mental powers. However to be rescued at the hands of a weird woman is a major blow to Two-Gun Kid's ego.

Thor meanwhile continues to battle Kang until Kang unleashes a dissolution beam. However, as Thor continues to resist it Kang continues to increase the power and seemingly overloads the weapon and is apparently obliterated. With Kang's supposed death, the citadel suddenly vanishes. Suddenly Immortus appears before them and explains that he, Kang and Rama-Tut are all the same being, and with the destruction of Kang, the future Rama-Tut and Immortus no longer exist, with the cycle of between Kang and Immortus seemingly broken, Immortus fades from existence, much to the sadness of Moondragon.

Appearing in "Claws!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #144.

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Synopsis for "Claws!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #144.

At the Brand Corporation complex, the five Avengers, accompanied by Patsy Walker, who had been captured by the Squadron Supreme, have broken free, but their movements are monitored by Hugh Jones, head of Brand's parent conglomerate, Roxxon Oil, and his security chief. Patsy's ex-husband, Colonel Buzz Baxter. Attacked by guided missiles. Iron Man, Captain America, and Patsy take refuge in a storage area, where they find the costume once worn by the masked heroine called the Cat Inspired, Patsy dons the outfit and takes on the identity of the Hellcat. The trio is rejoined by the Vision, the Scarlet Witch, and the Beast, but then the Squadron Supreme attacks once more. When the police arrive to investigate the disturbance, Hugh Jones presses a button, and Avengers and Squadron alike are transported to the Squadron's alternate Earth.

Appearing in "The Taking of the Avengers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #145.

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  • Assassin (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "The Taking of the Avengers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #145.

The mysterious masked Assassin has been hired by a man who is a representative for many of the Avengers former foes. After showing the Assassin a series of recordings of various Avengers in action as a team, or in their solo careers he asks the Assassin if the masked killer will take the job. After some consideration, the Assassin takes the job and vows that the Avengers will all be dead in a year.

A year later, Captain America happens upon a group of thieves robbing a store, all wearing Captain America masks. The Star Spangled Avenger battles these common thugs completely unaware that they are in the employ of the Assassin, and this is all part of the killer's plan. Captain America makes short work of most of the crooks, but one flees down the street, luring Captain America into firing range of the Assassin's special weapon. The blast seemingly kills Captain America, and the Assassin then calls one of the local residents who's window overlooks where Captain America has fallen and ask her to call the police.

As planned, Captain America is taken to the hospital which brings in the rest of the Avengers. Thor and Iron Man arrive at the hospital first to learn that Captain America's life is slowly dwindling away, when the two contemplate if Thor should try to aid the doctors as Donald Blake, Iron Man decides it's better for them to go to his Long Island research lab. Hawkeye, having heard the news as well rushes into the hospital and toward Captain America's room. There he finds two strange creatures about to enter the Captain's room. Hawkeye fights them off however they manage to escape when they fill the hallway with gas. When he arrives outside Cap's room he finds Beast, Scarlet Witch and Vision all waiting for him. Hawkeye relieves them from watch duty, however, the Vision stays behind with Hawkeye to continue to watch forward. As the night carries on both Hawkeye and Vision reflect on their relationships with Captain America.

The Avengers are completely unaware that even now the Assassin is watching their every move and is going to strike again very soon. This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Assassin Never Fails!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #146.

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Synopsis for "The Assassin Never Fails!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #146.

Continued from last issue...

Captain America, having been bombarded by the Assassin with lethal radiation, hangs between life and death. As the Avengers and Falcon await news of his condition, Donald Blake works tirelessly to heal his comrade. To cover Thor's absence while Blake works, Iron Man creates a Thor LMD to assume his place. Meanwhile, the Assassin sends hired minions in to kill the Avengers on behalf of their many enemies.

Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision, watching over Captain America, are given tea, though the Vision doesn't take any. Hobbled by the drugs hidden within, the Avengers struggle to hold off the Assassin's minions but are gassed into submission; the minions then shoot the LMD, rendering it lifeless and convincing them they have killed the real Thor. The Vision tries to hold his own, but the Assassin, attaching a device to his back, deactivates him, then laughs, for the drugs that the Avengers drank will kill them.

Upon investigating the Thor LMD, the Assassin realizes the truth and that Thor and Donald Blake are the same person. Figuring that Donald Blake would make an easier target in his mortal guise, the Assassin is about to attack when Vision, Hawkeye, and Iron Man revive. Both Hawkeye and Iron Man claim to have thrown up the drugs though Iron Man's new synthetic heart seems to have been immune to it. The three Avengers then attack.

During the battle, Iron Man's repulsor rays shred the Assassin's costume, revealing the nurse who served them the drugged drinks. Mocking them for their surprise at her gender, she distracts them long enough for her to toss a gas bomb and escape out a window, but when she tries to warn her troops, they, no longer recognizing her, gun her down, fearing their cover is blown. The remaining troops are easily defeated by the Avengers and turned over to the authorities. Donald Blake later manages to cure Captain America, who is soon released from the hospital.

The Assassin's employer is approached by Angelo, furious that his sister, Maria, was sent to take on the Avengers, a task beyond her limits. The employer shoots Angelo, then removes his mask, revealing he's their father and kills himself.

Appearing in "Crisis on Other-Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #147.

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Synopsis for "Crisis on Other-Earth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #147.

Continued from Avengers #144...

The Avengers and the Squadron Supreme have been transported to the Squadron's Earth after a battle at the Brant Corporation in their own reality attracted the attention of the police, leading Roxxon Oil owner Hugh Jones to transport the two warring super-groups there. There the battle resumes in earnest. The Squadron makes the opening salvo and easily defeat the Avengers just as the military and the President of the United States arrives.

The President, Nelson Rockefeller, appears before them wearing this reality's version of the Serpent Crown and demands their immediate surrender. Captain America recognizes the Serpent Crown from his previous encounter with the cursed item and it goes to explain why the Squadron Supreme is fighting against them as they are under the Crown's evil influences. While the other Avengers are held at gunpoint, the Vision uses his phasing powers to render himself completely invisible so that he can get close to Rockefeller and take the Serpent Crown. Tossing it to Wanda, she threatens to destroy the Crown if they are not let free. Rockefeller, not wishing the Crown to be destroyed, allows the Avengers to flee. Needing a plan, Rockefeller uses his mental link with Hugh Jones' on the Avengers' world to figure out what to do next. As the Avengers flee, the Scarlet Witch begins to succumb to the influences of the Serpent Crown, and while the other Avengers are not looking, passes out in the streets. The Vision is the first one to notice and goes to her rescue, followed by Hellcat and the others.

Meanwhile, back on the Avengers' home world, Hawkeye, Thor, Moondragon and the Two-Gun Kid return to the present following their battle against Kang in the year 1873. Sure enough Hawkeye quits the group and he and Two-Gun Kid race off to rustle up some wild horses.

While back on the Squadron's Earth, the Vision checks on the Scarlet Witch to find that the Serpent Crown's influence is starting to have an effect on her. Just then Hyperion, Lady Lark and Golden Archer round the corner and walk right into the Scarlet Witch. When Hyperion grabs the hex-powered mutant, it sends the Vision into a fury and although he has the upper hand, the Squadron's greater numbers soon outmatch him.

As Wanda battles the Serpent Crown's influences, the Squadron underestimates the Vision's density powers and he soon takes down Golden Archer, and then Hyperion. When Lady Lark attempts to use her sonic powers against the Vision, she is hit from behind by the Scarlet Witch who has managed to fight off the Serpent Crown's control and come to the rescue of her husband. With the battle over and their love reaffirmed, the Vision and Scarlet Witch travel off to reunite with their comrades.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "20,000 Leagues Under Justice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #148.

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Synopsis for "20,000 Leagues Under Justice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #148.

The remaining Squadron Supreme members set out to track down the Avengers and retrieve the Serpent Crown. The Beast and Hellcat team up to defeat the trio of Amphibion, Tom Thumb, and Cap'n Hawk, however while Iron Man and Captain America best the Whizzer and Dr. Spectrum. Then the Avengers invade the White House itself and locate the device which can return them to their own world. The Beast, disguised as the President, keeps the Squadron occupied, while forcing them to face the fact that their world has been taken over and that, by never questioning their elected officials and corporate leaders, they have been aiding the enemy. Thus, when the Avengers make their escape, the Squadron members decide not to follow them.

Appearing in "The Gods and the Gang!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #149.

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  • Nelson Rockefeller
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    • Amphibian (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Tom Thumb (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Lady Lark (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Dr. Spectrum (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Whizzer (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Golden Archer (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "The Gods and the Gang!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #149.

Continued from last issue...

As the Avengers and Hellcat return to their home reality following their clash with the Squadron Supreme, Thor and Moondragon also return to Avengers Mansion. There Moondragon continues to question why Thor spends his time living among "mere mortals" and accuses him of "slumming". Thor once more brushes off this assertion and learns from Jarvis that the other Avengers had gone to the Brant Corporation to investigate their involvement with Roxxon Oil, sending both Thor and Moondragon to see how the others are doing.

The others have rematerialized at the Brand Corporation headquarters and are facing off to an army of troops hired by Hugh Jones. As the Avengers fight through these foes, Hugh Jones makes a mental link with Nelson Rockefeller on the Squadron Supreme's Earth to find out what had happened, and learns the Squadron Supreme had turned on him and deposed him as President of the United States. With no other choice, Hughes unleashes his newest super-powered agent, Orca. He knocks out all the Avengers present and they are taken into Hughes' custody.

Thor and Moondragon arrive, and the two battle Orca. Moondragon keeps Orca at bay with her mental powers and tells Thor to rescue the others, however, the Thunder God is forced to turn back when Orca manages to shake off the mental attack and strike Moondragon. In a fury, Thor unleashes all his godly might in fighting Orca. As Thor and Orca fight on the other Avengers are hooked up to an Electro-Incinerogram device that will incinerate them into ashes. When Hughes leaves the Avengers under the supervision of Buzz Baxter, Hellcat revives and breaks free. After a brief fight with her ex-husband, she manages to have him at her mercy and she demands that he lets the Avengers free.

Just then Thor manages to defeat Orca in battle, landing a blow powerful enough to knock the mutated Atlantean out. In the climax of the battle, Thor begins to realize that there is perhaps some truth in what Moondragon has been saying all along. Watching the battle on his monitor, Hugh Jones orders Baxter to kill the Avengers, however when he gets no response he rushes to the other room to find that the Avengers have been freed.

With the battle over and Hugh Jones turned over to the authorities, Hellcat comes to terms with her failed marriage and Thor tells the others that he has realized that he is destined for bigger things. Realizing that they need to secure a new roster of Avengers, the group heads back to Avengers Mansion to come to a conclusion on who should be in the next line-up of Earth's Mightiest Heroes...

Appearing in "Avengers Assemble!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #150.

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Synopsis for "Avengers Assemble!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #150.

Yellowjacket and Wasp have returned from the hospital and have arrived to find a large crowd and the media at the front door of Avengers Mansion. Confronted by the news, they learn that the Avengers have just announced that they are finally going to decide who will be part of the next line-up, something that Jan is thankful that they are finally getting around to it before being admitted into the Mansion by Jarvis.

As news coverage recounts the illustriousness origin of the Avengers, Hank and Jan meet with the rest of the group in deciding which members will stay and if Beast, Moondragon, and Hellcat have what it takes to be part of the new roster of Avengers. Thor announces that he has decided to leave the group for a time feeling that he needs to focus on more godly affairs. When Iron Man decides to stay on with the group, Thor passes on the chairmanship of the group onto the Golden Avenger.

The news report then recounts how the Hulk left the group early on, how Captain America was revived and brought into the group, their battle against the Masters of Evil and Wonder Man and their short involvement with teenager Rick Jones. When the report recalls back as to the first time the Avengers changed their roster, it leaves to speculation how the group was formed.

What follows in this issue is a reprint of the events from Avengers #16...

Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man consider who to choose for the new group when they are confronted by Hawkeye, a former foe of Iron Man who wishes to join the group and redeem himself. They next attempt to contact the Sub-Mariner and offer him membership in the group, but Namor refuses.

When the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver read about the Avengers looking for new members, they decide to travel to America and petition for membership in hopes of redeeming their past with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. While Stateside, Iron Man announces the departure of Giant-Man and Wasp from the group and announces Hawkeye's joining the group. As the Avengers sort through their mail, Captain America, and Rick Jones are battling through the jungles of South America trying to find a way home following Cap's battle with Baron Zemo. They rescue a man from a leopard attack and he offers to drive them to the nearest seaport.

Back in the States, Tony Stark meets with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and takes them to Avengers Mansion to "meet" Iron Man (whom neither knows is in reality, Tony Stark himself.) When Captain America and Rick Jones finally arrive home they come to a large press conference that is about to begin. Entering the room Captain America learns that Iron Man, Giant-Man and Wasp all intend on leaving the group and they are placing the new recruits: Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch into Cap's leadership. Although Captain America is uneasy about the idea and accepts the responsibility. Shortly thereafter, Cap and the new Avengers present themselves to the world.

Appearing in "At Last: The Decision!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #151.

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Synopsis for "At Last: The Decision!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #151.

Round the clock news coverage about the Avengers' line-up change continues, gaining the attention of everyone including the Fantastic Four's Thing, Robert Frank, the Champions, and a mysterious foe whom is vowing revenge against the Wasp for spurning his love. As the coverage continues, the Avengers continue to deliberate who will be part of the new roster. Captain America decides to stay with the group along with Iron Man.

When Wanda questions if Hawkeye is going to be with the group, Thor explains that Hawkeye previously decided to leave with the Two-Gun Kid so that the 19th Century hero can get accustomed to 20th Century living. The Vision and Scarlet Witch agree to remain with the group. When it comes to the Wasp and Yellowjacket's turn to answer if they are going to stay, the Wasp agrees to stay with the team, but to her surprise Yellowjacket declines.

When they ask Moondragon if she will join the group, she declines to join due to wanting to explore her birth world some more but tells the other Avengers that they have her as an ally. When they ask the Beast, he glowingly accepts to join the group without question. So does Hellcat, however, Moondragon steps in and tells Hellcat that she has a greater destiny and asks her to join her in training. Hellcat agrees to join as long as she can retain the offer of membership in the Avengers for a later date. Just then Yellowjacket enters the room and confesses that he cannot pass up being a member of the Avengers and agrees to stay on with the group.

With the roster sorted out, Thor, Moondragon, and Hellcat depart and the others address the public as the newest line-up of Avengers. During the press conference nobody notices a giant crate has been delivered to Avengers Mansion until it smashes open revealing Wonder Man, once thought long dead by the Avengers. The weakened Wonder Man then accuses the Vision of stealing his mind, shocking everyone there.

This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "Nightmare in New Orleans!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #152.

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Synopsis for "Nightmare in New Orleans!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #152.

Continued from last issue...

During a press conference revealing the latest line-up of the Avengers, the group is shocked when a delivered crate suddenly bursts open revealing Wonder Man, long thought dead. After accusing the Vision of stealing his mind, Wonder Man suddenly passes out. The Avengers rush him inside to examine his body and find out how he managed to cheat death.

As Jarvis asks the press to leave for the day, Yellowjacket examines Wonder Man's body and finds that Wonder Man is somehow still alive, despite knowing for a fact that when he last saw him he was assuredly dead. With Wonder Man in a coma muttering the same phrase over and over, the entire group -- especially the Vision, whose brain patterns are fashioned after Wonder Man's, consider the situation. Upset by the whole thing, especially since the group had nothing to do with Wonder Man's current condition, the Scarlet Witch decides to investigate things further. Scaring off a crowd of gawkers from the Avengers Mansion property, she examines the debris of the crate that Wonder Man's body was delivered in. Using her hex powers to examine some dirt clumps she learns that the package had come from New Orleans.

Taking Wanda's lead, the Avengers take Wonder Man's body with them aboard a Quinjet and fly to New Orleans. There Wanda uses her hex powers to try and track down the men who were responsible in the resurrection ceremony that rose Wonder Man from the dead as a zombie. Walking around New Orlean's French Quarter, the Scarlet Witch tracks down one of the men responsible and the man gives the Avengers chase. Tripped up by the Wasp and Yellowjacket the man is frightened by Scarlet Witch into revealing the location of Le Morte Bayou (The dead bayou) where the ceremony that resurrected Wonder Man took place.

Trying to locate the bayou in question the group is shocked when Wonder Man seemingly stirs to life and answers the call of the "master" who summoned him. Letting Wonder Man go free, the group follows him to see where he goes. They are taken to a voodoo ritual being held by a voodoo priest called Black Talon who also uses his powers to raise an army of zombies from the Earth.

As the Avengers battle off zombies and voodoo practitioners alike, Black Talon summons the voodoo god Damballa to increase his magical might. He then gets into a battle with the Scarlet Witch. Although the Black Talon has the upper hand, the Scarlet Witch's mutant nature saves the day as she fights off Demballa and knocks out Black Talon by pitching a number of logs at him. With Black Talon's defeat, his minions flee into the bayou in fear.

With the battle over the group learns that Wonder Man wasn't resurrected by Black Talon at all but brought to him already in a state of living. They decide to return back to New York, except the Scarlet Witch, whose battle against Black Talon and the turmoil caused by Wonder Man's return from the grave has led her to leave the group to go and explore the mystical nature of her mutant powers.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Home is the Hero!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #153.

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Synopsis for "Home is the Hero!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #153.

Continued from last issue...

In order to get more in tune with the magical nature of her powers, the Scarlet Witch has come to the ruins of the Brant Corporation in order to locate the Serpent Crown, which was lost during their battle against Orca and Roxxon Oil owner Hugh Jones. There she is attacked by the Living Laser, who she is shocked to find alive and well. He manages to collect the Serpent Crown before she can and when Brand Corporation guards attack, he easily blasts them away with his laser powers.

Meanwhile, the other Avengers have returned to Avengers Mansion with the inert body of Wonder Man so that they can study his miraculous resurrection more closely. After taking notice of the crowd of Avengers fans that have gathered outside the Mansion, the group retires inside. The Vision is told that Robert Frank, the World War II hero known as the Whizzer has come to see him. The Vision meets with the Whizzer who has come to ask the Vision if it's possible for making amends with Wanda, whom he thinks is his daughter. However, just after the Vision tells the Whizzer of Wanda's current situation, the old hero is hypnotized by a laser that causes him to go berserk. Thinking that the Avengers are his old foes, the Whizzer attacks Iron Man, Beast, and Captain America after knocking out the Vision. The Whizzer is finally taken down by the Wasp and Yellowjacket who knock him out with bio-stings in the ear.

When assessing the damage they find that the lab has been damaged as well and that Wonder Man's body is missing. In all the confusion, Wonder Man had gotten up under his own power quietly walked out the back door. He is initially swarmed by a group of Avengers fans who are trying to pull a souvenir off him, however, Wonder Man fights them off and ducks down an alleyway. While back at the Brand Corporation, the Scarlet Witch revives and has to fight off the guards. Although she manages to escape, she is winged on her retreat to warn the other Avengers of the threat posed by the Living Laser and the Serpent Crown.

However, it would appear that Wanda is too late, as the Living Laser, now wearing the Serpent Crown has tracked down Wonder Man and put him under his influence, his intended plot the whole time in a grander scheme to destroy the Avengers once and for all.

This story is continued Avengers Annual #6..

Appearing in "No Final Victory!"

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Synopsis for "No Final Victory!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #6.

Story continued from Avengers #153...

The Avengers are wondering why they were attacked by the Whizzer when suddenly an injured Scarlet Witch bursts through the wall. She warns the Avengers the Living Laser has captured the Serpent Crown and passes out. The Whizzer revives and explains that he doesn't recall attacking the Avengers at all, and as the group attempts to puzzle out why the attack happened the Beast decides to go out and search for Wonder Man who wandered off in the confusion.

Leaving the Whizzer with the Wasp and Yellowjacket, Iron Man and Captain America begin working on tracking down the Serpent Crown. Remembering the specific energy signature from the Crown when they last encountered it on the Squadron Supreme's world, the two Avengers come up with a means of tracking it with their computers and determine that the Crown is heading toward California the two then rush off in a Quinjet to intercept it.

Meanwhile, Henry Pym, Janet van Dyne and Jarvis are told by Robert Frank what happened following their battle with Nuklo. After his heart attack, he was ashamed at having to witness the marriage of Quicksilver from afar, He would ultimately become destitute and living on the streets. Drinking himself into a hospital bed he had a vision of his late wife Miss America and decided to clean up his life. Going to the military and demanding to know what happened to his son, the Whizzer would speed through top secret files and pull the file on his son. He explains that he came to the Avengers, and the Scarlet Witch in particular to help them rescue his son Nuklo, who is now a prisoner of the United States Army in California.

Meanwhile, the Beast continues his search for Wonder Man, however the man he is searching for gets the drop on him. The Beast is surprised to find that Wonder Man is up and moving around, however Wonder Man explains that he was revived from years of living in complete darkness by the Living Laser and has pledged allegiance to him, vowing to destroy the Avengers before reuniting with his master in California. Although Wonder Man has the advantage, Beast manages to knock him out.

While in California, Captain America and Iron Man follow the Serpent Crown's energy signature to a military outpost. They are soon shot out of the sky and are forced to fight the soldiers stationed on the base. Pooling their skills and abilities this proves to be quite easy for the two veteran Avengers to handle. However, eventually the soldiers stop their attack in a feigned attempt to explain themselves, in reality it only proves as a distraction so that the Living Laser can sneak up behind the two Avengers and knock them out with a powerful laser blast.

Taking the two downed Avengers inside, the Living Laser comes face to face with what he has come seeking: Nuklo. The Laser explains to his subordinates that he learned of the Serpent Crown in prison while reading up on the legends of Lemuria, and mutating himself so that he has in essence become a true Living Laser set in course the actions necessary to claim the Serpent Crown and attempt to take over the world.

He is then attacked by the other Avengers and Wonder Man, the Vision taking the Serpent Crown while the others hold off the guards. As the Wasp and Yellowjacket keep the Living Laser at bay with a swarm of ants, Captain America and Iron Man manage to free themselves. In all the chaos, Nuklo is freed and goes on a rampage, first knocking out the Living Laser and then turning his infantile fury on everyone else. Nuklo begins to grow in size and increase in radioactivity, when Iron Man attempts to stop him, the mutant grabs him instead. With no other choice, Captain America orders all the others out of the building before Nuklo hits critical mass and explodes.

However, at the last possible moment, the Whizzer speeds in and lands a powerful blow against his own son, creating an implosion that knocks both of them out and neutralizes the threat.

Appearing in "When Strikes Attuma?"

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Synopsis for "When Strikes Attuma?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #154.

After disposing of the Serpent Crown in the Pacific Ocean, the Vision is attacked and captured by Atlantean warriors commanded by Attuma. While back in New York, the Avengers and Wonder Man drop the Whizzer off at the hospital following their battle with Nuklo. After they see that the Whizzer gets medical treatment, the Avengers begin to ponder what to do with the newly resurrected Wonder Man.

While at Avengers Mansion, the Scarlet Witch and Jarvis are visited by what appears to be Triton of the Inhumans. Back aboard Attuma's vessel, the Vision is brought before Attuma who beats the android into submission and reveals his plot to get revenge against the Sub-Mariner by pitting the Avengers against him in the hopes that one enemy would destroy the other. Back at the Mansion, "Triton" let's slip that he's an impostor by not knowing where Quicksilver is, and Wanda blasts him with a hex bolt. This reveals the impostor to be one of Attuma's minions: Tyrak, who easily defeat the injured Witch and Jarvis in battle.

The other Avengers arrive home and attack Tyrak head on, but the super-powered Atlantean manages to best each one in combat until only the Beast is left standing. Out-numbered and over-powered, the Beast makes a hasty retreat, leaving Tyrak and his minions to round up the Avengers to use as living weapons against the Sub-Mariner.

Appearing in "Pawns of Attuma!"

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Super-Villain Team-Up #9.

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Synopsis for "Pawns of Attuma!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Super-Villain Team-Up #9.

Story continued from last issue and Avengers #154...

Attuma has enslaved the Avengers and is sending them out to destroy the Sub-Mariner in a bid to destroy his mortal foe. They are slowed up because damage to Iron Man's armor begin to effect his health. Attuma decides to begin the second phase of his bid to take over the world, completely unaware that another group is monitoring him.

In Latveria, the Shroud is surrounded by an army of Latverian soldiers for trying to stop Namor from turning himself over to Dr. Doom. Before he can be executed, "Doom" stops the guards and brings the Shroud and Namor into his palace and reveals himself to really be Prince Rudolfo, the exiled former ruler of Latveria. Rudolfo explains to the two that he had taken the place of a Doombot following his exile and asks for their aid in dismantling Doom's regime. This is nothing of interest to Namor, who decides to leave, not wishing to get involved in surface world politics.

While at Hydrobase, Dr. Doom continues to try and aid in changing the Hydro-Men back into human form. When he gets a call in from one of his minions, Namorita shorts out the communication device, irking the monarch. However, before he can retaliate against her the Avengers break in and attack all present. Doom puts aside his differences with the Hydro-Men and battles against the Avengers, finding that their abilities are hampered due to the control devices on their necks. Dr. Doom takes advantage of Iron Man's already damaged armor to easily defeat his foe.

While in New York City, the Beast -- the only member of the Avengers not captured by Attuma's agent Tyrak -- arrives at the hospital where the Whizzer is getting treatment and asks Whizzer and Wonder Man to help rescue the Avengers. They both agree to go, in spite of Wonder Man's concerns over the Whizzer's weak heart.

Finally, while flying over Latveria, the Sub-Mariner is attacked by the Latveria air-force, stopping them he learns that they had received word that Attuma was in the area. Realizing that his bitter foe would be unbeatable if he took over the surface world, the Sub-Mariner decides to go stop him.

This story is continued in Avengers #155....

Appearing in "To Stand Alone!"

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Avengers #155.

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Synopsis for "To Stand Alone!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #155.

Story continued from Super-Villain Team-Up #9... When the Avengers (under the control of Attuma) were sent to Hydrobase as tools to destroy the Sub-Mariner, they did not expect to find Dr. Doom there in the Atlantean monarch's stead. After incapacitating Iron Man, Doom, Namorita and the Amphibians of Hydrobase all take down the Avengers one-by-one. Taking them to a mind-probing device they learn that Attuma had sent them after Namor, and Namorita convinces Dr. Doom to help in stopping Attuma because the warlord is likely to come to Hydrobase and destroy them all, Doom included.

Meanwhile, the Beast, Whizzer, and Wonder Man are flying in a Quinjet off to save their comrades. Along the way, Wonder Man explains to the Whizzer how he was once a pawn used by the Masters of Evil to destroy the Avengers but died in battle, and that he has no idea how he was resurrected by the Living Laser in recent times. While back at Hydrobase, the Avengers are shackled up so that they may not cause any more trouble. Left alone, the Avengers revive and realize that the collars are not affecting them now that they weren't in combat. Deciding to try and free the Vision in order to get help, the Scarlet Witch uses her hex powers to get Captain America's shield into Cap's hands, and Cap manages to toss it in such a way to smash the Vision's slave-collar, allowing the android to become intangible. However, rather than free the other Avengers, he flies away.

As Namor rushes to an ocean platform that Attuma is attacking, the warlord is attacked by Beast, Whizzer, and Wonder Man. The heroes have the element of surprise, however when Namor arrives Attuma calls the three heroes "allies" prompting Namor to attack them. The fight allows for Attuma to steal the weapon he is seeking and makes his escape. Namor soon realizes the deception when the Whizzer slows down enough for the Sub-Mariner to recognize him as his old ally from the Liberty Legion during World War II.

As Attuma's sub makes its getaway, Attuma begins planning the next phase of his plan, completely unaware that the Beast has snuck aboard his craft. While back at Hydrobase, the Vision's wanderings bring him face to face with Dr. Doom who has a gun trained on him. With only seconds before Doom can fire, the Vision offers to make a deal.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Private War of Doctor Doom!"

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Avengers #156.

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Synopsis for "The Private War of Doctor Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #156.

Continued from last issue.... Freed from his imprisonment and Attuma's control, the Vision is caught by Dr. Doom. However, the Vision convinces Doom to allow the Avengers free so that they might work to stop Attuma, whose bid for world domination would effect Doom's own country of Latveria in the process. As Vision joins Doom in freeing his others, he broods over if his feelings towards Wanda are truly his or that of Simon Williams (aka Wonder Man) who's brain patterns were the template of his personality.

While on a hydro platform out at sea, Wonder Man, the Whizzer and Sub-Mariner revive from their battle against Attuma and go after him in another sub, heading for Atlantis. Already there is the Beast, who snuck aboard Attuma's vessel and is planning to stop the villain from using the cell stimulator device in his bid to take over the world. Meanwhile, the other Avengers are freed of their control collars and they accompany Dr. Doom to stop Attuma as well. The Beast is spotted by one of Attuma's guards and is easily defeated and brought to Attuma.

The Sub-Mariner and Wonder Man dive down to Atlantis to stop Attuma but are attacked by Tyrak, they too are easily defeated and Tyrak takes them back to Attuma. When the other Avengers and Dr. Doom arrive, they battle Attuma and a cell stimulator-enhanced Tyrak. The Avengers easily defeat Tyrak and with Doom's aid reclaim the cell stimulator.

When Attuma attempts to stop the Avengers from escaping he is beaten by the revived Sub-Mariner. Returning to Hydrobase, Doom intends to make off with the cell stimulator, getting him into a battle with the Avengers. Doom's plot is foiled when the Vision uses his powers to destroy the device, forcing Dr. Doom to flee. With the other Avengers ready to go, Captain America decides to part company, because he saw something he wanted to investigate.[3]

Appearing in "A Ghost of Stone!"

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Avengers #157.

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Synopsis for "A Ghost of Stone!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #157.

Iron Man, Yellowjacket, and the Beast are alone in the control room of Avengers Mansion when suddenly the wall is smashed through by the stone statue of the Black Knight. The three heroes are easily subdued before they learn who their attacker is. Speaking to the defeated foes, the statue of the Black Knight explains that after months of being inert in the basement of Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum a strange being reanimated him and since then he has gone a mission to get revenge on those he believes responsible for his current condition: The Avengers.

Going to the upper level of the mansion, it finds and defeats both Captain America and Wasp in battle. After the fight, it has a sudden recollection following the last encounter between the Avengers and the Defenders wherein the Black Knight was turned into stone, in that the group deduced that they were tricked into fighting each other by Loki the god of mischief. The Black Knight statue would soon consider the idea that the Avengers had abandoned him.

Elsewhere, the Scarlet Witch is out with Wonder Man doing some Christmas shopping, during their walk back to Avengers Mansion, Wonder Man jumps into action to prevent an out of control bus from crashing and causing casualties. They arrive at the Mansion to find a ravaged Jarvis who warns them of the Black Knight statue that is on a rampage. It easily defeats both Wanda and Simon in battle.

The Vision then shows up and proves to be a more difficult match to face, in that the Black Knight statue cannot hurt him due to the fact of the Vision's density powers. It forces the statute to remember the events wherein Dane Whitman sacrificed himself being turned into stone to save the Defenders from being trapped in the past, and that his soul had left its body and now currently inhabits the body of his 12th Century ancestor. Unable to accept this, the furious statue attempts to attack the Vision once more. However, since the Vision had converted his body into the density of diamonds, the statue only succeeds in destroying itself, ending its threat.

Appearing in "When Avengers Clash!"

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Avengers #158.

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Synopsis for "When Avengers Clash!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #158.

Continued from last issue...

The Vision has just finished a battle against the reanimated statue of the Black Knight, ending with the statue being destroyed. When Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch enter the room, Wanda asks Wonder Man to hold her while she recovers from the attack. This causes a jealous streak in the Vision, who sees Wonder Man -- the person whom the Vision's own brain patterns are based on -- as a threat to his marriage to Wanda and attacks him.

As the battle rages on, the Scarlet Witch goes to find the other Avengers, who are just recovering from their battle with the Black Knight statue. They arrive just as Wonder Man has succeeded in landing a thunderous blow to the Vision. Iron Man breaks up the fight threatening to suspend both of them if they continue to battle. When Jarvis intervenes with a request for help, he also asks if there is anything he can do to help dispose of the ruined statue of the Black Knight. This leaves Iron Man to wonder what is becoming of the team before calling them all together for a meeting.

Meanwhile, in a research community in the Canadian Rockies, researcher Franklin Hall, gifted with gravitational powers, has control over the entire community. When it's learned that one of the other scientists named Joe has contacted the Avengers. In an effort to stop such things from happening again, Hall uses his powers to lift Research City high into the air. He then is about to kill Joe when Joe's wife Judy, a woman that Hall favors, begs for him to stop. He agrees and orders Joe be locked up. Meanwhile, another woman, Raquel, seeks to replace Judy as the object of Frank's attraction.

Later that night, Judy arrives with a costume she designed for Frank, and he explains to her that while working on a means of creating a teleportation system, he was jolted with an anti-gravity which endowed him with the powers he has now. Putting on the costume she has prepared, Franklin rechristens himself Graviton and attempts to seduce Judy. However, with the Avengers sneaking onto the floating Research City, Judy plays along until Raquel bursts in and warns Graviton of the Avengers' intrusion. Graviton uses Judy as a human shield and blasts the Avengers out of his room.

As Judy attempts to escape, she is knocked out by Raquel, who sees this as the ideal situation to curry Graviton's favor. As the battle rages on, the Avengers find that Graviton is a challenging foe, as he can alter the gravity of any object. He easily downs the Vision, makes Captain America's shield so heavy that it cannot be lifted and so on. When the Avengers appear to have the upper hand, Graviton makes the roof of the building collapse on his attackers knocking them all out due to the resulting cave-in. With the Avengers defeated, Graviton vows to use his powers to take over the entire world.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Siege by Stealth and Storm!"

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Avengers #159.

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Synopsis for "Siege by Stealth and Storm!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #159.

Continued from last issue...

With the Avengers defeated by his hand, Graviton vows to try and take over the world. When he notices that Raquel, a woman at Research City trying to gain his favor, has injured Judy he strikes out at her. When the other scientists attempt to rebel, Graviton easily lifts them into the air. He is about to drop them to their deaths when Judy awakens and begs him to let them go safely.

Graviton then transports the floating Research City high over New York City, where the Air Force attempts to blow the island out of the sky, but to no avail. With other heroes that reside in the city either ineffectual or out of town, the villain demands that the United Nations turn over the world to him, or he will destroy a major city each hour, starting with New York. Jarvis fears the worst for the Avengers and is shocked when Thor and the Black Panther arrive to lend their aid at stopping Graviton. As the pair flies off to face Graviton, Jarvis wonders if there is anything he can do to help.

Graviton has the captured Avengers pinned to a wall and is using his powers to keep them in place. Thor arrives and attacks Graviton head on, but the villain's power appears more than capable of keeping the Thunder God at bay. Fortunately, this is just a distraction, as the Black Panther has come in from the rear with a device that frees the other Avengers. He frees Iron Man first and sends the Golden Avenger to aid in fighting Graviton while he frees the other Avengers. Despite their effort, Graviton manages to keep them all from attacking by trapping them in a dome of gravity.

When Graviton attempts to boast of his victory to Judy, he finds that she is missing. Following a trail of her jewelry to the edge of Research City, Graviton assumes that she has committed suicide and becomes furious. When attempting to kill the Avengers, he loses control of his powers and turns himself into a living black hole. Freeing themselves, the Avengers escape just as the entire Research City collapses into a ball of super-dense matter.

Before this ball can strike Manhattan, it's caught by Wonder Man, Thor, Iron Man and the Vision who then toss it out into the ocean. Believing that Judy had died in the battle, the Avengers return to the Mansion to find Judy alive and well. Jarvis explains that while the Avengers were occupied, he borrowed a Sky-Sled and used it to rescue the girl while Graviton was preoccupied.

Appearing in "...The Trial!"

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Avengers #160.

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Synopsis for "...The Trial!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #160.

Following their battle against Graviton, a number of the Avengers depart on their personal business: Iron Man takes the ailing Whizzer back to the hospital. Yellowjacket and the Wasp head back to their home in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Thor takes Captain America to S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters before departing on personal business. En route, Cap takes note that Thor seems quieter, more reserved than normal.

The remaining Avengers are surprised by the intrusion of their old adversary the Grim Reaper, the insane brother of Wonder Man.

The Vision tells a shocked Simon (Wonder Man) that his brother Eric (the Reaper) has pursued a vendetta against the Avengers for years, blaming them for Simon’s supposed death. He once even attempted to coerce the Vision into helping him as it was Simon’s brainwave patterns which the Vision's mind are based upon. But now that Simon is alive once more, the Reaper cannot determine whether he or the Vision is truly his brother. The Avengers attack, but the Reaper easily defeats them all, even his super-powered brother Wonder Man.

When the heroes revive, they find themselves seated around their meeting table and locked into shock bracelets. The Reaper states that he is holding a trial to determine whether Wonder Man or the Vision is really his brother. He appoints the Black Panther to be the council for the defendants but declares he will have the final decision on which being is the true Simon Williams.

First, the Grim Reaper demands that the Vision tell his origins, and the synthezoid complies: He explains that he was created by the evil robot Ultron, who used the inert body of the original Human Torch as a physical shell and the previously recorded brainwave patterns of Wonder Man (whom everyone thought was dead at the time) as a model for his psyche. Based on this, the Reaper contends that the Vision may in fact be Simon.

The Grim Reaper then “reveals” to those gathered that the Vision had once before took part in a scheme by he and the Space Phantom to place the Vision’s mind into Captain America’s body, and how he had shielded the Grim Reaper from an assassination attempt by Hydra agents. But the Reaper is the one who’s surprised when the Avengers reveal they know all about the scheme. The Vision confesses to the villian that the real reason for going along with the plan was that Captain America himself had overheard the Reaper proposal and signalled to the Vision to pretend to go along with it in order to get the drop on the villains later on.

The Black Panther then goes on to explain that the Vision has gone on to have his own life, including marrying the Scarlet Witch. The idea that his brother could marry a mutant disgusts the bigoted Grim Reaper, and he then turns his attentions to Wonder Man. When the Scarlet Witch asks the Vision why he is not defending himself, the Vision responds by saying that he is not Simon Williams and he would not wish a second death upon a man who has suffered so much already.

When Wonder Man is asked to tell his origins, he explains how he was exposed by the Masters of Evil to Baron Zemo's ionic ray and used in a plot to defeat the original team of Avengers. He then explains about his subsequent resurrection at the hands of the voodoo sorcerer Black Talon. The Reaper confesses he paid Black Talon to revive him.

With the testimony over, the Black Panther disputes the notion that Simon was ever truly dead and states that he has been able to sense something different about Wonder Man, that he is more than the man he used to be. Admitting it, Wonder Man takes off his goggles to reveal that his eyes are crackling with ionic energy. Wonder Man had not died after his first encounter with the Avengers as everyone believed, he merely went into an inert state as his physical body transitioned into an entirely ionic energy form!

The Vision then denies being Simon Williams and asserts that he is a distinct individual. Enraged, the Grim Reaper activates the shock bands, knocking the assembled Avengers unconscious again. He rants about his intention to execute the Vision but Wonder Man steps in. Due to his new ionic energy form, he is immune to the Grim Reaper's weapons. He destroys his brother's scythe and knocks him out with a single punch.

With the battle over, the Avengers are freed and leave Wonder Man alone to mourn his now permanently ruined relationship with his brother.

Appearing in "Beware the Ant-Man!"

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Synopsis for "Beware the Ant-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #161.

Most of the regular team are gathered together to appraise Wonder Man’s new superhero costume (designed and stitched by the Beast!) The casual gathering is interrupted by the arrival of… Ant-Man?!?

Hank Pym, wearing his original costume, claims he’s arriving for the first official meeting of the newly-formed Avengers. He dismisses the Vision, Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man as “Johnny-come-latelys” and declares that Iron-Man must be a fraud as he’s wearing the wrong armor. He’s particularly incensed that someone would impersonate the legendary and (to his mind) deceased WWII hero Captain America.

The Avengers are simply too perplexed to respond. Getting no answers, Ant-Man dispatches an army of ants to attack them. The Beast and Black Panther are nearby and hear the sound of melee and investigate. By using the element of surprise, Pym has overpowered the team. However, the Wasp arrives on the scene to knock him out with a sting.

Mortified, Jan explains that Hank has been teetering on the verge of a nervous breakdown for a long time. She even secretly consulted a psychiatrist on his behalf and believed he was getting better. But after the battle with Graviton, he seriously backslid and disappeared after trashing his own lab.

Iron-Man and the Vision are determined to examine Ant-Man to figure out what is happening. The Beast is instructed to take Jan home in order to find things that might help jog Hank’s memory. The sudden level of distress the team feels is exhibited when the Beast makes a wisecrack and both Wanda and Cap yell at him for his “clowning around.”

En route back to New Jersey, the Wasp assures the Beast she isn’t put off by his joking around. He in turn admits his jovial nature is partly a defense mechanism to deal with his odd (and still very new to him) physical appearance.

Meanwhile, the Avengers have no luck trying to snap Hank out of his current mental state. Thinking seeing some of his old allies might help, Captain America puts out a call to Thor, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye, but none of them answers Cap's summons.

Out West, Hawkeye and the time-displaced Two-Gun Kid have taken up jobs as ranch hands at the Cherry-O Dude Ranch, where Two-Gun is having a hard time getting used to the 20th Century, however he does take a liking to women and is more than happy to go for soda with some of his female co-workers.

Back at the Mansion, the team are still trying to get through to Hank when a gravely injured Beast returns, barely able to relate that Jan has been captured. Before anyone can react, they are attacked by the being responsible: Ultron! The evil robot ridicules their stunned reaction to his return. They fight back against him, but the villain easily takes them down one by one, meting out the worst attack on the Vision. Iron-Man’s armor is drained, leaving him helpless, while the Black Panther is rendered unconscious. Then, Ultron subjects the rest of the team to an encephalo-ray attack that seems to kill them on contact.

The Scarlet Witch’s mutant hex ability is the one attack that does serious damage to Ultron, but Captain America inadvertently gets in the way before she can finish him off. Ultron uses the distraction to subdue both of them. Ant-Man is still oblivious to what is truly going on, but upon hearing that the weird robot has his beloved Jan as a hostage, he attacks him. It does no good, however, as Ultron easily takes him prisoner as well and departs.

Some time later, Jarvis returns to the Mansion from grocery shopping and is shocked to find the damage done to the headquarters and all of the Avengers laying around, seemingly dead.

This story continues in the next issue.

Appearing in "The Bride of Ultron!"

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Avengers #162.

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Synopsis for "The Bride of Ultron!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #162.

Continued from last issue...

Thor makes a visit to Avengers Mansion only to find that half the team (Captain America, the Vision, Scarlet Witch and the Beast) have all been seemingly slain and are being carted away in ambulances! Inside, he finds Iron Man, the Black Panther and Wonder Man -- the only Avengers to have survived a devastating attack by Ultron. They relate how Hank Pym suffered a serious breakdown leading to amnesia (he believes he’s still Ant-Man and it is still 1963), as well as how Ultron apparently murdered most of the team before abducting both Hank and Jan.

And somewhere else, Hank - as Ant-Man - awakens in a lab, only to see Ultron imploring him to help save his beloved Wasp. Hank is still unable to remember anything after the first meeting of the Avengers (in #1), not even his evil creation. Ultron cruelly tricks him into thinking the Avengers he battled were impostors who nearly killed the Wasp.

Below them, Janet is strapped to a slab next to a robotic female form. Ultron claims the only way to save the Wasp now is to “temporarily” transfer her life essence into the robotic shell until they can heal her body. Not thinking correctly, Hank goes along with this plan, unaware that Ultron already knows that once Jan’s life-force has been transferred, the process cannot be reversed. He then intends to kill Hank and take the female robot as his mate in a twisted and very literal Oedipal scenario.

The Avengers have been hoping to call in some past members to help out in this crisis situation. They attempt to get in touch with Hawkeye, but Two-Gun Kid (being from 1873) doesn’t understand the concept of a telephone and so Hawkeye doesn’t get the message.

In Ultron’s lab, Jan reacts as she feels her life essence being drained away. At the same time, the robotic “bride” of Ultron begins to stir and to speak.

Back at the Mansion, a colony of ants invades the command center and spells out letters: S-T-A-R-K-L-I, which Iron-Man recognizes to mean “Stark Long Island”, an abandoned Stark aerospace lab. The four remaining Avengers converge there. On the way, Thor remarks that he intends to fight to the death against Ultron. Wonder Man realizes he means it quite literally and suddenly he’s filled with a dread of actually being killed… again.

The heroes arrive. When Ultron sees Wonder Man (who was struck by the same encephalo-ray he used on the rest of the Avengers last issue), he remarks that he should be in a coma. Iron-Man is stunned to realize that the felled Avengers aren’t dead after all.

While Iron-Man, Thor and Wonder Man attack Ultron, the Black Panther concentrates on trying to stop Hank. T’Challa realizes Hank is still in the depths of delusion and believes Ultron to be his ally. He has no choice but to subdue Ant-Man.

While Thor and Wonder Man tackle Ultron, Iron-Man rushes to aid the Panther. The controls are now locked into a coded sequence and they have no time to crack it before the process is complete. Iron-Man thinks of a way to force Ultron’s hand, however. Realizing that Ultron’s bride is not made of adamantium, he threatens to destroy her if the villain doesn’t reveal how to reverse the process. Ultron relents and tells the heroes what they need before fleeing the scene. The Panther is slightly disturbed that Iron-Man would resort to taking a hostage, but he retorts that Ultron’s creation is not a true living being.

Epilogue: Jan is revived. Iron-Man remarks that it’s a good thing she managed to send a signal to them when she did or it might have been too late. But Jan insists she couldn’t have sent them a message as Ultron had taken away her insect-control collar. Hank is a ranting, raving mess and clearly did not send them any message. The team is left wondering who did. T’Challa theorizes that Ultron’s robot bride may have been more like Jan than he ever intended…

Appearing in "The Demi-God Must Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #163.

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Synopsis for "The Demi-God Must Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #163.

As the story opens, three members of the Los Angeles-based superhero team the Champions (Hercules, Black Widow and Iceman specifically) have been summoned by a distress call from the Avengers. But en route to the NYC mansion, the three heroes are inexplicably attacked by Iron-Man! The golden Avenger concentrates on subduing Hercules. The Widow and Iceman leap to their teammate’s defense but are quickly overpowered.

Hercules recovers faster than Iron-Man anticipates and the two engage in extensive melee in the streets of Manhattan, prompting civilians to scatter. During their fight, Iron-Man thinks to himself how he wished Thor had been on duty when Hercules’ old foe Typhon attacked them earlier.

The story segues into a flashback showing Iron-Man and the Beast (the only two Avengers on duty at that moment) taken by surprise when Typhon appears out of nowhere. The Titan has been dispatched by the villainous Olympian Pluto to kill Hercules. Mistakenly believing him to still be an Avenger, Typhon has sought him out at the mansion. He takes the Beast hostage, and forces Iron-Man to lure him to the mansion. But as hours passed while the Champions were on their way, Typhon lost his nerve and ordered Iron-Man to attack the approaching trio before they reached the mansion, softening them up enough so that Typhon could easily finish them off.

Flashing forward once more, Iron-Man thinks to himself that he’d hoped to secretly alert the Black Widow to Typhon’s gambit but was unsuccessful and is now stuck slugging it out with Hercules. Iron-Man does manage to maneuver Hercules so that they approach the mansion on foot, then ducks in the front door. Using high-voltage wiring in the mansion’s walls, he manages to stun the lion of Olympus, but exhausts all his own reserves at the same time.

Typhon emerges from hiding intent on finishing Hercules off. However the Black Widow and Iceman have recovered, followed after their allies, and now confront the Titan. The Beast has also managed to free himself from the ropes Typhon left him bound up in and joins in the ruckus as well. After several minutes more of combat, Hercules and Iron-Man both revive and join the heroes’s side. Typhon is dismayed to realize that Pluto has been watching from afar and deemed that he is unable to take on all five heroes at once. The Titan is thus unceremoniously teleported back to imprisonment in the depths of Tartarus. After learning how Typhon intended to ambush him, Hercules quickly absolves Iron-Man of any blame. The Beast however silently broods over what he considers his ineffectiveness as an Avenger.

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  1. According to Avengers: Forever #9, this divergence of Kang did not die, his consciousness was sent back in the 41st Century in a new cloned body.
  2. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  3. His adventure is continued in Super-Villain Team-Up #10.



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