RandoMonday: Avengers #20

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Avengers (1998) #20 by Kurt Busiek (story), George Pérez (art), Al Vey (inks), Tom Smith (colors), Richard STarkings (letters), Tom Brevoort (editor), and Pérez and Smith (cover)

I only bought this issue within the last year, but I read the trade that it appears in many years ago. The Avengers gather at the Pentagon to be briefed on Ultron’s attack on the nation of Slorenia. Meanwhile, another group of Avengers is in New Jersey, investigating a related incident. While there, Jan reminisces about Hank, and we get a couple pages of of flashbacks that are wonderfully colored bichromatically by Tom Smith. Then Ultrons attack, taking Wasp, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch, and the Vision hostage. The final page shows those Avengers, plus Hank Pym and the Reaper, held captive by Ultron, who promises that they will be the seeds for a new race who will be “masters of the entire world”! (cue maniacal laughter)

How appropriate that the randomizer picked an issue featuring Ultron given that the next Avengers movie is just around the corner. I wonder how much the movie will borrow from this storyline? There are some interesting character moments (even if the dialog is a bit soap opera-y), highlighted by the reactions and observations of newer team members Firestar and Justice (what a hokey name given his power set, right?). IIRC, I wasn’t all that keen on the resolution of the arc, but man, was it a pleasure to look at. I think this was Pérez at his finest, and the Al Vey inks and especially the Tom Smith colors on this particular issue were just fantastic.

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