Avengers No. 5 - Gamma World, Part Two

Deep inside the Cube, desperately trying to shut down the facility’s Gamma reactor before it can overload and irradiate most of Nevada, The Avengers and their ally Doc Samson find themselves blocked from their goal by The U-Foes.

Iron Man makes a quick leap to the reactor and manages to initiate its cool-down protocols, while Thor hurls his hammer at Ironclad. The Scarlet Witch uses her hex powers to shut down Vapor’s powers, but the villainess regains them in time to escape from a mystical restraint cast by Doctor Strange. X-Ray attempts to attack the witch, but is refracted around her harmlessly by her reality warping mutant abilities. As X-Ray reforms, Iron Man knocks him unconscious with a powerful blast from his chest-mounted Unibeam. Vector attempts to attack Thor, but his efforts are easily shrugged off, with a single glower from the Thunder God being enough to send the U-Foes’ leader fleeing from the combat. Thor continues to deal blow upon blow to Ironclad, but it is finally the Wasp’s bio-stings that level the powerhouse. The team then unites to finish off the stunned, but still deadly Vapor.

In the aftermath of the battle, S.H.I.E.L.D. forces retake the Cube, and the Avengers interrogate the Armadillo to attempt to learn the whereabouts of The Leader. Their questions are answered for them, as a beam of Gamma energy is reported being launched from the penthouse of a casino hotel on the Las Vegas strip. Iron Man realizes that the beam is set to collide with an approaching Stark satellite, which will then transmit the Gamma rays across the planet, creating a world of Gamma monstrosities.

The Avengers board the Quinjet and fly to Las Vegas. En route, they read an additional Gamma signature, which they identify as the Incredible Hulk! Doctor Strange, in his astral form, speaks to the behemoth and convinces him to aid the Avengers in their upcoming fight.

Reaching Las Vegas, the Avengers quickly and easily locate the Leader and his henchmen, the Abomination and the Absorbing Man. Thor leaps into battle with the Abomination but is quickly tackled through the penthouse window down to the streets outside by The Absorbing Man. The Leader activates a battle suit, but is quickly knocked down by Iron Man, and then teleported out of the suit by a surprising use of the Witch’s hex power. The Hulk arrives on the scene at this point, destroying the Leader’s battlesuit entirely, but with it, the controls for his Gamma Ray Projector.

While Hulk and Wasp battle the Abomination, The Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange continue to engage the Leader. Iron Man flies into orbit, forced to destroy his own satellite in order to avoid the gamma-irradiation of the planet.

The Hulk hurls the Abomination with such force that the monstrous villain is actually thrown clear of Las Vegas, with the Hulk bounding off to pursue. The Wasp blasts the Leader with a bio-sting, knocking him unconscious. On the streets below, the Absorbing Man distracts Thor by hurling a bus at a group of civilians, using Thor’s rescue of the innocents as cover for his escape.

Avengers No. 4 - Gamma World, Part One

In the immediate aftermath of their battle with Hydra and A.I.M. forces in the Latverian mountains, the Avengers fly back home aboard their Quinjet. Iron Man demands an explanation for both the Scarlet Witch’s behavior, and the identity of their attackers. Wasp and Doctor Strange both defend the Witch, pointing out that she was being mentally controlled by one of the mysterious interlopers. Thor identifies the pair as Amora the Enchantress, and her Executioner.

Iron Man: “Ex-girlfriend?”
Thor: “Nay. Although not for lack of trying on her part.”

The realization that there are threats from Asgard encroaching on Midgard leads Thor to believe he may need to return back to his home to speak with Odin. The other Avengers offer to travel with him, although the wasp raises the concern of who will protect the earth if the Avengers are gone.

Wasp: “We need some more Avengers.”

Iron Man takes a moment to run through the list of threats facing the Avengers. A.I.M. Hydra. The Enchntress and the Executioner. The mystery of the Breakout event, and the 84 escaped super criminals currently at large.

Wasp: “Yeah. We’re DEFINITELY going to need some more Avengers.”

At that moment, the Quinjet is contacted by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain. He alerts the Avengers to a dome of Gamma energy originating from The Cube. The energy is rapidly expanding across the Nevada desert, and mutating any humans who come into contact with it.
The Avengers quickly change course and fly to the Cube. There they are met by Quartermain and Doctor Leonard Samson – formerly the staff psychiatrist at the Cube, now mutated into a gamma-powered strong man. Iron Man cobbles together protective gear from the pieces of Stark technology recovered from Latveria, and the Avengers, plus Doc Samson, enter the dome.

Iron Man: “I cobbled this together from my GARBAGE. What did you do today?”

En route to the Cube, the Avengers encounter the mutated members of a S.H.I.E.L.D. recon team, and quickly defeat them. Doc Samson examines them and announces that they should return to human once they are removed from the Gamma-dome’s influence. Doctor Strange teleports the agents outside of the dome, and the team continues on towards the Cube.

In the bowels of the Cube, the team decides to go directly after the Gamma-generator, theorizing that destroying it will stop the dome’s growth. The Avengers are blocked in their mission by four of the criminals from the dome, Armadillo, Nitro, Zzzax, and the Radioactive Man. The team manages to defeat the four villains, although Nitro escapes custody.

Finally, the Avengers make it through to the Gamma Generator, which they realize is critically close to overload. But their path to the generator is blocked once again, this time by Vector, X-Ray, Ironclad, and Vapor – The U-Foes!

Avengers No. 3 - Some Assembly Required

The issue begins with Iron Man, accompanied by Agent Phil Coulson, on board the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, interviewing Agent Jimmy Woo on the breakout at The Vault. Woo’s information tells Stark very little he didn’t already know: Seemingly in an instant, all the security safeguards of the facility were shut down, and all of the tech criminals housed therein were suddenly freed and in possession of their gear. The “warehouse” in the Vault where the tech gear was stored remained locked and undisturbed, but all of its contents disappeared into the hands of the villains.

Meanwhile, in Midtown Manhattan, The Wasp and The Scarlet Witch join Susan Richards of the Fantastic Four for a “superheroines’ brunch”, a tradition Susan and Janet have been practicing for several months. They are joined by Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk. Walters mentions her difficulty finding work as a prosecuting attorney since her transformation, and Janet attempts to convince her to join the Avengers. Meanwhile, a casual off-hand remark by Susan causes Wanda to become visibly agitated, snapping a wineglass in half and cutting her hand. Unbeknownst to anyone else, a voice in the Witch’s head has started to prey upon her insecurities and her aggression.

Tony Stark is interrupted by Nick Fury, who informs Stark of a meeting in Latveria between A.I.M. representatives attempting to sell stolen Stark tech, and representatives of Hydra, all supervised by representatives for Doctor Doom. S.H.I.E.L.D. cannot interfere in events in Latveria, but the Avengers have no such restriction. Iron Man calls the Avengers to assemble.

Leaving the restaurant, the quartet of superheroines is accosted by a phalanx of paparazzi, whose flashbulbs and invasive questions continue to agitate the Scarlet Witch. Susan Richards uses her force fields to shove the crowd aside, and make way for the Wasp and the Witch to get a taxi to Avengers Mansion.

In the Quinjet, en route to Latveria, Iron Man briefs the team on what they can expect to find when they reach their destination. It becomes readily obvious that the heroes have not yet gelled as a team. Thor, drinking heavily from a keg he has taken from Avengers mansion, demands less talk, and the simple opportunity for battle. Doctor Strange questions the motivation behind the team entering Latveria, and expresses his concern for facing an opponent like Doom. The Scarlet Witch continues to succumb to the voice in her head, urging her towards violence and madness, with only the Wasp noticing and attempting to soothe her.

The Quinjet detects A.I.M. and Hydra forces on the ground, as well as The Fixer, The Grim Reaper, Viper, and Lucia von Bardas. Iron Man fails to come up with a plan of attack quickly enough for Thor, who transports himself to the ground in the midst of the villains and attacks. Viper quickly teleports herself to freedom, while the Grim Reaper attempts to battle Thor one-on-one, and is quickly thrashed by the Thunder God.

Iron Man flies from the Quinjet and blasts the mountainside with his repulsors, burying the AIM and Hydra forces as well as the Fixer and the Grim Reaper. Von Bardas, protected by a force field, is unaffected.

In the Quinjet, the Scarlet Witch starts to reach a breaking point. While The Wasp tries desperately to calm her, Doctor Strange attempts a spell of soothing, which she mistakes as an attack, and retaliates with full power hex bolts! Transporting the hex bolts harmlessly outside of the Quinjet, Doctor Strange detects the presence of a female form next to the Scarlet Witch.

Bursting from beneath the avalanche, Thor searches for more battle, but is shocked to see the form of his father Odin, who chides and belittles Thor for neglecting his duty to Asgard. Odin then attacks Thor, and the two exchange mighty blows that shake the mountain itself.
On the Quinjet, Doctor Strange uses the Eye of Agamatto to reveal the presence of Amora the Enchantress. Her hold on the Scarlet Witch broken, the Enchantress deflects an attack back at the Witch before being struck from behind by Iron Man’s repulsors.

“I have no idea what is happening here,” Stark says, ‘but I don’t have time for it.”

The Enchantress teleports herself to the side of Odin, who is revealed to be a magically-disguised Skurge the Executioner. Promising Thor this is a battle that has just begun, the two disappear in a burst of magic.

Lucia Von Bardas allows the Avengers to take Stark’s stolen tech and leave Latveria immediately, assuring them that her master would soon come calling on them for the excursion into his sovereign land.

Avengers No. 2 - A Day Unlike Any Other, Part Two

Iron Man jets through the sky, attempting to distract the super villain who has just destroyed the Raft, while still staying out of his clutches. J.A.R.V.I.S. reports that the gravitational fields around the armor are increasing exponentially, and suddenly Iron Man is slammed to the ground, making a huge crater. The super villain identifies himself as “Graviton”, and begins to lift the entire island of Manhattan out of the water in a show of his power.

Nearby, Thor sees Iron Man crash, and witnesses Graviton’s powers affecting the city. Allowing the Wrecking Crew to escape, Thor flies off to stop the madman.

In another part of the city, the Scarlet Witch faces the stranger in the hooded sweatshirt who has aided her in defeating Electro. The figure pulls back the hood to reveal a beautiful red haired woman. “Wanda, my name isNatasha Romanoff. I work forNick Fury. Do you know who that is?”


“Do you know what S.H.I.E.L.D. is?”

“They’re the ones who send the robots to kill us.”

“There are no Sentinels here. It’s just you and me. Why did you attack this man?”

“He was hurting these people.”

“The Brotherhood has hurt people before.”

“I’m not part of that anymore. I just want to be left alone.”

“That’s not an option, Wanda. But you may be able to do some good, if you’re willing.”

Aboard the Helicarrier, Doctor Strange and the Wasp finish subduing Mandrill and Vermin. Alerted to the threat of Graviton byMaria Hill, Strange teleports himself and the Wasp to the scene of the battle. Nick Fury appears before Graviton, and attempts to talk him down. Graviton, enraged, scoops fury up and crushes him to a pulp, revealing that it was not the real Fury, but a Life Model Decoy.

Thor hurls his hammer and attempts to batter Graviton, but the villain deflects the brunt of the blow with his powers. Doctor Strange attempts a bubble of anti-gravity around Graviton, but is momentarily dazed when the villain’s powers overload Strange’s attempts to contain them. The Wasp tries to distract Graviton but is brushed aside by a flick of his wrist.
Arriving on the scene, the Scarlet Witch attempts to determine who is the villain. Iron Man convinces her that it is Graviton, and she uses her hex blast to cause his powers to temporarily overload, pulling dozens of shipping containers towards him in a smashing, clattering, landslide. Capitalizing on this, Iron Man rockets towards Graviton, slamming him with yet another shipping container. Thor calls a powerful Lightning storm that electrifies the metal around the villain, while Doctor Strange uses Thor’s Asgardian enchanted hammer to augment his own magics, and collapses the mass of electrified metal into a cocoon. The Wasp delivers the coup de grace, zapping Graviton with a bio-shock that knocks him unconscious, causing Manhattan to splash back into the water, and Graviton to plummet helplessly into the ground like a dart.

In the aftermath of the battle, the assembled heroes learn from Nick Fury that there have been Breakouts at all four of the supervillain containment facilities, and decide to band together to track down the escapees, and the parties responsible. Fury inadvertently gives them their name – The Avengers.

The team settles into their new headquarters, Avengers Mansion, and meets with their S.H.I.E.L.D. liason officer, Phil Coulson, who briefs them on the escapes, and the activities of Hydra and A.I.M. as the meeting ends, the team is surprised by a visit from The Warriors Three, who inform Thor that the Odinsleep is upon his father, and that Thor is being asked to return to Asgard immediately.


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