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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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com 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!


This is incredible. Too bad this didn’t become a limited series. I could see Ellis and Immonen pulling this off well.

Looks like it’s currently out of print. I made sure to get as many as I could of the “Marvel Adventures” line by Parker for my kid, who loves them.

Great story. It’s collected in the Marvel Adventures The Avengers vol. 3: Bizarre Adventures digest-sized trade, along with the equally hilarious “Ego: The Loving Planet” story.


This was one of the best single issues I’ve ever read. Great stuff from start to finish. And the cover is one of my favorites as well.

Did they change it from “killing” to “conquest” because it’s the younger line?


I am so thrilled that I recently completed my collection of this title. It really is “all ages,” not just for kids. Templeton’s and Sumerak’s issues after Parker’s second run were great too. And Tobin’s run after Parker’s third run was really, really good. Only Tony Bedard’s issues (#5-#8) were a little too “kiddie comic” for me.

Some of the single issues and digests have become scarce (and expensive). I know I had a very hard time tracking down all the single issues, this one in particular, and, from what I’ve seen, the digests are becoming difficult to come by too. But Marvel did reprint the first 17 issues of MA:A in their “Marvel Two-In-One” title that ran beginning in 2007. The title coupled the Avengers issues with, I believe, X-Men First Class, then Marvel Adventures: Iron Man, then X-Men: First Class again. For anyone looking for this issue, you can either luck out and find this (I think I paid 8 or 9 bucks for it when I finally did come across it), or you could pick up the less scarce Two-In-One reprint (#9) for 80 or 90 cents.

The art is remarkable good for a ‘kids comic’. :)

This one’s good, but the lascivious Ego one is even better.

This was a great, great comic. Around this time I lost all interest in the regular 616 Avengers and decided to just stick with the Marvel Adventures version — and the late Mini-Marvels, which I loved even better.

And yeah, the running gag with Karl the henchman was pretty hilarious.

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