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Avengers #246: Review

Aug 1984
Roger Stern, Al Milgrom

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4.5 stars

Avengers #246 Review by (March 25, 2023)
Comments: Cover title: The Mighty Avengers, on issues #241-255. Part one of three parts. Monica Rambeau’s origin as Captain Marvel was in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #16. First appearance of Monica’s parents, Frank and Maria Rambeau. WEST COAST AVENGERS #1 occurs about this time, cameo by Mockingbird. Third appearance of the Delphan Brothers, introduced in ETERNALS #11. Wasp is reading The World According to Garp by John Irving; she’s right, the ending is depressing. See GCD for detailed art credits.

Review: Fun issue with Vision confusing everyone by alternating between a good ol’ boy and a mystery man and we want to see Wanda smack him down. Monica/Cap M reveals her new identity to her parents and they’re cool with it. And Starfox, never one of my favorite Avengers, is a decent fellow in this era of the comic, before the creepier aspects of his personality and powers moved to the forefront. Here he’s just a guy looking to party, inviting Wasp, who started out as the shallow socialite type, to come with him. And then She-Hulk, always a welcome presence, shows up. But it’s with the Eternals that things really kick into gear, showing us first the saucy and independent Sersi, then the attack of the Delphan clones with a cool battle scene and that thrilling cliffhanger, promising a severe ordeal for our heroes…I can hardly wait!


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #246 Synopsis by T Vernon
Avengers Chairman Vision and his wife the Scarlet Witch arrive in Washington for a meeting with President Ronald Reagan and are a hit with the press corps. A few minutes into the visit, Vision and the President go off by themselves leaving Wanda with First Lady Nancy Reagan and curious about Vision’s reasons for the visit….

In New Orleans, Monica Rambeau arranges to have dinner with her parents, uncertain how to tell them she’s an Avenger—the new Captain Marvel—while recapping her origin for us….

At Avengers Mansion, Wasp receives a call from Hawkeye, telling her that they have bought a property and are having it renovated as a headquarters for the new West Coast Avengers. Walking by, Starfox spies her and can see she’s unhappy over everyone being busy but her so he invites her to a party going on….

On a flight home from Washington, Wanda is surprised that they took a commercial plane rather than a Quinjet and Vision appears to be putting on an act of being an ordinary person for the passengers and crew….

Monica surprises her parents by knocking at the door only a split second after hanging up the phone on the other side of the city. She uses this to lead into the revelation that she is a superhero, Captain Marvel—and her parents are thrilled, her dad wanting to know if she’s met Captain America ….

Starfox and Janet arrive at swanky apartment where a sophisticated party is in full swing. They encounter She-Hulk there and are introduced to their hostess Sersi, who welcomes them, not caring that they weren’t invited. Domo of the Eternals contacts Sersi through a mirror, summoning her to Olympia for some important business; she refuses and turns the mirror into a painting so he won’t bother her again. The party is then literally crashed by the Delphan Brothers, eight identical men, there to abduct Sersi and bring her to Olympia. A battle breaks out with the three Avengers joining Sersi in fighting off these interlopers while the party guests all flee for their lives….

In New York, Vision and Scarlet Witch are accosted by reporters who want to know if it’s true that the President will make the Avengers Chairmanship a Cabinet-level post. Vision refuses to answer and hustles an irritated Wanda off, confused that Vision is alternately secretive and jovial and she can’t fathom why….

Back at the party, the Delphans finally manage to clap leech manacles on her to suppress her power and they carry her off to their ship. Wasp and Starfox pursue, only to be trapped inside and She-Hulk is left behind. The ship then teleports to Olympia, knocking Janet and Eros out. When they recover they are surrounded by Eternals and Domo announces the intruders will have to be dealt with….

Al Milgrom
Joe Sinnott
Christie Scheele
Al Milgrom (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jim Novak.
Editor: Mark Gruenwald. Editor-in-chief: Jim Shooter.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Jennifer Walters)


(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Delphan Brothers, Domo.

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