Marvel Team-Up annual #5
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up annual #5
The Serpent Crown being held at Project Pegasus begins possessing the staff there, including Quasar.
Quasar manages to get an alert out to the Thing before becoming completely possessed.
Spider-Man, Dr. Strange...
...and the Scarlet Witch also become aware of the Crown's activation...
...and show up at Project Pegasus to investigate as well.
The crown has the Project Pegasus staff use a multi-dimensional device to pull in hundreds of Serpent Crowns from alternate realities. Once they've gathered enough, they are all merged into one giant Crown.
Spider-Man uses the Cosmic Cube that Pegasus was also researching to repel the threat...
...but the effort exhausts the Cube's energies.
This was a pretty good story, but man, Gruenwald sure liked snakes.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: It's pretty context free for all these characters; any gap in their individual plotlines will do.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): show
I loved this issue as a kid. even tho i knew none of the history and most characters were new to me, this was the first issue that pulled upon that shared universe concept we all love so much.
that and spider-man being the big hero by being the one to get the cube.
Ive also never liked Quasar from this issue since he spent most of it as a bad guy.
I also remember Spider-man webbing up three thieves who were all black. I only remember because I think it was the last time I saw a marvel street gang that wasn't a mix of ethnicities.
Posted by: kveto | March 8, 2015 6:22 PM
Ah, the grand old days when both Kull and Conan could be referenced by name in a mainstream Marvel comic. I know it was only a few years later when Marvel Saga started up and they couldn't (or chose not to) reference either by name but had both show up without their faces visible.
Also, regarding Gru's love of serpents, I wonder if he regretted taking the serpent crown offstage since it would have been the ultimate Holy Grail for his later Serpent Society and a throwback to their initial mission as the Serpent Squad. Then again, it may have even been a conscious choice by him since he deliberately designed the Society as a more all-purpose mercenary organization as opposed to the Squad, whose history was intrinsically linked to the Crown.
Posted by: Dan H. | December 21, 2015 11:28 AM
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