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Avengers (1963) #18

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JackStamper
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Okay...this isn't one of their best adventures. Quicksilver was completely right to object: Why should the Avengers go into another country, pretty much leading to an international incident? Like it or not, they represent America, so this could be counted as a threat by...erm, the commies (It's not made clear, if this is a soviet or a chinese puppet state, so lets just use commie as a description).

Well, our story starts proper with a night off for all of them, which leaves everyone to do, what they like best: Quicksilver goes to the circus, Wanda watches a play, Cap sulks in Avengers mansion because he has no friends, and somehow sitting inside this building doesn't give him more friends, and Hawkeye makes a safe rise into the air. Erm...okay, Hawkeye, seriously, can you stop demonstrating your power by committing crimes?

Regarding their enemy: Back in the early Silver Age, 70% of the bad guys fell into one of three categories: Communists, Robots and Aliens. 80% of the twist endings revealed were the revelation, the enemy, they were fighting, actually belonged to one of thos categories. So it's kinda sad to fall back into this age again: Their enemy is a communist...and the twist is, that he is actually a robot. Well, at least they actually gave the Scarlet Witch the spotlight here: She got the info from Cap, but that doesn't matter: It was her who finally revealed the truth, so she became the MVP of this issue. Just try to have her not be captured that easily next time, okay?

I_See
I_See

Avengers first representation of "red fever" commentary. Great little piece of history here.