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Avengers Spotlight #28: Review

Jan 1990
Howard Mackie, Al Milgrom

Story Name:

Denver Doubles

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers Spotlight #28 Review by (August 17, 2022)

Review: Hawkeye tale is short, simple and satisfying. Not much to say about it.

The second tale is a bit more complex: a superhuman battle is played for laughs but it turns out that everyone is being manipulated by the Mad Thinker who has an agenda, which turns out to be the same as Wasp’s and Wonder Man’s. Politics really does make strange bedfellows. The story is quite amusing and Dwayne Turner’s art has improved since the previous issues for a cool story.

Comments: Issue bannered “Acts of Vengeance.” First story: Screaming Mimi was introduced in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #54 but has spent most of her comics career as Songbird of the Thunderbolts. Angar the Screamer first appeared in DAREDEVIL #100; he was a foe of DD then Iron Fist, then Spider-Woman and had a run in THUNDERBOLTS before being killed, then resurrected. Second story: Gargantua was introduced in DEFENDERS #126 and his few appearances have been in scattered titles. The Mad Thinker goes all the way back to FANTASTIC FOUR #15.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers Spotlight #28 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hawkeye and Mockingbird apparently go on a crime spree in Denver, Colorado, robbing banks and jewelry stores. When Hawkeye and Mockingbird back in Avengers Mansion learn about this, they fly out to Denver to investigate—and are immediately held by the police at the airport. There is a tense standoff which ends when a report comes over police radio that Hawkeye and Mockingbird are in the act of robbing a bank. The heroes accompany police to the crime scene where everyone sees exact doubles of the heroes—everyone except Hawkeye, that is. He sees them for who they really are: Angar the Screamer and Screaming Mimi. Clint fires tear gas which causes Angar to close his mouth and dispel the illusion. Angar quickly induces hallucinations of monsters in a guard, causing him to start shooting indiscriminately. Hawkeye disarms the guard with one arrow then binds the two baddies with a bolo arrow. Angar confesses (by writing) that he and Mimi had met up after their escape from the Vault and discovered that their mind-bending powers, when used in conjunction, can produce specific illusions. So why wasn’t Hawkeye affected by their powers? Because of his deafness.

“Second Thoughts” 4/5
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie. Pencils: Dwayne Turner. Inks: Chris Ivy. Colors: Mike Rockwitz. Letters: Jack Morelli.
Synopsis: The imprisoned Mad Thinker is visited by a mystery man (spoiler: it’s Loki) who tries to recruit him for a scheme. Thinker replies that a little thought reveals that this scheme will fail and he has also figured out who the mystery man is. The bad guy flies into a rage and teleports out of there. Thinker has his own worries: passage of the Super-Powers Registration Act will jeopardize a number of master plans he’s working on and so he needs a way to sway public opinion against the act….

In Washington a few weeks later, Wasp and Wonder Man are to speak at a rally against the Super-Powers Registration Act. Suddenly, the rally is attacked by a giant villain called Gargantua who isn’t very bright and appears to be following another’s orders. There is a big clumsy battle with much property damage. Wasp enters Gargantua’s ear and discovers a transmitter giving orders to attack; she smashes the device and tells him to stand still and stick out his chin. Wonder Man flattens the big baddie with a punch. The two heroes make their speeches, swaying the crowd against the Act and, back at the Vault, Mad Thinker is pleased at the outcome….


Al Milgrom
Don Heck
Paul Becton
Don Heck (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)

(Loki Laufeyson)

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Angar the Screamer (David Angar), Leviathan (Gargantua), Screaming Mimi (Melissa Gold).

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