Issue(s): Avengers #189
For most of the Avengers, this is a downtime issue.
Thor and the Falcon cross paths as Thor leaves the team and the Falcon rejoins.
Scarlet Witch requests a leave of absence, which sets off Gyrich. The Falcon returns to the team and gets his membership ID.
But the issue is largely a solo Hawkeye story. Hawkeye of course is off active duty (and still blaming the Falcon for it).
He winds up getting a job as a security chief for Cross Technological Enterprises. Here's a funny shot of Hawkeye at "work".
And he gets into a fight with Deathbird, who has been stealing their technology, presumably so she can build a spaceship and return home.
Hawkeye defeats her after a fun fight that contrasts Deathbird's former sparring partner Ms. Marvel's greater power level with Hawkeye's fighting experience.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Avengers annual #9. Departing from Avengers Mansion, Thor thinks "Mayhap the Avengers could be of aid, should my conflict with the star spanning Celestials suddenly escalate..." I'm going to say that his appearance here and in Avengers annual #9 takes place after Thor annual #7 but before the Celestial plot really gets rolling in Thor #283.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): showBeast, Captain America, Deathbird, Falcon, Hawkeye, Henry Peter Gyrich, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Jarvis, Jocasta, Redwing, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Vision, Wonder Man
hawkeye is a jerk but you gotta love him.
Posted by: kveto from prague | October 7, 2011 5:00 PM
Best closing panel ever!
Gyrich: THIS IS THE END OF THE AVENGERS!
Posted by: David Banes | January 4, 2014 11:58 PM
@ David Barnes - But you forgot the best part. Beast's line is actually "Again? But that trick never works!" I've been using that line for every storyline involving clones.
But I agree with you - one of the best closing panels ever. I always assumed it was Iron Man who said the "Shut up Beast!" - it seems out of character for Cap, although the direction of the caption does seem to indicate Cap.
You can see that panel here.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 16, 2015 1:42 PM
It does sound more like something Iron Man would say but it seems like goofy Beast grates straight laced Captain America most.
Posted by: david banes | April 16, 2015 5:15 PM
"That trick never works" was used often in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon. As seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc4IFIXcDcs
This is one of my all-time favorite Avengers issues.
Posted by: a.lloyd | July 5, 2016 7:58 AM
I am now waiting the inevitable announcement from the Avengers that Hawkeye has been fired for inappropriate sexual behavior.
Posted by: Ben Herman | November 29, 2017 3:30 PM
Posted by: Mizark | November 29, 2017 7:52 PM
And judging from Uncanny X-Men 272, Gambit will also have to apologize.
Posted by: Michael | November 29, 2017 8:19 PM
Rogue is the Roy Moore, or at least the Al Franken, of the Marvel universe, when written by Claremont: "Ah absorb the minds an' abilities of whoever Ah touch. The merest flesh-to-flesh contact'll do the trick. But Ah see ho harm in havin' a little fun in the process, do you Wolverine-honey, hmnh?"
Posted by: Andrew | November 30, 2017 5:42 AM
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