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Avengers #47: Review

Dec 1967
Roy Thomas, John Buscema

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Magneto Walks the Earth

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4 stars

Avengers #47 Review by (September 8, 2011)
Captain America will formerly hand his resignation to Tony Stark in Tales of Suspense #95, and will also reveal his identity to the world as he stops being Cap. He gives here the excuse that the Avengers don't need him now that they have such a strong membership. Of course he has no way of knowing that future events will bring that membership to its lowest ebb in #51. Magneto's flashback rescuing Pietro and Wanda is an expansion of that in X-Men #4. He used their gratitude to make them part of his Brotherhood in X-Men #4-7, until his abduction by the Stranger in X-Men #11 freed them to become Avengers in our #16. We aren't told what the message Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch received was (apart from directions to Garrett Castle), but it (and maybe something about its encoding) was enough to persuade them to go there, without realising it was from Magneto. This is the last issue with Cap as a regular Avenger until he rejoins in #93 for the Kree-Skrull War. Of course he doesn't stay out of costume for long (just 1 issue until ToS#96), and he then becomes an inactive Avenger like Iron Man and Thor. We'll next see him here in #51-52 where he proposes Black Panther as his replacement. Meanwhile Wanda and Pietro will continue to resist Magneto, until the villain makes it seem like a human deliberately shoots Wanda, whereupon Pietro's long-simmering suspicion of humans boils over and makes him join Magneto with his injured sister. Dane Whitman will become a new heroic Black Knight. The remaining Avengers will help Hercules find his missing people, but he will then elect to stay in Olympus. And Wasp will wear a new costume nearly every issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #47 Synopsis by Rob Johnson

Magneto and Toad are prisoners on the Stranger's asteroid, after he took them as specimens in X-Men #11 (and recaptured Magneto in X-Men #18). Magneto can detect a message beamed by magnetic rays.

The message comes from a castle on Earth where scientist Dane Whitman is trying to make up for his uncle Nathan Garrett's career as the villainous Black Knight (one of the Masters of Evil who bedevilled the Avengers between #6 and #16). Garrett died after falling from his flying horse while fighting Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #73, and Whitman inherited his castle in the US.

Meanwhile Captain America resigns from the Avengers because he is going to quit being Cap. This upsets Hawkeye and makes him snap at Natasha, who misinterprets it as being that he doesn't love her so much now she's given up being Black Widow (in #45). Goliath and Wasp go on vacation to Las Vegas in her new private jet (another product of the millions she inherited in #43), chauffeured to the airport by Charles, whom they don't realise is the villain Whirlwind who attacked them last issue. And Hercules goes to confront his father Zeus in Mount Olympus, but finds it deserted. This leaves only Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch back at Avengers Mansion.

Dane Whitman has received a reply from space to his magnetic broadcast. But his assistant Norris knocks him out, intending to take the credit for the first interstellar contact by magnetic rays. Unfortunately for him Magneto has used the magnetic beam to transport himself and Toad back to Earth. Norris tries to send them back, but Magneto renders him unconscious too.

Magneto intends to reform the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He'll leave Mastermind till later, but wants to recruit Wanda and Pietro immediately. He recalls how he rescued them from a mob or thought Wanda was a real witch. Now he uses Whitman's equipment to broadcast a coded message which the twins pick up on Avengers' monitors.

They follow directions to Garrett Castle, where Magneto tests them by animating a giant metal statue armed with a mace. When he asks them to return to his Brotherhood they refuse, telling him they are Avengers. He attacks them with a horde of armed normal-sized suits of armour. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fight back, but Magneto knocks them out.

John Buscema
George Tuska
Don Heck (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Knight
Black Knight

(Dane Whitman)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Goliath (Hank Pym), Toad (Mortimer Toynbee), Whirlwind (David Cannon).

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