“This Hostage Earth” pits (pun intended) the A-team against Mole Man and the Moloids. And although it seems ridiculous that the entire team is needed to beat this dude, especially when he doesn’t even have a giant monster to help him (as he did in Fantastic Four #1). But he does have Red Ghost.
We get to see some more catty arguments between team members. Above, we see Thor ridiculing Giant-Man for using ants to warn him of dangers. Then Cap warns Thor that Giant-Man is a big dude.
I’m reminded that clone-Thor killed another version of Giant Man…
Giant-Man is kidnapped by Mole Man and the Avengers rescue him.
Before they can rescue him, they have to stop bickering.
And Mole Man has a plan to destroy the world.
I think this is the only issue where Moloids are shown to be capable of rational thought.
Oh, wait. That’s IRON MAN’s thought bubble. Anyway, the moloid is using a weapon. I don’t recall that happening before or since.
At the end, Tony Stark is still a sexist jerk.
Oh, and there’s a letter from George RR “Game of Thrones” Martin! His first published work!
Creators: Stan Lee, Don Heck
Grade: F. Sorry. This is really, really dumb.
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