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Avengers: The Origin #5: Review

Aug 2010
Joe Casey, Phil Noto

Story Name:

One Shoe Drops

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers: The Origin #5 Review by (September 19, 2015)
Comments: Future visions of the Avengers’ career include an unspecified outer space adventure, the wedding of Scarlet Witch and Vision, a battle with the Absorbing Man, and being surrounded by an army of Ultrons, with cameos by Captain America, Hawkeye, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Mantis, Swordsman, Immortus, Ms. Marvel, Beast, and Black Panther.

Review: Quite a few differences from AVENGERS #1 in this amped up retelling. There, the fight consists of Iron Man and Hulk hurling auto parts at one another before Thor arrives with Loki; now it looks a bit more realistic with the two exerting their strength against each other in a test of power. Also in the original, the containment tank isn’t mentioned until Loki falls into it; here it was intended from the first by Wasp to trap the Hulk and it nabs Loki by a happy accident. In the new version Loki escapes magically which seems more in character for the villain we’ve been booing for years. So the biggest improvement in this new version is that it gives Wasp a means of contributing to the adventure. The low point of this miniseries is that the actual formation of the Avengers takes up three panels in 1963 and covers nine pages in this new version. With the magic of hindsight, writer Joe Casey can invest it with more gravitas since we all know that this is going to be a significant comic series for the next five (at least) decades. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were just providing cool new comics and never dreamed where this would go and didn’t take themselves so seriously. Final verdict: It’s all much better than the occasionally crude and clumsy original by Stan and Jack—but nowhere near as much fun. Give me the Silver Age any time.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers: The Origin #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The battle between Iron Man and Hulk at the munitions plant continues as Wasp and Ant-Man plan how to trap Hulk in the containment chamber in the basement….

On the Isle of Silence, Thor fights his way through an army of Loki clones. Spinning Mjolnir causes all of the copies to shatter, leaving only the genuine God of Evil standing. Thor then seizes his wayward brother and flies off with him….

As Ant-Man and Wasp are about to spring their trap for the Hulk, Thor arrives with his prisoner. Hulk recognizes Loki as the sinister image in his head earlier. Loki draws upon his divine power to increase his menacing aspect, growing in size, he vows to destroy Thor and his allies—but then the floor, undermined by ants, gives way, dropping the villain into the containment chamber (to Hank and Janet’s surprise). The heroes quickly open the chamber—but Loki is gone. With the dust clearing, the good guys plan to leave, but Wasp has an idea….

Three days later at Tony Stark’s factory, Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, and Ant-Man assemble to work out plans to form a team, protecting Earth from powerful threats. They have quick glimpses of a bright and amazing future (courtesy of an artist working after the fact). The Hulk suddenly crashes through the ceiling and asks to join, figuring they owe him. And so are born…the Avengers!

Phil Noto
Phil Noto
Phil Noto
Phil Noto (Cover Penciler)
Phil Noto (Cover Inker)
Phil Noto (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)


(Janet Van Dyne)

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