Aug 8, 2017

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 895: Avengers v.1 #231, May 1983

https://www.comics.org/issue/1617413/

Today's comic gives us a nice look at the sorts of things the Avengers really should be dealing with, through the metonym of a kidnapped President (wish someone would kidnap 45, tbh). We were given a small hint as to the identity of the mastermind behind this kidnapping a couple of issues ago, but if that wasn't enough, the silhouette of Plantman's absolutely ridiculous costume gives it away. Well, that and the reveal later in the issue.

A nice standalone story to establish the new status quo of the Avengers, one that, if memory serves, actually remains pretty stable for the 6 or 7 years that Mr. Stern is shepherding them. It's a nice mix of old and new characters. In fact, there's a definite reflection of the original Avengers. Of course, Wasp and Thor were original members, and Captain America joined shortly after. In the Hulk's place we have She-Hulk, a much more amicable powerhouse than her cousin. Hawkeye is one of the first wave of replacement Avengers, but Clint Barton also doubled as Goliath for a little while, so our Hank Pym/Ant-Man/Giant-Man stand in is also present. Maybe the new Captain Marvel stands in for Iron Man, at least from the point of view of a flying, distance-based character, while Starfox replaces the brute strength of the Golden Avenger. In much the same way that Morrison's run on Doom Patrol attempted to emulate the original make-up of the team, so too does Stern and Milgrom's Avengers. There's a reason that particular comics are successful, and paying attention to those reasons is the mark of a good creator.

Tomorrow's comic is all about Starfox. Let's get into this, shall we? To be continued.

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