This is “From a Different Point of View”, an article in which I discuss a series of comics with another writer. In this case it is Eileen Gonzalez Who will go over the history of the Avengers with me, story by story!
The last time we checked in with our heroes in Avengers # 85, “The world is not to burn!” By Roy Thomas, John Buscema, and Frank Giacoia, Black Knight was trying to destroy his Ebony Blade when he was attacked by Arkon’s forces (who was being manipulated by the Enchantress) Black Knight was captured and his screams somehow rang out for the Scarlet Witch, who gathered the other Avengers to try to help her comrade. Before they could do so, the Enchantress teleported Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Goliath, and Vision to Arkon’s world and the Avengers were captured. Then Thor and Black Panther appeared, with Thor teleporting them there and freed the Avengers and defeated Enchantress and Arkon realized he was a fool and let them all go.
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However, Vision, Quicksilver, Goliath, and Scarlet Witch strayed to … a completely different dimension?!?
Brian Cronin: Buscema and Giacoia do a good job with how unsettling it is to see people melt in the street, right?
Brian Cronin: That was a good horror job there.
Eileen Gonzalez: Yes, it is so creepy.
Eileen Gonzalez: And I like the little semi-fake exit, where Wanda seems to bring them back home but something is still clearly wrong
Brian Cronin: I like how, once again, no one knows how Scarlet Witch’s powers work.
Brian Cronin: “Uh, yeah, its hexagonal sphere, like, does SOMETHING.”
Eileen Gonzalez: Does what the plot needs it to do. Today invest time. Cleansed!
Brian Cronin: And it makes them solid in another dimension!
Eileen Gonzalez: So now they can go to the Avengers Mansion and once again be attacked for their own safety. At least they have a real excuse this time.
Brian Cronin: Strange how even on other worlds
Brian Cronin: Citizens are strangely gullible
Brian Cronin: WE KNOW that there are superheroes in this world
Brian Cronin: And yet the news guy looks at Clint and says, “What, is there a circus in town?”
Eileen Gonzalez: Some things are just a constant.
Eileen Gonzalez: Very courteous of Nighthawk to show up for no reason like that.
Brian Cronin: Ha! Right?
Brian CroninPlus, Avengers Mansion is apparently a home for superheroes no matter what?
Brian Cronin: What’s up with that?
Brian CroninAlso, how strangely subtle was President Humphrey’s innuendo?
Brian Cronin: You can barely read it!
Eileen Gonzalez: Oh wow, I never saw that. I never went beyond BANK.
Eileen Gonzalez: But it makes sense that they have a close-up of the newspaper for a reason.
Brian Cronin: Yeah, but they definitely didn’t put it front and center for some reason.
Brian Cronin: Somehow defeated his own purpose
Eileen GonzalezAs for the mansion, I wonder who owns it in this universe. I guess one of the squad must be a millionaire who had the same idea as Tony.
Eileen Gonzalez: On leasing the mansion to the team.
Brian Cronin: I think Kyle Richmond is a millionaire in this universe.
Brian Cronin: Then I guess it’s your house
Brian Cronin: Which makes sense that he is the one who knows them.
Brian Cronin: How Silly Is Clint’s Obsession With Nighthawk Saying He Never Met Him Before?
Brian Cronin: “I need to prove he’s lying!”
Brian Cronin: Who cares, Clint? Who cares?
Eileen Gonzalez: I think you mentioned a couple of problems ago about how the newer members have been getting attention lately, and things like this show it. We desperately need an All About Clint arc to clear up his many, many issues.
Brian CroninI guess it’s time to point out that this issue, of course, was another one of those weird mini-crossovers DC and Marvel had at the time.
Brian Cronin: Because all the writers dated together.
Brian Cronin: So here, Thomas has the Avengers go to an alternate reality and basically meet the Justice League.
Brian CroninMeanwhile, Mike Friedrich was causing the Justice League to come to an alternate reality where they basically meet the Avengers.
Brian Cronin: And here, the Sinister Squad is no longer Sinister.
Brian Cronin: And they have more members, which coincide with members of the Justice League, and now we meet with Hawkeye (Green Arrow), American Eagle (Hawkman), Tom Thumb (Atom) and the nameless at the moment Lady Lark (Black Canary).
Brian Cronin: I completely forgot that Golden Archer was originally called Hawkeye
Eileen Gonzalez: I must say that these new members of the Squad have really heinous costumes.
Eileen Gonzalez: It seems that American Eagle tried two different styles at the same time and they are both bad.
Brian Cronin: Yes, it’s INCREDIBLY bad
Brian Cronin: Buscema presumably designed Vision’s suit, which ruled
Brian Cronin: And the Yellowjacket costume, which is good
Brian Cronin: But these are horrible.
Eileen Gonzalez: And that’s before they start talking. American Eagle doesn’t shut up about communists and Hawkeye’s accent is hilarious.
Brian Cronin: Yes, it is a bit strange how bad they are
Brian Cronin: I would think of a secret crossover.
Brian Cronin: They would be portrayed a little better.
Brian Cronin: I love the time it takes for the Avengers to realize that they are on another Earth.
Brian Cronin: “Ohhhhhh … Cosmopolis, I get it!”
Brian Cronin: You should have got it hours ago, buddy!
Eileen Gonzalez: They’re not really insightful, are they?
Eileen Gonzalez: Like when Clint is suddenly blinded and then causes all that destruction when he panics? Stay still for a moment, will you?
Brian Cronin: “I NEED LIGHT!”
Brian Cronin: “IF I MAKE ENOUGH BUILDINGS, I WILL HAVE LIGHT!”
Eileen Gonzalez: I was reading a future issue of Thor in which a character who was not a hero was blinded and reacted much better than this. Shame on it, Clint.
Brian Cronin: None of the fights here make sense
Brian Cronin: Hawkeye takes Vision down with an arrow just … because
Brian Cronin: Lady Lark brings out Scarlet WItch
Brian Cronin: But then the Scarlet Witch just gets up again (?!) And attacks back
Brian Cronin: And somehow the sound cannot escape from a hexagonal sphere (?!)
Brian Cronin: Everything is so out of place.
Eileen Gonzalez: It’s ridiculously obvious that they will only allow women to attack other women, which doesn’t help at all.
Brian Cronin: The good thing here is that when they explain to Nighthawk, he believes them.
Brian Cronin: That was cool.
Eileen Gonzalez: Truly refreshing
Brian Cronin: But now they have to face Doctor Spectrum, Hyperion and Whizzer, so …
Brian Cronin: Well…
Brian Cronin: These are moments like these when you wanted to stay in the dimension of your home
Brian Cronin: And I gave some toys to some little ones.
Eileen Gonzalez: Or that you had teammates come to your rescue instead of ignoring your disappearance.
Brian Cronin: “Where? Where? Where?”
Brian Cronin: While still delivering toys
Eileen Gonzalez: Those kids think they have problems. Wait till they meet the kid in the next issue!
Brian Cronin: Ha ha
Next time, we’ll meet the rest of the Supreme Squad! Feel free to write to us at [email protected] if you have any thoughts on this topic or on Avengers of this age in general!
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