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Atlantis Attacks!
Annual Event - 1989


A backup highlighting the Serpent Crown's origin by Peter Sanderson, Mark Bagley, and Keith Williams runs throughout all the annuals.

Silver Surfer Annual #2: "How Sharper Than A Serpent's Tooth  "  
Writer: Steve Englehart 
Penciller: Ron Lim 
Inker: Kieth Williams
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis: 
The Silver Surfer inadvertantly frees the Deviant High Priest Ghaur from his deep space imprisonment. Ghaur battles the Surfer, but break off the attack because it is pointless and returns to Earth. The Silver Surfer does not persue (!??!), but sends a warning to Earth instead. Ghaur travels to Lemuria where he recruits Llyra and together they plan to restore the Serpent Crown and bring Set back to Earth.

Iron Man Annual #10: "Two If By Sea!"  
Writer: David Michelinie 
Penciller: Paul Smith 
Inker: Mike Gustovitch
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis: 
Ghaur and Llyra approach Attuma and Krang with their plans of conquest and they prepare to launch their attack against the surface world. Iron Man, hot on the trail the Maggia runs into the Sub-Mariner and together they defeat a small Hydra army. They further their investigation and uncover Hydra's plans to unleash a mind-controlling drug. However, at the same time, the Atlanteans attack! Iron Man is able to fend off their attack, while Namor apparently dies destroying the drug shipment.

Uncanny X-Men Annual  # 13: "Double Cross " 
Writer: Terry Austin 
Penciller: Mike Vosberg 
Inker: Mike Vosberg
Jay's Rating: 
J
Synopsis: 
To restore Dazzler to her own body and Diamonback to hers, the X-Men must battle the Serpen Society to acquire four mystical items for Mr. Jip. They succeed and Mr. Jip restores both women. However, Diamondback has another agenda and with Sidewinder's help they steal the mystical items from Mr. Jip. They turn over the mystical items to Ghaur who will use them to recreate the serpent crown. 

Jay's Notes: 

  • Vosberg is a Chaykin-wannabe. He show flashes of a decent Chaykin style, but most of his art is poor. Austin's story is confusing and overloaded with flashbacks.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23: "Abominations
Writer: Gerry Conway/David Michelinie 
Penciller: Rob Liefeld 
Inker: Tim Dzon
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis: 
Ghaur and Llyra free the Abomination, who has the mind of Tyrannus, and they've captured Emil Blonksy, the original Abomination. They switch Tyrannus and Blonsky's mind, but the process is too much for Blonsky and the Abomination goes savage. Spidey and She-Hulk take on the Abomination hoping to stop his rampage. During the battle, Ghaur puts the mark of Set of She-Hulk. Spidey and She-Hulk defeat the Abomination. 

Jay's Notes: 

  • Great cover by Byrne. 
  • Forgettable backups.

Punisher Annual # 2: "Night Fight
Writer: Mike Baron 
Penciller: Bill Reinhold 
Inker: Bill Reinhold
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Moon Knight and the Punisher each follow a series of clues that lead them to a suspicious drug rehab clinic. They team up and uncover that the doctors are injecting junkies with a new drug that transforms them into reptile men. They do a bit of detective work and track down the Viper and her reptile servants. They destroy their operations but not before the Punisher is injected with the drug. Moon Knight subdues him and nurses him back to health.

Spectacular Spider-Man Annual # 9 : "The Serpent in the Shadow
Writer: Gerry Conway 
Penciller: Dave Ross 
Inker: Andy Mushynsky/Mike Gustovich
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Spidey investiages Dr. Tyrone's Save our Society organization and has an unfriendly run in with Cloak and Dagger. Dr. (Tyrannus) Tyrone kidnaps Cloak and puts the mark of Set on her. Spidey and Cloak come to her rescue. Unfortunately, Cloak is mind control by Tyrannus and is forced to steal Book of Kell, the ancient text of the Sons of the Serpent Cult. Cloak is saved by a mysterious stranger and escapes with Dagger. Meanwhile, Spidey learns that the Save our Society organization is transforming junkies into Serpent People! However, Spidey is mind controlled by Tyrannus.

Daredevil Annual #4: "A Friend in Need
Writer: Gerry Conway 
Penciller: Mark Bagley 
Inker: Sam DeLaRosa
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Daredevil wonders through a small hick town where he comes to the aid of man attacked by serpent-mutated humans. He refuses to help the man feeling that he shouldn't get involved, but Dr. Strange convinces him otherwise. Doctor Tyrone reveals himself to Viper as Tyrannus and captures her. He betrays Ghaur and attempts to use Viper as a sacrifice to bring forth Set under his control. Daredevil engages Spider-Man, who is under Tyrannus' control while Dr. Strange confronts Tyrannus, who has actually summoned a fiend from Dormammu's dimension. Dr. Strange repels the fiend, but Tyrannus is destroyed in the process. Tyrannus' temple is destroyed and Spider-Man is freed. 

Jay's Notes: 

  • Backups feature art by Jim Lee, John Romita Jr. and Whilce Portacio!

Avengers Annual #18 : "Avengers Assembled
Writer: Michael Higgins 
Penciller: Ron Wilson 
Inker: Mike Gustovich
Jay's Rating: JJ
Synopsis: 
Llyra and Ghaur have completed the recreation of the serpent crown on a massive scale. Ghaur commands Attuma to lauch the attack against the surface world with his undersea allies Tyrak, U-Man, Lord Arno, and Krang. In the wake of the initial attack, Cap summons the full roster of Avengers. He splits them up into teams and they each head off to stop the Attuma's multi-pronged attack. The Avengers successfully defend all their fronts and drive the Atlanteans back. Their mysterious ally helps out by unleashing a sea monster that attack the Atlantean army, and he defeat Krang. 

Roll Call: 
Black Panther, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, Human Torch I, Hulk,  Iron Man, Invisible Woman, Rick Jones, Mr. Fantastic, Mockingbird, Moondragon, Pym, Scarlet Witch, Sersi, She-Hulk, Tigra, Thor, Vision, Wasp and Wonder Man.


New Mutants Annual #5: "Here Be Monsters" 
Writer: Louise Simonson 
Penciller: Rob Liefeld 
Inker: Tim Dzon
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Ghaur and Llyra disptach henchmen, who have a resemblance to the New Mutants, to take the Horn of Doom from Namorita. They succeed and Namorita and S.U.R.F, a team of Atlantean mutants, persue. However, they run into the New Mutants first and engage them. They eventually realize their mistake and join togther to track down the Horn. They battle and defeat an awesome sea creature, but during the battle the horn is destroyed.

X-Factor Annual #4: "I Must Go Down to the Sea Again" 
Writer: John Byrne 
Penciller: John Byrne 
Inker: Walter Simonson
Jay's Rating: JJJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Beast attempts to rescue Jean from Ghaur's tractor beam and succeeds only to have them attacked by Attuma's troops. Andromada, leading a rebellion against Attuma, rescues Beast, while Jean is taken captive by Attuma. Andromada and Beast come to Jean's rescue. The Beast escape with Jean while Andromada challenges Attuma. Unfortunately, Andromada is defeated, but before Attuma can kill her she is taken by Ghaur. Jean has suffered at the hands of Attuma and Beast is forced to give her up to Ghaur to save her life. 

Jay's Notes: 
Dr. Doom vs Magneto backup by Byrne.


 Web of Spider-Man #5: "War Zone: New York" 
Writer: Gerry Conway 
Penciller: Javier Saltares 
Inker: Randy Emberlin
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis: 
The Atlantean army makes its first strike on New York City, but find the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man able defenders. The Atlanteans summon the monstrous Megasaur which rampages through the city. Ghaur steps in during the battle and kidnaps Susan Richards. Spidey defeats the Megasaur. The Atlantean troops withdraw when they learn that they have been betrayed by Ghaur who has destroyed Atlantis.

Avengers West Coast #4: "Gather Now Ye Seven Brides" 
Writer: John Byrne 
Penciller: John Byrne 
Inker: Terry Austin
Jay's Rating: JJJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Ghaur prepares the seven brides of Set (Andromada, Dagger, Invisible Woman, Jean Grey, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Storm) and dispatches them to obtain more mystical items. Meanwhile, the Avengers get organized and with the Thing's help start looking for the abducted women. They come across She-Hulk and Andromada battling a sea monster and help them out. She-Hulk attacks them while Andromada returns to Ghaur with a fragment of Set's lifeforce. The Avengers let She-Hulk return to Ghaur and follow her. They invade Ghaur's headquarters, but are kept busy by Storm and Ghuar's troops. Ghaur uses Dagger and the Scarlet Witch to power Set's lifeforce and brings him partially to Earth. 

Roll Call: 
Beast, Captain America, Human Torch I, Iron Man, Quasar, Scarlet Witch, Sersi, She-Hulk, Thor, Vision, Wasp, and Wonder Man.


The Mighty Thor Annual # 14(1989) : "Set Ascending" 
Writer: Roy Thomas 
Penciller: Al Milgrom 
Inker: Don Heck
Jay's Rating: JJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Thor leads Dr. Strange, Quasar and Thing, alon with the entire roster of Avengers against Set who is attempting to enter their dimension with Ghaur help. Unable to stop Set, Thor, Dr. Strange, Quasar and Thing enter Set's dimension and attack him there. Thor leaves to meet with Atum and enrages him so that he becomes Demogorge the God Eater. Demogorge consumes Thor, but Thor takes control of his will and attacks Set. Set is defeated and Demogorge decides to free Thor. They all return to the Earth dimension, but Ghaur has fled to Lemuria.

Fantastic Four # 22:  "For Crown and Conquest
Writer: Roy Thomas 
Penciller: Rich Buckler 
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Jay's Rating: JJJ
Synopsis: 
The Avengers and Fantastic Four make their way to Ghaur undersea base. However, Ghaur is not unprepared. He attempts to bring back Set, from his dismemberment, by using the serpent crown and the seven brides. Llyra and the Lemurian troops keeps the Avengers and Fantastic Four, but the sudden arrival of Namor turns the tide of battle. He leads the FF into a confrontation with Ghaur and Llyra. The serpent crown's power calls forth its ancient master Naga and Ghaur will not allow him to steal its power. They destroy each other in ther lust for power. The Avengers and FF rescue the seven brides and destroy the serpent crown. 

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