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-- Scarlet Witch


Appearing in "... Let All Men Bring Together"

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Synopsis for "... Let All Men Bring Together"

Continued from Avengers #135... Following his adventures through time to learn his origins, Vision finds himself transported to the Dark Dimension where the Scarlet Witch is the prisoner of Dormammu and Umar. There the Vision battles against Dormammu's minions of demons to save the Scarlet Witch.

Meanwhile on Earth, Libra and the spectral form posing as Swordsman reveal that Mantis' recent adventures were all orchestrated in order to see if she was fit for the role of Celestial Madonna and if she wasn't, then Moondragon would take her place.

Back in the Dark Dimension, Vision manages to free the Scarlet Witch, and the two defeat Dormammu and Umar before being transported back to Avengers Mansion. There the Vision confesses his true feelings for the Scarlet Witch and asks her to marry him, a proposal which she accepts.

They meet up with the other Avengers in Vietnam where Immortus has also arrived to play his part in this drama and marry off both Mantis to her Cotati mate and Vision and the Scarlet Witch. However, the ceremony is crashed by the arrival of Kang who has come in one last-ditch effort to claim the Celestial Madonna for himself. Using temporal duplicates of himself, Kang clashes with the Avengers and appears to make off with Mantis, however, it is later revealed that Mantis was with the Avengers the whole time, and the being whom Kang thought he had captured was really one of Immortus' minions: The Space Phantom.

With Kang thwarted, Immortus marries off both couples and Mantis and the Cotati being changed into energy forms and leave Earth to be among the stars and find their destiny together.

Appearing in "Betrayed by the Ants!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #38.

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  • NYPD
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Synopsis for "Betrayed by the Ants!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #38.

A group of mobsters, afraid to commit crimes in fear of getting captured by Ant-Man come to the realization that they don't have the intelligence to defeat their foe. Days later they learn of a scientist known as "Egghead" who was discharged from the U.S. Government Atomic Energy Board under allegations that he was selling government secrets to the highest bidder. The mobsters then hire Egghead to find a way to defeat Ant-Man. Egghead agrees to do so for the price of ten grand.

Egghead begins by learning everything he can about ants and constructing a device that could communicate with ants via electrical impulses (much like Ant-Man's helmet). Using this device on a nearby ant hill, Egghead commands the ants there to lure Ant-Man into a trap that he has set for the hero.

Returning to the mobsters' hide out, he reveals to them that he plans on trapping Ant-Man on fly paper and tells them that while Ant-Man is being lured to the trap they can conduct the jewel heist they were planning.

Ant-Man, being led to the scene of the crime by his ants, is blown into a box lined with fly paper by Egghead using a bellows. Surprisingly, Ant-Man is not stuck on the paper and uses spring-loaded boots to hop out of the trap and attack the mobsters, whom he easily defeats with his human sized strength.

While the crooks are distracted, Ant-Man commands his ants to trap them by dropping a large sheet of fly paper that the ants carried up the ceiling and dropped on them from overhead. The escaping crooks find that their getaway vehicle has had the tires flattened and the keys stolen and are quickly rounded up by the police. Egghead manages to escape.

Overhearing Ant-Man's explanation to the police, Egghead learns that the ants did not betray Ant-Man and told him of Egghead's plot, allowing him to prepare for the trap by instructing his ants to sabotage the crooks' escape car and having the necessary equipment to overcome Egghead's traps.

Although Egghead escapes, his defeat causes him to go into hiding until he finally becomes a rambling derelict in a Bowery flophouse.

Appearing in "Then Came the Black Widow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Adventures (Vol. 2) #1.

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  • Rizzo

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Synopsis for "Then Came the Black Widow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Adventures (Vol. 2) #1.

Black Widow, bored by her civilian life, gets a new costume.

Notes

  • This issue announces that Giant-Size Avengers #5 will be a Tony Isabella and Don Heck story. This is incorrect. Giant-Size Avengers #5 will be a reprint of Avengers Annual #1. The Isabella/Heck story will be published in Avengers #145 and Avengers #146.
  • In reprinting "Betrayed by the Ants" from Tales to Astonish #38, Page 8 panels 2,3 page 9 panel 1, page 10, panels 1-3 of the original story are omitted to bring the page count down to nine.
  • In reprinting, "Then Came the Black Widow" from Amazing Adventures #1, page 2, panels 2-4, and page 3, panels 1,2 of the original story are omitted to bring the page count down to nine.
  • Includes letters from artist Bill Blyberg and Eclipse Comics founder Dean Mullaney.
  • Titanium Man last appeared in Iron Man #74 and will appear next in Champions #7
  • This issue is Mantis's last appearance in the Marvel Universe for over a decade, until Silver Surfer (Vol. 3) #3. However, a woman calling herself "Willow", with Mantis's distinct speech pattern and her later trademark green skin, appears in Justice League of America #142, also by Steve Englehart. The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe lists "Willow" as one of Mantis's aliases.
  • Although this issue seems to show that the bodies of Mantis and the Swordsman were transformed into purest energy which then left Earth, a flashback in West Coast Avengers (Vol. 2) #39 revealed that it was only the spirits of Mantis and the Prime Cotati that departed. The Swordsman's corpse, now no longer animated by the Cotati spirit, and the body of Mantis, still living but in a state of suspended animation, were left behind. The Priests of Pama discovered these abandoned shells of flesh and buried them, the Swordsman in his original grave and Mantis in an unmarked grave beside his.

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