New Powers and Responsibilities
March 20, 2003
Avengers #61: The Powers That Be
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Gary Frank
By Avi Green
Following the adventure from issues #57-60, the“World Trust”
storyline, in which many of the cities on earth got drawn into
another dimension via some sinister forces, the Avengers have now
been recognized as an official world power, sort of like a
security-firm version of the UN, and that’s something I’d take over
the UN any day.
The story here opens with the Avengers Mansion being turned into an
embassy, and both the EMH and their friends are happy. Naturally,
there are those on the other hand who dislike the new position held
by the Earth’s Mightiest Heros, and efforts are made to try and
place an insider amongst them.
I must say, this is quite an interesting development for the
Avengers, now receiving the ability to extend their efforts to
defend the world to other countries at ease, without having to worry
too much about interference from other world powers, even though
these very powers will try to make things difficult for them as
already mentioned, one of the most interesting parts of this story. The political intrigue that plays
a part in the story is a very interesting part that I’m interested
in seeing how it goes in future issues.
Meanwhile, let’s turn to some of the other interplays between the
regular characters in this issue…
One of the things I was pleased to discover was that Scarlet Witch
and Vision’s relations with each other that were shattered in the
past years are starting to show some signs of mending. Their
marriage in the years gone by was a very touching “beauty and the
beast”-like relation, which Ultron had actually been trying
manipulate but little did he realize that they really did indeed
love each other so much back then. She-Hulk and Warbird mention how
once years ago it was hard to see them apart, now it’s hard to see
them together, but happily, it looks like once again, they’re able
to relate to each other as they did once before. Vision goes to
speak with Wanda, telling her that “When you inquired about
myself, I meant to say – when you are feeling better…I feel
Which puts a warm and joyous smile on that lucious face of hers. It
was a very touching scene.
We also get an amusing scene with Prince Namor, alias the
Sub-Mariner, the ruler of Atlantis, who’s been invited to join the
Avengers in fully developing their influences, but as impressed as
he is with the invitation, he declines the offer, as do also Black
Panther and Thor, the latter who’s got kingly duties to attend on
Asgard, as was written last year in his own book.
All in all, this looks to be interesting new direction for the EMH
in the coming issues, and it’s a real shame that, as of this
writing, Geoff Johns has signed an exclusive contract with DC, so
while he’ll certainly have some good books to work with when there,
his tenure with Marvel will be coming to a close in another year.
Until then, I can expect some charming adventures with the Avengers
to be in store, so let us all sit back for now and enjoy what Johns
has in store for us.
Copyright 2003 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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