Issue(s): Avengers #244, Avengers #245
So basically, if the Avengers did nothing, the male Dire Wraiths would either have fled the planet or been killed (and as it ends, they are killed, but the Avengers defeat some females as well).
That said, this is Roger Stern, so we're going to get a good story. And that means some downtime.
Some shirtless downtime.
And just a lot of fun writing that continues the uber-plot of the Vision's machinations while making the Dire Wraith menace enjoyable.
While all of this is going on, Hawkeye and Mockingbird are met by Bill Foster at the Los Angeles airport on their way to form the West Coast Avengers. And Quicksilver learns that Bova has been injured by Magneto.
Carmine Infantino co-pencils issue #244, and you know what that means. Crazy faces!
And super-gaunt pig-nostril faces!
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place a little before ROM #58 based on references in that issue. Nick Fury appears in this issue, still bandaged from the Dire Wraith attack on the SHIELD helicarrier. I mention this because according to Hulk #297-300, Nick Fury gets run out of SHIELD at some point, as depicted in a non-existent mini-series. Whenever that supposedly happened, it hasn't happened yet.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (3): show
Bill Foster, Bova, Captain America, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Hawkeye, Lockjaw, Mockingbird, Nick Fury, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Starfox, Vision, Wasp
Carmine Infantino's career was winding down at this time(he began drawing comics--at Timely--in 1940) and, well, he just did not care.
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