Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: #WeStandWithLukeCage’s Decision To Stay And Fight During Civil War

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UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Leinil Yu


Colorist(s)

Dave McCaig


Cover

Leinil Yu


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

July 26, 2006

IN CIVIL RIGHTS

#WESTANDWITHLUKECAGE AND THE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED

In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Luke Cage stays and fights the Superhero Registration Act. In Harlem, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel are present at Luke Cage’s home. Urgently, they are coaxing him to sign on to become a member of the Avengers. At the stroke of midnight, the Act becomes law. From then, the Avengers will become a legal team with pay and benefits. In addition, Luke has the chance to expunge his troubled past. Without a doubt, #WeStandWithLukeCage and the wrongfully accused.

Despite their insistence, Luke won’t sign. Disappointed, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel depart. Quickly, the former Power Man decides to send Jessica Jones and baby Danielle away to Toronto, Canada. Desperately, Jessica attempts to convince Luke to seize their money and run away to Canada with his family. But, Luke protests he needs to set an example for his home Harlem and vows to make the people responsible pay. Soon, Jessica departs with the baby for Toronto, Canada. At the stroke of midnight, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents confront Luke Cage.

In 'New Avengers' (2006) #22, Iron Man coaxes Luke Cage into signing the Superhero Registration Act.
In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Iron Man coaxes Luke Cage into signing the Superhero Registration Act. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FOR LUKE: AFTER LUKE STAYED TO FIGHT, HE JOINED THE SECRET AVENGERS

In the dark, Luke Cage is sitting in the living room. Furtively, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive at his doorstep. Quickly, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Gabriel Jones introduces himself. When he tells Luke he wants a word with him, the hero says he is occupied. However, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will not go away. In response, Luke busts through the door with the sofa, beating down on S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Soon, they fire at Luke with genetic paralyzers.

After a brave battle, S.H.I.E.L.D. have the rebel on the ropes. Within a moment, Luke falls down the building. Unfortunately, Luke is down on the floor. Shockingly, one of the bystanders in the neighborhood reacts by shooting his shotgun at the agents. As a result, the people rise and start throwing projectiles at S.H.I.E.L.D. At that moment, Captain America, Iron Fist disguised as Daredevil and Falcon fly in. Quickly, these Secret Avengers make short work of the law enforcement. Soon, they depart with Luke Cage.

In 'New Avengers' (2006) #22, Luke Cage is rescued by the Secret Avengers.
In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Luke Cage is rescued by the Secret Avengers.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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AGAINST LUKE: ABANDONING HIS FAMILY WAS IRRESPONSIBLE

In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Luke Cage refuses to escape with his family to Canada. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Marvel Day: Namor’s Opposition Foretold The Illuminati’s Destructive Plan Would Doom Hulk To Exile And Later To “World War Hulk”

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MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Alex Maleev


Colorist(s)

Dave Stewart


Cover

Gabriele Dell’Otto


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March 29, 2006

IN CRISES

AFTER THE KREE-SKRULL WAR, THE ILLUMINATI FORMS

In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms while Black Panther leaves. To begin, Iron Man has convened a secret meeting in Wakanda with Professor X, Black Bolt, King Namor, Mister Fantastic, Black Panther and Doctor Strange. After the Kree-Skrull War, Iron Man believes the disaster could have been averted if the heroes had shared the pieces of information they possessed. In his prescience, Iron Man proposes to gather the different superhero teams together in order to share resources and information.

Forward in the future, perhaps, the Superhero Registration Act could have been averted had the heroes presented a united front early on. Hopefully, he intends to create a planetary law enforcement to the rest of the universe. Unfortunately, the other attendees do not agree. First, Mister Fantastic questions the scale of the “delegation” and a qualified leadership.1 Second, Doctor Strange raises the problem of bureaucracy. Third, Professor X states Iron Man’s proposition is based on the new fear of the Avengers after the War. Fourth, Black Panther predicts that humans and mutant heroes alike would end up hated together.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, King Namor questions each faction's morality.
In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, King Namor questions each faction’s morality. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

KING NAMOR VOTES IN FAVOR OF FORMING THE ILLUMINATI

Fifth, King Namor points out that the Avengers have recruited terrorists such as Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Hawkeye. In addition, he tells of rumors of a Canadian mutant working as an assassin referring to Wolverine. Finally, he questions whether Black Bolt’s brother who was the architect of the invasion, was executed for his crimes.Nevertheless, Mister Fantastic sees merit in sharing information to save lives.

In fact, Doctor Strange suggests they meet privately and Mister Fantastic agrees for the “big things.”1 For his part, Namor trusts the attendees but asks for secrecy. Though he is hesitant, Professor X agrees to scan the minds of everyone at Iron Man’s request. Decisively, Mister Fantastic decides to put forming the team to a vote. All are in favor, except Black Panther. Sternly, he questions the group’s cohesion and the need for secrecy. Then, he departs.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms while Black Panther leaves.
In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms while Black Panther leaves. AP Photo/DC Comics.

OPPOSING THE HULK DECISION, NAMOR PREDICTS HULK WILL SEEK VENGEANCE ON THE ILLUMINATI

In a recent rampage in Las Vegas, Hulk killed 26 people and a dog. During the S.H.I.E.L.D. briefing, Maria Hill questions what the heroes are doing about the situation. Similarly, she relates Hulk’s lack of control and sporadic heroism to Spider-Man and his unwillingness to finish off Green Goblin alias Norman Osborn. For its part, the government is looking to blame the heroes for their inaction. Some time later, during “House of M,” the Illuminati convene at the Avengers Hydrobase, a former base of operations.

Sinisterly, Iron Man proposes to rocket Hulk into space on an abandoned planet where he will not hurt anyone. Angrily, Namor accuses the heroes of not doing enough to help cure Bruce Banner and opposes the decision. Strongly, Mister Fantastic defends his work in attempting to cure Thing and dampen Hulk; even, Doctor Strange’s attempts to banish Hulk at the crossroads. In reverse, Namor sees the move as retaliation for the Avengers’ failure to prevent House of M.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati vote to rocket Hulk to an abandoned planet.
In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, the Illuminati vote to rocket Hulk to an abandoned planet. AP Photo/DC Comics.

KING NAMOR VOTES AGAINST HULK’S EXILE

Nevertheless, Mister Fantastic puts it to a vote: Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, Black Bolt and Doctor Strange vote in favor. Violently, Namor attacks Iron Man. To no avail, Mister Fantastic tries to restrain him but Namor goes in pursuit. Sluggishly, the two heroes slug it out underwater. Until, Doctor Strange puts an end to the brawl by encasing both in spells.

Again, King Namor opposes the decision. Prophetically, he predicts Hulk will come back to Earth and he will kill the Illuminati. In fact, he will be correct. Now free, Namor plunges into the waters stating that T’Challa was also correct. Due to “House of M,” Professor X was absent from the vote.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, King Namor retreats to the waters after opposing the Illuminati's Hulk decision.
In ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ (2006) #1, King Namor retreats to the waters after opposing the Illuminati’s Hulk decision.. AP Photo/DC Comics.

HULK RETURNS TO EARTH IN “WORLD WAR HULK”

In 'World War Hulk' (2007) #1, World War Hulk returns to Earth.
In ‘World War Hulk’ (2007) #1, World War Hulk returns to Earth. AP Photo/DC Comics.

HULK INVADES EARTH AND FORCES THE ILLUMINATI PRISONERS TO FIGHT AS GLADIATORS

When World War Hulk invaded the Earth, he set up a gladiatorial arena in New York City. In ‘World War Hulk’ (2007) #4, Hulk forces the Illuminati to fight as gladiators. Strapped with Obedience Disks, Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, a “Black Bolt” usurper and Doctor Strange fight against a Devil Korker from Sakaar.

Together, they work in team and manage to defeat the monster. Then, in a twist, World War Hulk activates their Obedience Disks to force them to fight each other to the death. When Mister Fantastic defeats Tony Stark, he fights against giving him the killing blow. Heroically, Tony tells him it is the right thing in order to save billions. Sinisterly, Hulk gives Iron Man the thumbs down.

In 'World War Hulk' (2006) Mister Fantastic and Iron Man fight as gladiators in New York City.
In ‘World War Hulk’ (2006) #4, Mister Fantastic and Iron Man fight as gladiators in New York City. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SHOWDOWN: HULK VS SENTRY

In ‘World War Hulk’ (2005) #5, Sentry unleashes his power against World Breaker Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘New Avengers: Illuminati’ #1.

“Civil War #7 (of 7)” Review

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2000s LUKE CAGE STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: “THE PULSE: FEAR” (2005).

Collects ‘The Pulse’ #11-14.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Initially, Marvel introduced their superstar heroine Jessica Jones with the adult Mad Max series ‘Alias’. In a few words, Jessica is a retired superhero that developed a romantic relationship with Luke Cage. Moving forward, ‘The Pulse’ showcases Jessica Jones’ pregnancy with Cage as the father.

AT CBR.com, Brian Cronin lists “The Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told!” On his list, Mr. Cronin recommends “The Pulse: Fear” as the top Luke Cage story. Chiefly, “The Pulse: Fear” shows why Brian Michael Bendis may be the most versatile writer at Marvel. Previously, Bendis worked on the Marvel Ultimate titles such as ‘Ultimate Spider-Man,’ ‘Ultimate X-Men,’ and ‘Ultimate Fantastic Four.’ Bendis’ work on “The Pulse: Fear” reveals the greater maturity of the subject matter. What makes the series work is that its two protagonists are real people with real problems. In addition, the Marvel superhero community is portrayed in a supportive light.

To sum, the art, the plot and the dialogue have a realistic and grounded feel. Together, these elements make for an enjoyable coming-of-age experience. In the end, the characters mature and their relationships become more authentic. Definitely, ‘The Pulse’ is essential Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, and belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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BEST: “NEW AVENGERS: BREAKOUT” (2005).

Collects ‘Action Comics’ #775.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2005, Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch gave the Avengers a fresh new look. After “Avengers: Disassembled,” the Avengers disbanded. Then, Marvel gave us the New Avengers joined together by fate.

Like the former Avengers team, the New Avengers formed to take on a threat that no member could take on their own. Centrally, the plot is tight and focuses around capturing the villain responsible for the Raft prison breakout. The new Avengers team is not SHIELD-backed by Director Maria Hill.

Thematically, the New Avengers are a street-team. To this end, their members are: Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Luke Cage and Wolverine. Particularly, Luke Cage grounded the team and is a vocal member. What makes the team work, is the fact it is free of politics and mainly seeks to get the job done.

As Gabeel Gaber points out, the New Avengers outlaw status after the “Civil War” caused them to fight smaller scale foes. Originally, the Avengers would fight Ultron and Kang the Conqueror. Instead, the New Avengers would fight the Wrecking Crew and the Hand.

While this is not a Luke Cage story, it is important. Eventually, Luke Cage leads the 2010 version of the New Avengers after Cap is arrested and apparently killed during Civil War. Definitely, ‘New Avengers’ belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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GOOD: ‘SECRET WAR’ (2004).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Surely, politics are important to a spy agency like SHIELD. In ‘Secret War,’ Brian Michael Bendis and Gabriele Dell’Otto extend more mature themes.

Really, Bendis’ writing adapts to the elevated subject matter. If in ‘New Avengers,’ Bendis’ characters’ chemistry is light-hearted, ‘Secret War’ gives them a more serious treatment. In addition, Dell’Otto’s panels are like Chiaroscuro comics: Dark, violent with 3D-like effects.

Story-wise, there is a subversiveness that persists over the lobotomy of Nick Fury’s Secret War team. To begin, Luke Cage is in Mount Sinai Medical Center after an attack in retaliation for the Secret War. In his anti-terrorism war, Nick Fury is willing to go to any lengths. Indeed,the US government would not take action on Latveria-funded terrorist activity in the United States. Simply, Colonel Fury creates a secret team comprising of Captain America, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Agent Daisy Johnson.

In the end, the heroes come out on top. Without a doubt, Luke plays a minimal role in the story. Nevertheless, this belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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GOOD: ‘NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL‘ #1 (2006).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In his “Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told!,” Brian Cronin ranks ‘New Avengers Annual’ (2006) #1 number seven. Let’s give a brief review.

To begin, Bendis’ ‘New Avengers Annual’ #1 celebrates Luke Cage’s and Jessica Jones’ marriage. On the day Jessica accepts Luke Cage’s marriage proposal, they are attacked by a false version of Black Widow. If anything, the heroes’ banter are characteristic of Bendis. Moreover, their quips serve as battle intros.

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SOURCES

The Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told! in CBR.com.
The Pulse Vol 1 (2004–2006) in Marvel Database.
New Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
New Avengers: How One Street-Level Team Changed the Marvel Universe Forever in CBR.com.
Chiaroscuro in Comic Book Glossary.
Secret War #1 in Comic Book Round Up.
New Avengers Annual Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: In The ‘AvX’ Storyline, The Phoenix Five Cause The Downfall Of Cyclops And Mutantkind

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MARVEL DAY

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
Official Name

Avengers vs X-Men.

Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

X-Men, Avengers, Nova, Scarlet Witch.

Villains

Phoenix Force, Mr. Sinister.

Creators

Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Olivier Coipel.

Issues

‘Avengers vs X-Men’ #1-12.

IN EXTINCTION

THE PHOENIX FORCE IS COMING TO EARTH, SEEKING HOPE SUMMERS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, the Avengers come into world-wide conflict with the X-Men. To begin, Nova crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City. Critically injured, he states “it’s coming” before falling into a coma. Later, at a White House, Captain America and Iron Man brief the President on recent events. Briefly, Iron Man has analyzed the energy signature on Nova’s uniform. Sinisterly, it points to the Phoenix coming to Earth. Importantly, it is locking for a host in order to potentially lay waste to Earth.

Suddenly, Tony’s programs signal a Phoenix flare on Earth. Soon, Captain America meets Wolverine at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning. Despite his resistance, Cap recruits Wolverine. Indeed, he intends to convince Scott Summers to stop the Phoenix threat. Previously, Cyclops and Hope Summers are training for the Phoenix’s arrival. As Cyclops pushes Hope to her limits, the young mutant manifests the Phoenix Force. Later, Captain America comes to Utopia to take Hope Summers into protective custody.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #1, while training, Hope Summers manifests the Phoenix Force.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, while training with Cyclops, Hope Summers manifests the Phoenix Force.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: CYCLOPS BLASTS AWAY CAPTAIN AMERICA WITH HIS OPTIC BLASTS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, Cyclops performs an energy projection feat. Initiating the fight, Cyclops knocks back Captain America with an optic blast. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE PHOENIX FIVE ARE BORN!

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. Meanwhile, Hope is locked safely in a room with the Lights. When neither side has the upper hand, Wolverine and Spider-Man seek out Hope. There, they find Hope having dealt with the Lights. However, before Wolverine can gut her, Hope blasts him and Spider-Man. Then, she makes her escape.

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #3, Wolverine comes to an hour later. Quickly, he realizes Cyclops’ surrender is a ruse. In fact, Magik has created the illusion that she is Doctor Strange transporting herself. Before he can act, the X-Men teleport to Long Beach to hunt down Hope. At Avengers Tower, Marvel Girl tells Wolverine they have traced Hope’s energy signature to five different locations.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Soon, Captain America divides the Avengers into five teams sent to the five locations: Wundagore Mountain, Tabula Rasa, Wakanda, Latveria and Savage Land. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #4, Hope recruits Wolverine on a mission to the moon. There, she hopes to bond with the Phoenix. On site, Wolverine betrays Hope and gives her location to the Avengers.

At the same time, Emma Frost intercepts Cap’s transmission. Soon, the X-Men meet the Avengers in the Blue Area of the moon. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the X-Men battle the Avengers. In an explosive battle, Hope rejects the Phoenix. At the same time, Iron Man’s Phoenix-Killer Armor detonates the Phoenix splitting it. As the smoke disappears, the Phoenix Five rise from the ashes. Mysteriously, they depart with Hope.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

REBUILDING THE WORLD, THE PHOENIX FIVE TAKE AVENGERS PRISONERS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, the Phoenix Five begin world-building. Cyclops rebuilds Utopia, Magik ends war, Emma Frost destroys the Sentinels, Colossus destroys nuclear misssiles and King Namor removes nuclear submarines. Certainly, the Phoenix Five seem unstoppable. However, Captain America and the Avengers question their new-found omnipotence. Seeing the Phoenix Five as a threat, they commandeer a tactical mission to retrieve Hope Summers.

When Utopia is under attack, Scott’s adoptive granddaughter changes sides with the Avengers. Decisively, it turns the battle and shatters Cyclops’ humanity. On the Blue Area of the moon, Scott consults with Jean Grey created out of moon dust. From there, he decides to rid the world of the Avengers. Earlier, Scarlet Witch had a grim vision where the Phoenix Five annihilated the Avengers. Soon, that vision may come to pass.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #6, Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future caused by the Phoenix Five.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future caused by the Phoenix Five. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WITH THE FULL POWER OF THE PHOENIX, CYCLOPS IS DEFEATED BY HOPE SUMMERS AND SCARLET WITCH

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, occurs the final battle. Finally, Cyclops has attained the full power of the Phoenix while the other Phoenix Four have been depowered. In a titanic battle, Cyclops is omnipresent on Earth across time and space. Earlier, Tony reveals that the reason the Phoenix has been defeated by Scarlet Witch. Really, the Phoenix and Scarlet Witch’s Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. In fact, when Wanda said “no more mutants”, Phoenix said “more mutants.”1

During the battle, Hope and Scarlet Witch go toe-to-toe with Cyclops. In a final Iron Fist punch, Hope fells Cyclops. With Cyclops defeated, Hope claims the Phoenix. Sensing the urgency, Wanda helps her extinguish the Phoenix flame. At the same time, the Phoenix is used to recreate the mutant population on Earth. In the end, though homo superior survives, it is at great cost. Indeed, Professor X is dead, Cyclops is in custody, and the X-Men are divided among themselves. Visiting Scott in prison, Cap acknowledges his responsibility. Over the years, he did not work sufficiently for mutants’ civil rights and plans to set up the Uncanny Avengers.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #12, Hope Summers defeats Cyclops with the Iron Fist.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, Hope Summers defeats Cyclops with the Iron Fist. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Unity Division (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

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Marvel Day: Kang The Conqueror Was Right! The Avengers Were Founded To Take On Hulk

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MARVEL DAY

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
Official Name

Avengers.

Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp.

Villains

Loki, Rock Trolls.

Creators

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

IN ORIGIN STORIES

KANG THE CONQUEROR CORRECTLY DISCOVERS THE AVENGERS WERE FORMED TO STOP HULK

In the 41st century, Kang the Conqueror plots in order to become master of all time. However, one obstacle remains in his conquest: the Avengers! In order to finally defeat his foe, Kang peers through time with his tempovision. Finally, he has a plan. Quickly, he hurtles through in a spheroid to World War I. However, he is trapped in a time-storm. Since it might damage his craft, he returns to the 41st century. In order to find someone strong enough to survive the time-storm, Kang locates Hulk in the 20th century. Then, bringing him to his time, Kang tells Hulk his plan.

Slyly, the Green Goliath must travel to World War I. Specifically, his mission is to stop the Phantom Eagle from destroying a cannon of the Axis Powers. What Kang, however, does not say is that, the cannon will destroy a town where Hulk’s ancestors lived. Indeed, Kang correctly determined that the Avengers were formed to stop Hulk. With Hulk never born, he will be erased in 1971 and the Avengers will not have formed. As it turns out, Hulk ends up foiling Kang’s plan before returning to 1971.

In 'The Incredible Hulk' (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I.
In ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN 1963, LOKI MANIPULATES HULK IN ORDER TO FIGHT THOR

In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the Avengers make their spectacular debut. To begin, Loki is imprisoned on the Isle of Silence on Odin’s order. Sinisterly, the God of Evil blames Thor. In his latest scheme, he plans to bring Thor to the Isle to get his revenge. Using thought projection, Loki travels to Earth and after long hours, he located the incredible Hulk. Mentally, he creates an illusion before Hulk’s sight of dynamite on the train tracks. Misjudging his super strength, Hulk leaps and destroys the train tracks.

In order to save an incoming train, Hulk stands on a boulder and supports the damaged tracks. Though the train passes safely, Hulk is once again a wanted man. Finding out about recent reports, the Teen Brigade contacts the Fantastic Four. Unbeknownst to them, Loki intercepts their radio wave, sending it to Dr. Blake’s office. Hearing the signal, Dr. Blake strikes the ground with his cane and transforms into Thor.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, Loki schemes to get revenge on Thor.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, Loki schemes to get revenge on Thor. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Meanwhile, other super heroes intercept the radio waves. Soon, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and Wasp join the Teen Brigade at their headquarters. During the meeting, Thor spots Hulk outside.

Springing into action, Thor hurls his hammer at Hulk. Incredibly, it passes through Hulk. Seeing it is a mental image, Thor realizes he has been duped by Loki. On the rainbow bridge, the God of Thunder travels to Asgard.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the future Avengers assemble at the Teen Brigade headquarters.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the future Avengers assemble at the Teen Brigade headquarters. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: DURING HIS FIGHT AGAINST LOKI, THOR DEFEATS A ROCK TROLL

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, Thor defeats a rock troll.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, Thor defeats a rock troll. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IRON MAN, ANT-MAN AND WASP HUNT DOWN HULK AT A CIRCUS

Since the heroes are hunting him down, Hulk disguises as Mechano the robot-man and works at a circus. Unfortunately, his incredible feats of strength draw the attention of Ant-Man’s army of ants. Pym suspects he is Hulk. Quickly, he heads to the location with Wasp and Iron Man. Within moments, the heroes arrive at the circus.

There, Ant-Man and the Wasp engage Hulk in battle. Soon, they manage to get Hulk out of his disguise. When Wasp is held within Hulk’s giant hands, Iron Man intervenes. Incredibly, a duel follows that takes both fighters across states. In Detroit, Hulk and Iron Man are locked in battle. Finally, Iron Man manages to imprison Hulk in a steel grapple. At that moment, Thor arrives.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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AFTER LOKI IS VANQUISHED, THE AVENGERS FORM FOR THE FIRST TIME

In the last pages, Thor reveals Loki to be the mastermind of the hunt. Wickedly, he used Hulk to gaud Thor into a combat on the Isle of Silence. When Hulk attempts to fight Loki, the God of Mischief turns radioactive.

Then, it’s up to Ant-Man and Wasp to save the day. Silently commanding his army of ants, Ant-Man orders a trap door beneath Loki’s feet. Amazingly, Loki is imprisoned in a lead-lined tank. For a few minutes, Loki will remain radioactive until Thor returns him to Asgard. In the end, the Avengers form in order to be an unbeatable team.

In 'Avengers' (1963) #1, the Avengers form for the first time.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the Avengers form for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Incredible Hulk Vol 1 135 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Feat: Magneto, ‘AvX: VS’ #1

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

MAGNETO (ERIK LENSHERR)
EARTH-616

In ‘AVX: VS’ (2012) #1, “The Invincible Iron Man vs Magneto,” Magneto performs an energy projection feat. During the fight, Magneto siphons the interplanetary magnetic field of the heliosphere.

How much energy projection does it take for Magneto to siphon the heliosphere?

MAGNETO SIPHONED THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF THE HELIOSPHERE IN ORDER TO COUNTER IRON MAN’S INTERPLANETARY ABSORPTION OF NEARBY PLANETS’ MAGNETIC FIELDS WITH THE BLEEDING EDGE ARMOR.

MAGNETO GENERATED 3 MICRO GAUSS OF MAGNETIC FIELD STRENGTH, SIPHONING THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF THE HELIOSPHERE.

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Magneto counters Iron Man‘s interplanetary absorption of the interplanetary magnetic field with the Bleeding Edge Armor. Since Magneto uses the power of the sun we can assume it is the heliosphere.

We will use the heliosphere magnetic field strength to rate Magneto’s energy projection.

NUMBER CRUNCHING

According to The Heliosphere, Sol’s heliosphere has a magnetic field strength of 0.3 nanoTesla.

Let’s convert it in Gauss. One Gauss = 10^4 Tesla.

Magnetic Field = 0.3 nanoTesla = 0.3 * 10^-9 * 10^4 = 3 microGauss.

ENERGY PROJECTION

Magneto siphoned the energy of Sol’s heliosphere in order to counter Iron Man’s Bleeding Edge interplanetary energy absorption.

Magneto generated 3 microGauss of energy. Magneto had to generate a Solar System Level of Energy Projection in order to siphon the magnetic field of the heliosphere.

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Calculations for Magneto, ‘AvX: Vs’ #1

Magnetic Field = 0.3 nanoTesla = 0.3 * 10^-9 * 10^4 = 0.3*10^-5 G = 3*10^-6 G.


SOURCES

AVX: Vs Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
The Heliosphere in MIT.

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In 'Thor'(2004) #85, Rune King Thor teleports with the OdinForce to Yggdrasil.
In ‘Thor’ (2004) #85, Rune King Thor teleports with the OdinForce to Yggdrasil. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: “Thor Disassembled: Ragnarok.” (2004).

Collects ‘Thor’ #80-85.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Thor Disassembled: Ragnarok” is Michael Avon Oerming and Daniel Berman’s run on ‘Thor’ in 2004 on the eve of “Avengers: Disassembled”. As the Avengers team is torn apart by the threat of an out-of-control Scarlet Witch, Thor and Asgard are destroyed by Ragnarok, where Loki has raised an army and destroyed Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, in order to destroy and to rule Asgard.

You will notice that the lettering is very traditional and the storyline plays like a classic Norse/mythological story in the first three issues. The last three issues bring together the best elements of Thor lore and leverage Thor’s superheroism on Earth in order to solve the crisis. Perhaps one of the most significant events in the “Avengers: Disassembled” crossover event as it shakes up the Thor and Asgard status-quo that results in a significant power-up for the God of Thunder.

There are lots of dialogue, descriptions and splash action pages. There is a sense of seriousness and of the belief that the warriors are seeking glory. The first three issues are mostly exposition and descriptions of Loki’s conquests, the destruction he caused and the casualties on Thor’s army and allies. The bulk of the action occurs in the last three issues. Thor manages to solve the crisis at great personal cost and ascends to a higher level of magical power. In some sense, Thor repeats All-Father Odin’s actions and also manages to fulfill his destiny. What works best is that here, Thor, represents the best of both God and man and ends up saving Asgard.

This storyline is definitely very reverent of Norse religion though at the same time, it plays up Thor’s godhood and comments heavily on the somber path of destruction created by Loki across Asgard. This is definitely a must-read for Thor fans.

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BEST: ‘Thor: Son Of Asgard’. (2004).

Collects ‘Thor: Son of Asgard’ #1-12.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

C.B. Cebulski and Greg Tocchini’s 2004 on Thor, was a prequel series titled ‘Thor: Son of Asgard’. The series was a new origin story about Thor’s early years to Thor becoming worthy. The series originally set as a six-issue series before popular demand turned it into a 12-issue series. The series looks at the changes to Balder’s origin and how he received his enchanted sword in the six-issue “Warriors Teen” storyline, Lady Sif’s warrior training in the three-issue “Enchanted” storyline, and Thor finally lifting Mjolnir in the three-issue “Worthy” storyline.

‘Thor: Son Of Asgard’ succeeds as a work of comic book mythology. Asgard appears as a place of fantastic magic where locales change as suddenly as extreme climate conditions. The series set the foundation for the renewed interest in Thor and helped define why the character is not so much a god, as he is a hero. It is Thor’s heroism that shines and in some ways, he supplants Odin’s omniscience in order to finally become worthy.

One of the typical Marvel books where heroes are presented with hubris: Thor’s warrior and son pride gets him into trouble as he constantly tries to prove himself to Odin, Lady Sif proves to be jealous which causes an initial rift with Thor – something that is resolved at the end of the “Enchanted” storyline -, Odin’s reliance on his omniscience blinds him on matters of the heart. It would seem Balder does not suffer from these defects and appears to balance rationality, warrior spirit, strategy and love.

This is certainly a worthy addition to your Thor collection, with a blend of adventure, action, magic, suspense, romance and the threat of war.

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GOOD: Thor JOE Straczynksi and Olivier Coipel Years (2007 to 2009).

Collects ‘Thor’ #1-12.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Joe Straczynski’s 2007 run on ‘Thor’ attempted to re-define the character. A costume re-design, a completely new setting in Oklahoma with a move to restoring Asgard and its people dead after Ragnarok and a prelude to the Marvel Civil War. Straczynski presents to us a Thor that does not smile, that is powered by the faith of humans and who seeks to find his path on Earth. It is not Thor the God of Thunder that is emphasized, but Thor the superhero.

In a battle against Iron Man, Thor no longer holds back. His power unleashes the fury of the elements on Iron Man who, defeated, opts to grant Thor and Asgard diplomatic immunity in Oklahoma. The pacing of the stories is quite slow and much of the plot points are involved with politics, Balder’s new status, and Asgard’s awkward relationship with Earth. Though the pacing is slow, it does work when concerned with Loki’s dark and evil plan to oust Thor out of Asgard in issues #7-12.

Though the art is gorgeous and the writing tight, the storyline begs the question whether we needed the new Thor rebirth. Thor works best as space opera, as the cream of Marvel’s crop that does not shy against showing unrelenting power. Though this version of Thor exemplifies these aspects, it lacks in heart and humanity, as many of the characters are not explored, and the plot points do not move forward at a satisfying pace. It appears, here, that Thor has not fully grown into his role as King of Asgard and his inexperience is clouding his judgment.

Straczynski’s run did succeed in re-defining ‘Thor’ though the run did not succeed in producing any lasting effects in contribution to Thor’s storyline. There may be too much of a parallel with DC’s Superman.

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GOOD: ‘THOR: AGES OF THUNDER’ (2008).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Thor: Ages of Thunder’ is part of a delving into Thor’s past during Straczynski’s run as the God of Thunder attempts to locate the missing Asgardians.

Thor’s history with the Frost Giants is well-documented in Norse mythology. In the trade paperback, thanks to Thor’s power and heroism, Asgard has just won Ragnarok against the Frost Giants. While the Asgardians celebrate in revelry, Thor retreats to his quarters with the golden apples, the source of the Asgardians’ immortality. Here, Thor is presented as distant, cold and a womanizer.

What makes this comic work is the back-story presented on Enchantress. The story explains some of the mishaps that befall Enchantress and Thor’s heroism. Odin is depicted as powerless and ineffectual, different from his classic omniscient and omnipotent showings. At the same time, there is a growing rift between Odin and Thor that bodes evil. Finally, the lack of powerful and strong female heroines show a lack of depth. Enchantress is given very little dialogue and is depicted as the perfect woman though a damsel in distress.

Though the art is gorgeous and the pacing good, the storyline lacks depth though it makes important additions to Thor’s mythos such as a backstory on Enchantress and her important role in the Asgardian pantheon. The comic plays mostly as filler and does not add any significant development to Straczynski’s run in 2007.

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BAD: ‘Thor: Blood Oath’. (2005).

Collects ‘Thor: Blood Oath’ #1-6.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

‘Thor: Blood Oath’ reads like a friendly adventure through the nine worlds. When the Warriors Three accidentally kill a Giant that had changed into a sea creature, Thor has a premonition and flies to Thingvellir to witness their judgment. Solidary with his brothers, Thor is sentenced by the Giants to retrieve some magical items over the Nine Worlds.

The series is full of jest, camaraderie, fun and action. Hercules makes a surprise appearance in issues #3 and #4 battling Thor in humiliation. The series continues from the Donald Blake story arcs and includes Thor as Donald Blake building his relationship with Jane Foster. In a sense, it is Thor’s connection to humanity that is shown.

Though ‘Thor: Blood Oath’ does not add anything new to Thor’s story or mythology, it is a nice addition to Thor comics.

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Comic Book Herald: Thor Reading Order

Comic Book Librarian: Thor Reading  List


SOURCES

Avengers: Disassembled – The Complete Guide to the Event That SHATTERED Marvel’s Heroes in CBR.com.
Thor: How Son of Asgard Rewrote the Asgardian’s Early Years in CBR.com.
The Reread Reviews — J. Michael Straczynski’s Thor in CBR.com.
Thor: Ages of Thunder in CBR.com.
Thor Reading Order in Comic Book Herald.
Thor Reading  List in Comic Book Librarian.

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Super Power Explained: Is Magneto’s Mastery Of Magnetism Stellar or Solar System?

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In 'X-Men' (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine.
In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine. Photo/Marvel Comics

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Magneto is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. He is an enemy of the X-Men and an enemy of humanity. Magneto has on multiple occasions, attempted to destroy the human race in order to champion the cause of mutants.

Magneto is known as the Master of Magnetism and an Omega Level mutant. What is Magneto’s super power called Magnetism?

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Magnetokinesis: Magneto has comprehensive control over all forms of magnetism and utilizes that control to manipulate any metal and achieve a variety of effects. He recently proved able to effectively hold together the headless form of a Celestial. Magneto can manipulate an entire planet’s electromagnetic field and once even pulled back the giant metallic ‘bullet’ where Kitty Pryde was trapped inside, which was at least a few light-years away from Earth, though these are tasks that require great effort on his part. Magneto’s power is comparable with Phoenix’s, he has harnessed magnetism to stop armies, raise islands from ocean floors, move mountains, change the course of rivers, and threaten to devastate the world with floods and earthquakes.

Max Eisenhardt (Earth-616), Marvel Database

Because the Phoenix consumes stars, and Magneto matches her Power Level, it may seem that Magneto’s Power Level is Solar System+.

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‘X-MEN’ #112

In 'X-Men' (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine.
In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto defeats Phoenix and Wolverine. Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto uses the super power of Magnetism to match the Phoenix’s cosmic power. Magneto shapes the Earth’s magnetosphere to create a “bottle-effect” around Phoenix, siphoning away her cosmic power.1 Magneto defeats Phoenix. However, this was a Phoenix that was growing in power.

During the ‘Dark Phoenix’ (1980) saga, Phoenix is driven insane by the fires of life and death, and causes the near extinction of the planet D’Bari by consuming its sun. This Power Level is definitely Solar System+.

In 'X-Men' (1980) #135, Phoenix consumes the D'Bari star causes the near extinction of the D'Bari.
In ‘X-Men’ (1980) #135, Phoenix consumes the D’Bari star causes the near extinction of the D’Bari. Photo/Marvel Comics.

At the end of the saga, Phoenix was killed by committing suicide. Of course, Phoenix ultimately resurrected and it turned out that the Phoenix is actually a cosmic firebird Multiversal in Power Level. Nevertheless, In ‘X-Men’ (1978) #112, Magneto was able to match the Phoenix’s power to be Solar System+ Power Level.

HOW POWERFUL IS MAGNETO?

IN ‘AVX:VS’ #1, IRON MAN IN BLEEDING EDGE ARMOR GOES TOE TO TOE WITH MAGNETO WHO WAS SIPHONING THE MAGNETIC ENERGY OF NEARBY PLANETS

In 'AvX: Vs' #1, Bleeding Edge Armor Iron Man goes toe to toe with Magneto.
In ‘AvX: Vs’ #1, Bleeding Edge Armor Iron Man goes toe to toe with Magneto. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Super Power Explained: How Smart Is Iron Man?’, we looked at Iron Man’s Bleeding Edge Armor. In ‘AvX: Vs’ #1, Magneto demonstrated he can siphon the magnetic power of nearby planets in the solar system. Magneto demonstrated at least a Stellar+ Power Level.

Since Magneto displayed Stellar+ power in his battle against Iron Man and was able to match Phoenix’s power, he is at least Stellar+ in Power Level. This indicates Magneto’s higher end power is Solar System+ since he can siphon the energy of nearby planets in the solar system and defeat Phoenix before she became Dark Phoenix.

As a result, Magneto’s Mastery of Magnetism extends to the solar system and is Solar System+ Level.

ENERGY PROJECTION POWER LEVEL:

SOLAR SYSTEM+

                       

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X-Men Vol 1 112 in Marvel Database.
Max Eisenhardt (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
X-Men Vol 1 135 in Marvel Database.
AVX: Vs Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. X-Men #112.