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Avengers #8: Review

Jun 1997
Walt Simonson, Michael Ryan

Story Name:

Shadowplay

Review & Comments

Rating:
3 stars

 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #8 Synopsis by Kevin Hollander
Peru: High above the Andes Mountains, Kang the Conqueror recuperates in his ship from the injuries he received fighting the Avengers. Mantis attempts in vain to talk him out of his next encounter with the Avengers. Loki appears and after some formalities converts the both of them into energy which he collects inside a sphere.

New York: The Lethal Legion attacks the Avengers in their own front yard. In time the Avengers are able to overpower Ultron-5, Executioner, and Wonder Man. The Enchantress and Scarlet Witch retreat before they are overpowered as well.

Captain America calls in Nick Fury to collect their enemies and properly contain them. After they snap at each other, Cap requests that he be allowed to question MODOK, Baron Zemo, and the A.I.M. agents that were recently captured and imprisoned on the S.H.I.E.L.D. heli-carrier (Captain America Vol. 2 #6). This will prove to be difficult as Loki appears in their cells and converts them into energy as well. When Cap and Fury arrive and learn that the prisoners are missing, Fury goes ballistic.

Hank Pym continues his journey through the Vision. So far he has been unable to determine how or why he was deactivated following their battle with Kang. He makes his way into the Vision's brain where he discovers the android is still very active. He uses his suit to interface with the Vision's circuitry hoping that a diagnostic program will determine what's going on. The preliminary results astound him. Unfortunately Pym experiences some massive electric feedback, rendering him unconscious.

Later that day, Agatha Harkness (who has temporarily taken possession of her cat Ebony) makes her way to Avengers' Mansion. Before she can ask the Avengers to help her save Wanda, she is knocked out by an unseen enemy. Inside the mansion, the remaining Avengers are attacked by the Masters of Evil: Black Knight, Whirlwind, Radioactive Man, Klaw, and Melter.

Loki once again appears in the prison cells aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. heli-carrier that hold Wonder Man and Executioner. When the Executioner asks that he be freed, Loki refuses. He explains that none of them are real, just figments of someone's imagination. He states that he plans to use them to become a real person. He then converts them to energy as he has with the others.


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Michael Ryan
Norm Rapmund
Nathan Lumm
Jim Lee (Cover Penciler)
Scott Williams (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

(Helmut)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Executioner
Executioner

(Skurge)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Hellcat
Hellcat

(Patsy Walker)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Kang
Kang

(Kang the Conqueror)
Loki
Loki

(Loki Laufeyson)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: A.I.M., Agatha Harkness, Black Knight, Melter (Bruno Horgan), Radioactive Man, Whirlwind.