Two Troubled Men
April 12, 2003
By Avi Green
Avengers #62: Broken Hearts
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciler: Gary Frank
Inker: Jon Sibal
In this issue, we take a look at two guys who’re either regular
members of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, or just allies of it, both
of whom are suffering mind-numbing or just heartbreaking problems of
Jack of Hearts/Jonathan Hart is now facing the problem of having his
powers in a bad state of flux after travelling in outer space for
several years, putting him in danger of blowing up uncontrollably if
not quarantined for at least 14 hours in an isolated chamber. He’s
already been driven to madness being in there for some time all
alone, and the aggravating news that Yellowjacket/Hank Pym gives him
doesn’t make things any better. He was born half-alien and didn’t
fully learn that until he was older.
Meanwhile, Scott Lang, Pym’s replacement as
Ant-Man, faces a custody battle with his ex-wife Peggy over their
little daughter Cassandra, the one who once contracted a dreadful
disease that only a very skilled doctor whom Lang had to rescue from
some criminals by using Pym’s Ant-Man costume and devices could
cure. And sadly, he loses, because, as the judge notifies him, he’d
been seen with the Avengers. His wife’s new fionce is a city
policeman, who says that Cassandra needs a real home and family
that’s good for her, and one can only wonder if by smashing a fly
that flies too close to him, that he’s trying to send Scott a
menacing message. Could be, and that could be something I'm
interested in seeing as to how it all plays out in future issues.
Having lost his custody battle, Scott decides to go and take up a
fuller time membership with the EMH, meeting Janet VanDyne, the
Wasp, at the door, during which time Jack of Hearts returns to the
mansion as well, and, being in the bad mood he’s in, doesn’t take so
warmly to Scott’s attendance. One of the reasons why is because he's
jealous of Scott for his being able to be welcomed into the Avengers
more easily than he was years before. It’s a little bit of a
strained scene, but it was okay. The preceeding parts, though, with
Scott’s custody battle, were certainly well done. This was certainly
a pretty good storyline in the soap opera factor of the Avengers.
I sure hope these two will be able to overcome the depressing
problems they’re encountered, and right now, I’m waiting to see what
the next issues are like, say, with the Falcon’s spotlight issue.
We’ll see what we shall see.
Update: if I ever had a positive opinion on this story, I no
longer do. I've written this off in much the same way as I have
other writings of Johns over the years.
Copyright 2003 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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