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Avengers #195: Review

May 1980
David Michelinie, George Perez

Story Name:

Assault On A Mind Cage!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers #195 Review by (March 2, 2010)
Part two of a three-part story. First brief appearance of the Taskmaster. First appearance of Ant-Man (Scott Lang) in this title. Ant-Man has a pair of ants called Steed and Emma, after British television’s Avengers. Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, Yellowjacket, Vision, Beast, Wonder Man, Ms. Marvel, Jocasta, Ant-Man (Scott Lang).

Avengers #195 Review by (April 7, 2015)
Last issue promised that this 1 would "unravel a mystery that stretches to the very foundations of the Marvel Universe". Which turns out to be:- Where do all the criminal masterminds get all their cannon fodder? The Avengers called in Wasp's husband Yellowjacket, last seen in #192 turning down Jan's invitation to rejoin the team. And Hank called in Scott Lang the new Ant-Man for help. He 1st appeared as Stark-employee Lang in #181. Then he became Ant-Man in Marvel Premiere #47-48 to save the life of his daughter Cassie. At the end Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, gave him his blessing. He helped Tony Stark in Iron Man #125, and now he's here. Ms Marvel thinks Wonder Man is about to make a sexist remark about Wasp needing rescuing by men, but he claims he was going to say she needs rescuing by her friends. There is mention of selecting some successful students for a gang requested by Dr Octopus, but he possibly doesn't come to collect. The Official Index has Doc Ock's next appearance in Daredevil #165 without a gang. And according to the Marvel Continuity project the next time we see him he's in jail in Marvel Fanfare #22.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #195 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
The Avengers gather outside the Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane, preparing to discover whether the missing Wasp is inside. Yellowjacket and the new Ant-Man use their shrinking abilities to enter the building stealthily and discover that, far from being a sanatorium, the place is a training academy for criminal henchmen. They discover a sedated Wasp in a lab and attack the guards with the help of a swarm of ants. The freed Wasp relates how she entered the Institute while miniaturized and tried to contact the restrained Selbe when she was gassed and captured. The Institutes director, Dr. Solomon appears and his guards get the drop on the heroes; to Jan’s surprise he is an older version of Selbe! Solomon explains that he has a bad heart and Selbe (German for "self") is a clone made of him to serve as an organ donor. With the aid of an influx of ants, the heroes overcome the guards and escape to search for Selbe. Outside, however the other Avengers witness a high-tech aircraft land on the roof of the building. In the Institute’s prison, Wasp knocks out the guard with a piercing whistle in his ear and enters Selbe’s cell. A voice behind her announces the arrival of the real mastermind: the skull-masked Taskmaster, who is holding the unconscious Yellowjacket and Ant-Man by the scruffs of their necks.

George Perez
Jack Abel
Ben Sean
George Perez (Cover Penciler)


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