Issue(s): Avengers #119
The Scarlet Witch is on a real anti-human kick, but the other members don't seem to know what to do about it.
Thor leaves Loki under the care of Jarvis and then the Avengers respond to a psychic alert Mantis gets from Rutland, Vermont.
The threat turns out to be that the Collector has tied up and impersonated Tom Fagan in the hopes of 'collecting' any real heroes that turn up for the annual Halloween parade.
The Avengers beat the Collector and his 'vampire bat bombs' fairly easily, even though it involved Mantis having to kind of slither down a vent.
Thor decides that Loki would be best served living in Rutland under Fagan's watch. This seems like such a bad idea. First, you don't leave your insanely evil and powerful step-brother to be cared for by an untrained civilian, whether or not he is mind-drained and helpless for the time being. Second, as the Avengers point out this issue, Rutland is a place where a lot of supernatural stuff seems to happen, and it's even the place where Loki hooked up with Dormammu in the first place, so is it really smart to leave a mentally deranged Asgardian god of mischief there?
While Fagan and his friends are clearly drawn to look like adults, the Collector refers to them as children.
Even though Dr. Strange wiped everyone's memories of Dormammu's attack at the end of the Avengers/Defenders war, Iron Man and Vision video-tape a report on the crisis for the networks this issue. Did they lie about what happened?
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Avengers return from the Avengers/Defenders War with a mind-drained Loki in tow, meaning this is the Avengers' first appearance after that story.
The Black Panther refers to trouble in his homeland, but even with the reference there's nothing dictating that the story in Jungle Action can't take place after his appearance here.
This issue has been moved back from its published date to fit it in prior to the Thanos War, since Avengers #125 takes place during those issues of Captain Marvel.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBlack Panther, Captain America, Collector, Iron Man, Jarvis, Loki, Mantis, Swordsman, Thor, Tom Fagan, Vision
The "children" thing might be a lame joke about the Collector's age.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | January 13, 2013 12:07 AM
I believe it was established at the climax of the previous issue that the effect of the Evil Eye restored Loki's sight while frying his brain, so I don't think he should be considered still blind here.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | December 28, 2013 1:43 PM
Thanks, Matthew. He's mind-drained and helpless and has to be led around, but you're right, he's no longer blind.
Posted by: fnord12 | December 28, 2013 3:05 PM
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