Episode 40: To Conquer A Colossus

Avengers #37

Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: Don Heck
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #37

Plot Summary

As the prisoners of the super computer Ixar, the Avengers are placed within the tubes of the Ability Assimilator. Before they are drained of their powers, Hawkeye pushes Ultrana to explain where Ixar came from and why it is on Earth. Ixar was once a man who lead an army of Ultroids in a never ending war. After giving up his mortal body, Ixar and his army travelled the galaxy looking for powerful beings whose abilities they could acquire to aid them in their war. After completing her tail, Ultrana and most of the Ultroid leave, with only a single guard remaining. Goliath uses his newly restored powers to shrink, escape from his tube, and free his fellow Avengers. The heroes make quick work of the Ultroids, forcing their surrender. All appears well until Ixar threatens to kill the burgomeister of the town. Ixar then absorbs his Ultroids and uses the energy to create a massive body for himself. Although the Avengers are able to score repeated blows on Ixar, the alien is able to overcome all of the attacks and lay the Avengers low. Only Hawkeye and Black Widow remain, when Hawkeye realizes that the burgomeister is actually Ixar’s real body. With this revelation the pair of heroes are able to threaten Ixar into releasing the Avengers and leaving Earth.

Avengers

Black Widow
Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Ixar

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Episode 39: The Ultroids Attack

Avengers #36

Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: Don Heck
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #36

Plot Summary

Upon his return to Avengers Mansion, Captain America is confronted by Scarlet Witch having returned from her Eastern European retreat. The lone Maximoff sibling then relates the story of what happened to her brother and her home town, stating that an unknown flying saucer landed in their town and that Quicksilver was taken captive while investigating. Unable to rescue her brother, Wanda then returned to recruit the aid of her teammates. As the Avengers assemble to determine their path forward, Hawkeye recommends offering membership to Black Widow. This suggestion is generally met with hostility and almost serves to split the team, if not for the protestations of Scarlet Witch. Returning to Scarlet Witch’s home town, the Avengers arrive and make their way into the saucer which has now moved underground, beneath the center of town. To the surprise of the entire team, they find both Quicksilver AND Scarlet Witch imprisoned. With her cover broken, the imposter Scarlet Witch reveals herself to be Ultrana, a creation of Ixar, the super computer that runs the saucer. The Avengers are then beset by Ixar’s Ultroids who intend to capture the Avengers in order to steal and absorb their powers, making them the most power army in the galaxy. One by one the Avengers are split up and captured until only Cap and Black Widow remain. As the pair attempt to free Scarlet Witch from her cylinder, they too fall before the unbelievable might of the Ultroids.

Avengers

Black Widow
Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Ultrana
Ultroids
Ixar