The Avengers #145
Published and © by Marvel, March 1976
Title: “The Taking of the Avengers!”
Synopsis: The Assassin targets Captain America – just the first step in a plot to take down all of the Avengers.
Writer: Tony Isabella with Scott Edelman
Penciler: Don Heck
Inker: John Tartaglione (as John Tartag)
Review: Talk about story interruptus. In the middle of the “Serpent Crown” storyline, the dreaded deadline doom derails The Avengers for not one but two issues. Tony Isabella does a remarkable job putting together a two-issue story that doesn’t feel like filler – even though that’s ultimately what it is. The writer has a nice feel for the Avengers, and there’s an emotional weight to this story that’s often missing from fill-in issues. The Assassin, despite the shockingly unoriginal name, also has some potential. Not as strong is the art of Avengers alum Don Heck, whose work doesn’t fit the Bronze aesthetic.
Second opinion: “A two-parter that would have been OK if it had appeared in The Avengers Annual.” – Richard Ashford, Comics Unlimited #44, June 1977
Cool factor: A classic Gil Kane cover.
Not-so-cool factor: Wait a minute … where’d George Pérez go?!?
Notable: According to “Avengers: Official Index to the Marvel Universe,” the story that appears in The Avengers #146-147 was originally scheduled to be Giant-Size Avengers #5.
Collector’s note: According to MyComicShop.com, there is a Mark Jewelers variant of this issue.
Character quotable: “Such a pity your last words couldn’t have contained a touch more grandeur, Captain.” – The Assassin (Last words? Captain America? Heh.)
Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on July 30, 2009.