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Solo Avengers #10: Review

Aug 1988
Tom DeFalco, M. D. Bright

Story Name:

The Sinking of Los Angeles

Review & Comments

4 stars

Solo Avengers #10 Review by (April 13, 2022)

Review: The first story is a delight, a comic romp with a mystery that seems to come straight out of a Superman comic from the 1960s. Hawkeye shows a lot of resourcefulness in battling the baddies without his arrows, which is an occasional theme with the hero.

The second story is a bit less, since it features one of the more useless Avengers, Doctor Druid, who is Doctor Strange without all of the good parts. Really, Druid is marked by a dour personality and a less interesting series of adventures, and this is before we learn he has been under the control of some malign enemies for nearly his entire career. This particular tale has a hot evil babe who speaks in broken English with a scheme that is hard to follow. If you’re going to weave a lot of mystical nonsense into a comic book story, at least make it internally consistent.

Comments: First story: Hawkeye reveals he is 80% deaf in both ears. Only appearances of Seymour the All-Seeing and Richard Obadiah Johnston. Seymour is asked about Madonna and Sean (Penn), married 1985-1989, and “David and Maddie” the lead characters of the TV series MOONLIGHTING (also 1985-1989). Oh and also when Reed and Sue will rejoin the Fantastic Four. Second story: Only appearance of Stonecutter. Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine had some notoriety at this time for penning a series of best-selling books on mysticism and reincarnation.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Solo Avengers #10 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Seymour the All-Seeing Astrologer studies his star charts and other professional paraphernalia and concludes that Los Angles will sink into the sea at noon that very day. He tries to inform the news media but no one believes him….

At the 1988 Los Angeles Manufacturers Exposition, Hawkeye has been hired by politician Richard Obadiah Johnston to guard the fabulous diamond the Star of Angels as it sits atop a scale model of the city. A gang of crooks after the diamond invades the hall and their leader fires a concussive blast at Hawkeye’s back wrecking his quiver of arrows, rendering him weaponless (or so they think). Using his smarts, some odd trick arrowheads, and an intact arrow he finds, he is able to hold off the bad guys. Meanwhile, Seymour has entered the convention hall and pleads with Johnston to evacuate the city. Hawkeye sets off a giant flash camera, blinding himself and most everybody else. The bad guy leader has grabbed the diamond, Hawkeye shoots him with a smoke arrow, knocking him backwards into the city diorama and pushing it into a tank of water. Johnston realizes that this fulfills Seymour’s prophecy and the astrologer becomes the hit of the Expo, attracting the attention of the media. Seymour predicts that Richard Obadiah Johnston will be President someday and, judging by Seymour’s track record, Johnston wonders “President of what? “

“Token Sacrifice” 2.5/5
Writer: Dan Chichester, Margaret Clark. Art: Lee Weeks. Colors: Paul Becton. Letters: Jack Morelli.
Synopsis: Doctor Druid is in the subway with his agent, on their way to tape an appearance on the David Letterman show when a train pulls in heavily damaged and covered with graffiti. Druid recognizes the graffiti as constituting an ancient Celtic spell. A woman emerges from the train, detects Druid’s powers, and warns him to stay away or die; she captures an old man and vanishes in a flash of light. Druid changes into his work clothes and dashes into the tunnel, to the despair of his agent. He battles the minions of the sorceress Stonecutter and finds the tunnels have been changed into a Celtic maze of power. He comes to a recreation of Stonehenge made from subway cars where Stonecutter is about to sacrifice the old man. Druid summons an earthquake but his powers are dampened here and it results in only a small tremor but enough to disrupt the ceremony. Druid hypnotizes her minions into fighting each other and confronts the priestess. She makes to stab him with the sacrificial knife but the earthquake finally kicks in and topples some of the railway cars, breaking the circle. Stonecutter morphs into an aged troll-like hag and Druid allows her to get away in order to rescue the old man. The old man asks why Druid made that choice, Druid responds that he cannot allow anyone to die before its natural hour….

M. D. Bright
Jose Marzan Jr.
Janet Jackson
Lee Weeks (Cover Penciler)
Lee Weeks (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Druid
Doctor Druid

(Doctor Droom)

(Clint Barton)

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