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Amazing Adventures #7: Review

Jul 1971
Gerry Conway, Neal Adams

Story Name:

An Evening’s Wait for Death!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Amazing Adventures #7 Review by (March 5, 2024)

Review: The chief events of the story are a) linking Black Bolt with Mister Dibbs and b) getting the rest of the Inhumans to San Franciso to see Black Bolt linked up with Mister Dibbs. And the issue achieves all that in ten pages. Of course, the Inhumans have to fight some hostiles at the beginning and the end of their trip, Commie soldiers and oily muscle guys, because action scenes need to be placed at set intervals lest the reader go to sleep. Triton gets them away in both conflicts while also absenting himself for a few issues as it ain’t easy to work a fish-man into a story set in the mountains or in a big city. Jack Kirby wouldn’t have cared—he cocreated the fishy Triton in the first place—but it’s a big deal for the more realistic type of comic book writer. But the big news, spilling over into the next installment, is that Black Bolt is hooked up with the radicals in a story drawn from the days’ headlines: African American protests against inner city living conditions in America’s major cities, which normally weirdos like the Inhumans would be far from. There’s a bit of cognitive dissonance going on so tune in next time to see how it all works out.

Black Widow: Okay, that’s enough brooding. It made for some nice characterization last time but now it’s all she can think of. She broods on a bridge (worrying onlookers). She broods at Avengers Mansion (confusing Hawkeye). She broods in the river (mourning the Astrologer). The action bits are pushed in around all of this brooding. And the car chase is a bit hard to untangle, as in, how did she catch up to a truck after she lost contact with Ivan? Okay wrap up to the tale but that’s it.

Comments: Inhumans story: Part three of seven parts. First (full) appearance of Lionel Dibbs; his name (Mister Dibbs) is designed to echo Sidney Poitier’s famous line from IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT: “They call me MISTER Tibbs.” Marvel Database suggests bodybuilders Chuck and Dave may be based on real-life musclemen Chuck Sipes and Dave Draper. Triton flees to draw the bodybuilders away and does not return until the end of AVENGERS #94.  

Black Widow story: Part three of three parts. Ivan Petrovich refers to vintage film stars John Wayne (still active at the time of this comic) and W.C. Fields plus the Andy Hardy movie series.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Amazing Adventures #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

On a beach of Red China, a pleasant woman leads a detachment of soldiers to where the Inhumans (Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, and Triton) lie unconscious with their wrecked sky-sled. As the soldiers move in for a closer look, the Inhumans awaken and fight them; Triton leaps into the sea and throws an underwater switch that opens the cliff to reveal a spaceship installed there long before. The heroes leap aboard and take off….

At the San Francisco docks, an elegantly dressed man with a strange gun for a right hand introduces himself to the amnesiac Black Bolt and Joey as Mister Dibbs. Joey informs him that his dad told him never to trust someone who has to talk with a gun; Dibbs apologizes, folds up his gun, and puts a realistic prosthetic hand over it. He ushers them into his limo where they find Joey’s uncle Roscoe—then they are gassed and put into a deep sleep. Dibbs thanks Roscoe for bringing Black Bolt’s discarded suit to his attention, leading to his ambitious plan….

The Inhumans’ ship has traced Black Bolt to Southern California where they land on a beach; it is a private beach used by bodybuilder and they resent the invasion. When they see the Inhumans, the muscle guys attack and there is a brief scuffle that ends with Triton leading the bodybuilders away while the other three go their way. They don regular clothing filched from the locker room and, hearing on the radio of a disturbance on Johnson Street, take a cab to that location. There they find a band of armed Black militants in a standoff with the National Guard. The militants are demanding that a neighborhood of dangerously dilapidated tenements be torn down. The group’s leader is Lionel Dibbs and he is backed up by a tank—and Black Bolt….

“The Sting of the Widow!” 3.5/5
Writer: Gerry Conway. Pencils: Don Heck. Inks: Bill Everett. Colors: ? Letters: Bob Golden.

Synopsis: Black Widow paces the cables of a New York bridge, brooding over her recent failures and wondering if she is a jinx, bringing death to all around her. She realizes the one she most worries about is Ivan Petrovich, the man who saved her life as an infant. She goes to Avengers Mansion, hoping the familiar surroundings will put her mind at ease. Entering surreptitiously, she discovers the only one there is her ex-lover Clint Barton, the new Goliath, and she departs as quietly as she came; Clint feels someone was behind him, someone he used to know….

She returns to her penthouse in Mammon Towers and goes to her room, not answering Ivan’s invitations to work out or go out on the town. Later, Ivan is near the police station when the Astrologer’s henchman delivers the ransom demand. Ivan nabs him on the way out and “persuades” him to reveals his employer’s location. Ivan calls Natasha with the news and she heads out. Meanwhile, Ivan follows the Astrologer’s truck as they move to a new location. The baddies see him following and shoot through his windshield, causing him to crash. Black Widow catches up and rides the top of their truck to their destination at the docks. She takes down all of the gang but the Astrologer holds her at bay by holding a gun to Dr. Lichenstein’s head. Natasha makes to surrender but fires her bite at the planks under the bad guy’s feet, knocking him off balance. She jumps him and they both go into the river; Ivan arrives and rescues Natasha. She considers the Astrologer as another victim of her curse….

Neal Adams
John Verpoorten
Neal Adams
Neal Adams (Cover Penciler)
Neal Adams (Cover Inker)
Neal Adams (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Art Simek.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Ivan Petrovich
Ivan Petrovich

(Ivan Petrovich Bezukhov)

Plus: Goliath (Clint Barton).

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