Issue(s): Avengers #190, Avengers #191
This is a pretty cool set of issues. It starts with the Avengers presenting their case to a Senate committee. Their lawyers Matt Murdock, Jeryn Hogarth (Heroes for Hire), and Emerson Bale (Champions) present the case that Gyrich's restrictions have been too strict.
Murdock thinks to himself that Hogarth and Bale are too showboaty ("Not that I mind Hogarth and Bale much, but I've always preferred practicing law -- and their idea of a good courtroom is a three-ring circus with themselves as ringmasters."). He also thinks that Gyrich's attitude towards the Avengers is dangerous, especially if applied to super-heroes in general.
As the case is presented, a strange and cool-looking creature crashes in from outer space and starts working its way through the outer borough subway stations towards Manhattan.
Gyrich is eventually forced to let the Avengers leave the hearing so they can stop the creature.
In a bizarre twist, the creature turns out to actually be a stone space-suit created by the Grey Gargoyle. Murdock changes into Daredevil to help out, but he and Iron Man quickly get turned to stone.
After a series of well-drawn battle sequences...
...the Avengers win when the Scarlet Witch is able to summon up a hex that turns the Gargoyle's stone body back to human flesh. Which is a little bit of a cop-out but that's ok.
Hinted at but not actually stated in these issues is that the Scarlet Witch is still rattled by the fact that her brother is going to have a baby.
After the fight, the Senate committee restores the Avengers' security clearance.
Overall, a good set of issues with some interesting politics, a fun fight, and great art.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Daredevil's appearance is context free.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (3): show
Beast, Captain America, Daredevil, Dwight Stanford, Emerson Bale, Falcon, Grey Gargoyle, Henry Peter Gyrich, Iron Man, Jarvis, Jeryn Hogarth, Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), Redwing, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Wasp
great to see an old favourite villain like gray gargoyle getting some respect. he should be tough enough to take on a whole team of heroes.
It's kind of cool seeing the Grey Gargoyle look so tough in a lot of these old appearances. When I was a kid, I only knew of him from the Acts of Vengeance Hulk appearance where the Hulk regards him as an extremely minor leaguer. Now in fairness, Gargoyle wasn't briefed on the Hulk's powers (to resist the stone touch), but it still made him seem like a chump.
It seems like Beast is getting used a little better and Falcon ends being helpful. Just read these at work and I was actually surprised by 'alien' being just a stone suit. It is really cool he takes on the team and does well.
I kind of wish we saw more of the trial and only weak spot is Gargoyle telling his origin out of the blue.
These are two great issues - solid writing and great art. Two big things that fnord doesn't mention:
1 - The Falcon really does well here, following Gargoyle and keeping him busy until the other Avengers keep up. It's by far his most effective as an Avenger.
2 - Gyrich lets them go because of a great scene where Beast completely humiliates him. Truly fantastic and rather hilarious. A great use of Beast.
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