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Avengers #31: Review

Aug 1966
Stan Lee, Don Heck

Story Name:

Never Bug a Giant

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers #31 Review by (June 21, 2011)
The inhabitants of the Forbidden Land will reappear in Hulk #240-243 and Namor Annual #1. We will discover that the Land is El Dorado in the Andes, and that it is a city created by the Deviants. Deviant science is the source of the Flame of Life, and of other advanced devices employed in this issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #31 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Captain America and Wasp are preparing to fly to South America to find Goliath. They are joined by Hawkeye, returned from his fight with Black Widow, Power Man and Swordsman. Despite his new resolution to get along better with his teammates, especially Cap, Hawkeye is still prickly.

Meanwhile Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are in their Balkan homeland hoping it will renew their powers.

Goliath is in the hidden Forbidden Land with its deposed leader Prince Rey. Rey explains that his people are descendants of Incas who found the cave system containing the Flame of Life, powered by cobalt rocks. The Flame is their power source, watched over by the hereditary priesthood called the Keeper of the Flame.

The current Keeper increased the supply of cobalt, making the flame stronger to enhance his personal power despite the danger to the whole Earth (!). Prince Rey opposed him, and the keeper drove him and his followers out. Rey expects Goliath to help him regain his throne. But Goliath realises that Rey is just as power-mad as the Keeper.

Hank leaves Rey, intent on destroying the Flame, but the Keeper traps him with power-draining rays. At that point the other Avengers appear. Cap and Hawkeye get captured, but tiny Wasp escapes. She opens doorways letting Prince Rey and his rebels in. The ensuing battle saves the three male Avengers from being sacrificed to the Flame. Wasp directs Hawkeye to send a blast arrow into an idol full of explosives. The exploding idol snuffs out the flame, and the Incans stop fighting because they have nothing left to fight over.

The Avengers rescue Dr Anton, whom Goliath had come here to see. Goliath wants to know if Anton can cure him from being stuck at 10 feet high (since #28). But the scientist can't do anything. Ironically he believes the only person who might be able to help is Henry Pym, Goliath's alter ego.

Don Heck
Frank Giacoia
(Unknown artist)
Don Heck (Cover Penciler)
Don Heck (Cover Inker)
(Unknown artist) (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Goliath (Hank Pym).

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