Appearing in "Graveyard Shift"
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Graveyard Shift"
- Synopsis not yet written
Appearing in "Interlude"
- National Security Council (Mentioned)
- X-Men (Mentioned)
- Fantastic Four (Mentioned)
- Human Torch (Android) (Referenced)
- Ultron (Mentioned)
- Uncle Elmer Show (On-screen) (featuring Wonder Man)
- Godzilla (Mentioned)
- Solomon Institute (First appearance)
- Dr. Pernell Solomon
Races and Species:
- New York
- Captain America's Uniform and Shield
- Iron Man Armor Model 3
- Falcon's Wings
- Ms. Marvel's Suit
- Wasp's Suit and Wings
- Iron Man Armor Model 1 (Photo)
- Quinjet (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Interlude"
Wonder Man undergoes a retinal eye scan to confirm his identity and is officially reinstated on the Avengers roster. When Wasp asks about his acting career, he confesses that his latest play was a flop. The Beast remarks that Simon likely has a hard time getting jobs with his “distinctive” non-focused eyes. But Wonder Man demonstrates that he can, through intense concentration, temporarily assume a normal-looking eye pattern. He also hints at a new ongoing acting gig, though claims it is a secret that he can’t discuss.
During the conversation, the Vision remains pensive and silent, merely staring out the window at the snowfall.
With Wonder Man’s return, the Falcon decides it is time for him to resign, much to Cap’s surprise. Falcon confesses he has never felt comfortable being an Avenger and would prefer to go back to aiding people with common crime problems. He says his farewells to the team and leaves.
Meanwhile, an anxious man hurries toward Avengers mansion. Beneath his trenchcoat, he is wearing a hospital gown labeled “Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane.”
Ms. Marvel finds Captain America outside in the winter storm, reflecting on Falcon’s departure and the reasons why he (and the rest of the team) chose to remain Avengers. As Cap waxes philosophically, two young kids sneak a peek at them over the wall around the outer grounds. One kid lobs a snowball at Cap, which he easily deflects without pausing in his soliloquy. The boy becomes frightened and runs away. Ms. Marvel is very amused.
Inside the mansion, Iron-Man has removed his armor in his private quarters and walks around as Tony Stark. He walks in on Jocasta and Ms. Marvel having a conversation and begins flirting with Ms. Marvel - who forgets all about Jocasta.
The robotic guest of the Avengers wanders away, baffled by the concept of “small talk”. She finds much about human behavior mystifying and feels incapable of forging close bonds with them.
Jocasta makes her way to the workout area in the lower floors, where she finds the Vision brooding. She attempts to reach out to him, but he is in a rage and demolishes training equipment.
Meanwhile, the mystery man has made his way to the mansion’s front door. The Wasp answers it and he collapses in her arms. She and Jarvis hurry him to the medical lab.
In the rec room, the Beast and Wonder Man are playing ping-pong when Hank takes a break to watch television. Simon becomes distressed when Hank begins watching a goofy kid’s show, the Uncle Elmer Show. Suddenly, it’s revealed that Simon’s “top secret acting gig” is on the show, as a strong man named Mr. Muscles. He gets a pie in the face.
The team convenes in the main meeting room to discuss the man. Terribly frightened, he relates his name is Selbe and begs for their help, convinced that people are trying to kill him. There is a tense argument, as Wasp believes the man but Ms. Marvel dismisses him as a mental case. However, when officials arrive claiming he has escaped from the Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane, the heroes have no choice but to turn him over.
The Avengers convene their weekly meeting when they realize that the Wasp is missing. Realizing that she must have followed Selbe back to the institute, they prepare to follow her.
Appearing in "This Menace Reborn!"
- Shades of Rabok (Cameo)
- Magellan (Morgana's cat, killed by Baron Mordo) (Death)
- Dormammu (Only in flashback)
Races and Species:
- Cloak of Levitation
- Eye of Agamotto
- Orb of Agamotto
- Flames of Regency (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "This Menace Reborn!"
Dr. Strange and Clea participate in a mystical activity for recreation, unaware that they are being watched in secret by Baron Mordo, who has survived his previous encounter with Dr. Strange and is plotting revenge against the Sorcerer Supreme. Later, as Strange is using the Orb of Agamotto to make sure all is well in other mystical realms, Strange is interrupted when Sara Wolfe advises him of a phone call. This momentary distraction allows Mordo (who has been gaining new power in another realm) to cast a spell that gives him direct access to the telephone conversation between Strange and his caller: Morgana Blessing.
Morgana explains to Stephen that she is a writer and after learning that he is an expert in the Black Arts is inviting him over to her place to hear her proposal to be consultant for her next book of fiction which would centre on the occult. When Strange detects Mordo's presence on the line, he believes it's coming from Morgana as he is already suspicious of a mystical background in the woman and agrees to meet her, falling into Mordo's trap.
Arriving at Morgana's apartment, they begin to discuss her book when suddenly they are attacked by Baron Mordo who transports them to a mystical realm to combat Dr. Strange. Strange is forced on the defencive due to the fact that Mordo's powers have been boosted to near infinite levels by his time away from Earth. As the battle rages on Clea is suddenly taken away from her studies by a strange feeling. When she learns that Stephen is away on a errand, she decides to consult the Orb of Agamotto. She is suddenly contacted by some of her people in the Dark Dimension who have asked her to aid them in overthrowing Umar's control over the realm. Cross with them for never being there when she and Dr. Strange had previously battled both Dormammu and Umar in the past turns them away, wanting nothing to do with her mother realm ever again.
Back in Morgana's apartment, the battle against Baron Mordo rages on until Mordo seemingly defeats Dr. Strange. He then turns his attentions to Morgana and is about to kill her when he is attacked by Morgana's cat. This cat is in reality possessed by the astral form of Dr. Strange who uses the moment of distraction to unleash the full force of his power casting a mighty spell that seemingly destroys Baron Mordo and restores everything to normal.
Having fainted during the battle against Baron Morodo, Morgana revives remembering little of what had happened. Stephen realizing that there are mystical forces at work which may be caused by Morgana herself, Strange asks that she meet with him at his Sanctum Sanctorum the next day and leaves. Morgana goes to her balcony where she finds what she thinks is her cat, but unknown to her it's really Baron Mordo in disguise. Mordo had survived the battle, killed her real cat and taken it's place so that he may sneak into Strange's Sanctum later and exact his final revenge.
This story is continued next issue...
- The Night Raven text story returns in this issue.
- A three page text feature recounting the history of Captain Britain appears in this issue, written by Alan Moore (who apparently killed the Captain off in the last issue). This sets the scene for the Captain's return in The Daredevils in January 1983.
- The Avengers reprints take the lead slot again as of this issue with the departure of Captain Britain.