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Avengers Spotlight #33: Review

Jun 1990
Steve Gerber, Al Milgrom

Story Name:

Circle-T Killings Continue

Review & Comments

4 stars

Avengers Spotlight #33 Review by (September 21, 2022)

Review: This episode in the Hawkeye versus the gangs story arc is a real showcase for Mockingbird as the demonstrates that she is smarter than Hawkeye and then that she can beat up an entire gang without his help. And the scenes with Prince Charming are quite odd as he is constantly trying to figure out what Lotus wants with a punk like him. Well, he may catch on eventually that it doesn’t mean him any good.

The U.S. Agent story grows even darker, beginning with the murders of three children and a nurse and moving on to the slaughter of more innocents. Dark and ugly story is not helped by the dark and ugly rhetoric that we see in the villain’s head as it alternates with U.S. Agent’s anger over the whole matter. Well-written and drawn but too dark for this series, especially when paired with the overly violent Hawkeye story.

Comments: First story: Part four of six parts. The splash page resembles a newspaper front page with the credits worked into the design and names of other Marvel staffers added throughout. Second story: Part three of four parts.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers Spotlight #33 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Hawkeye is the chief suspect in the Terminizer killings and he is mad. Mockingbird points out that the mystery killer likely has a grudge against the Stone Perfs and is someone familiar with gang culture….

The next day is a mass funeral for the murdered Perfs; it is interrupted by a car from the rival Mode Blanks firing on the crowd. Hawkeye and Mockingbird on the Sky-Cycle overtake the car and Hawkeye fires a tear gas arrow sending the car crashing into a huge monument. Bobbi jumps down and beats up all of the Blanks. The Perfs arrive, intent on killing Hawkeye as they believe he is the Terminizer but Police Detective Zamora brings a halt to the hostilities. He orders the Perfs back to the funeral for their friends and tells the heroes that there are no leads in the case. Hawkeye and Mockingbird wonder if the Terminizer could be a cop….

Wounded by his new boss Lotus Newmark (last issue), Prince Charming sees her shady personal physician for care. Afterwards, he asks her right-hand-man Auggie Slater why she should care about Prince; Slater explains that she thinks he has potential and intends to show him how big Lotus’ organization really is….

In the hospital, Anita Gutierrez tells Luis that she no longer blames Hawkeye for the shooting and wants her son to cooperate with the Avenger if he hears anything about the Terminizer, promising him a ride on the Sky-Cycle….

Prince meets with Lotus and she asks him to prove his fitness for the organization by luring the Stone Perfs into a trap for the Terminizer to kill them and perhaps Hawkeye too. So word goes out for the Perfs to meet at an old quarry out of town and the message goes to Luis and then to Hawkeye. Hawkeye and Mockingbird are at the quarry that night, watching the Perfs gathered in one place and waiting for the Terminizer to show….

“The Xenophobic Man Part Three: Beliefs and Callings” 4/5
Writer: Fabian Nicieza. Pencils: Dan Lawlis. Inks: Keith Williams. Colors: Brad Vancata. Letters: Janice Chiang.
Synopsis: U.S. Agent and the Border Patrol arrive at the hospital to find Officer Fred Bouting has murdered the three surviving children and the nurse. Deducing that Bouting forced the nurse to tell him where the Sanctuary Movement has its headquarters, U.S. Agent and Captain Hitchuck take a helicopter out to the church. The Agent hears gunfire and enters the building to find Bouting standing among the bodies of those he has killed, confronting Father Grass and a wounded girl. U.S. Agent fights the madman who is spouting anti-foreigner rhetoric and is stabbed in the leg. Bouting pursues the priest carrying the wounded girl and corners him in another room. U.S. Agent then arrives with Bouting’s assault rifle and there is a tense standoff….

Al Milgrom
Don Heck
Renee Witterstaetter
James Fry (Cover Penciler)
Chris Ivy (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)
U.S. Agent
U.S. Agent

(John Walker)

Plus: Lady Lotus (Lotus Newmark).

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