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Maximum Security #3: Review

Jan 2001
Kurt Busiek, Jerry Ordway

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Whatever the Cost!

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Rating:
4 stars

Maximum Security #3 Review by (September 13, 2013)
Review: This issue is a bit of a letdown as many of the major plot developments took place in the tie-in issues, giving this installment a rushed and choppy feel. Nevertheless, the epic battle between giant Ronan and the heroes is truly epic in all of its parts. The strangest aspect to the issue—indeed the whole miniseries—is the prominence placed on USAgent, the hostile and hardheaded former Captain America. He is the one who truly seems to be fighting for his world.

Comments: Bruce Banner starts to turn into the Hulk but doesn’t make it. Cameos by Wasp, Silverclaw, Beta Ray Bill, Vision, Hercules, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Triathlon, Wonder Man, Nova, Namorita, Sunfire, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Warbird, Speedball, Rogue, Bolt, Thunderbird, Bishop, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Darkstar, Psylocke, Union Jack, Jack of Hearts, Agatha Harkness, Dakimh, Mechamage, Magali Szardos, Khalid Inshallah, Jules St. Thomas, Human Torch, Gladiator.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Maximum Security #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The assembled heroes of Earth invade the Ruul base, battle the baddies, and shut down the barrier containing Earth, made easier by Professor X’s plan to sabotage the base earlier. Quasar and his team (including Thor and Photon) escape from their prison and teleport to the Council planet Selandiar to inform the delegates of the Kree plan. It wasn’t necessary though as the Supreme Intelligence appears and gloats over his scheme to evolve the Kree into the Ruul, send Ego on a rampage, and infect the Earth in a bid for galactic domination.

On Earth, the efforts of a number of magical heroes fail to contain the spread of Ego; Iron Man and Reed Richards employ their device (aided by Bruce Banner and Gambit) using the Silver Surfer to drain Ego’s energy. It turns out to be too much for the cosmic hero and he collapses. Ronan attacks the machine in giant form but the assembled heroes arrive from Selandiar and give battle. Quasar steps into the device and successfully destroys the Ego infection, protected by Invisible Woman’s force field as USAgent pummels Ronan mercilessly. Having saved the planet, Quasar returns to his exile in space. The alien convicts are extradited back to their own worlds. USAgent refuses the thanks of the Avengers, insisting they cannot be trusted—yet as he leaves he won’t hear his teammates say a word against the heroes.


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Jerry Ordway
Will Blyberg
Jason Wright
Jerry Ordway (Cover Penciler)
Jerry Ordway (Cover Inker)
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Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

(T'Challa)
Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)
Professor X
Professor X

(Charles Xavier)
Quasar
Quasar

(Wendell Vaughn)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)

Plus: Cadre K, Cerise, Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Ego the Living Planet, Goliath (Hank Pym), Kree, Lilandra, Moondragon, Photon (Monica Rambeau), Ronan (Ronan the Accuser), Starfox, U.S. Agent.