Issue(s): Avengers #101
Anyway, this story is truly terrible. It has something to do with the Avengers defending five people who are supposed to one day start World War III and then it turns out the guy who is hunting them, Leonard Tippit, is actually the one who will start the war and the Watcher takes him away. It makes no sense and it's just really bad and i don't want to talk about it any more.
My only consolation is that the Watcher doesn't look anything like his usual self, so maybe the whole thing was some sort of cosmic scam?
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Moved up a bit due to its concurrent placement with the trial of the Hulk in Hulk #153.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Avengers #27 (Apr 00)
Inbound References (6): show
Harlan Ellison pitched this story to DC Editor Julius Schwartz for Hawkman in 1964, and it was rejected.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 13, 2011 10:58 PM
Paul Kupperberg shows up on the letters page.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 27, 2013 5:19 PM
The fanzine Omniverse #2, in an article on time/dimensional travel in the Avengers, stated that this issue gave us actions and statements by the Watcher that were the most "muddled and meaningless" in that character's history.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 18, 2014 5:14 PM
Rejected Buckler panels from this issue appeared in Comics Interview #68.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 27, 2015 11:18 AM
This is the oldest Marvel comic I ever actually owned a copy of (as opposed to a reprint). I got it because I was trying to collect as much Avengers as possible and I found it really cheap.
But it deserved to be cheap. It is, as fnord says, quite terrible. It might work as an Ellison short story, but as an Avengers story it's awful.
But seriously, when does the Watcher ever not interfere?
Posted by: Erik Beck | February 9, 2015 12:39 PM
The character is called Leonard not Lawrence (but who cares?)
The events of this dreary issue were later discussed and slightly retconned in Captain Marvel during the Watcher's trial to excuse the nonsensical use of Uatu (which fnord will have read) but also there's an almost interesting retcon from What If? #35 where the Watcher discusses "nexus beings" and claims Tippit, much like Rick Jones had only issues earlier, was apparently accessing the "Destiny Force" latent in all humanity. The handbooks refer to this as a possibility. Although, Busiek didn't bother acknowledging this in Avengers Forever because it obviously broke his story and it really wasn't worth accommodating for this trash (but on that note he also ignored every other time Rick Jones had used the Destiny Force after Kree/Skrull War anyway).
Of course, none of it makes this story any better.
Posted by: Scott | December 10, 2015 1:17 PM
Oops, fixed his name. Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | December 10, 2015 1:30 PM
My first impression was that I was looking at a picture of Aron the Rogue Watcher. Red was Aron's color.
Posted by: Holt | January 14, 2018 8:58 PM
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