Issue(s): Avengers #240, Avengers #241, Avengers #242
At the end of Spider-Woman's series, she was killed off, which seemed unnecessary to me. Furthermore, a spell was cast that actually wiped the world of her memory, which was just overkill. This arc undoes most of that, although it does leave Jessica Drew without any powers.
It turns out that Spider-Woman is not dead, but her body is in a coma and her spirit along with Magnus' is trapped on the Astral Plane by Morgan Le Fey.
With the help of Dr. Strange & Henry Pym...
...plus Tigra, and the Shroud...
..the Avengers are able to defeat Morgan and restore Jessica to her body.
Morgan Le Fey vows revenge, and she will become something of a recurring Avengers foe after this. Magnus dies for real during this arc. I'm ok with that; he was a creepy annoyance anyway!
Stern seems to be playing up the "Tigra's a scaredy cat" angle that Shooter established in her last Avengers' appearance. In a number of panels, Tigra either notes that she's afraid or out of her league, or another Avenger makes a point of telling her to calm down.
There's some really well written scenes with the Wasp and Henry Pym meeting again for the first time in a while. Janet starts off acting really stuffy towards him (in her stuffy Chairwoman voice, as she says), but they later mellow out and act relatively comfortably around each other.
Issue #242 is really a separate story arc, but it begins with the team traveling home from the West Coast (I thought this panel with Starfox kinda hitting on She-Hulk and the Scarlet Witch was funny; especially Wanda's expression).
It's a downtime issue. Thor returns to the team (Cap returned in issue #241 while the rest of the team was still out west), they throw a party celebrating Hawkeye & Mockingbird's engagement (i love Thor's flagon)...
...and the Vision reveals that he can walk again.
The Vision continues to act oddly.
Then the Vision sends out the Avengers to investigate some energy fluctuation that he detected, which leads to the team getting sent to Secret Wars.
The Spider-Woman story was fun and it's a nice correction to the way Spider-Woman's series ended. The downtime issue is a lot of fun. Good character moments and a good building of the Vision's megalomania.
Milgrom's art can be stiff at times but it's good enough.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Avengers leave for Secret Wars this issue. Thor's appearance in issue #242 takes place slightly after the opening page and a half of Thor #341, but the rest of Thor #341 takes place after the Avengers return from Secret Wars. Captain America appears here after the events of Captain America #292 (and the last few panels of that issue overlap with the end of Avengers #242). Dr. Strange's appearance is context-free.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (10): show
The Wasp's costume has a strange resemblance to the Molecule Man's.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 2, 2011 5:07 PM
Yeah, there definitely appears to be something wrong with Vision: that one panel shows him as if he's trying to eat Wasp!
Posted by: Ataru320 | August 12, 2013 4:37 PM
Tigra says the events of Spider-Woman 50 happened just days ago. I guess it's been a pretty busy few days in the Marvel U.
Posted by: S | August 16, 2014 5:56 PM
Is there something wrong with the lips in these issues? I'd say its just the females (see the scary Shulkie where she places her hand on Jess) but even Vision and Cap are affected based on the pics.
Posted by: Ataru320 | August 16, 2014 10:57 PM
These were some seminal issues of my childhood - the only ones I read in real time as the heroes went off to Secret Wars.
1 - I also love Thor's flagon - one one of my favorite Thor scenes. Poor Jarvis.
2 - These were nice in that we actually had a time that was a bit female dominated. The team of Avengers that flies west is four females and Starfox. A nice change of pace for the team.
3 - A nice use of Hank Pym. This is the start of Marvel remembering to use him as a scientist now that he's not a costumed superhero anymore. That will last a few years before he becomes a combination of both in WCA.
4 - A nice large group of Avengers at the end, which means that they can actually have something happen in the next Avengers issue before the heroes return, unlike in almost all the other titles, which start the next issue with the return of the heroes.
5 - "Morgan Le Fey vows revenge, and she will become something of a recurring Avengers foe after this." That must have happened years later because it still hadn't happened when I stopped reading Avengers in the early 90's.
Posted by: Erik Beck | May 16, 2015 1:34 PM
Erik Beck, yes Morgan Le Fey's status as a recurring Avengers foe got going in the late 90s when Kurt Busiek made her the villain for the opening arc of AVENGERS vol.3. Chuck Austen used her as well during his brief run, and Brian Michael Bendis used her twice, in his MIGHTY AVENGERS and his DARK AVENGERS books. And most recently she was in the AVENGERS WORLD series by Nick Spencer.
Posted by: Dermie | May 16, 2015 9:35 PM
I think there should be an increase in historical significance for the debut of one of the all-time worst costumes that the Wasp has worn in her entire career. Always thought it was unfortunate that she had to change into that green & purple monstrosity immediately before the original Secret Wars miniseries started. Not even Mike Zeck could make that outfit look good.
Posted by: Ben Herman | January 3, 2017 8:56 PM
"Engagement party"? I thought Hawk & Mock eloped and were already married by this time. They seemed to get martied on quick succession.
Posted by: Jon Dubya | January 13, 2017 4:30 PM
Jon Dubya, you are correct. The Avengers didn't find out about the marriage until after the fact, so this is a party to celebrate it after the fact.
Posted by: Dermie | January 13, 2017 5:08 PM
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