Issue(s): Avengers #15, Avengers #16
Review/plot: Captain America writes a letter to Nick Fury asking to join his counter-espionage program. I thought that was pretty cool.
The rest of issue #15 is a little... simple. The Masters of Evil attack the Avengers.
Zemo dies in a fight against Cap.
Giant-Man is wearing a new costume. It is ugly.
The issue ends with a stalemate because the Avengers don't want to get into a fight with the rest of the Masters of Evil in the streets of New York.
At the beginning of issue #16, the Avengers break the stalemate by executing "Plan D", which means Thor teleports the bad guys to another dimension (what??!?) where they can fight without injuring bystanders.
The Executioner and the Enchantress, who are able to resist Thor's teleportation, bug out and the Melter and the Black Knight are easily defeated by the other Avengers while Thor stands around with his arms crossed.
After the fight, Pym and the Wasp decide to retire and Iron Man decides to leave the team too.
Just at that moment, Hawkeye shows up.
He's reformed, Black Widow is apparently dead, and he wants to join the Avengers. He proves it by shooting arrows at Jarvis, who he's tied up.
The Avengers contact Namor to see if he'd like to reform also, but he declines. The Avengers still think he's a swell guy, even though he wants to conquer the world.
However, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver read that the Avengers are recruiting and decide to join them as well.
There's a neat panel of some of the Avengers' villains reacting to the recruitment drive.
When Cap gets back from South America (after a long romp through the jungle with Rick, returning home with their fight with Zemo) he finds out that he's gonna be leading a whole new team.
Above is the first of many "announcing the new lineup to the public scenes. Iron Man is already feeling nostalgic about the battle cry that Thor came up with two issues ago.
Iron Man also has some parting words for the new team, which is lacking a bit in raw power: "Find the Hulk".
Issue #16 is interesting because all of the super-villain fighting is front-loaded; the rest of the issue focuses on the team changes and new members.
While he hasn't been a regular artist on the book since issue #8, Jack Kirby has been doing layouts since issue #14, but his absolute last issue of the Avengers is issue #16 (not counting covers), which is interesting because it's a "changing of the guard" issue.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Giant-Man is wearing his new costume, first seen in Tales To Astonish #65, in these issues. Issue #16 potentially takes place over a long period of time. There's the initial battle with the Masters of Evil, but then a potential gap before Hawkeye shows up at the Mansion. During that period, Thor has already left for the Trial of the Gods.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Marvel Triple Action #9, Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers #16
Inbound References (14): show
When Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch assemble with the Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron in May 2015, it will be exactly fifty years to the month that they first assembled with the Avengers in the comic in May 1965.
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