Episode 57: In Battle Joined

Avengers #53

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: George Tuska
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #53

Plot Summary

Picking up from the events of X-Men #45, the Avengers find themselves confronting Cyclops, who having attempted to reason with Quicksilver was instead forced to knock him unconscious. The Avengers attack the young mutant who, realizing he is out matched, makes a break for safety. In flashback, the winged mutant Angel makes his way safely to the Avengers after a long journey and informs them where their wayward teammates are. With this new information, the Avengers and Angel head back to Magneto’s secret Atlantic island base. As they approach, the Avengers realize that there is a strange transmission being sent from the aircraft and they discover a tracking device hidden among Angel’s feathers. With this, the Avengers tie up the youth and investigate the island. As Magneto observes the situation developing on his island, he once again takes out his frustrations on Toad. Turning his attention back to the Avengers, Magneto witnesses the team breakdown into infighting and takes this moment to manipulate the weakened X-Men into attacking the Avengers. As the dueling heroes are about to finish one another off, Magneto’s loses control as Angel smashes his way into the control room, followed by the Avengers, who left Angel loosely tied up so that he might escape and aid them. Realizing that he can’t win against the combined might of the Avengers and X-Men, Magneto sets the self-destruct on his island base. As Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver escape with Toad, Magneto attempts to board the craft, but is stopped by Toad who has had enough abuse. Stomping on Magneto’s hand as he clings to the edge of the open door, Toad causes his former master to plummet to the rocks below, presumably killed in the ensuing explosion.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Hawkeye
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Magneto
Toad

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Episode 53: Mine Is The Power

Avengers #49

Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: John Buscema
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers #49

Plot Summary

As Hercules explores abandoned Olympus in search of answers, he is confronted by the exiled Typhon. Choosing to amuse Hercules, Typhon explains how and why he defeated the gods of Olympus by destroying the eternal Promethean Flame. While Hercules struggles to come to grips with this new reality, the remaining Avengers wonder where their teammate are and throw themselves into various distractions. Elsewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, Magneto, Toad and the missing Avengers arrive at Magneto’s secret island fortress. Although they generally mistrust him, Quicksilver can’t help but listen to him after the mistrust to which he was recently subjected. Willing to give him a chance, the two Avengers escort Magneto to New York so that he can address the UN General Assembly. Unsurprisingly the Master of Magnetism is met with considerable hostility and he attacks the delegates. Only the quick action of the recently arrived Avengers saves the delegates, but during the ensuing battle, Scarlet Witch is wounded and the pair escape with Magneto. Back on Olympus, Typhon attacks Hercules, believing he has had enough time to grieve. Although Hercules manages to defeat the monster that Typhon initially summons, but Hercules is finally banished to a different dimension when Typhon decides he is done playing with Hercules.

Avengers

Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Wasp

Villains

Magneto
Toad
Typhon