Issue(s): Avengers #228, Avengers #229, Avengers #230
Frankly, Egghead, who is presumed dead, should have just sat back and let Pym take the rap for the crime he forced Pym into, but he's got a more convoluted scheme. He sends his new Masters of Evil to "rescue" Pym at the courthouse, pretend that they're acting on his orders.
One of my favorite scenes from a comic is in this issue, right before the jail break. Tiger Shark, after stumbling into Egghead's headquarters while engaged in a pointless fight with the Shocker...
...sees Radioactive Man in his civilian form and says, "Hey! What's this big gook doin' here?".
Dr. Lu transforms into the Radioactive Man, impressing the hell out of everyone in the room and leaving Tiger Shark stammering out an apology.
The Avengers respond to the MoE's attack, but the bad guys have the upper hand. Radioactive Man is able to generate gamma rays that convert the She-Hulk back into Jennifer Walters.
He then causes Thor's hammer to hit Captain America.
Basically, the Radioactive Man is a badass. The Masters of Evil get away, but the Shocker is left behind, deliberately, because it turns out he's a patsy, and Egghead planted a post-hypnotic suggestion in his head that makes him confirm that Pym is their leader.
Egghead tries to convince Pym to join the Masters of Evil. Pym, looking desperate and ruined, seemingly goes along with it.
But instead of building the gadget Egghead wanted, he actually builds a device that allows him to singlehandedly defeat the team.
Meanwhile, Hawkeye deliberately enrages Jennifer Walters to help her turn back into She-Hulk.
And Captain Marvel gets the idea to use a device on the Shocker to see if he's been brainwashed.
With all of that settled, the Avengers head out to Egghead's base in time to find the bad guys defeated. But while Pym isn't looking, Egghead pulls out a gun to shoot Pym.
Hawkeye shots an arrow into the gun's barrel, causing it to explode, killing Egghead.
Afterwards, there is an official Avengers inquisition on both Pym and Hawkeye. It's confirmed that Pym wasn't under any kind of mind control when he hit Janet and launched the fake robot attack. But Hawkeye is absolved of any guilt for killing Egghead.
Pym leaves the Avengers, with some well-written heartfelt drama as he says goodbye to the team and to Janet. He leaves behind his Yellowjacket suit.
Great characterization from Roger Stern again. I especially like his She-Hulk. Of Captain America, she says at one point: "Yeah, he does pretty well for a guy with no powers, but I could take him!". His Moonstone is really great, too (it's his character, of course).
But Stern is really good all around at making all of the team talk and act like real people.
During the course of these issues, Iron Man goes missing.
Two additional developing sub-plots: Plantman is escaping from prison...
...and Captain Mar-vell's former girlfriend Elysius releases Eros of Titan from the vow he made to Mar-vell that he would look after her after Mar-vell died.
Quality Rating: A-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Vision & the Scarlet Witch are shown watching coverage of the trial from their home in New Jersey. Iron Man goes missing from the Avengers this issue, so he shouldn't appear as a member of the team in any other books.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (3): show
Ant-Man, Beetle, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Egghead, Elysius, Fred Sloan, Hawkeye, Henry Pym, Iron Man, ISAAC, Jarvis, Mentor, Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Plantman, Radioactive Man, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Shocker, Thor, Tiger Shark, Trish Starr, Vision, Wasp
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