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Avengers (1963) #18

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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?


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