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Solo Avengers #7: Review

Jun 1988
Tom DeFalco, M. D. Bright

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3.5 stars

Solo Avengers #7 Review by (March 22, 2022)

Review: The Hawkeye story is a fast-paced action-filled tale with a lot of humor, which describes every Hawkeye adventure in this book so far.

Bob Layton adds some depth to Black Widow’s character viz. her feeling of having betrayed her old ballet teacher by giving it up to become a spy. A little insight of the type we haven’t seen in many years as Black Widow is now a cool professional, having learned to sublimate any feelings she has. A more human Nat is a welcome change even if we have to go back in time to find it.

Comments: Second story: Co-plotted by Bob Layton and Butch Guice. One of the letters in the letter column is by Hurricane Heeran, future contributor to Alter EgoRoy Thomas’ fanzine and one by Michael Rawdon, future contributor to DC Comics Encyclopedia.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Solo Avengers #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Clint Barton arrives at Orly Airport in Paris on his way back to the USA; Silver Sable and Sandman are there to see him off. Suddenly, terrorists from the Bartovian Liberation Front make themselves known, seize a young woman hostage and, forcing the security guards to drop their weapons, demand the release of their comrades in prison or they will start killing hostages. As an Avenger, Hawkeye is compelled to get involved; as a mercenary, Sable only gets involved when she is paid. Clint offers Sable a dollar to take action. She accepts and, when the terrorist leader Eric and some men leave to make sure the whole terminal is secure, Clint, Sable, and Sandman clobber the bad guys left to guard them. Clint slides down the baggage chute and locates his luggage, retrieving his mask and bow and arrows. The three heroes move through the terminal, taking down all the bad guys and reach Eric, with the hostage still in his grasp; she kicks him in the leg and the heroes blast him from three directions. The police arrive and Sable promises to send Hawkeye a bill for services rendered….

When the bill comes, it’s for one dollar, the amount agreed upon, and Clint laughs….

“The Token” 4/5
Writer: Bob Layton. Plot: Bob Layton, Jackson Guice. Pencils: Jackson Guice. Inks: Bob Layton. Colors: Paul Becton. Letters: Jack Morelli.
Synopsis: At home in New York, Natasha Romanoff learns from the news that her former ballet teacher, Oksana Bolishinko, is in the city for eye surgery and will be held in protective custody at the Russian Embassy to prevent her defecting. Natasha recalls how Oksana trained her for the Bolshoi Ballet, giving her a medallion as a token of her accomplishments. But Nat gave up ballet to become the KGB’s Black Widow and she feels she must make amends for having betrayed her old teacher….

She dons her Black Widow costume and, against the advice of Ivan Petrovich Bezukhov, who warns that if she is caught she will be killed as a traitor, she heads to the Embassy. She breaks into the Embassy, destroys a spy camera, fights every guard she meets, beats up a janitor, and reaches Oksana, who is blind. Her teacher warns her against getting caught but Nat wants to return the medallion; Oksana explains that she knew the KGB would take her away and is proud that her old student found her true calling as the Black Widow and the token was given out of love. They are caught by an agent named Sasha, who allows Nat to leave, understanding how she feels—and we see he has a medallion from Oksana too….

M. D. Bright
Jose Marzan Jr.
Janet Jackson
Butch Guice (Cover Penciler)
Bob Layton (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jack Morelli.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)

(Clint Barton)
Ivan Petrovich
Ivan Petrovich

(Ivan Petrovich Bezukhov)

Plus: Silver Sable.

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