Comic Browser:


Champions, The #3: Review

Feb 1976
Bill Mantlo, George Tuska

Story Name:

Assault on Olympus

Review & Comments

3 stars

Champions, The #3 Review by (February 14, 2023)

Review: The best line in the issue: Dionysius’ plan for halting the wedding: “I pray that it rains.” So beneath a very busy cover (endemic to this series), we find: Natasha, Warren, and Bobby are very comfortable in their skimpy bathing suits together. Bobby hates himself. Everyone else hates Johnny Blaze. The Huntsman, a formidable warrior last issue, is a helpless twit here, being taken down by Angel. Venus turns a sword into a plowshare in reference to a Bible verse: Isaiah 2:3-4, though her then using the plowshare as a weapon completely misses the point of the Scripture. Ghost Rider points out Pluto’s lies to Zeus, even though he is only guessing and Zeus buys it. Venus steals the concept of forgiveness from the Bible and then shows she doesn’t understand the Scriptural concepts of justice and mercy. And maybe this team will finally be formally organized soon.

Comments: Part three of three parts. I’m calling the heroes the Champions though they don’t use that title until issue #4. Huntsman next appears over thirty years later in INCREDIBLE HERCULES #127-129. Issue #1’s mutates are called mutants here. The Marvel Database lists this as the first appearance of the Champions’ headquarters but I don’t see it—unless that cabin on the beach is converted into a downtown office building soon. Gaspar Saladino lettered the first page. The letters page includes one by future comics writer Robert Rodi, who has worked for Marvel, DC, and others.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Champions, The #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the wake of their defeat by the Huntsman (last issue), Black Widow, Angel, and Iceman have taken refuge at a beachfront cabin. Bobby is really broken up about it, brooding over his failures with the X-Men as well as the recent adventure. Johnny Blaze rides up with good news: he knows how to get to Olympus. The others scoff but Johnny points out that the ice mountain Iceman made to block a portal is still there—and the portal to Olympus beneath….

Meanwhile in Olympus, Zeus is angry over being tricked by Pluto into marrying his son Hercules to Hippolyta; Dionysius tries (and fails) to comfort him. Nearby, Pluto takes delight in his scheme to invade Olympus; Ares and Hippolyta laugh along.

Hercules goes to confront his father but the mutates mock Herc, reminding him that the wedding is his father’s decree; Herc curses his dad for a coward and leaves. Elsewhere, the Huntsman, bored with wedding talk, discovers the ice mountain just as the heroes break through, the ice weakened by Ghost Rider’s hellfire. The heroes beat up the mutates….

As the principals gather in the throne room and Hercules and Venus await their fates, Huntsman enters with news of the arrival of the Champions. Angel follows, seizes hold of one end of Huntsman’s staff and flips him into a wall, knocking him cold. Pluto demands the interlopers be tossed out, Hercules punches Ares’ lights out, Venus uses her love power to turn Hippolyta’s sword into a plowshare and then bops her over the head with it. Pluto stops the Champions in tehri tracks, being much more powerful than any of them—but Ghost Rider knows someone more powerful: he tells Zeus that Pluto has been lying to him, intending to destroy Olympus with his new dead gods association. Zeus banishes Pluto from Olympus. Zeus asks Herc and Venus what punishment should be bestowed on the bad guys and Venus asks forgiveness, arguing their own evil is punishment enough. Herc and his dad make up and Dad lets him joins his friends as they return to Earth.

George Tuska
Vince Colletta
George Roussos
Rich Buckler (Cover Penciler)
Dan Adkins (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Plot: . Letterer: Karen Mantlo.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Warren Worthington III)
Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider

(Johnny Blaze)

Plus: Champions, Dionysius (God of Wine), Hippolyta, Huntsman (Cephalus), Pluto (Hades), Venus.

> Champions, The: Book info and issue index

Share This Page