I think they did an “old order changeth” issue here because the book had been sucking hard for the past 6 months. But this wasn’t just your average new-team issue–it was one of the best ever. I had the hardest time picking just a few panels to share with you on this one.
But I had to start with the splash page because look at the credits at the top.
Jim Shooter’s ego is in full effect.
It starts with a terrific splash page. Gene Colan has finally stopped phoning it in. Look at how he draws each Avenger with a very different physical build and posture. Thor is regal. Iron Man is cocky. Cap is standing, with his arm outstretched, like a leader. Jacosta is kind of shadowed, easy to overlook. Vision is pensive. Wonder Man is kinda casual. Beast is a wiry monkey. Wanda clutches her own arm, somewhat nervously. And Wasp is sitting on a man’s shoulder ’cause she’s boy crazy even though she’s married.
The issue has guest stars galore (some of whom are featured on the cover and nearly all of whom eventually join one team of Avengers or another), there’s some great character development for Wonder Man (“I want to be an actor!”) and Beast (“I want to be a scientist!”), Moondragon messes with everyone’s minds to pretty much get a cattle call of heroes to show up and audition…
and in the end….
…We’re left with a lineup that has four member where were already there and only two new ones. But don’t worry. YJ and Tigra will be leaving soon enough!
Creators: Jim Shooter and Gene Colan