Let The Game Begin

Avengers #69

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Sal Buscema
Inker: Sam Grainger
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #69

Plot Summary

Making their way though a Manhattan hospital, the Avengers seek out the room of their ally, Tony Stark. Having been injured battling a Life Model Decoy that attempted to take his place, Iron Man teeters on the brink of death as the Avengers arrive. In hopes of helping their friend, the Thor rushes the best specialist available, Dr. Santini, to the hospital. As the doctor evaluates Mr. Stark, Wasp notices an odd looking figurine hidden beneath the dresser. After a brief investigation, Wasp throws the figure into the garbage can, causing it to grow and allowing it to climb out of the can. The figure then attacks the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents guarding Stark, growing yet again after being shot by the agents. The figure, soon identified as the Growing Man breaks into Stark’s room, kidnapping the industrialist.

The Avengers attack that followed only makes things worse, as it allows the Growing Man to dramatically increase in size. Goliath attempts to pursue but is unable to match Growing Man’s size while also being able to fight and Growing Man is able to escape with Stark. Fortunately for the Avengers, they manage to hitch a ride in the same transportation beam that Growing Man used, pursuing their foe wherever he may go.

Thrust through time and space the Avengers are stunned to find themselves delivered to the feet of their time traveling foe, Kang the Conqueror. When the Avengers refuse to serve Kang, his minions attack, but are quickly defeated. Just as the Avengers are about to turn on Kang himself, they are called to reason by a surprising individual, Black Panther. The Panther informs his teammates that Kang drew him from the past before them and implores Kang to explain his actions and the Avengers to listen.

Heeding Black Panther’s advice, Kang tells the Avengers that in his search for a way to bring back¬† Ravonna, he was approached by a cosmic being calling himself the Grandmaster. This strange creature offers Kang the power over life and death if he should win in a contest of Grandmaster’s design. Should he lose however, Grandmaster would send the Earth into oblivion. Knowing how powerful the Avengers are, Kang drew them to his future in order that they may serve as his champions, not to just save Ravonna, but also to prevent Grandmaster from wiping out Earth. Faced with this new information, the Avengers agree to help Kang. With the return of Grandmaster, Thor, Goliath and Captain America are transported back to Earth and their own time where they come face to face with the champions of the Grandmaster, the Squadron Sinister.

Avengers

Black Panther
Captain America
Goliath
Thor
Vision
Wasp
Yellowjacket

Villains

Growing Man
Kang the Conqueror
Grandmaster

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We Stand At Armageddon

Avengers #67

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Barry Windsor-Smith
Inker: George Klein
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #67

Plot Summary

Outside Avengers Mansion, onlookers are horrified to see a series of explosions emanating from the building. Inside, things are not much better as the Avengers are facing off against the rebuilt Ultron-6. The situation only gets worse when Thor attempts to strike Ultron with Mjolnir. When the enchanted hammer comes in contact with Ultron’s new adamantium body, the Avengers are thrown back by the shockwave, knocking out Thor and Goliath. Meanwhile, Vision is elsewhere in the mansion attempting to come to grips with the betrayal he has just committed against his teammates.

With their powerhouses disabled, Iron Man, Wasp and Yellowjacket desperately attempt to hold off Ultron’s attacks. In spite of their desperation and with Iron Man’s weakened state the trio are make so much as a dent and Ultron departs the mansion to further his own plans. Thankfully for Yellowjacket, Goliath regains consciousness in time to catch him as he falls off the departing Ultron. In all of this confusion Vision is able to quietly exit the mansion, hoping to beat Ultron to his destination.

Regrouping after barely surviving the assault, the Avengers decide to begin their hunt for Ultron at his former secret headquarters, unaware that Vision has already arrived in that exact location.  As the genocidal android examines his equipment, Vision, the Avengers and even a S.H.I.E.L.D. team converge on him. Vision is the first to encounter him, and while the Avenger initially makes some headway against his former master, Ultron unveils his latest ability. Transforming himself into pure ionic force, Ultron disables Vision and continues on with his mission. As Vision is forced to confront the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, the Avengers make their way through the headquarters. Unfortunately their progress is cut short as equipment within the structure starts to convert into energy. Much to their horror, Yellowjacket declares that Ultron is only a single switch away from wiping the entire city off the face of the earth.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Iron Man
Thor
Vision
Wasp
Yellowjacket

Villains

Ultron