Characters Appearing: Black Widow, Captain America, Crystal, Deathcry, Fabian Cortez, Henry Pym, Hercules, Luna, Magdalene, Mutate 682, Swordsman (Gatherers), Taylor Madison, Vision
Issue(s): Avengers #367
In the process he observes the Swordsman recovering from his coma and Taylor Madison breaking up with Hercules.
The Vision even talks to Crystal...
...and gets a platonic kiss from her.
He's later approached by Deathcry (who is apparently just hanging around the Mansion). She puts the moves on him.
He says he feels nothing from the kiss, and gets so angry about feeling no emotions that he punches a wall (the irony is surely intentional).
A fine line needs to be walked with the Vision at this point. Too far in one direction and he is just a machine, not really interesting except as a background character. Too far in the other direction and he is basically back to how he was pre-Byrne. I'd be totally fine with that, but that doesn't seem to be where Marvel wanted to go with him at this time. So he's left in this state where we're supposed to be perpetually wondering if he has emotions. Which, of course he does, so the whole thing is kind of tedious.
At the end of this issue, someone kidnaps Luna.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Pushed back in publication time a bit due to the Bloodties crossover. Luna is kidnapped this issue, but we'll learn that she's been replaced by a Genoshan mutate shapeshifter. So time can pass between this issue or next, but there probably shouldn't be any "Luna" appearances in between (unless absolutely necessary).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Shocked that the seeds of Bloodties being planted here don't merit more than a 1 on the historical significance rating. I mean who can forget the introduction of the Unforgiven that occurs during Bloodties?
The art here looks like the house style they used in giveaway comics.
Posted by: Mark Black | March 3, 2017 3:54 PM
I don't know what Deathcry means when she mentions Jocasta here. IIRC she once showed an interest in the Vision, but he did not even realize that.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | March 3, 2017 4:46 PM
Cortez talking about how beautiful Luna is and how attractive her family before grabbing her is makes him sound like a pedophile.
Posted by: Michael | March 3, 2017 8:08 PM
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