Avengers annual #9
Issue(s): Avengers annual #9
It turns out Arsenal and the computer that is controlling it are part of a World War II era American program designed by Tony Stark's father. The program was similar to the Red Skull's Sleeper robots; they were to be activated only in the event that the US lost WWII. But they somehow got activated now, and attacked the Avengers under the impression that they were Nazis. The computer was weirdly imprinted with Tony's mother's personality.
Tony is eventually able to convince it that WWII is over and the Allies won.
Ms. Marvel, the Falcon, and the Wasp were unavailable, so reserve Avengers Thor and Wonder Man were called in.
Decent art by Don Newton, who i know nothing about. As for the writing: not very good. Hawkeye is written to be especially, annoyingly, cranky.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Avengers #189 has Thor departing Avengers Mansion after the defeat of Arsenal. Takes place simultaneously with the Falcon's story in Marvel Premiere #49 and the Wasp's time with the Defenders in Defenders #76-77.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showArsenal, Beast, Captain America, Hawkeye, Henry Peter Gyrich, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Jarvis, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wonder Man
Don Newton was actually a rather popular artist who died in 1984. He started at Charlton, and spent most of his career at DC (most notably on Aquaman, Captain Marvel, and Batman).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 18, 2011 1:27 AM
This was maybe the third Avengers book I bought,I thought it was awesome, and I still love it. Wonder Man does come off as powerful as he should, as usual. A great character poorly used by almost everyone.
Posted by: OrangeDuke | December 23, 2017 4:06 AM
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