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Avengers #20: Review

Jun 2019
Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness

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No fun

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4 stars

Avengers #20 Review by (July 6, 2019)
The cover is just a mash-up of things happening all over War Of The Realms, with very little to do with this issue itself.

Ed McGuinness helps out with the inking as well as being penciller.

This is our last WOTR issue. Next issue we're back to the regularly-scheduled Squadron Supreme plotline.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #20 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
This War Of The Realms tie-in focuses on She-Hulk.

It begins with a psychodrama playing out in Jennifer Walters' head. It's a courtroom scene with Jen as judge and the earlier slightly oversized gorgeous fun-loving lawyer She-Hulk prosecuting the current brutish Hulk-sized She-Hulk. The jury is other past variations of the character. The charge is that current She-Hulk is deliberately keeping herself in the Hulk form that she was mutated into by a Celestial in #3. Current SHulk gets angry and lawyer SHulk says that proves her point and she'll just have to kill her to get herself back. Judge Jenny calls for order.

It turns out this is a weekly psychoactive calisthenics session overseen by Black Panther to increase Jennifer's control over She-Hulk. But her gamma emission was still way too high. They want to avoid her gamma explosions like the 1 in #17 against the vampires in Russia. (But Jen wonders if *she* really wants to *keep* that power level.) This was a flashback, and now ...

... She-Hulk is beating up Asgardian Trolls in Australia. But inside she's still raking over her internal conflict. She really liked being the glamorous lawyer She-Hulk, and everybody liked *her*. But she also likes the sheer respect she gets in her current persona.

During a lull in the fighting Jennifer Walters is on a helicarrier where Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) is telling her about Trolls (but she's just been fighting them) and especially their Thor-level king Ulik. Carol is going off to deal with the Queen of the Fire Goblins and she wants Jen to fight her way through the Trolls and take down Ulik. Jen says fighting trolls is her new favourite pastime. Carol says she shouldn't worry about blowing up, as Thor is currently blowing up a giant worldwide thunderstorm. She-Hulk heads to the armoury to suit up for the occasion.

(There's a continuity problem here. We're going to see She-Hulk fighting Ulik which also occurs in WOTR#5. But Thor's world-storm more likely refers to WOTR#6. Jen says she recently left Freyja in Svartalfheim, which is OK continuity-wise because that happened in WOTR#4.)

Anyway the next scene is She-Hulk vs Ulik, and she's wearing a fur-lined cloak and an Asgardian helmet - but more-significantly wielding 1 of Thor's collection of hammers. But Ulik disrespects her seemingly by calling her a wannabe Thor, which makes her very angry and she beats him so furiously that the hammer is reduced to nothing. Which makes enough of an impression that Ulik asks her to marry him. She-Hulk roars over his comatose body. And a voice in her head says "The defence rests". [I think it would be more appropriate to say "The prosecution rests",]

Now we have a gratuitous Deadpool cameo. He says he's a big fan but wants to know why she stopped being funny - something she did way before he came along. SHulk says she'd rather be free to be ugly. As she leaps away DP asks if someone can't be both. He's only asking for a friend of course.

Now we catch up with some other Avengers and Agents of Wakanda. Blade, Gorilla-Man and Ka-Zar are in Antarctica fighting Roxxon Super-Soldier BERSERKERS. Black Panther has provided them with a serum that will de-Hulk them. Their skin is too tough to penetrate with a hypodermic, but that's where Blade comes in. His vampire fangs seem to deliver the potion. They get a message from T'Challa saying that Roxxon's hackers have been defeated (by other members of the Antarctica squad like Roz Solomon?), so now the Avengers Mountain teleportation system is back online. And She-Hulk ports in to help them with the Berserkers.

Later Jennifer returns to New York where Daredevil still has Heimdall's sword and omniscient power. He tells her the Celestials empowered her for a War. Not this War, nor coming ones like the Hell Race, the Drawing Of The Heralds, the Sea Trials, the Fury Of Khonshu and the Red Rise Of America's Mightiest Heroes. She will recognise her time to explode in the War Beyond Whens, "the war you've already lost".

Jen shrugs it off and Hulks out to go beat up some Frost Giants.

Ed McGuinness
Mark Morales
Jason Keith
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)
Ed McGuinness (Cover Inker)
Val Staples (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther


(Eric Brooks)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)

(Matt Murdock)

(Jennifer Walters)

Plus: Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan).

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