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Appearing in "Against the Realm"

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Synopsis for "Against the Realm"

The Status Crew attacks, and Jackdaw falls in battle.

Appearing in "The Call of the Mountain Thing!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #187.

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  • Modred (Main story and flashback)
  • Chthon (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "The Call of the Mountain Thing!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #187.

The story continues from last issue.

A quinjet hurls through the skies of Transia near Wundagore Mountain in the middle of a ferocious storm. Onboard, Captain America thanks Wonder Man for filling in on this mission while Iron-Man is on leave. The Beast is piloting and warns them they are losing control of the quinjet due to the storm. Wonder Man, who is invulnerable, volunteers to pilot the ship to ensure it doesn’t land on anyone while the rest of the team bails out. Ms. Marvel, Falcon, Cap and Wasp all jump out but the Beast refuses, insisting on landing it himself. Wonder Man yanks him out of pilot chair, straps his jet belt onto him and tosses him out the hatch. Unfortunately, the Beast has no experience using the belt and he careens out of control.

The rest of the team make it to the ground but are immediately attacked by Modred the Mystic.

Wonder Man does his best to steer the craft but it crashes deep in the woods. As he climbs out of the wrecked ship, he sees Wanda (although she doesn’t appear “onscreen.”) She snares him in a spell, paralyzing him and floating him away.

Modred takes out the Avengers, one by one: Cap, Ms. Marvel and the Falcon. But the Wasp gets the drop on him, knocking him out. Alas, she is then knocked out with a bolt of arcane energy by Wanda, who has turned ashen white after being possessed by Chthon.

Elsewhere, the Beast endures his own crash landing on the mountainside. After dusting himself off, he finds a skull wearing a helmet. The skull doesn’t look human and the perplexed Beast wonders what kind of animal wore helmets?

Sometime later, Chthon and Modred stand before the altar with their captives: Cap, Ms. Marvel, Falcon, Wasp, Wonder Man as well as Quicksilver and Django Maximoff. All of them float in midair, paralyzed.

While awaiting the proper alignment of stars to conduct a conjuring spell, Chthon “monologues” his ancient history: In primordial times, when the old gods were threatened to be replaced by newer ones, Chthon’s sister Gaea infused her spiritual essence to the Earth itself while Chthon inscribed the book of sorcery, the Darkhold, as a means to return to this plane of existence some day and fled to another dimension.

Throughout the centuries, the evil tome passed through many hands and was used for malevolent purposes. In Medieval times, the sorceress Morgan Le Fay and her cult of “Darkholders” conjured up Chthon himself, expecting to use him as their minion, only to find him too powerful. Morgan and her cult attempted to banish him, but only succeeded in binding his spirit to the mountains of Wundagore. Morgan’s repentant follower Magnus stole the Darkhold and placed it in an enchanted tower which only good and noble people could enter. Alas, the human Modred entered the chamber, hoping he could use the Darkhold for good purposes, and lost his soul to the demonic being “the Other.”

Meanwhile, Chthon lingered in Wundagore Mountain as a disembodied spirit, observing the rise of the High Evolutionary’s citadel and the Knights of Wundagore. Chthon observed the birth of Wanda and Pietro and infused the infant Wanda with magical energy. Twice in her lifetime, he caused her mutant hex power to fade, hoping she would turn to witchcraft. When finally Wanda did study witchcraft under Agatha Harkness, she became an ideal vessel for Chthon to possess.

Having finished the monologue, Chthon is about to begin a spell to return his corporeal form to Earth and thereby become an apocalyptic menace to humanity. But the ritual is interrupted by a surprise intruder -- a knight of Wundagore? Astride a flying chariot!? The Knight is actually the Beast. After deducing what the skull he was looking at was, he dug up the rest of the skeleton and found the armor and sky chariot. Using it, he snatches the Darkhold away, disturbing Chthon’s spell holding the Avengers in paralysis.

The Avengers attack Chthon but he is more than a match for all of them. On the sidelines, Django is watching the battle with dismay when he feels something stir in his coat pocket. It is the marionette of Wanda he carved. Wanda’s soul has been transferred to it once again! Django shouts the news to Pietro just before keeling over. After realizing what he’s saying, Pietro grabs the figurine and attempts to “will” Wanda’s soul back into her true body. He can’t do it himself, but all the Avengers join hands and unite their willpower. This is enough to reverse the possession spell: Wanda takes control of her body once again, while Chthon’s essence is transferred to the marionette. Pietro hurls the figure into the mountain side and Wanda uses a hex bolt to cause a massive avalanche, burying the marionette and trapping Chthon forever.

The battle hasn’t come without a toll, however. Django suffers a massive heart attack and dies.

Afterwards, Pietro and Wanda bury Django in the foothills of Wundagore. Without Chthon’s control, Modred has become as mindless as a newborn child. Bova, who was created to care for children, takes custody of him while the Avengers, with Wanda and Pietro in tow, depart.

Appearing in "Ghoul of My Dreams"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Hulk! #22.

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Synopsis for "Ghoul of My Dreams"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Hulk! #22.

New York, 1937

Dominic Fortune is making a killing in an illegal gambling parlor and decides to quit while he is ahead. When the police raid the gambling den, Dominic and his pal Acey Dugan try to make a run for it but find themselves arrested.

In the city jail, Fortune learns that the commissioner wants to speak with him in his office. There he learns that his lover Sabbath Raven has paid for his bail and the commissioner will only agree to let Fortune go if he agrees to take on a job for him. He explains how a girl he knows, Zelda Pinkley has been dating Louie Kelt, an underworld type with incredibly shady practices. Fortune agrees to take the job, especially considering that Zelda is an old schoolmate of Sabbath.

They meet up with Zelda Pinkley at a west side nightclub where they try to learn what they can about Louie Kelt. When this doesn't yield much, Dominic is visited by his informant Acey Dugan. Dugan doesn't know much about Kelt, except for the fact he operates out of a funeral parlor. He gives Fortune the address of a man named Dink who knows more about Louie Kelt. Dominic leaves the two women on their own to follow this lead. When he meets with Dink he hears a story about how Louie Kelt's minions are zombies. Dominic finds this information outlandish and refuses to believe it. However, he soon gets a phone call from Sabbath who tells Dominic that she is being forced to be the maid of honor in Zelda's wedding to Louie Kelt, and that she is a prisoner of his zombie minions.

Dominic crashes the ceremony before they can sacrifice Sabbath and thinking that zombies have the same weaknesses as vampires, he tries to use garlic, a crucifix and holy water on the creatures, but to no avail. Resorting to doing things the old fashioned way, Dominic easily trounces the zombies who come apart at the simplest of blows. When Louie Kelt comes at Dominic, Fortune kicks him into a shelf full of chemicals. When the jars break and their contents spill of Kelt, it burns off the makeup from his body revealing him to be a zombie as well. The chemicals do their work though, dissolving Kelt into a bloody slurry on the floor.

With the battle over, Dominic frees both Sabbath and Zelda and they are shocked to find that other than being unhappy about missing out on her honeymoon, Zelda is unphased by the entire ordeal.

Appearing in "Death's Divide: Part I"

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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