Mightier Than The Sword?

Avengers #65Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Gene Colan
Inker: Sam Grainger
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #65

Plot Summary

The villainous Swordsman slashes his way through a rooftop billboard and makes his way to a warehouse, where he answers a summons from an unknown client. Upon his arrival, Swordsman finds Egghead is behind the offer, and Egghead attempts ingratiate himself with the swashbuckler by informing him of the identity of the Avenger known as Hawkeye. Much as Swordsman suspected, the heroic archer is none other than his former apprentice, Clint Barton. Having filled in the details of their past relationship, Egghead hires Swordsman to kidnap his longtime foe, Goliath. At Avengers Mansion, a black mood has settled over the Avengers. After the fateful conclusion of the events on the space station, the heroes discovered that their deceased informant, Barney Barton was the older brother of their friend and teammate, Goliath. When pressed, Goliath fills in the Avengers about the last time he and his brother parted ways. In spite of the words of his compatriots Goliath’s mood cannot be lifted and he is wholly bent on avenging his fallen brother. Unfortunately, their grief is interrupted by the arrival of Swordsman, who manages to gain access to the mansion using his old access codes. Given his mental state and the connections between his past and Swordsman, Goliath refuses to allow his fellow Avengers to help him take on Swordsman, going so far as to attack his fellow Avengers to prevent them from interfering. All this serves to do is allow Swordsman to defeat Goliath and abduct the oversized hero.

Rather regrettably, Egghead failed to be more specific when giving orders to Swordsman. As such, Swordsman kidnapped the wrong Avenger, not knowing that Hawkeye was Goliath and Goliath now Yellowjacket. When Egghead discovers Swordsman’s mistake the two villains throw themselves at one another in rage. During the scuffle Goliath awakens, just as Egghead uses a stun weapon to force Swordsman out a window. Quickly disabling Egghead, Goliath assembles a makeshift bow and rescues Swordsman, moments before he would have perished against the pavement below. Thinking back on his actions, Goliath decides that his actions are in atonement for giving up on his ne’er-do-well brother. Had he done differently, Barney might still be alive.

Avengers

Black Panther
Goliath
Vision
Wasp
Yellowjacket

Villains

Egghead
Swordsman

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The Monstrous Master Plan Of The Mandarin

Avengers Annual #1

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: George Bell
Letterer: Art Simek

Featured Issue: Avengers Annual #1

Plot Summary

As Tony Stark is at a local prison to show off some new peacekeeping technology, the Living Laser, housed at the same prison, makes a surprising escape only to vanish into thin air. Little does Iron Man know that Living Laser has been recruited by the Mandarin, along with Enchantress, Executioner,  Swordsman and Power Man. With the full Avengers membership assembled, the heroes begin their search for Living Laser before he is able to take his revenge. Just as they are about to depart, the Avengers are contacted by Nick Fury, who warns that there are attacks underway in Asia, Africa and South America. With that new information, the Avengers are off. The Avengers manage to defeat all of the various plots supported by the Mandarin and his assembled villains, but the Mandarin himself seemed to be out of reach until Cap and Quicksilver discover transmissions beaming out into space. With that, the duo rush to a government space craft and head into orbit to confront the Mandarin. As the rest of the team arrive to reinforce their teammates, the Mandarin uses his latest invention to turn the heroes against one another. Unfortunately for him, his weapon also causes Wasp to attack him and the in the resulting chaos, Mandarin is sucked out into space. Although they now have control of his advanced space station, the Avengers realize that they can’t allow it to continue to exist. As the station explodes behind them, the Avengers decide that they should assemble their full membership more frequently.

Avengers

Captain America
Goliath
Hawkeye
Hercules
Iron Man
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Thor
Wasp

Villains

Enchantress
Executioner
Living Laser
Mandarin
Power Man
Swordsman
Ultimo