Issue(s): Avengers #12
Review/plot: Poor Henry Pym gets no respect. Just look at the title of the book this issue is reprinted in. Marvel Triple Action. The cover promotes The Mighty Thor! Captain America! Iron Man! Giant-Man is stuck on the sidelines with the Wasp, probably stewing and blaming all his inadequacies on Janet.
Janet doesn't have much respect for him either.
When the rest of the Avengers show up, they think it's ridiculous too. Iron Man shows up to the meeting on roller skates and even he's laughing at Pym.
So Pym goes off to investigate the threat on his own.
It turns out the Avengers were right. There is no threat. There is only the Mole Man, who thinks he can speed up the Earth's rotation with an "atomic gyroscope". This is, of course, completely delusional. Nonetheless Giant-Man runs into the Moleoids and gets himself captured.
Later the Avengers feel bad and go looking for Pym. They rescue him and beat up the Mole Man and his Moleoids just for fun.
The Red Ghost also shows up (without his, um, super apes) but contributes absolutely nothing.
Interestingly, the Wasp is the Avenger's chairperson this issue.
While Pym is off doing his thing, Captain America is out stopping real crime, including fighting a guy named "Monk".
Monk will go on to become Ape Man of the Ani-Men.
There's another proto Avengers Assemble yell this issue.
I love the idea of Fantastic Four villains showing up in the Avengers, thus making them simply Marvel Universe villains. This issue also (most likely unintentionally) sets up the idea of Pym being under-appreciated, which will lead to his leaving the team in issue #16. Nonetheless, this was a fairly silly story and the art is really sketchy.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Marvel Triple Action #6
Inbound References (3): show
Ape Man, Captain America, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Mole Man, Red Ghost, Rick Jones, Thor, Wasp
i hate janet. it's pretty clear she and pym have no business being together in any kind of relationship. i don't even know why he hangs out with her at all. i wouldn't even want her as a friend, let alone a girlfriend. she's an awful person.
George R. R. Martin has a letter here.
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