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

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Like A Death Ray In The Sky

Avengers #64

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Gene Colan
Inker: George Klein
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #64

Plot Summary

After an orbiting space station destroys a mid-western town, the Avengers are left struggling to respond. With the threat of another attack looming, the heroes find themselves grasping at straws when a familiar face arrives, though not in the form they are expecting. The newly minted Goliath explains himself and even goes so far as to break his old bow in order to demonstrate his dedication to this new persona. Just as the Avengers are wrapping their heads around the new reality, Jarvis enters with an unexpected guest, local mobster Barney Barton. After a bumpy introduction, Barton tells the Avengers that he knows where to find Egghead’s lethal satellite. As it should happen, the malevolent madman attempted to recruit Barton and several of his comrades into aiding in his scheme. When the mobsters turned him down, Egghead sent a robot after them and Barton, unlike his friends, was lucky to escape with his life. After that experience, Barton knew he had to go tell the Avengers.

Based on this information, the Avengers are soon blasting their way into orbit in search of Egghead. To their surprise, the space station was exactly where Barton said it would be. With some help from Vision’s phasing abilities, the Avengers dock with the station and quickly board it. But of course Egghead is prepared and his robots immediately throw themselves at the heroes. The battle goes well until Egghead uses a paralysis ray on some Avengers dolls, given to him by Puppet Master. Slowly the Avengers begin to falter, for reasons they can’t explain. Fortunate for the Avengers, Barney Barton decided to join them on the mission, and as Egghead has no doll in his likeness, Barney is able to attack Egghead and destroy the paralysis ray. However, to the sorrow of the Avengers, Barton is killed in the process. Barton dies in the arms of his brother Clint, the man known as Goliath.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Vision
Wasp
Yellowjacket

Villains

Egghead