The Comic Book Fools of April – The Avengers, M.O.D.O.C. Style!
Every day in April I will be featuring a humorous comic (either an issue or a series of strips) that I found particularly amusing. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org the comic stories that are your favorites when it comes to hilarity, and I’ll see if I can’t feature some of them this month, as well!
Today we look at Jeff Parker, Juan Santacruz and Raul Fernandez’s classic issue of Marvel Adventures: Avengers #9, where the Avengers all became Mental Organisms Designed Only for Conquest!!!
In this issue, the Avengers get captured by AIM and their leader, MODOC (the aformentioned Mental Organism….etc). MODOC’s plan is to turn the Avengers into NEW MODOCs, and together they can, you know, conquer the world.
The problem is, Karl, one of the guys at AIM, forgot to properly calibrate the system for the Hulk and Giant-Girl (in this comic, Janet Van Dyne is Giant-Girl – the Hulk and Storm are also members of the Avengers, along with Wolverine, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America).
So the process is stopped before it can be completed. However, the Avengers are not fully themselves, either. So when they get a distress call…
Here they are…as the Mental Organisms Designed for Avenging!!!
(click on the double-page spread to enlarge)
My favorite scene in the comic is this bit, where they have an unusual solution to Attuma’s invasion – they’ll invade HIS home!!
As you can see, and as Karl will note, they’re still basically the Avengers, they’re just more “conquer-y.”
However, sadly for MODOC, Karl’s choice of hideout is right next door to the hideout of Avenger villains the Leader and the Abomination, so when the MOD-Avengers show up, they soon discover AIM!
How do the Avengers get out of this mess?
The answer is quite amusing, as is the entire issue, really! Jeff Parker really outdid himself here, and Karl was the Sensational Character Find of 2007!!
I dunno how easy it is to find this issue (is it even in an in-print collection?), but you would be well lucky to get a copy!