The conclusion of the three-parter begun in Sub-Mariner #14 and Captain Marvel #14, and what’s really unusual is that neither Namor nor Captain Marvel appear in Avengers #64. It’s a trilogy held together by the villains, not the heroes.
The final leg of the trilogy also starts a two-parter for The Avengers.
Small-time gangster Barney Barton shows up at Avengers Mansion (they let anyone in, apparently), and we learn about Clint Barton—who changed from Hawkeye to Goliath last issue—having a criminal past. His brother is killed in a battle against Egghead’s robots. And you can see, in the panel above, that Clint swears to get revenge if it takes the rest of his life. Turns out, it only takes one issue.
Egghead then hires The Swordsman to go after the team, and we learn about Clint and Swordsman’s shared past as circus performers. In the end, Barton captures both of the villains and feels at peace with his brother’s death. “Just a little.”
Creators: Roy Thomas and Gene Colan
Grade: B-/C+. Above average little stories.