Issue(s): Avengers #209
The Beast's girlfriend Vera is poisoned by a Skrull (Jarvis Skrull alert!)...
...in order to force him and the Avengers to hunt down an artifact called the Resurrection Stone. The Avengers gather up its various pieces which have been strewn across time.
The shards of the Resurrection Stone allow only a partial resurrection, so the Avengers fight some medieval zombies...
...but the most grotesque thing they encounter is during the Holocaust. After showing up to help US forces to fight some Nazis...
...and some light-hearted joking to set up the mood...
...we encounter this.
Horrifying and in my opinion a bit exploitative (it's handled well enough).
In the end the Beast has a change of heart and refuses to hand over the stone, destroying it instead, even if it means Vera's death. Luckily (or, looking at it differently, too conveniently, since it reduces the impact of the Beast's choice), Mr. Fantastic is able to at least slow the effects of the poison, leaving open the possibility that Vera be cured at some future date.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places Avengers annual #10 after this issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBeast, Jarvis, Mr. Fantastic, Scarlet Witch, Vera Cantor, Vision, Wonder Man
That Holocaust scene was very disturbing. Very intense reading though.
Posted by: Urban Commando | February 19, 2017 5:22 AM
As I recall, there's an entire dialogue online from a few years ago with Kupperberg about the sensitivity or lack of it regarding the Holocaust scene on 20th Century Danny Boy's blogspot.
Posted by: Wis | October 15, 2017 2:43 PM
Compare 180 to 200 and 200 to 220, what a catastrophe. If it wasnt Roger Stern picking up steam later with John Buscema...
Posted by: FlipPhone | April 5, 2018 11:41 PM
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