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Solo Avengers #3: Review

Feb 1988
Tom DeFalco, M. D. Bright

Story Name:

An American Archer in Paris

Review & Comments

4 stars

Solo Avengers #3 Review by (February 23, 2022)

Review: The Hawkeye story is one long fight scene (even the flashback to Mockingbird) full of witty dialogue and fun. The Moon Knight tale is also a long battle scene with a spookier milieu but it is revealed to be rather pointless in the end. It seems odd choosing Moon Knight for a space in a book called SOLO AVENGERS when solo adventures in his own books are what he is known for. To be honest, I didn’t remember him being an Avenger before SECRET AVENGERS in 2010 many years later. The creepy gang of monstrous anti-heroes made for an interesting group but they weren’t seen very often. And little use is made of them here. Too bad.

Comments: First story: Part three of five parts. Silver Sable’s first appearance outside of a Spider-Man title. Machete’s second appearance after CAPTAIN AMERICA #302-304. Second story: The Night Shift consists of various darkness-related heroes: Brothers Grimm, Dansen Macabre, Gypsy Moth, Ticktock, Tatterdemalion, Digger, and Needle; they were introduced as a group in CAPTAIN AMERICA #330-331 and this is their second appearance. The Avengers catch up with Cornelius Van Lunt (a/k/a Taurus from Zodiac) in WEST COAST AVENGERS (1985) #26-29. Moon Knight makes the common error of saying “phase” when he means “faze.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Solo Avengers #3 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the tower of Notre Dame Cathedral, Hawkeye is fighting Batroc the Leaper and his Brigade, Machete and Zaran. Jumping, dodging knives, and all that, he recalls how he got into this mess…

...having received the plane ticket to Paris for a fight to the finish with his criminal mentor Trick Shot, he tried to assure his wife Mockingbird that he would not go, while planning to gas her and take off anyway. She knows what he’s plotting so uses her acrobatic gifts to dodge his gas attack but he outsmarts her in the end and depositing her on a bed, he flies to Paris. At his hotel, an envelope with a picture of the Cathedral was slipped under his door….

Now Hawkeye swings on a rope over to a nearby rooftop with the bad guys in pursuit. As he is watched by a mystery woman and her two male henchmen, the hero takes down Zaran and Machete and, in a tussle with Batroc, they both crash through a skylight and land on the floor of a classy restaurant. Clint leads his foe away into a storeroom and knocks him cold. As he stands a moment to rest, Silver Sable steps forward and tells him he is under arrest for the murder of Trick Shot….

“Tower of Shadows” 3/5
Writer: Roger Stern. Pencils: Bob Hall. Inks: Stan Drake. Colors: Paul Becton. Letters: Jack Morelli.  
Synopsis: Newly added Avenger Moon Knight is on the trail of villain Cornelius Van Lunt and, working on a tip from an old contact, Jack “Werewolf By Night” Russell, he hang-glides into a castle on an isolated estate in the Santa Monica Mountains. Entering the castle, he encounters a series of traps, fighting and dodging his way through them and, fed up, he challenges the castle’s owner to face him. The owner obliges: it is the mysterious Shroud, passing judgment on the hero for entering the Tower of Shadows unbidden. Shroud moves around unseen, attacking Moon Knight from every side; Moon Knight sets off a blinding flash bomb but the Shroud is not affected (because no one knows he’s blind). The two engage in a wild martial arts display until Moon Knight knocks his foe on the head and the creeping darkness dissipates. Moon Knight looks up to see the Night Shift, Shroud’s team of supernatural heroes, including Jack Russell. Shroud explains that this was all a test to determine whether Moon Knight had what it takes to join the Night Shift so Shroud extends the invitation. MK mentions that he has just joined the Avengers but Shroud counters that he would be more at home with his group. Nevertheless, Moon Knight declines and Shroud promises to pass along any word of Cornelius Van Lunt that he may come across and the hero departs….

M. D. Bright
Joe Rubinstein
Ken Feduniewicz
Bob Hall (Cover Penciler)
Stan Drake (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Batroc the Leaper
Batroc the Leaper

(Georges Batroc)

(Clint Barton)

(Jack Russell)

Plus: Machete, Night Shift, Shroud, Silver Sable, Zaran (Maximillian Zaran).

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