Issue(s): Avengers #150, Avengers #151
Thor, still under the influence of Moondragon's talk of godhood, is leaving the team, and he is taking Moondragon along with him (to the relief of everyone else).
Moondragon in turn is taking Hellcat, for training.
When Thor announces that he's leaving, Iron Man says "As a friend I can't help but wish that nobody'd put this idea in his head". Perez chooses to illustrate that with a rare over-the-should perspective from behind Moondragon, which i thought was great.
Yellowjacket/Hank Pym still doesn't want to be an Avenger, but the Wasp does. In a typical passive-aggressive fit, he says that he's quitting, but by the end of the arc he decides to stay on the team after all.
Most of these two issues are filled with flashbacks (and indeed just about all of Avengers #16, the first of these "choosing of the team" issues). Beyond that, it's a nice action-free issue with a lot of good character moments.
There are a number of cameos and mystery appearances, some of which are just people reacting to the recruitment drive and some set-ups for future plots.
The Avengers settle on a core team of Vision, Scarlet Witch, Beast, Captain America, Wasp, and Yellowjacket, with Iron Man as chairman (Thor was the previous chairman).
The other Avengers are put on a prototype of the reserve status, to be called upon in times of need.
At the end of the issue Wonder Man appears, accusing the Vision of having stolen his mind.
Despite multiple creative teams and too many flashbacks, this was a fun issue.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Thing, watching the newscast of the Avengers event on TV, is wearing the Thing exo-skeleton that he wore in Fantastic Four #170-175. Takes place after the formation of the Champions (the MCP actually has it between Champions #6-7 and Ghost Rider #20-21 but i have some limitations thanks to my Champions trade). Continues directly into Avengers #152.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Avengers #27 (vol. 3)
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When Gerry Conway became EIC at Marvel, he immediately grabbed titles that he wanted to write for himself, such as Avengers and Defenders. This ticked off Steve Gerber quite a bit, and this(among other things) angered Steve Englehart so much that he defected to DC. Conway also interfered with Jim Starlin's coloring on Warlock, causing Jim to quit and go to DC and Warren. Gerry's poor conflict resolution skills(I believe he was 22 at the time) caused Marvel higher-ups to fire him after 6 weeks as EIC. But because Conway wrote really fast, his stories continued to appear for a while, sometimes requiring completion by other writers, as in this title.
Marv Wolfman left the EIC position after about a year because the strain was overwhelming. I think Roy Thomas was asked to come back to it, but was turned down after demanding some concessions. Gerry Conway immediately left DC to take the job--most of his work at DC tended to be very short-run series that weren't necessarily his fault(DC was thrashing about really bad trying to regain comic sales dominance; virtually nothing worked and publisher Carmine Infantino got fired and replaced by Jenette Kahn).
I regret that Yellowjacket and Wasp return, and that Thor and Hellcat chose to leave.
Well, technically, the Champions didn't actually form as a team until Champions #4. ;)
Moondragon & Hellcat became "reserve" members here.
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