Issue(s): Avengers #39
Review/plot: The Mad Thinker has assembled a Triumvirate of Terror. three tech-based super-villains who are notable only because they now force Marvel archivists to refer to the real Hammerhead and Piledriver as "Hammerhead II" and "Piledriver II".
Amazingly, the name "Thunderboot" has not been recycled.
Look at these losers. And that's a terrible Mad Thinker:
Ha ha ha!
The Mad Thinker, aware that Captain America is elsewhere, and relying on the drop in the Avenger's morale due to the defection of the Black Widow...
...decides that now is a good time to attack the Avengers. He is using pawns because in the past he has not considered the "human factor" so now he's... using humans in his plots. Hey, he's the super-genius, i won't question him. Anyway, the problem with his plot is that he wasn't aware that Hercules is now an Avenger, and that ruins everything.
I don't know why the Mad Thinker is going after the Avengers anyway.
Other than to scare the Fantastic Four, he doesn't seem to have any real motivation. Well ok, he does say he wants Tony Stark's inventions, but a little industrial espionage at Stark's factory would make more sense than an attack on the Avengers, no?
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Captain America is still away on his personal mission that began in Tales Of Suspense #88. Nick Fury is currently confined to his quarters due to events in Strange Tales, but it doesn't say what issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Triple Action #31
Inbound References (1): showBlack Widow, Dum Dum Dugan LMD, Hawkeye, Henry Pym, Hercules, Mad Thinker, Mad Thinker's Hammerhead, Mad Thinker's Piledriver, Nick Fury, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Thunderboot, Wasp
This was a weak issue and yes the art on the Mad Thinker was pretty poor, so much so that he was almost unrecognizable here. I liked that Roy was paying attention to what was going on in other series.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 11, 2016 5:11 PM
The fans out grew Don Heck and Buscema really saved the day for this series. Hercules could certainly be repackaged to a more modernized Olympian God version of himself and placed in key battle cameos again with the Avengers.
Posted by: Rocknrollguitarplayer | April 5, 2017 2:00 AM
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