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The Mighty Avengers
# 271-280


Avengers # 271: "Breakaway!" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema/Tom Palmer 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJ1/2
Synopsis: 
The Wasp learns of Namor's hasty departure and Hercules has had enough of her "disrespect". The Wasp meets up with her lover Paladin and together they check in on the recently arrested YellowJacket. Unfortunately, Screaming Mimi and the Grey Gargoyle break her out out of jail. However, with help from the Black Knight they capture Mimi and the Grey Gargoyle, but YellowJacket escapes. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain America (cameo), Captain Marvel, Hercules, and Wasp. 


Avengers # 272: "Assault on Atlantis" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema/Tom Palmer 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJ
Synopsis: 
The Avengers join Namor in an assault on Atlantis to rescue Marinna who has been captured by the usurper Attuma. They plow through Attuma's initial defenses and are then joined by Alpha Flight. Together they keep Attuma's forces busy so that Namor can directly confront Attuma. Marinna is rescued and Namor defeats Attuma. Namor ends the battle by telling Attuma that he isn't interested in reclaiming his throne, all he wanted was Marinna. However, Marinna disgusted by her alien biology flees with Namor in pursuit. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain America (cameo), Captain Marvel, Hercules, Namor, and Wasp.


Avengers # 273: "Rites of Conquest!" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema/Tom Palmer 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJ
Synopsis: 
After months of planning and surveillance, Zemo's new Masters of Evil storm the Avengers' mansion and take Jarvis captive. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain Marvel, Hercules, and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes: 

  • New Masters of Evil: Absorbing Man, Blackout, Fixer, Mr. Hyde, Power Man/Goliath, Tiger Shark, new YellowJacket, Titania, Moonstone, and the Wrecking Crew

Avengers # 274: "Divided We Fall" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema/Tom Palmer 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Zemo systematically takes out Black Knight and Captain Marvel. Captain America and the Wasp are suspicious, but a drunk and angered Hercules walks into Zemo's trap. The heavy-weights of the Masters of Evil do him some serious damage. Cap is captured but Wasp escapes. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, and Wasp.


Avengers # 275: "Even A God Can Die!" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema/Tom Palmer 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Ant Man and Wasp defend a comatose Hercules from the Absorbing Man and Titania. Zemo gloats over a captured Cap who is forced to watch Mr. Hyde beat up Jarvis. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules (comatose), and Wasp.


Avengers # 276: "Revenge" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema/Tom Palmer 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis: 
Wasp strikes back with the help of Captain Marvel, Dr. Druid and Thor. Cap and Black Knight free themselves and join the rest of the Avenges to take on the Masters of Evil. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules (comatose), Thor, and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes: 

  • Thor strips the Wrecking Crew of their powers, however the result ends up restoring the Wrecker to full power.

Avengers # 277: "The Price Of Victory" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema/Tom Palmer 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis: 
The battle rages on. The Avengers defeat the remaining Masters of Evil. Zemo loses control of Blackout to Dr. Druid and is forced to face Cap one-on-one. Cap beats him and the Avengers are left to pick up the pieces. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Hercules, Thor,  and Wasp.


Avengers # 278: "Pressure" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema/Tom Palmer 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJ
Synopsis: 
The Wasp gets buried under the weight of the Avengers' chairmanship. She-Hulk checks in with the team which turns out to be great timing since Tyrak invades the Hydrobase. The Avengers take on Tyrak and soundly defeat him. The Wasp nominates Dr. Druid for membership and then steps down as chairwoman to take a leave of absence. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, Hercules (comatose), Thor, She-Hulk, and Wasp. 

Jay's Notes: 

  • Thor and She-Hulk rejoin the team as an active member.

Avengers # 279: "Command Decision" 
Writer: Roger Stern 
Penciller: John Buscema 
Inker: Tom Palmer
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis:
Doctor Druid becomes an official member of the Avengers. Cap nominates Captain Marvel for the vacant chairman position. She asks for some time to stew it over and zips off to talk it over with her parents. After that, Captain Marvel self examines her brief super-hero career and makes her decision. She helps Cap rescue a bunch of kids trapped in a mine and informs him of her decision to accept the position. 

Roll Call: 
Black Knight, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Druid, Hercules (comatose), Thor, She-Hulk, and Wasp.


Avengers # 280: "Faithful Servant" 
Writer: Bob Harris
Penciller: Bob Hall
Inker: Kyle Baker
Jay's Rating: 
JJJJJ
Synopsis: 
Tony Stark visits Jarvis, who is still recovering from his injuries, and apologize to him and tells him that perhaps he should retire. Jarvis spends some time thinking it over. He recalls the first time he hosted an Avengers meeting; the founding members taking their first leave of absence; his brainwashing by Ultron that led to his betrayal of the Avengers; his relationship with the Vision; and his recent beating at the hands of Mr. Hyde. Jarvis draws strength from the heroes he has spent his life with and lets Stark know that he would like to resume his duties. 

Roll Call: 
Cameos of various Avengers.


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