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Avengers #277: Review

Mar 1987
Roger Stern, Tom Palmer

Story Name:

The Price of Victory

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers #277 Review by (December 29, 2023)
Comments: “Avengers Under Siege” part eight of eight. AVENGERS: LOKI UNLEASHED #1 (2019) is set directly after this issue. Baron Zemo Senior died in AVENGERS #15. Zemo restores Blackout to life using the Kree Lifestone in NEW THUNDERBOLTS #17-18. A repentant Baron Zemo will use time travel to restore Cap’s footlocker in THUNDERBOLTS #105. In issue #287, it will be revealed that the Super-Adaptoid was released during this battle and impersonates the Fixer, returning in issue #286. Issue includes a page correcting the wrong coloration in issue #271.  

Review: And the epic “Avengers Under Siege” ends on a high note though not entirely successful. While Cap’s duel with Zemo is exciting and the final page rather poignant, the parts with the Wrecker make no sense. Goliath withstanding multiple blows from Mjolnir is absurd enough but the Wrecker, with his original Thor-level strength, being taken down by having Goliath fall on him? And we see the police taking away the powerless Wrecking Crew guys but what do they do about the Wrecker? Goliath has to be moved so what about the superstrong baddie improbably trapped beneath him? It’s the flip side of the “Any Given Day” doctrine by making Goliath more of a threat and Wrecker, somehow, less of one. The Blackout Zemo confrontation, facilitated by Doctor Druid, was another excellent episode and it makes up for the dumb bits. Some major changes to the line-up are on the horizon.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #277 Synopsis by T Vernon
In the ruins of Avengers Mansion, Goliath holds the battered Thor—but then Thor strikes back, overcoming the giant baddie. Wrecker tries to go to his aid but Captain America heads him off. But Wrecker has his original full power back and goes after an outclassed Cap. Downstairs the chaos is heard by Wasp, Ant-Man, and Black Knight who are tending to the critically wounded Jarvis. Wasp heads upstairs to help and tries to dissuade Black Knight from accompanying her because he also has been wounded. Together they break through the rubble of a staircase and come upon Thor hammering at Goliath while Cap dodges Wrecker, maneuvering him into bringing an upper floor down on himself—but that doesn’t slow him down….

As seen last issue, Baron Zemo sends Yellowjacket to ready their flier as he goes up to the roof and, finding Doctor Druid there, shoots him with his needler and tries to revive the fallen Blackout. YJ discovers that the power has been shut off to the flier. Zemo attempts to get Blackout to unleash his Darkforce powers but Druid, semi-conscious, enters Blackout’s mind, convincing him that Zemo is his enemy and to fight back against him….

Goliath enlarges, breaking through the third floor and the supports give way, dropping Zemo’s flier with Yellowjacket inside. Thor finally topples Goliath and Cap and Wasp drive Wrecker back so the giant baddie falls on him. Army troops enter but Cap stops them from going over an unseen drop. Cap finds Yellowjacket, telling her that Captain Marvel had sabotaged the ship; she surrenders without an argument….

At the Palisades, Captain Marvel advises the injured Moonstone not to move as she may have a broken neck [she does]. Then CM learns that Zemo, not Moonstone, was controlling Blackout, meaning the Darkforce threat isn’t over….

Back at the Mansion, Zemo and Blackout battle, with Zemo trying to control the baddie via his headband. The mental battle grows so intense that Blackout falls over, dead of a cerebral hemorrhage. Doctor Druid explains that he merely released Blackout from Zemo’s control and the latter chose to defy Zemo on his own. Captain Marvel arrives and Zemo fires his guns at her but they have no effect on one who can turn into any sort of energy. Instead, she melts his guns, leaving him only Captain America’s shield as a weapon. Cap arrives and engages Zemo in a fight to the finish, Cap denouncing the villain for all the harm he and his father have brought to Cap and his “family” of Bucky and the Avengers. Cap then reveals that Zemo Senior’s death was his own fault, killed in a rockfall he caused himself. Zemo calls him a liar and spring for Cap’s throat but Cap ducks and Zemo goes over the edge, falling to the ground below….

The Masters of Evil are taken away to jail, the wounded are dispatched to the hospital, and Wasp tells the press she will have a longer statement later. CM finds Cap weeping over his footlocker, which contained all of the mementos of the people in his life, now destroyed on Zemo’s orders, including the only photo he had of his mother. He feels ashamed in view of the harm that has come to the others, but CM tells him not to, it was all he had of his past. But she advises him to look to the future so he rejoins his teammates….

Tom Palmer
Tom Palmer
Christie Scheele
John Buscema (Cover Penciler)
Tom Palmer (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: John Buscema. Letterer: Jim Novak.
Editor: Mark Gruenwald. Editor-in-chief: Jim Shooter.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Scott Lang)
Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

Black Knight
Black Knight

(Dane Whitman)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Monica Rambeau)
Doctor Druid
Doctor Druid

(Doctor Droom)

(Edwin Jarvis)

(Karla Sofen)


(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Blackout, Goliath (Erik Josten), Masters of Evil, Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara).

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