Issue(s): Avengers #280
Jarvis thinks through his history with the Avengers...
...struggles with the trauma of Hyde's torture...
...and ultimately decides not to resign.
It's a nice issue that lets us see various Avengers events through the eyes of their butler...
...and also takes the occasion to rationalize some of the behavior of the characters in those early issues, like the Wasp's early flirting...
...or Jarvis' own concerns about getting someone to pay for his mother's medical bills during the Ultron debut.
And also show some behind-the-scenes development, like Hawkeye now putting Cap on a pedestal after earlier giving him nothing but grief...
...and seeing Jarvis and Vision bonding.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Note that Jarvis feels sympathy for Pietro and notes that the others BELIEVE Pietro to be a traitor,like they once believed the same of Jarvis- this is more evidence that the "Pietro was mind-controlled" retcon was Harras's idea.
Posted by: Michael | March 10, 2014 8:38 PM
Excellent issue. A great fill-in that does what is necessary for Jarvis. Not an ideal issue for new readers since there is no action, but great for those who have been with the title for a while.
Posted by: Chris | March 12, 2014 9:41 PM
My FOOMs are currently filed away, but I believe that was addressed in the 2-part Jarvis interview(#8-9, if I recall correctly).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 13, 2014 3:16 PM
Sir Philip Sidney wasn't a poet; he busted up Spanish dirty book rings.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 13, 2014 4:05 PM
Again, I love the Kyle Baker inks... a nice contrast to the usual (top class!) art for this series at the time - along with a nice, much-needed (with regard to pacing) fill-in story.
Posted by: Buffy | March 14, 2014 8:55 PM
Kyle Baker has had a few excellent comics, but from outside of Marvel.
You Are Here is his best work, in my opinion. I loved that graphic novel.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | March 14, 2014 9:13 PM
Thanks, ChrisKafka - I'll be looking out for those!
Posted by: Buffy | March 15, 2014 3:30 AM
A great fill-in that was also rather poignant. A great quiet moment between the storyline of Under Siege and Assault on Olympus.
Posted by: Erik Beck | July 14, 2015 11:37 AM
Baker's inks really classes up Hall's pencils here.
Harras also does some great character moments- one wonders if this wasn't what gave Busiek the idea for Marvels, as Fnord mentions.
That image of Hyde pummeling Jarvis was haunting. Think about how strong Hyde is, and consider that he didn't turn Jarvis into a pudding. It's possible that his ire was for Spider-Man and/or the Cobra, after the events of ASM #231-2.
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | July 18, 2015 12:45 AM
Terrific fill-in and a reminder of Jarvis' importance to the team's ongoing story.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | April 1, 2018 1:20 AM
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