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Avengers #242: Review

Apr 1984
Roger Stern, Joe Sinnott

Story Name:

Easy Come…Easy Go

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers #242 Review by (February 18, 2023)
Comments: Cover title: The Mighty Avengers, on issues #241-255. Vision’s body has been out of commission since issue #233. The missing heroes have been teleported into MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS, seen elsewhere on the Marvel Heroes Library! Pencils and inks by Joe Sinnott and Brett Breeding.

Review: A bit of a shaggy dog issue: the whole point is to have a half-dozen Avengers vanish and lead into the original Secret Wars limited series—but that only takes a handful of pages. So we pad it out with a summary of the previous two issues, some nice character interplay between Hank and Jan (divorced heroes), a party which brings back Thor and Captain America, two of the Big Three of the team, restoring some status quo, and putting Vision back the way he was (more status quo) while letting him talk endlessly and sound goofy. And then BAM! The miniseries is set up and off we go. Whoever would have thought that a conversation between Jan and Hank would be the most important part of an Avengers comic?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #242 Synopsis by T Vernon
Two Quinjets plus Captain Marvel zip though the skies, returning the Avengers from San Francisco homeward. In one, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, and Starfox summarize the previous two issues while Wanda worries about Vision back home and Eros flirts. In the other, Wasp and Hank Pym each notice how the other has changed and gained in confidence since their divorce. Jan drops Hank off at the Indiana airport they picked him up from and Monica joins Jan to keep her company for the rest of the ride home. As Monica and Jan enter Avengers Mansion, the latter is suspicious…and then she walks into a surprise party. A giant hologram Vision presides, Jarvis serves, and Hawkeye introduces Jan to his new bride Mockingbird. Captain America is there to joke around with Hawkeye and She-Hulk. And then Thor arrives and congratulates Hawkeye while bestowing a blessing on Mockingbird. Jarvis brings out Thor’s incredibly heavy flagon of mead—and then hologram Vision blinks out. Moments later he enters the party in his now-repaired body and sweeps Wanda up in a romantic kiss. Wasp congratulates Vision who gives credit to Starfox for hooking him up with the ISAAC computer from his homeworld. Starfox is modest. Shulkie asks what their plans are and Vision says that he and Wanda will be remaining with the Avengers, surprising everyone—including Wanda. They remind him of the Avengers’ current six-member limit but he describes the strange alien force which he and Reed Richards have detected and he knows it’s malevolent (it gives him bad vibes, as She-Hulk puts it). Vision also informs Jan that he’s gone and had more sensitive equipment installed in the monitor room and he goes out to check on it. Jan asks Cap and Thor to meet with her privately. The party breaks up and Mockingbird finds Hawkeye brooding in the garden, certain that he will be fired with the next membership shuffle but he would like to stay to face this new menace….

Wanda thinks Vision has been acting strangely but he cites the big changes he has gone through lately (plus the big threat) as a reasonable explanation….

Wasp asks Thor and Cap’s advice for a new Avengers line-up; Thor, revealing that he no longer has the Don Blake identity, expresses an interest in returning full-time. Cap welcomes him but finds Vision’s actions strange. An alarm is sounded, calling all Avengers to the front lawn. Vision announces that the source of the energy is very near. The Synthezoid leads the heroes in tracking it down and finds it in Central Park. A massive alien structure in the form of a ring has appeared. Several Avengers (Captain America, Thor, Wasp, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk) examine an unusual arch—and with a sudden flash of light, they are gone. The others are shocked—and suddenly the massive structure is gone….

Joe Sinnott
Joe Sinnott
Christie Scheele
Al Milgrom (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Al Milgrom. Letterer: Joe Rosen.
Editor: Mark Gruenwald. Editor-in-chief: Jim Shooter.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)

(Edwin Jarvis)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Jennifer Walters)



(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau).

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