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Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #3: Review

Feb 2005
Joe Casey, Scott Kolins

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #3 Review by (August 23, 2011)
Review: Full review found at issue #1.

Comments: Story takes place during the events of AVENGERS (Vol. 1) #6 with some changes to the original story.


Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #3 Review by (October 9, 2011)
To add to this confusion Wasp and Iron Man continue to sport the pointy versions of their headgear throughout nearly all of the CA: Man Out Of Time mini-series, which continues up to and including Av#8. This issue itself clashes somewhat with other events in MOOT. This issue continues the theme of Cap's fragmented memories. He begins to remember more about Bucky's 'death', and at the end facing Zemo brings it all back. But in MOOT he has complete memories from the start. In this issue Cap visits Bucky's grave, but in MOOT#4 there is no grave and the army say they have no records of him. Hank and Jan's (or at least Jan's) concern for the Hulk at the beginning of this issue may prefigure Tales to Astonish #59 (within the the timeframe of next issue) where they try to help him.

In the original Avengers' history this issue leads up to and encompasses Avengers #6. There are no original stories of the Avengers members considered to happen between Av#5 and #6. There is also very little that has been inserted here, and some of it I already covered last time. One important point concerns Iron Man's mask, which appears here without the pointed bits over the eyes. This new mask debuted in Tales of Suspense #54 where IM was wearing it from the opening page. IM also had it in Av#6 which was published after ToS#54, but from the earliest Avengers Index onwards Av#6 has been put chronologically before ToS#54. And the first 15 pages of this issue feature the new mask earlier still. This mask has been given its origin in Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #4, which of course is placed before them all. Another mini-series Thor: Godstorm has a story from this era as part of #1 and #2, where Thor battles a villain called Weather-Maker and later Torrent. The Avengers help him in #1. Unfortunately there are minor points in the story which are chronologically incompatible. But some aspects have been used to provide a dating. The presence of the old Avengers including Captain America puts it between Av#4 and #16. Iron Man's pointed mask can put it here before Av#6 (and IM:EtM#4). On the other hand Wasp hasn't worn her equally-pointed cowl since before Cap turned up in Av#4. But who's to say she didn't switch her costumes around from time to time (as she will do later when she inherits her millions). After all they have to be dry-cleaned some time.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hank (Giant-Man) Pym and Janet (Wasp) Van Dyne watch on television reports of the Hulk’s latest violent confrontation with the US military. Hank excuses himself and goes out to his lab; Janet follows in her tiny form and he explains that he wants to work on improving his growth formula—in peace. Janet angrily buzzes off back to the house where the TV anchor is asking "Where are the Avengers?" Tony (Iron Man) Stark is also watching at his penthouse and is concerned about the public skepticism of the Avengers’ effectiveness—and motives….

At Avengers Mansion, Steve (Captain America) Rogers is silent at the breakfast table, drawing concern from Rick Jones ands Jarvis. Fragmented memories are bubbling to the surface, memories of a masked Nazi, and a runaway plane. Rick suggests a little trip….

Iron Man arrives at a meeting with NSC liaison Agent Murch, who introduces him to General Paul Wallace of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They have a proposal to make the Avengers an official part of the military, granting them security clearance and allowing them to maintain their secret identities. Iron Man is skeptical….

At Arlington National Cemetery, Cap finds the grave of Bucky Barnes and the details of his partner’s death become clearer. He would like to know more about what happened while he was on ice. We see him salute at the grave of President John F. Kennedy and read the names of every soldier on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Iron Man tells Murch he will have to consult with his teammates about becoming a branch of the military. Murch is angered at the hero’s reluctance to gain his precious security clearance. Thor suddenly arrives in a furious windstorm and intimidates the agent into leaving hastily. Iron Man puts the government’s offer before Thor, Wasp and Giant-Man, who don’t like the idea of being the lackeys of the military (subtle joke: that is what the Avengers became in THE ULTIMATES). They wonder where Captain America is and Jarvis tells them he is off re-familiarizing himself with certain areas of American history….

A week later the Masters of Evil attack the city and the Avengers are on the scene to battle them. When Cap comes face-to-face with Baron Zemo, his final memories come flooding back and he realizes he is looking at Bucky’s murderer. He takes on Zemo’s men but the villain escapes in his heli-hovercraft. When the other Avengers find him, Cap is lying in a pile of rubble with a head wound, and muttering the name, "Zemo"….


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Scott Kolins
Scott Kolins
Morry Hollowell
Scott Kolins (Cover Penciler)
Scott Kolins (Cover Inker)
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Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Baron Zemo, Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Jarvis (Edwin Jarvis), Melter (Bruno Horgan), Radioactive Man.