Marvel; Marvel 1976
Cover by Gil Kane and Dan Adkins
Title: “The Taking of the Avengers!”
Synopsis: The Assassin targets Captain America – just the first step in a plot to take down all of the Avengers.
Writer: Tony Isabella with Scott Edelman
Penciler: Don Heck
Inker: John Tartaglione (as John Tartag)
Review: Talk about story interruptus. In the middle of the “Serpent Crown” storyline, the deadline demon derails The Avengers for not one but two issues. Tony Isabella does a remarkable job putting together a two-issue story that doesn’t feel like filler – even though that’s ultimately what it is. The writer has a nice feel for the Avengers characters, and there’s an emotional weight to this story that’s often missing from fill-in issues. The Assassin, despite the shockingly unoriginal name, also has some potential. Not as strong is the art of Avengers alum Don Heck, whose work doesn’t fit the Bronze aesthetic.
Cool factor: A classic Gil Kane cover.
Not-so-cool factor: Wait a minute … where’d George Pérez go?!?
Character quotable: “Such a pity your last words couldn’t have contained a touch more grandeur, Captain.” – The Assassin (Last words? Captain America? Heh.)
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