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Avengers #13: Review

Jun 2013
Jonathan Hickman, Mike Deodato Jr.

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4 stars

Avengers #13 Review by (June 9, 2013)
This issue says that the Savage Land was created by aliens from beyond the universe. In Ka-Zar the Savage #34 it was revealed that the Nuwali created the place, but working for some greater beings. Fantastic Four #319 told us that these beings were the Beyonders (only indirectly connected to the Beyonder of Secret Wars). These extra-dimensional guys had only previously been known as the beings who arranged for Counter-Earth to be removed in Marvel Two-in-One #62-63. But now FF#319 implicated them in several other Marvel events, such as the creation of Cosmic Cubes. High Evolutionary created Counter-Earth, and witnessed its removal. He is the only being known to have glimpsed the Beyonders, and according to Hulk #266 the sight drove him mad. HE feels proprietary about the Savage Land because he rebuilt it in Uncanny X-Men Annual #12, after it had been destroyed by Terminus in Avengers #256-258. Evolutionary's body isn't usually shown as being artificial, instead he's a man inside the suit. However he's been through so many transformations, imposed or self-induced, that he could be anything in there. Terminus has a confusing history. The name refers to the giant robot body, but it may also have been the alien being that initially inhabited its head. There have been other people occupying the robot, and other copies of the robot. For instance the main Terminus from FF#269-270 sent a duplicate body inhabited by Jorro (a Deviant) to destroy the Savage Land in Av#256-258. And this issue's Garokk was the power source for the Terminus body when Evolutionary recreated the Savage Land in UXMAn#12. After being killed off in space in AvAn#19, Terminus somehow reformed on Earth in FF(1998)#4 with a body built out of Moloids! After that he just pops up whenever any writer wants him.


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Avengers #13 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The previously page just shows bits from last issue, where Iron Man noted that the alien children grown by the Savage Land origin bomb were self-sustaining, not reliant on air or food. Captain Universe and Hyperion suggested to them that, being creatures without needs, they should strive to build a world where no-one need go without. But they were interrupted by High Evolutionary's mutated beasts, while HE himself spirited some of the kids away.

Herbert Wyndham had his own hand in shaping the Savage Land, and he sees the zebra-striped children as a new element to add to the mix. He now has them in his hidden base, and he's incorporating them into some machinery.

The base is invisible to Iron Man's sensors. But Captain Universe contacts Garokk the Petrified Man. He has been watching all that occurred, and can lead the Avengers there (except CU who stays behind). The target appears just to be a giant rock, but Spider-Man walks through it because it's a hologram. The other Avengers follow.

The Avengers battle HE's mutated creatures, until a giant armoured form erupts from the ground. It's the (or a) Terminus robot, and he swiftly crushes Iron Man (but that's OK because we learned last issue that this IM is only a suit of armour operated remotely by Tony Stark, who's out in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy). Thor prepares to tackle the giant, while he sends Hyperion to find the children. Hawkeye, Spider-Man (Otto Octavius) and Spider-Woman continue to fight the beasts.

Hyperion confronts High Evolutionary and rips an arm off. But HE's armoured body turns out to be artificial, and he turns the stump of his arm into a hi-tech gun with which he blasts Hyperion. But the fight ends when Hyperion realises that Wyndham has used the self-sustaining children as a power source for Terminus.

Thor isn't doing too well against his large foe. But he prepares to unleash a terrific lightning storm on the robot. However, as the storm hits, Hyperion rockets from Evolutionary's base and punches his way through the giant head, emerging on the other side pushing a set of containers wherein lie the abducted children.

Evolutionary obviously accepts his defeat and leaves, taking his monstrous beasts with him, but leaving Terminus frozen like a statue with a shattered head. Because the next scene we see is Hyperion and Thor sharing a drink and chatting.

As last time, Thor predicts that something big and menacing is on the horizon. Hyperion reflects that now he will face anything to protect the children.

Mike Deodato Jr.
Mike Deodato Jr.
Frank Martin
Leinil Francis Yu (Cover Penciler)
Leinil Francis Yu (Cover Inker)
Sunny Gho (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Lauren Sankovitch.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Peter Parker)

(Jessica Drew)


Plus: Captain Universe (Tamara Devoux), Garokk, Hyperion (Marcus), Spider-Man (Otto Octavius), Terminus.

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