NOTE: Post Updated February 2019
Lots of Black Panther in these issues! Well, it turns out that the Man-Ape wasn’t really dead (surprise!), and he’s returned as part of the Lethal Legion.
And of course if there’s Black Panther then there has to be some kind of racial/civil rights angle. Because a black man can’t just be a king and a superhero. Anyway, there’s this weird exchange with his girlfriend Monica Lynne, which seems to come dangerously close to alluding to the Black Panther movement-all whites/society wants to make black people slaves again. Panther defends his teammates.
Lots of Panther melodrama, but to be fair he didn’t have a solo book where this could be developed.
Anyway, Man-Ape and friends kick the asses of Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Panther (all in one-on-one fights), but only one dude ends up in chains. Guess who? The black man!
I don’t want to be too down on this, though, because Grim Reaper is a cool super-villain-team leader, and this is the issue where we learn that Simon Williams was the source of Vision’s brain pattern. That makes Reaper feel like he’s Vision’s brother.
Also: Weird power set alert!
Apparently, Vision can “phase in” to a person’s body, controlling how they act. I don’t think this was ever used again.
Creators: Roy Thomas, Sal (#78) and John (#79) Buscema
First appearance: The Lethal Legion
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