Issue(s): Avengers #125
On the left you see the Avengers' Quinjet, which is now designed to work in space (unlike during the Kree-Skrull War). On the right with that weird star-shape in the front is a ship that the Avengers acquired from the Zodiac, piloted by the Black Panther (at first i kind of zoned out past a narration box and thought the Panther had picked up his own ship from Wakanda! Hurray! Finally acknowledging the high-tech side of the Black Panther! But no such luck).
The Avengers' solution to defeating the hodge-podge group of aliens that Thanos has assembled is pretty novel as well.
They destroy the computer that coordinates the language translation, making it impossible for the army to communicate.
Also, they have Thor.
Tensions are high in the group, and during the battle the Swordsman makes a lewd comment to the Vision implying that the Viz is interested in Mantis (In issue #121, the Vision told Swordsman that he admires the Mantis' mind. This issue, the Swordsman says "we both know what you really mean, don't we?"). Look at the Scarlet Witch's near-breakdown reaction.
Captain America returns to the Avengers after his fight with the Secret Empire, and he's rattled and despondent.
This one really deserved a Nabisco-corner triangle that said "Thanos War!".
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue begins with Libra being taken away by the police, so it's close to a direct continuation of last issue. Takes place over at least a two day period during several issues of Captain Marvel during the Thanos saga. Takes place after Captain America #175, but before Steve Rogers decides to quit being Cap in Captain America #176.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBlack Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Libra, Lou-Ann Savannah, Mantis, Scarlet Witch, Swordsman, Thanos, Thor, Vision
The Aakon aliens were usually colored yellow.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 20, 2011 11:09 PM
Foom #3 announced Jim Starlin as the artist of this issue.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 3, 2013 7:39 PM
In the panel underneath the double-page spread, the pale blue alien looks like the fake aliens from Amazing Spider-Man #2. Under the Skrull's arm in the panel below that, that appears to be Chameleon Boy from the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 3, 2013 12:53 PM
Something I just recently noticed: when one of Thanos' ships falls to earth and bounces off a building, a movie marquee at the bottom of the panel reads "Deep Throat".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 1, 2014 3:06 PM
Since I had #126 but have never actually read #125, I'm glad you put in the panel about Vision / Scarlet With / Mantis / Swordsman. It helps provide context for a lot of what happens in #126.
Posted by: Erik Beck | March 2, 2015 5:58 PM
Iam Reading Avengers Versus Thanos softcover André also notice that reference of The pornô movie Deep Throat. That was genial.
Posted by: Antônio Jorge | January 10, 2017 4:03 PM
The same that Mark Drummond spoke at 2014 almost 2 and a half years later for me.
Posted by: Antônio Jorge | January 10, 2017 4:05 PM
The name Yggthion mentioned by that alien is a reference to a character in the early 1970s SF stage play "Warp".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 28, 2017 11:18 AM
Actually, given how long both races have been around, you'd think you could find some Aakon who could speak Skrull, and vice versa. Not everybody on Thanos's polyglot fleet, I'll grant you, but enough to keep the situation from heading south quite so quickly.
Posted by: Dan Spector | March 28, 2018 11:18 AM
Perhaps a race of shapeshifters might have some physically impossible pronunciations; indeed, I'd think a central problem with extraterrestrial communication might simply be anatomical. Even in the MU, you've got Mephitisoids, who sue scents to communicate with one another, and Thanos's minions seem to include snake-creatures and even aliens with no mouths.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 30, 2018 7:43 AM
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