50 Greatest Avengers Stories: #35-31
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Avengers, we’re doing a poll of the greatest Avengers stories of all-time! You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 50 Greatest Avengers Stories!
Each day will have five more stories on the countdown (eventually I think it’ll get to three stories a day). Here is a master list of every story featured so far. Here are #35-31!
35. “Search for the Scarlet Witch” Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1-9
Allan Heinberg and Jimmy Cheung returned to the Young Avengers (joined by inker Mark Morales) for this epic story that took over a year to complete (it was a bi-monthly book) where Scarlet Witch’s children, Wiccan and Speed, decide to go find her. Heinberg spent the mini-series mostly trying to redeem Scarlet Witch and make her worthy of being a superhero again. Cheung’s art was amazing, as always.
34. “Run the Mission, Don’t Get Seen, Save the World” Secret Avengers #16-21
Warren Ellis came on to the Secret Avengers for a six-issue arc with six different artists (some of the best in the business, like Alex Maleev, Stuart Immonen and David Aja). Each issue was essentially a stand-alone story, but there was a through line for the arc. Ellis really did some outstanding work on this short run, including one of the best Black Widow stories of all-time.
33. “The Old Order Changeth” Avengers Volume 1 #16
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers officially establish that anyone who claims that “Person X is not a real Avenger” is a fool, as they pull off one of the most amazing shake-ups in comic book history, taking their star-studded collection of characters who were currently starring in their own titles and dramatically shook up the roster, instead having Captain America lead a new team of Avengers made up of Cap and three newly reformed super-villains (Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver). The first (and likely the best) of many more Avengers roster shake-ups to come.
32. “Let the Game Begin” Avengers Volume 1 #69-71
In this classic three-parter by Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema and Sam Grainger, we get the first of many Grandmaster games involving the Avengers. In this one, Grandmaster and Kang are playing a game against each other and each man needs a group to fight for them. Since if Grandmaster wins, he is going to destroy the Earth, the Avengers fight for Kang. The Grandmaster introduces the Squadron Sinister as his champions (the issue was a sort of tie-in with a concurrent Justice League of America issue, since the Squadron Sinister members are all stand-ins for Justice League members. You can read more about it in this old Comic Book Legends Revealed). Later, the Avengers also have the battle Captain America, Human Torch and Sub-Mariner in the past in what was the first appearance of the Invaders!
31. “Vision Quest” West Coast Avengers #42-45
John Byrne took over West Coast Avengers with a flourish as he decided to address a problem that he had with the ending to Roger Stern’s Absolute Vision story (which appeared earlier on the countdown). He felt that the government would never have been okay with the Vision just walking around a free man after he took over the world (even if he was not in his right mind at the time). So Byrne began his run on the West Coast Avengers with Vision being kidnapped and dismantled. The Avengers were able to put him back together, but his personality was dramatically changed. Gone was the loving husband of the Scarlet Witch and in his place was a seemingly personality-free android. Scarlet Witch’s life would never be the same again!