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Avengers (1963) #23

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And again, we have to introduce a girl for Kang, someone whose whole purpose is serving as a motivation for Kang. Obviously she rejects him, because he's a tyrant, and...oh, no, false alarm, she rejects him, because she is a queen and he a commoner. Yeah, that's reason number one, of course.

"Cap, look out! I am now going to walk over to Kang and distract him! Hey Kang! Over there!"  - "What? Ah, blast it, I fell for it. Even though he loudly announced his plan I looked into another direction!" - "Sure interesting, how we can talk so much, yet so little is happening, don't you think?"

Again, Stan goes around and tries to convince us about the strength of certain characters via pistol-in-the-face. Cap is once again heralded as the most valuable member of this team (Which IS true, if only because the other three aren't experienced enough), with everyone gushing over how awesome he is. This also works, when he briefly takes up boxing, which...actually is pretty unfair, all things considered. But this time, he also says, everyone thinks Wanda is the weakest link in the team (a notion, every Marvel-fan can just laugh about, seeing what she will do in later years), and highlights, what she can do. Of course, not without stressing the point that she tires easy using her powers, and explicitly stating, she IS weaker than Hawkeye and Quicksilver, while Kang bombards them with his rays. Baby steps...

Anyway, Kang works a bit odd in this story, seeing as he is now also within a political coup and something tangential to romance, and the Avengers pretty much only try to correct all their mistakes this whole issue. Still, it's somewhat solid, and a nice end to 1965.

PS: How does the "spaceship is actually shaped like the uppermost level"-trick work? Look at a house and then tell me, how you can add a level, without it looking obvious? Not to mention the Avengers should know, when they are on the roof, and notice...that this suddenly isn't the roof anymore.


Kang, sorry buddy, there's only one true Time Lord, and he ain't in the Marvel Universe.







... but we love him anyway.