kveto from prague:
Issue(s): Avengers #75, Avengers #76
...Quicksilver returns to the Avengers. After the obligatory fight scene, Quicksilver explains that in searching for a way to restore the Scarlet Witch's powers, he, Scarlet Witch, and the Toad opened a portal to another dimension where a Conan type named Arkon came through.
He wanted the Scarlet Witch as a queen and he needed to trigger a nuclear war on earth in order to restore light to his own dying world. A full battalion of Avengers, including Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America, find a way to Arkon's world...
...and defeat Arkon and his minions.
Wanda is rescued and Iron Man and Thor find another way to save Arkon's world, but the Toad seems to have been forgotten.
Arkon is depicted as not such a bad guy for someone who is willing to destroy an entire planet, and the Scarlet Witch certainly goes soft on him.
He promises the Scarlet Witch that he'll make her powers return, although it doesn't say how.
The Black Widow breaks up with Goliath with no real explanation.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Needs to fit with Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America's books.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Marvel Super Action #36, Marvel Super Action #37
Inbound References (7): show
The Toad doesn't reappear until nearly exactly 5 years later in the same title, but his absence doesn't affect anything.
The Scarlet Witch now has brown hair. Her swimsuit is now strapless. This will be her default appearance for decades. While artists would change her costume from time to time, eventually Wanda would always revert to her default costume. Rejoining the team here, the Scarlet Witch would remain with the team until Avengers 211.
Her hair was brown in the early X-Men issues (prior to joining the Avengers in Av. #16)...so when she returned to the Avengers in #75, Roy wanted her haircolor back to brown instead of the "black" hair (gray or blue base with black shading) she'd had during her first stint with the Avengers. I believe his explanation is contained in #81's lettercol.
Ah yes this is the first of Arkon who gets some nice character development when acting with the X-Men.
Arkon always seemed like he should have been a much better villain - an extra-dimensional invader who is a cross between Conan and Genghis Khan - but he never quite worked. His description in OHOTMU sounded much better than these issues.
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