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Avengers #24: Review

Jan 1966
Stan Lee, Don Heck

Story Name:

From the Ashes of Defeat...

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Avengers #24 Review by (May 29, 2011)
In this issue Kang thinks to himself that the Avengers don't realise he is related to Dr Doom. In Fantastic Four #19 in ancient Egypt villain Rama Tut told the FF that he came from the 30th Century using a time machine he found in ruins belonging to an ancestor. In Avengers #8 Kang told the Avengers he was Rama Tut. While returning to the 30th Century he had overshot, and conquered the desolate 40th Century Earth as Kang. Somewhere between then and now he has conquered the whole galaxy. Meanwhile in FF Annual #1 Rama Tut had met Dr Doom, and revealed that he was the ancestor whose time machine he was using. Kang confirmed that Doom was his ancestor in his private musings in Avengers #11. Note that these dates are commonly accepted, and this summary ignores some conflicting statements that Rama Tut came from the 25th Century and Kang was based in the 30th Century. I also ignore the waffle in FF Annual #1 that Rama Tut and Dr Doom might be the same man. However later comics, starting from FF#273, will amend this story to say that Rama Tut/Kang originated in the future of an alternate Earth, and that the ancestor with the time machine was Nathaniel Richards, father of Mr Fantastic. Ravonna isn't dead. Her future will begin to unfurl in #69, where it is revealed that Kang holds her in suspended animation until he can revive her. From there she will move on to multiple alternate universe copies whose fate is intertwined with Kang and Immortus.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #24 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Last issue Kang took the Avengers to his future century, where he has conquered the whole galaxy apart from one kingdom, which he spared for love of Princess Ravonna. Now that she has refused to marry him, he has ordered his troops to attack.

Kang is still inside the kingdom with the Avengers, but he teleports himself away. Captain America rallies the kingdom's forces. But Kang's army breaks through their defences. Quicksilver saves a mother and child, but is himself injured. She hides him and nurses him back to health.

Meanwhile Cap, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch make a last stand in the throne room, but are eventually subdued. Kang condemns them to death, including the missing Quicksilver.

Kang orders that he and Ravonna be wed. But Baltag and his other commanders insist that Kang follow tradition and kill Ravonna and the king, lest they inspire a rebellion. Kang refuses, which his troops see as a sign of weakness. Baltag leads a revolt, but Kang escapes.

Kang recruits his 3 captive Avengers to help rescue Ravonna. Then they mobilise the loyal citizens. Baltag is already proving himself less of a leader than Kang, when Kang and his gang invade the palace. Kang reaches his control complex, which his keyed to his biosignature, and disables all Baltag's army's weapons. Kang and the Avengers enter the throne room to find that Quicksilver has captured Baltag and the other commanders.

Kang honours a promise to leave the kingdom free, and he also vows to stop stalking Ravonna. Just as he sends the Avengers home, Baltag tries to shoot him. Ravonna always actually admired Kang somewhat. Now that he has proven a man of honour, and shown the lengths he will go for her sake, she realises she actually loves him. And she sacrifices her life to save Kang's.

Back in their own time the Avengers don't realise they are being watched from afar by Dr Doom.

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Don Heck
Dick Ayers
(Unknown artist)
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Dick Ayers (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Kang
Kang

(Kang the Conqueror)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Ravonna.