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Avengers Forever #10: Review

Oct 1999
Kurt Busiek, Carlos Pacheco

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow...

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3 stars

Avengers Forever #10 Review by (June 30, 2010)
TimeQuake involved lots of characters from other What If stories. When they made their brief appearance in Avengers: Terminatrix Objective #3 the Time-Keepers gave themselves names Ast, Vort and Zanth, despite saying they had no names in What If v2 #38. After Avengers Forever Time-Keepers make a cameo appearance along with Kang and Immortus in Marvel Universe: The End #2. And one of them uncharacteristically impersonates an ancient Egyptian oracle in Marvel Knights 4 #16. The 'Martians' were the alien race based on Mars that ruled the alternate future Earth of Killraven starting in Amazing Adventures v 2 #18, and the alternate version of that Earth seen in #4-6 of this series. The Badoon first attacked Earth in Silver Surfer #2, but more significantly ruled the alternate future solar system of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Galactus the World Devourer has been menacing the Earth since Fantastic Four #50. The Celestials have been around since Eternals #1. They mutate selected members of species to higher intelligence, and return to judge worlds they have affected. One of them, the Dreaming Celestial, played a large part in some Kang stories described last issue. The Infinites hadn't actually appeared when this series came out, but they would very soon pop up in the Avengers Infinity limited series.

Besides the types of Avengers Battalion troops seen in #1 we now also see Hawkeye-based archers and Vision-based androids. Guardians of the Galaxy are from an alternate future first seen in Marvel Super-Heroes #18. In #1 the Battalion put down a rebellion on the homeworld of Yondu of the Guardians. In Avengers West Coast #61 Immortus described some timelines he had aborted. Most were seen in recent AWC issues 53, 55, 59 and 60. But he also claimed to be behind the prevention of WW III in Avengers #101, possibly indicating that Leonard Tippit was a nexus being. And there is a timeline not mentioned elsewhere where Napoleon took Moscow. In Avengers Forever Immortus doesn't mention any of these timelines or the purpose in elimating nexus beings. Instead he claims he was stopping war-like humanity from expanding into space. Time-Keepers also cameoed with other cosmic beings in Quasar #26.

The Time-Twisters took over and told Immortus to use the Forever Crystal to delete timelines containing nexus beings (including going back to Avengers #101) and combine the nexus power into one nexus being. Immortus chose Scarlet Witch, but planned to use her for his own purpose. Time-Twisters stored the power in frozen Immortus in AWC#62. Immortus defeated Time-Twisters in TimeQuake in What If, but Time-Keepers replaced them and Immortus was dissipated in a quantum wave. At some point Time-Keepers reintegrated him, before he and Ravonna watched Terminatrix in Avengers Annual #21. He then impersonated Kang in the Crossing/Timeslide crossover. Then came the attempt to kill Rick Jones in #1-2, followed by #5-12. At some time in his future he will die in Avengers: Terminatrix Objective. I am left with one (only one?!) question. Was the dead Immortus that Kang found in flashback in Avengers #269 just a fake planted by live Immortus, or actually the dead Immortus from Terminatrix Objective? Treasure this summary while you can. #12 will call it all into question.

I can now summarise Immortus's life:- He settled in Limbo, where he was hired by Time-Keepers to oversee the 7 millenia of Kang's empire. Part of his job was to control Kang's multiplying selves, and to keep the Avengers in check. In order to delete unwanted timelines he gained the Forever Crystal in #3. He dabbled with Avengers in Avengers #2 and 10. After the Kree-Skrull War, the Time-Keepers wanted him to keep humanity confined to Earth. He encouraged the 'Martians' and Badoon to conquer Earth in certain timelines. The Time-Keepers were also worried about Scarlet Witch's possible children. Immortus encouraged Vision and Witch's romance, from Space Phantom's plot in Avengers #106-108 to their marriage in Giant-Size Avengers #4. This was followed by foiling Kang in the Avengers' Western adventure in Avengers #141-143 and taking away Thor's time-travel power in Thor #282. He oversaw the destruction of the Council of Kangs (including winning the love of a Ravonna and posing as Lireeb) culminating in Avengers #269. He used the Crystal to delete timelines where humanity expanded out to space, e.g. the 50's Avengers timeline in #5. The birth of Scarlet Witch's twins led to the plot to eliminate them, including going back and using the Forever Crystal to separate Vision from original Human Torch, and ending in Avengers West Coast #52.

After Nathaniel Richards had been made inacapable of storing nexus power, Immortus presumably exploded when the nexus power was transferred to him from Scarlet Witch back in Avengers West Coast #62. From which point were the Time-Twisters in charge of Immortus? What If #39 claims that the whole 'business with the Scarlet Witch' was their doing. But I think there were 2 different schemes involving the Witch. Avengers Forever #8 says the Time-Keepers were worried about the Witch's future children. This drove Immortus's plan to marry Witch and Vision. And then the plot to remove her children, which succeeded in AWC#52. The TimeQuake story in What If said the Time-Twisters wanted Immortus to delete timelines with nexus beings, and accumulate the nexus power in the Witch. This started in AWC#53. So I suggest that's when Time-Twisters took over.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers Forever #10 Synopsis by Rob Johnson

The six Avengers recruited from various times to protect Rick Jones awake to find themselves in an alternate future confonted by the Galactic Avengers Battalion and their leader Jonz Rickard from #1. Captain Marvel realises that the Battalion perceive them as the rebellious Guardians of the Galaxy.

They are captured, but then rescued by Immortus and their 7th member Yellowjacket, who admit to abducting the Avengers in #8, and that Yellowjacket used the powers of Limbo's insects to make them seem like the Guardians here. Immortus wanted Avengers to see the kind of future he was trying to prevent by stopping Rick Jones accessing the Destiny Force, if necessary by killing him.

Immortus takes Avengers to see the 3 Time-Keepers. They explain that they were created at the end of time by He Who Remains, to carry knowledge into the next universe. In some alternate realities the 3 destructive Time-Twisters were born instead. They hint that Immortus sometimes worked for Time-Twisters instead of themselves. The Time-Keepers strive to ensure that the alternate realities all culminate in their own birth rather than that of the Time-Twisters. Part of that manipulation is ensuring that humanity doesn't expand to infect the galaxy and beyond. As usual this is a brief version of a complicated history. Once again I'll include the more detailed version here rather than in the Notes section.

We met the 3 Time-Twisters in Thor #243-245, where they were moving backwards in time to the beginning of the universe, devastating every world they touched. They visited Earth every 3000 years. They had destroyed the 80th century. Zarrko came to recruit Thor's help saving 50th Century Earth, and in doing so stop them from reaching 20th century. Thor went to Time-Twisters' source in the Citadel at the End of Time, where he found He Who Remains, the last sentient being in the universe, who was about to finish creating 3 beings to carry knowledge to the start of the next universe. When Thor convinced him that his creations would instead destructively travel back to the start of this universe, he abandoned his plan. Thor returned to a reality in which the Time-Twisters didn't exist.

In Thor #282 Immortus said 3 beings from the end of time made him custodian of the 7 millenia he occupied as Kang. They weren't named then, but they were called the Time-Keepers when Immortus repeated the story a decade later in Avengers West Coast #61. Time-Keepers made their first actual appearance in AWC#62.

In a series of AWC issues leading up to this, Immortus had chosen Scarlet Witch as a nexus being to convert to a source of power to safeguard the events leading to a future the Time-Keepers wanted to protect. The Witch broke free, and the built-up power threatened the multiverse. Time-Keepers froze Immortus and stored the power in him, to preserve their own future.

In Quasar #30 Watcher explained Time-Keepers were born from eggs at end of universe in same way Time-Twisters were. They gave Watcher the power to see alternate realities.

Time-Keepers/Twisters played a major role in the TimeQuake story in What If v2 #35-39.

#35-36 explained that the timelines Immortus had been culling for the Time-Keepers, as seen in various issues of AWC, contained dangerous nexus beings. The power of the deleted nexi was channeled into Scarlet Witch, and Immortus had hoped to use her to challenge Time-Keepers, which was another reason they had frozen him.

Unfortunately he had missed 4 nexi. What If v2 #35-38 showed Time-Keepers trying to eliminate these nexi, opposed by Immortus's astral self under the name Whisperer. They failed to destroy 3 of the 4 nexi. In #38 Time-Keepers vanished into non-existence, freeing Immortus who gained power over the multiverse. #39 said Immortus gained this ultimate power by adding the last 4 nexi (even the elimated one?) to his store. It also revealed more about the origins of Time-Keepers. He Who Remains was the last director of the Time Variance Agency. After his failure with the Time-Twisters he created the Time-Keepers. Now Watcher and TVA changed the 30th Century Nathaniel Richards so that when he became Immortus he was unable to store the nexus power, and Immortus exploded. 2 sets of Time-Keepers now reappeared. One set turned out to be Time-Twisters in disguise. It transpired there are 2 parallel end-of-universes vying for dominance. Time-Twisters tricked Immortus into the Scarlet Witch fiasco in AWC in order to bring about their version of end-of-universe, and it is they who we have been following in TimeQuake. Now they reverted to eggs, and the true Time-Keepers regained dominance.

Immortus next popped up in the Terminatrix backup in Avengers Annual #21, without saying how he survived. Here in Avengers Forever #10 the Time-Keepers casually mention that they 'remade' him.

Time-Keepers next appeared in Avengers: Terminatrix Objective #3, and that brings us to Avengers Forever.

Now Immortus describes how he manipulated timelines for the Time-Keepers to keep humanity from spreading out into the galaxy with Rick Jones's Destiny Force. As well as deleting the 50's Avengers timeline, as shown in #5, he persuaded the 'Martians' and Badoon to invade Earth in various alternate realities. Time-Keepers remind Avengers that humans are so dangerous they have even defeated Galactus, Celestials and Infinites.

Time-Keepers and Immortus intend to destroy all but a few of the timelines with humanity in. Yellowjacket regrets the deal he made with Immortus in #8, and uses the Limbo insects to free the other Avengers by giving them temporary access to the Destiny Force. He has also sent insects for help, which arrives in the form of Rick Jones, Kang and the Kree Supreme Intelligence.

Carlos Pacheco
Jesus Merino
Steve Oliff
Carlos Pacheco (Cover Penciler)
Jesus Merino (Cover Inker)
Steve Oliff (Cover Colorist)
Tony Kelly (Cover Colorist)
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Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel


(Clint Barton)

(Kang the Conqueror)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Janet Van Dyne)


Plus: Giant-Man (Scott Lang), Immortus, Songbird, Zarrko (Tomorrow Man).

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