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Avengers Forever
# 1-12


Avengers Forever # 1: "Destiny Made Manifest" 
Writer: Kurt Busiek 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
The 26th Century is ruled by the descendants of Rick Jones and enforced by a ruthless army corps based on the Avengers. The Avengers seek the Supreme Intelligence's help in curing Rick Jones from a mysterious bio-decay. They reluctantly leave Rick in the Supreme Intelligence's care, and a mysterious robed visitor appears. However, Immortus dispatches his thrall Tempus to kill Rick, but Tempus is destroyed by Kang. Immortus launches an all-out assault on Kang, while the robed visitor triggers Rick's power that summons a strange assembly of Avengers!

Avengers Forever # 2: "Now  is the Time for all Good Men..." 
Writer: Kurt Busiek 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis:
The newly assembled Avengers, plucked from the time stream by Rick, reluctantly join Kang against Immortus. Rick begins to flex in new found powers and forces Immortus to retreat. The Avengers then must trust the robed visitor, who reveals himself as Libra, and make their way to Kang's Citadel in Chronopolis. However, Immortus has apparently already defeated Kang and is ready to destroy them!

Jay's Notes:

  • Cap is taken from Captain America circa #170.
  • Yellowjacket is taken from Avengers circa  #56.
  • Hawkeye is taken from Avengers circa #98.
  • Goliath and Wasp are taken from the present, Avengers circa Vol. 2 #11.
  • Genis is taken from the future.
  • Songbird is taken from the future.

Avengers Forever # 3: "City at the Heart of Forever" 
Writer: Kurt Busiek 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
The Avengers drive off Immortus' initial attack and meet up with Kang. After agreeing to an alliance, the Avengers get a brief break from the action. Immortus' follow-up attack comes fast and furious. The Avengers are forced to flee in Kang's Sphinx time machine. Immortus defeats Kang and seizes the Heart of Forever. He destroys Chronopolis and creates the Forever Crystal.

Avengers Forever # 4: "Running Out of Time" 
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating: JJJJJ
Synopsis:
The Avengers escape Immortus' wave of destruction by fleeing into the Timestream. Hawkeye takes out his frustrations on Libra, who leaves them. Both Pyms work together to locate Immortus' temporal imbalances and the team splits up to investigate them. Jones is forced to stay behind for his own safety. Giant Man and Captain America make their way to an alternate future Earth where Martians have conquered Earth and the Earth is defended by the Avengers who are made up of Black Panther, Crimson Dynamo, Jocasta, Killraven, and Thundra. YellowJacket, Hawkeye, and Songbird travel to the late nineteenth century American West (circa Avg. 142-143). Genis and Wasp stop off in an alternate late fifties Earth where they encounter that time's Avengers: 3-D Man, Gorilla Man, Human Robot,  Marvel Boy, Venus.

Avengers Forever # 5: "Past Imperfect ... Future Tense!" 
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
In the alternate future Earth, Captain America and Giant Man help the Avengers repel the Martian invaders. Genis and Wasp are forced to battle the 50s Avengers before they can convince them  of a plot to kill the vice-president. However, they are too late as Immortus makes his appearance and brings the entire time stream to an end with the Forever Crystal. Meanwhile, in the late nineteenth century American West, Kang  destroys the Avengers' chronosphere and tries to kill them. Hawkeye see through a deception by space phantoms posing as western heroes.

Avengers Forever # 6: "In the Meantime, the In-Between Times..." 
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJJ
Synopsis:
Genis and Wasp barely escape from the destruction of the timeline and return to the Sphinx. In the alternate future Earth, the Avengers travel to Wakanda where they encounter a the insectoids and their mother Mourning Prey. Jocasta gives birth to her child and Captain America and Giant Man make their way to the Sphinx. In the late nineteenth century American West, the Avengers avoid mucking up their past and sneak into Kang's citadel to steal another chronosphere. They rejoin the rest of the team in the Sphinx. Frustrated by their inability to uncover Immortus's plan, they decide to attack Immortus' stronghold at the heart of Limbo! 

Avengers Forever # 7: "Into a Limbo Large and Broad ...
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating: JJJJ1/2
Synopsis:
The Avengers breach Limbo in search of answers. The space/time fluctations make their progress difficult. They are seperated and forced to confront their greatest fears or shame. They manage to regroup and pull out of Limbo. YellowJacket, seeing his bleak future, decides to join Immortus against theAvengers. Hawkeye managed to get his hands on the Synchro-Staff. Captain America seems to have regain his confidence.

Avengers Forever # 8: "The Secret History of the Avengers" 
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ1/2
Synopsis:
The Synchro-Staff turns out to be a Space Phantom in disguise who reveals Immortus' plan. Immortus, after shedding his identity as Rama-Tut and Kang, is recruited by the Time-Keepers to become the custodian of time. Apparently, humanity, using the Destiny Force, will eventually form a cosmic empire that will plunge the galaxy into a devastating war. To prevent the humans from ascending to this level, Immortus' has manipulated the Avengers time stream repeatedly because they will play a major role in the formation of this cosmic empire. Once the Space Phantom has concluded his tale, YellowJacket strikes downing the Avengers leaving them at Immortus' mercy. 

Jay's Notes:

  • The Vision's origin is retconned back to his body being the original Human Torch. How does this account for the Human Torch's current existence? Well, Immortus pulled a duplicate from the time stream using the Forever Crystal.
  • The Scarlet Witch is identified as this reality's Nexus-Being.
  • The Space Phantoms aren't an actual race. They're simply what being lost in Limbo eventually become.
  • Immortus manipulated Iron Man during Operation: Galactic Storm.
  • Immortus once again manipulated Iron Man during the Crossing. Immortus and his Space Phantoms are responsible for the Crossing. They posed as Kang, Mantis, and the rest of the gang to carry forth this "complex and unsettling scenario".

Avengers Forever # 9: "Break: Relections of the Conqueror" 
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating: JJJJ
Synopsis:
An off-beat issue in which we listen to the musings of Kang the Conqueror as he revisits his past. He remembers his early adventures as the Pharaoh; his meeting with Dr. Doom; his first encounters with the Avengers; the lost of his lover, Ravonna; an attempt to seize power by trying to take Mantis, the chosen Celestial Madonna, as his bride; his conflicts with Immortus; his efforts to destroy the Cross-Time Kangs; and his apparent destiny to become Immortus and to be trapped into doing their bidding. The Supreme Intelligence and Rick Jones enlist Kang's help to free the Avengers from Immortus and foil Immortus' mysterious plot.

Jay's Notes:

  • Busiek makes it clear that Kang isn't Doom and that the conqueror may be related to either him or Nathaniel Richards.

Avengers Forever # 10: "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow ..." 
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
The Avengers awaken to face the Rickard Jonz's army of Avengers. They are taken captive and await their execution. Immortus brings them before the Time-Keepers where they learn of the Time-Keepers' origins and the threat that humankind presents to the universe. The Avengers are unable to persuade the Time-Keepers from destroying humanity. YellowJacket rejoins them and they attack the Time-Keepers. Their battle is joined by Rick, Kang, and the Supreme Intelligence.

Avengers Forever # 11: "The Destiny War" 
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
The combined attack of the Avengers, Kang, Rick Jones, and the Supreme Intelligence forces the Time-Keepers and Immortus to withdraw. However, the Avengers and company catch up with them at the End of Time. The Time-Keepers kill Immortus and pull a variety of fallen Avengers from different timelines and pit them against the Avengers. Rick Jones meets his future counterpart who has bonded with Captain Marvel and together they summon a horde of Avengers to even the stakes.

Avengers Forever # 12: "Avengers Assemble" 
Writer: Kurt Busiek/Roger Stern 
Penciller: Carlos Pacheco 
Inker: Jesus Merino
Jay's Rating:
JJJJ
Synopsis:
A magnificent battle takes place between the hordes of fallen Avengers and the horde of heroic Avengers. Kang refuses to be changed into Immortus and takes the battle to the Time-Keepers. Rick Jones, manifesting the Destiny power destroys the Time-Keepers' Chrono Cannon while Kang destroys the Time-Keepers. Captain America gets a hold of the Destiny Crystal and destroys it. Immortus, who represents the scholar side of Kang, rises from the residual energy left behind from the Time-Keepers attempt to accelerate Kang. Kang himself fades into the time stream and sets about doing what he does best, conquering. Unfortunately, Rick's stunt leaves his life force burnt out and Genis merges with him to save his life. The Avengers are then all returned to their proper time streams.

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