Come On In…The Revolution’s Fine

Avengers #83

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Tom Palmer
Letterer: Herb Cooper

Featured Issue: Avengers #83

Plot Summary

While in town to visit an ailing aunt, Janet Van Dyne, formerly known as the Avenger Wasp, decides to pay her old teammates a visit. Little does she know that there has been a change in management at Avengers Mansion. Upon entering the meeting room where the team would hold council, Wasp is greeted by several of her fellow female heroes. Black Widow and Scarlet Witch are old allies, while Madame Medusa is at least known to the Avenger. The groups leader however is new, and introduces herself as Valkyrie. When Wasp questions why they are in Avengers Mansion, Scarlet Witch informs her that the building is now under the control of the Liberators, a new, all female group. Black Widow then ask Wasp to join them for a moment and hear what they have to say.

With that Valkyrie begins to tell her story. Working in a lab for Dr. Erwin, Valkyrie found herself pushed aside and looked down upon by the men she worked with. Determined to prove that she was even  better than they were, Valkyrie worked late into the night and fell asleep while still clutching a smoking test tube. When she awoke, she found that she had gained super human abilities. After that she vows to use her powers to in pursuit of female dominance and begins to call herself Valkyrie.

Although her story is compelling, the assembled women don’t immediately see how the Avengers and other male heroes are to blame for the slights they have suffered. Valkyrie then begins to make the case that in every instance the male heroes have taken the credit and glory for themselves while simultaneously belittling the contributions of the women. Valkyrie points to headlines that refer to “Quicksilver and sister” as well as the fact that Black Widow was repeatedly turned down for membership in the Avengers as evidence to support her argument. One after another, the heroes fall silent as they are unable to refute Valkyrie’s claims. With all of the other women on her side, Valkyrie and the heroes take to the skies in Valkyrie’s chariot in order to attend to their urgent business.

Meanwhile in Rutland, Vermont, the Avengers find themselves the guests of honor of Mr. Tom Fagan, local comics creator and co-founder of the town’s Halloween parade. Little do the Avengers realize that lurking nearby are the Masters of Evil, have recently escaped from prison. Having lead their escape, Klaw now takes control of the team and directs them to kidnap renowned mathematician and expert on parallel time, Dr. T.W. Erwin. As the Masters approach Dr Erwin, Vision notices that they may not be simple revelers in costume, but the real Masters of Evil. With this the Avengers spring into action. Soon the small town of Rutland is engulfed in a vicious life and death struggle between the Avengers and the Masters of Evil with the tide of battle swinging back and forth between the two teams.

It is only with the timely arrival of Valkyrie and her Liberators that victory lies firmly with the Avengers. Unfortunately their victory is short lived as the Liberators quickly turn on the Avengers and take Dr. Erwin into their custody.

Returning to Dr. Erwin’s lab, the Liberators behold the parallel time projector. Having what she truly desires, Valkyrie can no longer keep up her façade and reveals herself to be the mighty sorceress Enchantress. After having been banished along with Executioner, Enchantress is abandoned by her companion when he is seduced by Queen Casiolena. Seeking vengeance at having been spurned, Enchantress swears to take out her rage on all men, everywhere. To further this end Enchantress sought Dr. Erwin’s device in order to return her to Asgard and her full powers.

Just as she is attacked by Scarlet Witch, Enchantress disappears by a means obviously not of her own devising. With that, the device explodes, leaving a smoking crater in the lab. Although the immediate threat is over and the remaining Liberators have been freed from Enchantress’ spell, Scarlet Witch and Wasp still have some choice words for their male counterparts regarding their equal treatment.

Avengers

Black Panther
Black Widow
Goliath
Medusa
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Vision
Wasp

Villains

Enchantress
Masters of Evil
Valkyrie

The Warlord And The Witch

Avengers #75

Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciller: John Buscema
Inker: Tom Palmer
Letterer: Sam Rosen

Featured Issue: Avengers #75

Plot Summary

Panic races through the heart of Jarvis, butler and caretaker of Avengers Mansion. An alarm has been tripped indicating an intruder in the headquarters aircraft section. To his shock and concern, the invader seems to be hurtling past all of the Mansions defenses at unimaginable speed, quickly arriving before the astonished servant. The culprit is none other than the mutant speedster and former Avengers, Quicksilver. Demanding to know where the Avengers are, Jarvis informs him that they are away at Pier 12. Quicksilver begins to rest from his long journey but is driven to action at Jarvis’ mere mention of Quicksilver’s sister, the Scarlet Witch.

At the pier, the Avengers are seeing off their teammates Yellowjacket and Wasp, along with Bill Foster. Yellowjacket has accepted a research position in Alaska and the trio’s ship is preparing to set sail. As the vessel departs, the remaining Avengers notice a strong breeze suddenly sweeping through the area. Captain America rightly determines that the breeze is no accident but instead caused by someone moving at high speed. Instead of trying to talk to Quicksilver, Goliath takes the impulsive action to attack. Quicksilver makes short work of most of the Avengers, but when he tries to knock over Vision, the mass-changing android manages to stop Pietro dead in his tracks.

As cooler heads prevail, Quicksilver explains that the reason for his haste and temperament is that Scarlet Witch is in dire peril and that he has come to ask the aid of the Avengers in saving her. Having lost her hex powers many months earlier, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Toad journeyed on a quest attempting to restore Wanda’s lost powers. After scouring every library they could find, Toad suggests they try a cloister that he had forgotten about until just then. When the trio arrive they are greeted by an ancient figure who offers they access to the library, but warns them not to attempt any restorations without him present for fear that they could not handle it alone. After many hours and just when they were on the verge of abandoning their search, Pietro accidentally discovered a hidden compartment with yet another book. The siblings both feel that the book is calling to them and that the book itself in enchanted, turning pages all on its own until it reveals a nameless spell. Failing to heed the counsel of their host, Wanda reads the spell and inadvertently summons Arkon the Magnificent.

Almost immediately Arkon’s gaze seizes upon Scarlet Witch and he declares her his mate. When this does not go over well with the trio of mutants, they attack Arkon, but are hurled back with Arkon seemingly destroying Toad with a lightning bolt shaped javelin. With his attackers subdued, Arkon goes on to tell Scarlet Witch that he has come from a parallel Earth where he is the magnificent ruler of the world, having earned this position by being the most powerful warrior in their brutal and martial society. After obtaining power Arkon is visited by an elderly man who informs him of a pending doom for his planet. An energy ring which surrounds their world and provides it with light has begun to disintegrate. Soon all life on the planet has begun to break down and even Arkon is unable to stop the decay of his home. Then suddenly, when all hope seemed lost, light returned to their world. Summoning the elder again, Arkon demands to know where this light came from. He soon learns that it has been generated by the energy from a nuclear blast on Earth and that the light will only last for a year. The elder goes on to say that although the people of Earth use the weapon for war, they are quickly turning towards peace, a peace which will once again endanger his world. Seeking to prevent this, Arkon is determined to travel to Earth so that a properly placed nuclear blast of sufficient magnitude can provide light for generations. Being unable to travel there of his own power, he caused the book to appear to Scarlet Witch, thus leading her to read the required incantation to bring Arkon to Earth. His tale complete, Arkon uses another one of his lightning bolts to transport Scarlet Witch to his home and then quickly follows suit.

Back in New York, Quicksilver finishes relaying everything that has happened to the Avengers. While they are concerned, the Avengers feel that Quicksilver’s story is a bit beyond belief. That is until a news report comes across the television claiming that a man wielding lightning bolts has attacked a meeting of top international scientists. Arkon singles out the top nuclear physicists in the group and teleports them away, leaving the world shocked and worried what nuclear horrors are in store.

Avengers

Black Panther
Captain America
Goliath
Quicksilver
Scarlet Witch
Vision
Wasp
Yellowjacket

Villains

Arkon The Magnificent