AVENGERS. "And There Came ANOTHER Day..."

AVENGERS. “And There Came Another Day…”

There are some interesting threads on this forum, already covering issues of Marvel’s early series – ‘re-reading’’ of the Avengers and Journey into Mystery/Thor and so on and there was quite a good issue by issue thread on the Invaders around too, until it caught up with the present.
What is more rarely discussed are the later periods when these series were in full flow and while perhaps less iconic still number among them some classics…

I therefore present to you an issue by issue critique/discussion forum for one of these mainstay Marvel titles.
Not beginning at the very debut – as others have that covered well – but (and I hope I don’t step on anyone’s creative toes here!) – I would like to pick up the Avengers title after a watershed/bookend issue provided an opportune point at which to begin …
Issue #100 featured all Avengers to that point together in one tale and everything that goes before it is pretty well easily contained by then. The next issue launches the title into its second century of publishing and its next phase of greatness…

What has gone before…?
And so there came a Day…

The formation of the team.
The Hulk leaving. Captain America’s return. The Original members giving way to Cap’s kooky Quartet.
Goliath and Wasp returning. Hercules coming and going. The creation of Ultron. The arrival of the Vision.
Yellow jacket Hawkeye as Goliath II and then back again. The Squadron Sinister/Supreme. The Kree-Skrull War and of course…the Lady Liberators!
(I’m sure you’ll have your own highlights!)

And so there came ANOTHER Day…
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    Richard Willis

    It is an incredible scene - the boy does actually die! I still find it hard to read and even harder to believe it was passed by the Comics Code Authority. It's brutal.

    The Comics Code was nothing if  not inconsistent.

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    Richard Mantle

       Kind of sums the issue up.

    Thanks Jeff.

    Jeff of Earth-J said:

    “I don't believe we ever meet this boy - who Cap called 'The Forever Man' again. (?)”

    Good riddance.

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    Richard Mantle

    Avengers #219 (05/82)
    Writer - Jim Shooter - Editor-in-Chief Penciller - Bob Hall Editor - Jim Salicrup Inker - Dan Green/'Embellishers Assembled' Cover Art – Bob Hall & Bob Layton
    "By Divine Right, Moondragon Commands!"
    A very clean sharp Avengers cover - menacing Moondragon floating-head impressive starry-sky with impressive colouring and logo etc. Bob Hall and Bob Layton - a polished combination. I love the corner box only having the four active Avengers at last. Always think this box should be the individual team roster for the issue. For once this qualifies.

    "...By Divine Right!"
    This issue opens with Jan Van-Dyne getting a new hairdo but leaving early as she "feel compelled to shrink and fly!" embarassingly without a Wasp-size costume. Similarly compelled to leave a Casino Tony Stark manages to change to Iron Man away from others. Captain America stops chasing armed robbers and races off. Thor arrives outside Avenegrs Mansion and helps Jarvis snow-clearing but rather than chilling out with the butler - Thor also races mysteriously off.

    The four members of the team then find themselves assembling at a spaceship owned by - Moondragon! "It is the ship of Moondragon!"
    "New costume Wasp?"

    "No, it's a handkerchief I took out of my purse before I ditched it, and -- -- oh never mind!"

    They worry it's a trap but enter the ship, find it empty and as it zooms into space they view a recording from Drax the Destroyer.
    This is 'original' Drax - created for the sole purpose of killing Thanos - first time around! Green but wearing a purple costume, skull-cap and cape. Drax explains when Thanos was killed (by someone else) - "I was left without reason to exist!"
    He expalins he met up with his similarly human-destined-for-more daughter - Moondragon and they apparently roamed space together.

    The main plot is explained - they came upon a wartorn planet that Moondragon controlled via her mind-powers to create peace. Drax warns of an evil coming and fades out (naturally) before he can explain other than the Avengers are the only one that can help!

    The ship travels through space, to the planet - called Ba-Bani- and our team go planetside (the Wasp now wearing a tarpaulin(!)) to locate Drax and Moondragon.
    Our heroes are told of an advancing evil army and although they argue it's not an Avengers issue and are clearly wary of being lied to but Moondragon appeals for their help to save lives and peace and they kind of agree. "I feel so confused now-- like my mind's in a fog!"

    So, however they got involved, the Avengers fight believing themselves to be on the side of right and saving lives.
    Ominously Drax is compelled only to watch rather than protect Captain America as he is attacked.
    Eventually the uprising is quashed and Moondragon is content, "My gratitude knows no bounds, Janet!"
    The team put off leaving despite foggy minds and Cap and the Wasp find that they are not welcome to look around They meet the leaders of the rebel army who explain they had been compelled to fight against our herores for no apparent reason.

    Iron Man watches film of the fight and notices how Drax could have helped Cap and asks him why he didn't - Drax cannot explain.
    It is becoming clear that Moondragon has been mentally manipulating... everyone!

    Thor confronts Moondragon who admits that Drax had actually sent the ship at the opening of this story to the Avengers - to enlist their help in stopping Moondragon from mentally-enslaving the entire planet!! She stopped him from explaining that and made up the phoney-fight as a cover-story for the Avengers. She gradually influeneces Thor too "For my sake..."

    "For... your... sake..."

    The issue closes as Thor declares his love for Moondragon!

    So, from being morally ambiguous at most in previous appearances, we now know that Moondragon is a completely corrupt meglamaniac these days!
    It proves how much power she has - controlling an entire planet's population but it also begs the question - did she activly control the last Avenger membership shake-up as we wondered back in #211 and even as she discussed in depth the recent downfall of Hank Pym - was she behind that too??

    She now has Thor under her thrawl as well as Drax - what does that mean for the Avengers?
    This is such a tight two-parter that I do wonder if it and the next issue were originally planned to be the next Avengers Annual - rather than the very Defenders presentation we get there..?

    The art here is fine, crisp and bright, not exactly classic fan-favourite but we've seen alot worse recently.
    There is a strange emphasis on almost-nudity - the Wasp has a problem covering her modestly throughout this issue and Moondragon's costume is more and more insubstantial as we go through!.
    Next Issue
    We actually get three preview panels - Iron Man holding/versus Drax, Thor standing with Moondragon and the Wasp and Captain America looking stoical.                                                                                                 "The stunning conclusion of our epic tale! We firmly believe that you'll never forget the shocking ending of... War Against the Gods!"

    Come Back...