Friday, March 2, 2012

Avengers # 20

Issue: Avengers # 20
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Don Heck
Publication Date: September 1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Avengers_20


Commentary:

The Swordsman can't beat the Avengers (after all, he is just a guy with a sword going up against a bunch of super heroes), so this makes him a great candidate to become a henchman of the Mandarin, last seen here.  That doesn't go smoothly, as Swordsman then wants to fight Mandarin.  Swordsman really needs to make friends with somebody, even if it's Mole Man.

However, things aren't going much better for our heroes, as nobody respects the leadership of Captain America.  This is a far cry from Cap's reputation as Marvel's best leader.  Still, I guess it shows he's got room to grow.  Also, Quicksilver and Hawkeye aren't exactly the most stand up teammates a fella could want.  Things calm down for some strange reason when Quicksilver proves he can run faster than Hawkeye can shoot an arrow.

Things end with Swordsman in a morally ambiguous way, so we'll have to see where he crops up next, and whether or not it's on the side of the angels.

Favorite Panel:

The Swordsman is quite a fatalist.  I'm also quite curious as to what "Whit!" sounds like.

Next: Fantastic Four # 42