Issue(s): Avengers #305, Avengers #306, Avengers #307, Avengers #308, Avengers #309, Avengers #310
And it's not just me that thinks that, since this run starts off with a revamp to the concept of the Avengers, following the changes that Gruenwald and company have been making since Roger Stern left. The big idea here is that everyone that has ever been an Avenger is potentially available to be called into duty at any time. This isn't actually a new idea. We had a huge number of Avengers hanging around the mansion for a while until
Unlike West Coast Avengers and the Vision/Scarlet Witch story, Byrne seems to be approaching this title without any specific character agenda (except possibly to get rid of Gilgamesh). So these first six issues feature a fight with the Lava Men and then a journey to the Negative Zone with the Eternals. Pure adventure/super-hero stuff.
But before that, let's see this horde of available Avengers.
As mentioned above, the big announcement is that Captain America is folding all of the Avengers teams (his reference to "three" teams could be a reference to Mockingbird's recent splinter group, a reference to the Great Lakes Avengers - although obviously they weren't here - and/or possibly a meta-reference to the Avengers Spotlight book. Or it could just be rhetorical.) into a single pool.
So based on this idea, Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman are still considered Avengers even though they are back with the FF. And the same with the Beast and X-Factor. It's worth noting that the human Ben Grimm is included here as well even though (as the Thing) he never formally joined the West Coast team.
As we go around the room, a *sigh* catfight breaks out between Tigra and Hellcat. Any rivalry between them should have been settled during their meetings in Englehart's West Coast Avengers run, but it seems Byrne is intent to willfully ignore everything about that. We can blame this outburst on Tigra's recent regressions to a cat persona (something else of Englehart's that Byrne is ignoring); in fact she must be having a good day since she's able to attend this meeting at all (see Considerations).
We also hear from a still emaciated and de-powered Captain Marvel, and Hawkeye, who is more concerned with his own team and acting like a jerk.
At this point, most of the Avengers that weren't already active members (Cap, Thor, Gilgamesh) depart, but She-Hulk and the Black Panther decide to stick around. Whatever shame She-Hulk was feeling at being mind-controlled after Avengers #297, she seems to have gotten over it.
And hey, what's Quasar doing there? Ok, he was in some of the other panels as well. But we've never even seen him formally inducted into the Avengers. He helped out during the Super-Nova saga in Avengers #301-303, but there was no indication that he was made a member of the team. I suspect the story here is that Mark Gruenwald required Byrne to add Quasar to the team, but unlike USAgent, Byrne found the guy completely boring. So i think it's funny that he's just tagging along with no introduction. This will be addressed in a back-up in Avengers annual #18.
Quasar also makes a bit of an ass of himself in a training session that follows, with Byrne playing up his lack of experience. That i don't really buy; Quasar may be new to cosmic powers but he's been a super-hero for a long time now.
And now the Lava Men attack, raising Avengers Island on a pillar of molten rock.
They swarm the island...
...surround the Avengers...
...and trap them in a ball of molten rock.
Whenever any of the Avengers smash at the rock, the Lava Men just add more of themselves to reform it. The rock then rolls into the sea.
Nearby dolphins inform Namor that he has to make a quick U-Turn...
...but Namor gets sucked into the ball as well. Namor immediately recognizes the Lava Men, and while i don't think we've ever seen him with them on panel before, it makes sense. There is plenty of volcanic activity in and around the oceans of the world, so Atlanteans probably bump into these guys as often as the denizens of Subterranea.
While the Avengers continue to try to pound their way out of the lava ball, Jarvis, sitting on an Avengers Island that is teetering into the sea, calls for help. The West Coast team is the first that we see respond, but they won't be the first to arrive.
Notice that the Vision was trying out his old color scheme on the ride home.
Another observation: Jarvis seems to be alone on the island. Mark Gruenwald had been establishing that Captain America was recruiting a large support staff for the Avengers. I don't know that they've all been recruited yet, and Peggy Carter and Fabian Stankowicz may not permanently live on the island, but there's a grounds crew and there's Michael O'Brien, who is supposed to be the head of security and who you'd think might have something to say about Lava Men overrunning the island or its current precarious situation.
It's Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman that show up first (having dropped off Ben Grimm, it seems).
Sue's wedge holds things long enough for Wonder Man to hold up the island.
Note Reed's comments about Wonder Man's belt. It's a perfectly logical question; Wonder Man may be super-strong but his jet pack is just ordinary (super) science, so how can it possibly handle the weight that Wonder Man frequently lifts. The answer is that the jet pack is drawing ionic energy from Wonder Man himself. This is along the lines of Byrne's previous explanations for things like Gladiatior/Superman's ability to lift entire buildings without them crumbling. It's where the fantasy of super-hero genre meets science fiction. I definitely prefer a "realistic" explanation like this when possible.
The FF and the WCA (i'm breaking the rules by not just calling all of these guys Avengers, since that's supposed to be the point of this) eventually get the Island back in the water.
Meanwhile, the Avengers break out of the Lava ball and find that they are on dry, and underground, land. They meet Jinku, the Lava Men's witchdoctor.
He explains that the Lava Men used to worship a demon called Cha'sa'dra in the days before they were lava people.
And one day Cha'sa'dra came to Earth to heed their prayers for immortality, giving them their lava bodies.
Cha'sa'dra remained on Earth to be worshiped by his followers. But recently he was summoned by N'astirh for Inferno, and the Avengers killed him.
That caused the Lava Men to revert to human form and die of old age. The ones that we've been seeing are actually lifeless constructs created by Jinku. Some of Jinku's acolytes also briefly survived thanks to their own magic (it's why Jinku survived, too), but they soon turned to hard stone.
I do think it's cool to give this involved backstory to some minor demon that was just one of a million that appeared during Inferno. But Captain America's response to this is probably the least diplomatic i've ever seen from him. Basically, yeah, we probably killed your god, but to be fair, he was a crappy god.
So now they have to fight an animated statue of Cha'sa'dra.
For a team consisting of two gods, the Cosmic Protector, a Hulk, and the Sub-Mariner, all led by the world's greatest tactical leader, Cha'sa'dra turns out to be a very tough opponent to beat. Oh, and Black Panther is there too.
That's his entire contribution to this storyline before he passes out from heat exhaustion. I don't know why Byrne included him unless it was specifically to show how much he doesn't belong on the Avengers.
Gilgamesh also takes a nasty hit from the lava monster.
But the battle is stopped when Jinku's acolytes emerge from their stone shells, revealing golden figures underneath. It turns out they were just going through a metamorphosis.
They get Jinku to call off the fight and join them. It's said that the other Lava Men died because they were too corrupted by Cha'sa'dra's evil, and Jinku and the survivors no longer hold a grudge against the Avengers.
In fact, they help them rush back to Avengers Island to take care of the injured Gilgamesh by forming an airship with their golden bodies.
The "East Coast" Avengers arrive just as the West Coast and FF teams have left again.
The Avengers are unable to help the injured Gilgamesh, so they decide to call on Sersi of the Eternals.
Meanwhile, in Greece, a shepherd sees his flock disappearing.
And he's grabbed and pulled into a portal. Oh no, it's Loki!
Oh never mind. It's just Sprite.
The Eternals that have remained on Earth are keeping themselves hidden from man, but they'd like to be even more hidden. Phastos has some machines that may achieve that, but he's not done working on them. So after the shepherd is sent away, Sprite goes down to "help" with that.
Meanwhile, Sersi determines that Gilgamesh is beyond her individual help, so he'll have to be taken home to the Eternal's city of Olympia.
Notice Thor's passing weakness. We saw a similar moment in Thor's own book in Thor #408, published this same month.
Flying over Greece to Olympia, the Sub-Mariner mentions missing Hercules. Cap talks like he's dead, and there's Thor sitting quietly right behind them. See the Considerations about this. But what you guys don't know is that when Herc saw Cap and Thor in Fantastic Four #333, he pulled them aside and told them that he's planning a big surprise party for Namor, and don't go spoiling it by telling him that i'm alive again, you guys!
Oh, also, Olympia is missing.
Namor says he's seen nothing like it...
...but i have, in Fantastic Four #134, when Annihilus brought Agatha Harkness into the Negative Zone, and it's a similar story here (except Olympia didn't get destroyed in the process, unlike Agatha's house).
There's a good scene where Sersi is detecting her people and not making sense and She-Hulk steps in to keep Captain America from being overbearing...
...and then Thor opens up a portal to the Negative Zone.
Thor was able to open this portal because of the residual energies from Olympia's transfer. It has to be a one time occurrence because otherwise Thor would be able to go home to Asgard whenever he wanted, since they are stuck in the Negative Zone at this time (as we'll see) and Thor is supposed to be separated unable to go home at this point.
The team enters and locates Olympia. This really is the Negative Zone; look what happens to Sersi and She-Hulk (it's just a coloring error).
According to Sersi, a faint presence of the Eternals can be detected everywhere, but the Avengers are unable to locate them. They instead find Blastaar.
Notice that Blastaar seems to think Thor is an Eternal at this point, but he does recognize him as Thor at the beginning of the next issue.
That's good; don't make me point you to Thor #269 in a scolding manner.
Also at the beginning of the next issue, Odin senses that Thor has returned to the Negative Zone, and he hopes that Thor will come home so that Odin can have his Odinsleep already, so he sends the Warriors Three to ask Thor to come back.
Thor is actually fighting Blastaar alone after She-Hulk is blasted away and Sersi is disintegrated. Captain America and Namor hear the battle, and Namor rushes off to fight without heeding Cap's call to plan things out. "All right", he says with resignation. "I know it's pointless to try to stop you... Just try to think before you act!". He then wonders if Namor's "manic nature" has something to do with his hybrid origins, a theory that Byrne will later confirm in his Namor solo series.
Cap next finds She-Hulk. It's worth observing that Sersi doesn't have much of a showing in this fight, and the other characters don't really expect her to...
...but we'll later see that she is actually quite powerful and capable in combat (in fact i'd say we've already seen that in both Eternals series).
In any event, Blastaar puts up quite a fight while explaining that the reason he is here is because he was found floating helplessly in space and injured by the Eternals (but see the References). So they helped him, and in return, he destroyed them all. Ass.
The Avengers are unable to stop Blastaar...
...so it's lucky that the Warriors Three arrive.
And then it turns out that the Eternals aren't dead, either. As we know, they can't die, and they have complete control over all their molecules. So Blastaar's bursts disintegrated them but didn't kill them, and it's only taken some time for them to pull themselves back together.
That explanation works for the Eternals, but Karkas and Reject are actually Deviants. I guess they've been getting some "Control Your Own Molecules" lessons. Where do i sign up?
When it's over, with Blastaar knocked out by Ikaris, it's determined that Gilgamesh was only ill because he's been away from Olympia for so long. So now he's going to have to quit the team. So sorry, you guys! But maybe some other Eternal could join the team in the future?
Despite the request from the Warriors Three, Thor decides to remain with the Avengers. I wish someone would just tell him that his father is on the edge of exhaustion and needs some damn rest. It's also worth noting that based on when this has to take place, Thor is bonded to Eric Masterson, and Odin knows that, so it's weird to see him ask Thor to remain in Asgard yet again after Thor declined that a second time (the first was in Thor #405, the second in Thor #408, right before Odin bonded him with Eric).
Overall, it's a fun if mostly inconsequential set of stories. I mean it's not entirely inconsequential: obviously there's the rotating line-up idea, and there's a change for the Lava Men, and Gilgamesh leaves the team, and the idea of Sersi becoming a member is teased. And there's all the little nuggets along the way, similar to what you'd see in Stern's run, where bits of information or developments are slipped in fairly naturally: explanations about Wonder Man's belt, teasing the possibility of the return of the Golden Age Human Torch, etc.. But mostly it's just some solid super-heroics.
The massive group of Avengers appearing at the beginning of this story is the sort of thing that always causes placement problems, and i'm generally pretty forgiving about that type of flub. But it's worth noting that now that we're deep into the Tom DeFalco/Mark Gruenwald era, we'll have what i'll counter-intuitively call very tight error prone continuity. The books are constantly making reference to each other while stories are in progress. So in various books, we have Thor walking through the FF's Negative Zone portal while the Thing is in Ben Grimm form. Hercules showing up in FF after Thor rescues him in his own book. Cap and She-Hulk showing up in West Coast Avengers and making reference to the changes to the Avengers charter discussed here. Hawkeye here making references to his own Great Lakes team and even specific experiences that they've had. It's great. Love it. It's why my project exists and why i'm a Marvel fan. The problem is that all these references create dependencies that are impossible to reconcile, as you'll see in the Considerations section. In the past, Marvel seemed to be more careful about having so many specific dependencies occurring at the same time. You had focal points for big events; the coming and going for Secret Wars, for example. For a big event like that, you could sit down and coordinate everyone's statuses. But to do it on an ongoing basis requires constant scheduling. You'd really have to know well in advance what changes were happening in what books and develop a timeline for it (i of course see a solution that looks a lot like this project). But that is a ton of work and requires a lot more direct coordination (or interference) from editors, and it's not always conducive to the realities of plotting and scripting books on a monthly basis. So it's better to dial the notch back a bit on the references to very recent events. Go too far in that direction, though, and you lose the integrity of your shared universe, as well as your cross-promotional opportunities. Perhaps it's a tough needle to thread, but this is the first time i'm seeing such a pile-up when it's just the regular books (as opposed to annuals, continuity inserts, or special events).
A casual reader might not care exactly how this all lays out or even think about how there may specifically be a problem, and they'd still enjoy very much seeing the references to other books. Even for my personal collection in the past, which has always been in rough chronological order, it was enough for me to keep these books close enough to each other so that i'd be experiencing the changes around the same time and i could say, "Oh, there's Ben Grimm; right i just read how he lost his Thing form around this time.". It's only by formalizing things with this website and interacting with other people and websites as insane as i am that i see that the timelines get all looped up. So i'm glad that Marvel continued to keep the continuity tight, despite the mistakes, although i do think ideally they should have been able to loosen things up just a bit and/or coordinate things a little better.
One subplot in these issues is about a scientist named Professor Harker working on an inverter.
The guy destroys his house in the process, but he gets his device nearly working. He then takes the designs to a company called Polydyne.
In another subplot, we check in on the Great Lakes Avengers. Hawkeye tells them they did a good job during their recent adventure in Texas (but note that there's no footnote and see the Considerations)...
...and then he puts the team through a training exercise. The training ends when Mr. Immortal falls into Doorman...
...and then Dinah-Soar flies in to pull him out.
Mr. Immortal comes out feeling "c-c-cold... s-so c-cold", and Hawkeye says that they're going to subject Doorman to a battery of tests because of this.
I'd say the fact that Byrne was using these characters in the main Avengers book and teasing mysteries about them (a connection to the Darkforce seems most likely) is a good indication that he intended to treat these characters seriously.
And in the final issue of this story, someone comes to Earth.
Oh no, it's Loki!
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Moondragon and Starfox are back from their Solo / Spotlight stories in space (Solo Avengers #20 and Avengers Spotlight #21; i wonder if Moondragon is fully grown at this point or still a baby and projecting a mental image of herself). Thor has to appear here after Thor #408 for reasons explained in that entry, which means i'm listing Eric Masterson as a character appearing (i tag him as Thunderstrike). For Captain America, this is between Captain America #357-358. The first three issues of Quasar are continuity inserts; Quasar #4 is said to take place immediately before Avengers #311. The Quasar back-up in Avengers annual #18 also takes place prior to this. The Beast should appear before he goes off into space with X-Factor in X-Factor #43; i'm following the MCP and placing it between X-Factor #40-41. She-Hulk's solo book is context free so far so any break in her stories should do.
Now the conundrums: at a minimum, this takes place after the Thing is changed back to Ben Grimm in Fantastic Four #326-327 and the Vision is reconstructed in West Coast Avengers #42-45. But FF #326-328 end with the FF being replaced by clones constructed by a rogue Watcher, and that's not resolved until FF #333. However, during the course of that FF storyline, we have Hercules meeting other Avengers including Cap, while in this story they talk about Hercules like he is still dead (and the fact that this takes place after Thor #408 means that Thor should know better about that no matter what else). There is a break during FF #327 (where Thor comes in through the Negative Zone portal in Thor #405), but after that break, She-Hulk sees Ben Grimm in his non-Thing form for the first time, so it doesn't seem to make sense to place this arc in that break. So the MCP takes the route of ignoring the talk of Hercules' death in this arc and placing this after FF #333, and i will do the same. As for the West Coast Avengers, we have Hawkeye referencing the Great Lakes Avengers actions in Texas from Avengers West Coast #49. But AWC #47 has Captain America referencing his decision to merge the East and West Coast teams, which happens here in #305. So that creates an impossibility that the MCP doesn't solve; they have Captain America in AWC #47-49 after Avengers #309, but Hawkeye in AWC #48-49 before Avengers #309. To resolve this, again we have to ignore some dialogue. Either the Great Lakes Avengers had a different adventure in Texas prior to AWC #49, or Captain America merged the East and West Coast teams prior to Avengers #305-310 and in Avengers #305 he's just formally announcing it. The latter is more plausible, but the other problem is Tigra, who has been regressing to a catlike persona and Henry Pym is forced to shrink her in Avengers West Coast #47. So i am placing this before Avengers West Coast #47-49. Even prior to AWC #47 Tigra has been fully regressed to cat persona, but that happens at the same time the Vision is reconstructed so we have to assume that she's temporarily (and not quite entirely, considering her picking a fight with Hellcat) recovered.
Continuity Insert? N
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She-Hulk got over it because her writers told her to get over it. She does break the fourth wall all the time in her book.
Quasar isn't used to working with a team of other heroes. That may account for his inexperience in this situation.
Posted by: clyde | October 7, 2014 4:01 PM
Regarding She-Hulk's mental problems, I came across an interesting article about how Dwayne McDuffie was gotten a romantic comedy She-Hulk series approved a couple of days after Damage Control was:
Posted by: Michael | October 7, 2014 8:16 PM
As soon as Byrne left the writers position, this series tanked hard. Harras would go on to turn it into a quasi X-Men book, which never worked for me. It was a great day when it was announced that Busiek and Perez would be taking over the Avengers (and that was a decade after these issues!)
Posted by: Bill | October 7, 2014 10:53 PM
@Michael - I'm sure some readers did feel that way. But, speaking for myself, I agree with fnord and Bill that the quality in the series drops sharply after Byrne leaves and doesn't recover until Busiek (I'll save my thoughts on that run until we get to it). The series was speeding downhill after losing Stern. Byrne managed to slow the descent a little. After he goes, it plummets to almost Alpha Flight levels of terrible.
Posted by: Robert | October 7, 2014 11:14 PM
Avengers #309 was my first issue of this series. I now have almost every one of them.
Posted by: Steven | October 8, 2014 1:18 AM
Beast should probably appear here before X-Factor #41 because in New Mutants #77 Ship informs the kids that X-Factor is still in England and NM 77 continues directly into #78 where they see Ship pulled off into space with X-Factor on board at the end (as shown at the beginning of XF #43). Not sure if it makes sense for him to have returned from England, attended this Avengers gathering and then gotten swept off into space without being made aware of the big battle the New Mutants were having with possessed Dani and Freedom Force occurring at that time.
In fact, if this occurs before Atlantis Attacks and you go with the placement of that crossover for Beast (and Marvel Girl) between X-Factor #42 & 43 as has been suggested by the MCP, then his appearance here would have to go before his appearance in XF #41.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | October 8, 2014 2:04 AM
I always got the feeling that Byrne didnt really want to write the main book, we all know he just wrote AWC so he could get the Scarlet Witch and Wonderman together (he even gets called out on this by letter writers of the day and the editors can't deny it).
I was hot and cold on the rotating membership concept. It stats to feel a bit too much like GI joe with a team so unwieldy that it doesn't feel like a team. Getting rid of Gilgamesh was probably a good idea. I can't imagine what they had planned for him.
Quasar will get a back story in an annual that shows Cap recruiting him after the Supernova story. They make a joke about forgetting to mention it in 305.
Cut the panther some slack, fnord:-). His idea of going after the leader was probably a better idea than throwing hammers at the statue guy. And "Surrender you staff of power, Jinku!" That's some serious comicbook dialouge there.
When those lava men form a spaceship, I wonder who gets to be the engine?
Posted by: kveto from prague | October 8, 2014 3:57 AM
The art looks very early 80s, if that makes sense, I like it. I used to like Tigra but I'm beginning to realise that she's either used as a sex-kitten or she's catty. I get the fact she's a feline but come on, there's got to be more to her than that.
Posted by: JSfan | October 8, 2014 7:37 AM
Grey Shulkie with blonde hair...no it makes no sense but it isn't that bad a look.
My problem in regards to Tigra is that really she never really got the writer or someone to let her become a lasting legacy character, even the likes of someone who found their writer later like Starlin and the cosmics (Captain Marvel, Warlock) or Claremont and...nearly anyone he touched. The Cat was groundbreaking even if it didn't have the sales to last more than 4 issues; and her becoming Tigra at least allowed her to remain relevant beyond that even if riding on the horror fad at the time. But then the writers in the 80s, from Shooter to Englehart to now Byrne, ended up adding to problems rather intentionally or unintentionally that made her all the tougher to use from then on out.
Posted by: Ataru320 | October 8, 2014 12:21 PM
Isn't Quasar's induction into the Avengers shown in one of the secondary stories in Avengers Annual #18?
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | October 8, 2014 5:19 PM
Kveto mentions that a few comments up, but that would have been published after this issue was released so it still would have come across kind of odd to readers.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 8, 2014 6:19 PM
I was a bit confused when I read issue 310 because Sersi was already in the cover corner box, even though I found put later on that she didn't officially join until later.
The big difference between the "everyone's a Avenger" concept here and from Hickman's run is that Hickman tends to utelize the ENTIRE team for "epic" stories, while Byrne just uses a few members while the rest are on "Standby" (i.e. character limbo).
The sad part is that all those past depictions of Tigra aren't even the worse of the abuse that would be heaped upon her (although she was portrayed rather well on Avengers Academy.)
Posted by: Jon Dubya | October 11, 2014 10:38 PM
"So they helped him, and in return, he destroyed them all. Ass."
Posted by: clyde | July 14, 2015 11:48 AM
I find it interesting that Byrne deliberately doesn't use US Agent at the beginning of the issue. Did he not really consider him a member even though he's been forced onto the WCA? Did he not want to deal with a confrontation between him and Cap? For that matter, when does Cap actually see him again?
Posted by: Erik Beck | August 31, 2015 8:04 PM
Cap sees him on a monitor in West Coast Avengers 54 and they meet in person again during the Terminus Factor.
Posted by: Michael | August 31, 2015 11:24 PM
That 'Greek shepherd' is even less convincing as a Greek shepherd than Dick van Dyke was as a Londoner.
Posted by: Oliver_C | December 16, 2015 6:51 AM
Only available members who don't respond to Cap's summons are Hulk, Moon Knight, Rick Jones, Stingray, U.S.Agent and Yellowjacket.
Iron Man and Quicksilver presumably never received them due to their current statuses as traitors/pariahs (although they did still get Moondragon there). Black Knight was incapacitated, Rhodey retired due to injuries, the Guardians and Two-Gun are in different time periods, and everyone else (Druid, Hercules, Mantis, Mar-Vell, Marrina, Nebula, Swordsman, Whizzer) is considered dead.
Hulk and Moon Knight have since been shown to ignore Avengers calls, so that reasonably explains them. Stingray wasn't really integrated to the team, but his honorary status began with #262 and they're meeting on his island, so his absence is a bit weird but not really an enormous oversight. I was going to say Rick Jones probably didn't get summoned because he isn't a superhero but Ben Grimm, Monica Rambeau and Hank Pym were all basically not powered heroes at that point, so his absence is weird. There's no explanation for why U.S.Agent or Yellowjacket aren't there. I guess the latter isn't or wasn't formally an Avenger, so would never have received the summons on the grounds they don't have anyway to get the summons to her. Also, it might be a bit insensitive with folk like Wasp and Jarvis there.
Rick and U.S.Agent really need a good explanation though (beyond the people who will show up to say it's coz U.S.Agent "blows").
Posted by: AF | July 22, 2016 7:52 AM
Forgot poor Jocasta from the dead.
Posted by: AF | July 22, 2016 7:54 AM
I'm pretty sure the Hulk has never received a Avengers Identicard.
Posted by: Brian C. Saunders | July 22, 2016 10:01 PM
Where would he keep it?
Posted by: ChrisW | July 22, 2016 10:42 PM
In his almost indestructible purple pants, of course. He already did the same trick with money a couple of times.
Ryan and Palmer really make this book look great. Some moments that looked particularly epic to me were Jarvis calling everyone for help (you can feel the fear on his face), Gilgamesh controlling his molecules to resist the heat, everything with the Cha'sa'dra duplicate, Thor opening the portal, and the Warriors Three showing up to help Cap even though they didn't do anything.
It's a shame there are so many minor continuity problems creating a ripple effect on this whole period, but that wasn't just Byrne's fault. It was more like messy coordination between everyone. The story is still enjoyable and the art makes up for it and even more.
Posted by: Nate Wolf | July 4, 2017 7:20 AM
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