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Avengers #7: Review

Aug 1998
Kurt Busiek, George Perez

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The Court Martial of Carol Danvers

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4.5 stars

Avengers #7 Review by (October 23, 2019)
Dave Lanphear letters alongside Richard Starkings again.

Kurt Busiek continues to mine the rich history of the Marvel Universe for nuggets to reuse in his stories.

The Blue Area of the Moon has a breathable atmosphere. It was 1st noticed as the home of the Watcher in Fantastic Four #13. Avengers #133 told us that it was created a million years ago by the Skrulls, the Kree and the Cotati. The Shi'ar used it for the Trial Of Phoenix in X-Men #1367. The Inhumans temporarily relocated their city Attilan there in FF#240.

A previous Kree team called the Lunatic Legion also operated from the Blue Area in the original Captain Marvel #34-41. The current version previously appeared before this crossover event in Av#364-366 and #379 seeking vengeance on the Avengers for the Nega-Bomb that destroyed the Kree Empire in the Operation Galactic Storm crossover. (A different set of Kree had the same goal in Force Works #1 which resulted in the death/dissolution of Wonder Man.)

An Omniwave Projector is a Kree hyperspace communication device that can also be used as a weapon. The original Captain Marvel was coerced into building 1 for the Skrulls in Av#93-97 during the Kree-Skrull War.

All Kree Accusers have a Universal Weapon. Ronan the Accuser used his UW in his 1st app in FF#65 and he's continued to wield it since. The Cone Of Invulnerability effect is used there under the alias Cone Of Impenetrability

Carol Danvers' Kree/Human hybrid DNA was considered due to the Kree Psyche-Magnitron which gave her her Ms Marvel powers in Captain Marvel #18. It won't be until the Life Of Captain Marvel mini-series that she and we will learn that her mother *was* a Kree.

In #4 Captain America promised new reservists Firestar and Justice they would be promoted to full Avengers if and when slots became available. Well now Warbird has left we will learn in the 1998 Avengers/Squadron Supreme Annual that the pair are *both* elevated to fill the vacant position.

The Avengers including Firestar, Justice and the 'ghost' of Wonder Man will go straight into that Annual.

Warbird will be out in the wilderness for a while, starting in Iron Man #11-12. After some more apps she'll guest star back here in #16-18. And some time later she'll be back for #26 and rejoin the team officially in #27. Not coincidentally that's when Firestar and Justice will leave.

Quicksilver will return to his own series for #11, part of the Siege Of Wundagore crossover with Heroes For Hire.

The Supreme Intelligence will next get involved in the Avengers Forever limited series which will end with him in possession of Immortus' Forever Crystal which he will use in later manipulations of Kree destiny.

The Lunatic Legion members all die when converted to energy here except Galen Kor who somehow survives into Annihilation Conquest: Starlord #1.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers #7 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
This is the concluding part 4 of the Live Kree Or Die crossover featuring Warbird, continuing from QUICKSILVER #10.
In Iron Man #7 Tony Stark confronted Carol Danvers about her drinking problem. But they were attacked by the Kree Lunatic Legion who stole a prototype power generator. Warbird chased after them into ...
... CA3#8 where Captain America helped her uncover a Kree genetic testing camp at Cape Canaveral. Her alcoholism aided the Kree to capture Carol and they took her to their base in the Blue Area of the Moon (hence their Lunatic name).
In QS#10 Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch enlisted the aid of Quicksilver and the Inhuman dog Lockjaw to teleport them their where they found the Kree Supreme Intelligence who told them what was going on.
The Legion led by Galen Kor will use the stolen generator to power a giant Omniwave Projector on the Moon. They also stole some Terrigen Mists from the Inhumans, and the combination will kill all mutants and superhumans while turning 'pure' humans into Kree. The Legion's (unsuccessful) genetic experiments were to find the right combination to make the change work. But now Warbird's Kree/Human hybrid DNA has given them the key.
The Avengers destroyed the generator and rescued Carol but not before her drunken state put them in danger.

This issue opens with Galen Kor telling the Supreme Intelligence that the Legion will still find a way to achieve their aim even if it kills them. The Supremor's thoughts let us know that he doesn't want them to succeed. He orchestrated the Operation Galactic Storm event in order to kick-start Kree evolution with a Nega-Bomb (#347 of our original series). He wasn't destroyed then but hid on Earth while his plan unfolded (as revealed in Imperial Guard #1). But the Lunatics found him and will mess up his scheme with their human Kree. Apparently he mentally controlled the Skrull Sensational Hydra (CA#3-7) in order to increase human xenophobia to hamper the Kree's activities.

But we leave that ongoing plotline to view the court martial of Carol Danvers by the other active Avengers Cap, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Thor and the Vision hologram plus Quicksilver. Thor runs the meeting as most of the others are witnesses to her addiction and her attempts to hide the fact that she has lost her Binary powers (but still has her ones as Ms Marvel). They offer their support with her problems, but she reacts badly - saying that she only takes the occasional drink and her remaining powers were enough to make her an Avenger before. And that she's done good work in the new lineup as Warbird. But they unanimously vote her off the team.

Just then Vision, connected to the Avengers' computer system, says they've received a warning from the Moon that the Lunatic Legion is up to no good again. Cap orders IM to fire up the space quinjet. Hologrammic Vision can't accompany them but he'll bring in the reservists Firestar and Justice. Warbird says her experience will be a help but Cap turns her down. So she does the 'You can't fire me, I quit' routine and storms out.

Wanda Maximoff watches Carol exit the building and reflects that they failed her the 1st time she left the team when she was mentally controlled by Marcus Immortus (in #200). And she thinks they're failing her again now. Wonder Man does his ionic appearing act again assure her that it's alright, but vanishes when Vision informs her the quinjet is ready.

The quinjet tries a stealthy approach to the Blue Area but they face anti-aircraft fire until they land. The team are attacked by Kree troops and Cap gets Scarlet Witch to call in Wonder Man to help. She does so despite her misgivings about using him as a weapon. But we see Galen Kor using a normal-size Omniwave Projector. Meanwhile on Earth Carol Danvers decides to fly to the Moon as Warbird and show the Avengers how much they need her.

Our guys are still battling through innumerable Kree cannon fodder, but Justice in particular is exulting at knocking them down. But then 1 of the troops is surrounded by an Omniwave effect (which Wanda recognises from Av#96 in the Kree-Skrull War). He turns to energy, quickly followed by other troopers. Pietro Maximoff leads his sister and companions towards the large Projector they saw in his #10. And Warbird strains to leave Earth's atmosphere.

The Avengers reach the giant Projector which is using the energy of the Kree soldiers to power it to send its Kree-converting ray to Earth. The Lunatic Legion elite are here to defend it and Quicksilver is already down. Iron Man isn't sure he can shut the Projector down so Cap asks Thor to use Mjolnir to create a portal to send it somewhere else. Meanwhile the elite Kree are also converted to energy, leaving only Galen Kor to attack Thor with an Accuser's Universal Weapon. The portal starts to shrink and WM tries to get Kor away from Thor, but the UW's Cone Of Invulnerability stops him. And Warbird starts to fall back to Earth.

No-one can get through the Cone, and the portal's shrinking fast. But Justice suggests that a massive dose of Firestar's microwaves can enlarge it, like she did for a Stargate in New Warriors #41. Angelica Jones reminds him that such a thing risks giving her cancer. Cap says it's up to her, and the young mutant reluctantly returns the portal to its large size. Inside the Cone Thor has Galen Kor on the ropes so the last Kree converts himself to energy to fire the Projector. The Cone collapses, but it is Justice who telekinetically pushes the Projector through the portal. The Projector fires, the portal explodes and the glare is visible on Earth where Warbird lies in the gutter craving a drink.

Later SHIELD and Starcore send a team to take charge of the Blue Area of the Moon. Cap suspects that the Supreme Intelligence sent the message that brought them here, but the Supremor won't confirm it. But we know that it is happy with the results. And Carol Danvers reflect that the Avengers *didn't* need her after all, as she stares at a drink wondering whether she's going to drink it.

George Perez
Al Vey
Tom Smith
George Perez (Cover Penciler)
George Perez (Cover Inker)
Tom Smith (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Richard Starkings.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: Bob Harras.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)


Plus: Firestar (Angel Jones), Justice (Vance Astrovik), Lunatic Legion, Warbird (Carol Danvers).

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