Avengers Issue #53 (June 10, 1968)
Story By: Roy Thomas Art By: John Buscema
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: The Avengers and the X-Men are both trying to stop Magneto, but are they on the same side? Find out why the two epic Marvel teams are battling each other instead of their common foe!
Characters Introduced in This Issue: None
I know that this comic is not an X-men comic, but this Avengers issue ties in with the main Uncanny X-Men story and finishes this Magneto saga so I decided to review this issue as well so I could review the full story.
This issue begins with Cyclops encountering the Avengers. Both Scott and the Avengers believe that the other is working for Magneto so the mutant battles Earth’s mightiest heroes.
As they fight, the comic switches gears and shows what happened hours earlier when Angel sought out the Avengers. Angel told the Avengers about Magneto’s plot and he showed Hank Pym and gang how to reach Magneto’s base.
When they arrive at the base, the Avengers realize that Angel has been bugged by Magneto and decide that he must be teaming up with the evil mutant. The Avengers then tie Angel up and leave him on the ship as they enter Magneto’s base.
It is then revealed that Magneto planned on the Avengers finding Angel’s bug and that his master plan is to have the X-Men kill the Avengers. Magneto uses a special machine to brainwash his mutant hostages and then he sends them off to destroy the Avengers.
The two teams begin to battle and seem to be at a stalemate. However while the battle is happening, Angel breaks into Magneto’s hideout and attacks the villain. Then suddenly the Avengers also bust into Magneto’s secret room and reveal to him that they knew his plan the whole time and were just pretending to fight the X-Men.
On the verge of defeat, Toad destroys the brain washing machine against Magneto’s orders and he flees with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch on a jet. Magneto tries to hitch a ride on his henchman’s jet, but the jet is actually not made of metal and Toad pushes Magneto out of the plane in anger. Magneto then falls into the ocean and his base blows up.
This Magneto saga concluded epically and I loved everything about it. It was really great to see the Avengers and the X-Men fight again and this time they had a more legitimate reason to fight. They still fought because of a miscommunication, but at least the X-Men were brain washed this time.
I also enjoyed watching the Avengers bicker amongst themselves. At this point in the comics it is clear that Hawkeye and Hank Pym do not get along. It seemed a bit silly that the Avengers would resort to actual hand to hand fighting against each other, but I did find it amusing.
There were a lot of great moments in this issue, but my favorite part was when Toad turned on Magneto. Toad has been abused by Magneto for so long that it is extremely fitting that he finally stands up for himself. Maybe Toad will finally become a more well rounded character now.
The only small thing that I did not like about this issue was when the Avengers declared that they knew all along about Magneto’s plan. If that were true, the Avengers would not have been talking about how to crush the X-Men as much during their fight. Roy Thomas did not hint at all that the Avengers knew what was going on during the fight.
Overall though this was another near perfect issue and it definitely deserves 5 stars.
A couple final notes:
1. It is amusing when Angel sets off the Avengers’ alarm system.
2. This final panel makes things look grim for Magneto, but we all know that he is fine.