Saturday, 22 October 2011

Avengers #135. The Celestial Madonna Saga: Part 12.

Avengers #135, Ultron and the Vision, origin of the Vision
Some might accuse me of lacking stamina but I must admit that, by this stage, Celestial Madonna Fatigue's starting to claim me. Still, at last, after twelve issues and over a month of posting, the end is finally in sight.

And for it we get a fresh new look. Most instalments of the seemingly endless epic have so far been drawn by either Sal Buscema/Joe Staton or Dave Cockrum but this issue's pencilled by George Tuska. I know Tuska's not the most popular of artists with everyone but I've always had a soft spot for him. His style's instantly recognisable, full of vigour and his story-telling's clear and efficient.

While it might be part of the Celestial Madonna storyline, the issue's focus is more on the Vision than on Mantis, as the red-faced battler discovers just how Ultron turned the Original Human Torch into him.

It turns out he did it with an awful lot of effort; first having to track down the Mad Thinker, then having to snatch the Torch from under the nose of the Silver Surfer and then having to find the Torch's creator Phineas T Horton to force him to make the necessary changes.

The origin of the Vision and the death of Phineas T Horton, Avengers #135
It's here we're told Ultron wants to create the Vision so he'll have a son, which I'm not sure is as pleasing an explanation as the original one that he was simply out to create an assassin to bump off the Avengers.

Regardless of that, it's a strange sight seeing the newly-activated Vision before he's had his memories wiped and therefore speaking and acting like the Original Human Torch. And, seeing him having his identity wiped by Ultron again raises the feeling I've touched on before that the Torch really was hard-done-to by Marvel's post-Golden Age writers.

While all this is happening, the rest of the Avengers are back in Vietnam, increasingly mystified by what's going down as they find themselves in conversation with Libra and the ghost of the Swordsman.

The origin of Moondragon, Avengers #135
But it's not the origin of Mantis they get to hear. It's the origin of Moondragon who turns up and tells us that, as a girl, she was in a car attacked by Thanos' spaceship, only to be rescued by Mentor - ruler of Titan - and taken to his world for an upbringing noticeably similar to Mantis'.

If all this wasn't enough, back at the Avengers Mansion, Jarvis - alarmed by a sinister laugh coming from the Scarlet Witch's room, barges in to find it empty.

What can it all mean?

Only next issue - the concluding part of our saga - can tell.


Kid said...

That's not Madonna. Where's her pointy bra?

Got the 'Link Within' widget added - thanks Steve.

snell said...

This was one of the first comics I ever owned. Didn't understand a thing that was going on, but I loved it just the same, and read it to death. Something to think about when you hear folks opine about comics continuity being "too complex" and needing to have "easy entry points."

Steve W. said...

I had the same experience with my first New X-Men comic (#100). I didn't have a clue what was going on but that just made me want to read more, to find out. There's a lot to be said for blank incomprehension.

Dougie said...

The world shall hear from me again. Going back and forth to civilization in Glasgow for a couple of weeks. Lots to come about the New 52.

Doug said...

As Karen and I (and our former partner Sharon) reviewed this series several years ago, I'll be interested to read your take on G-S Avengers #4. Looking forward to it!


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