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Avengers n.1 #3: Review

Jan 2017
Mark Waid, Barry Kitson

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(No title given)

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Avengers n.1 #3 Review by (January 22, 2017)
Comments: Inking duties shared by Mark Farmer, Rafael Fonteriz, and Barry Kitson, The Enforcers work for the Kingpin in this tale. Odd error: Hawkeye's hair color and clothing change between pages 13 and 14 with no change of setting. Issue includes the letters page reprinted from AVENGERS #21 (October 1965).

Review: Well, this series took an interesting turn.: new character Cressida is a bad guy! Mark Waid delivers the familiar characters in an older era, making for some enjoyable, if not impressive, adventures. Big oddity: the first two issues were narrated by different characters, first Wasp then Pietro. This issue doesn't have a narrator, which is fine. I didn't see that it added anything to the other issues.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers n.1 #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Everyone is talking about the new Avengers lineup and it's all negative. As average citizens are being interviewed in Manhattan to express disappointment over the new heroes, foot-tall copies of the Awesome Android rain from the sky. The figures are alive and reproducing. The Mad Thinker takes control of the airwaves to demand one billion dollars of Vibranium or the rapidly multiplying Androids will soon overrun the city. Captain America and Scarlet Witch confront the Mad Thinker in his lair and with their newly enhanced powers Wanda destroys the villain's equipment and Cap punches out the full-size Android. Elsewhere in the city, Daredevil “sees” Quicksilver rounding up the little monsters at superspeed. Spider-Man watches Hawkeye fire several arrows that spread nets, trapping the things and making cleanup much easier....

Suddenly the Avengers are popular all over the city and they owe it all to new member Cressida whose special power increases the abilities of anyone around her (last issue). Hero names of X-Factor or Avenger X are suggested for her. But elsewhere in the city, a sinister event has taken place: all of the elderly residents of a nearby nursing home have died—simultaneously and at the time the Avengers were fighting the Thinker.…

The group begins to enjoy their sudden stardom but later, Cressida approaches Steve alone in the gym and asks if he can be sure Hawkeye is still not a criminal at heart and whether he can be trusted.... Later she suggests to Wanda that Pietro is trying to keep her dependent on him.... Then she suggests to Pietro that sudden fame may be seducing Wanda away from him. In a fit of anger, Quicksilver heads out to do some heroing. Cressida keeps track of him via a television screen, watching as he encounters the Enforcers beating a man who owes money to the Kingpin. When Quicksilver intervenes, Cressida reaches through the TV screen and boosts Ox's strength with a touch of her finger. (And elsewhere, hospital patients are suddenly dying.) As she watches, Ox beats Quicksilver and breaks his leg. Cressida says, “One down, three to go.”  

Barry Kitson
Mark Farmer
Jordan Boyd
Barry Kitson (Cover Penciler)
Barry Kitson (Cover Inker)
Jordan Boyd (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Matt Murdock)

(Clint Barton)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Peter Parker)

Plus: X-Factor.

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