Issue(s): Avengers #155, Avengers #156
In the end the Avengers are defeated. Which is fine if they were defeated by Dr. Doom, but most of them were defeated by Hydrobase scrubs, who are just scientists, and that's kind of embarassing. Tamara again wonders if the Vision is indeed one of her people, but nothing ever comes of that.
In captivity, the Scarlet Witch manages to hex Captain America's shield over to Cap, who manages to throw it with just a flick of his wrist, since his hands are bound. He uses it to free the Vision, who seemingly flees without freeing the other Avengers. He's actually going to suggest an alliance with Doom against Attuma, and he doesn't trust his teammates to keep their emotions in check while he negotiates.
Meanwhile, the Beast, the Whizzer, and Wonder Man hunt down Attuma and try to prevent him from stealing a device that was built to increase the growth of plankton. Then Namor shows up...
...and Attuma tricks him into fighting the Avengers while he flees. Wonder Man is shown to be at least as strong as Namor.
After their misunderstanding fight (resolved when Namor recognizes the Whizzer from his Liberty Legion days) they all head out to Atlantis to fight Attuma again.
Doom agrees to the alliance and he and the Avengers also head out to Atlantis. Their combined forces easily overwhelm Attuma's barbarians, with the 'brothers' Wonder Man and Vision combining their strength to defeat a souped up Tyrak.
Doom runs off with the plankton accelerator, but the Avengers subsequently show up and smash it. With nothing left to fight for, Doom leaves.
The only real character development going on in these issues is the Vision dealing with the fact that Wonder Man has resurfaced, making him wonder if he's a real person if the man whose brain waves his mind is based on is also alive. While the Vision withdraws, the Scarlet Witch gets *s-s-s-sob* worried.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly from Super-Villain Team-Up #9.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (5): show
The fact that Namor doesn't immediately recognize the Whizzer could indicate that Namor's long-term memory still has some problems(from when Destiny gave him amnesia), which could explain a number of fights of his from FF #4 onwards.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 21, 2011 11:45 PM
Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2013 8:43 AM
"In the end the Avengers are defeated. Which is fine if they were defeated by Dr. Doom, but most of them were defeated by Hydrobase scrubs, who are just scientists, and that's kind of embarrassing."
There seems to be a rule (in both Marvel and DC) that brainwashed people don't fight up to their top abilities. Moira's explanation in X-Men #3 that mutants fight off brainwashing every time they use their powers certainly seems a workable idea for all super-powered heroes.
Posted by: Erik Beck | March 20, 2015 11:40 AM
For what it's worth, the footnote in #156 is incorrect; it is in SVTU #10, not #11, that Cap follows up on his mysterious lead.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | September 18, 2015 3:10 PM
To be fair, the only Avengers taken down by "Hydrobase scrubs" are Yellowjacket and the Vision. And with Vizh unable to shift density due to the slave collar, it makes sense that he's prey for the super-gun. YJ should be embarrassed, though.
But I can't complain about Namorita (near enough to her cousin) being able to catch the Wasp or a tough Tamara Ran shaking off a weak, half-powered hex from Wanda (still recovering from her wound) and knocking her out. Doom had the stronger women on his side, IMO.
Posted by: Dan Spector | August 21, 2016 4:38 AM
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