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Month of Cool Avengers/X-Men Comic Book Moments – The Vision Closes Out a Brutal Battle With an Interesting Usage of His Powers

All month long we will feature brand-new Cool Avengers and X-Men Comic Book Moments in celebration of their fiftieth anniversaries this month. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

Today we look at Avengers #166 and how the Vision figured out to stop Count Nefaria…

In this story by Jim Shooter, John Byrne and Pablo Marcos, the more-than-normally empowered Count Nefaria has been kicking the collective ass of the Avengers for the last issue or so (I previously featured the awesome cliffhanger of Avengers #165 as a cool comic book moment, where Thor shows up to enter the fray). The Vision had been in a coma due to an attack by Ultron a few issues earlier but Yellowjacket got him out of the coma so that he could help in the Avengers being slaughtered.

The Vision is a bit out of sorts having just awoken from his coma (he is more robotic than usual)



The fight continues for a while but Nefaria does not seem to be slowing down…



What an awesome visual by Byrne and Marcos! What a great story by Shooter, Byrne and Marcos! One of the top Avengers battles of all-time and what a way to finish the bad guy off!!


Who’s the luchador with Cap’s shield?

I don’t care what anyone says, the moment is “But(t)hoom!”

That luchador is none other than Wonder Man.

Ah, of course! I forgot about that green number, used to the jacket or the purple starfield looks. Thanks

One of my favorite comic memories, I recall reading this one back when I bought comics one at time from the local 7-11 (whenever I’d saved enough chore money). This was such a cool moment back then and still is today. Thanks for the reminder!

One of my favorite comics of my youth. Great choice Brian.

If I recall correctly Vision attempted this again in the Busiek/Perez Nefaria rematch, with slightly different results.

It’s a terrific story. I particularly like the scene in 165 where the Whizzer reminds Nefaria that even if he conquers the world, he won’t live long enough to enjoy it.

Excellent stuff. Such a great run!

This was the Avengers golden age, the mid to late 100s. Great line-up, great stories, great art.


Nefaria seems like a real coulda-been-an-A-list-villain-but-never-was. He’s surely one of the most powerful of B- and C-listers.

I don’t care what anyone says, the moment is “But(t)hoom!”

Not Vision talking about all of Nefaria’s naked power?

@Jacob: Yeah, I mean, he’s basically evil early (pre-flight) Superman with a deadly condition, right?

Did super-powered Nefaria ever face the X-Men? He was responsible for Thunderbird’s death.

Bringing back Nefaria after years of taking a dirt nap was a great idea. He proved here to be one of the Avengers’ toughest foes of all and was sorely missed for years. This story is a classic from Byrne’s initial run on the series and made all the characters look awesome.

Needless to say, the Vision kicks serious ass and proves once again why he is such a cornerstone of the team. Easily among the strongest and most unbeatable members.

After years unreprinted, Marvel now has reprinted this story. To me, it’s the very best Avengers slugfest ever!

Wasn’t there some weird thing about Thor not even supposed to be there? I remember this coming up in the Korvac Saga when I reread it recently–that Thor kept coming to the rescue when he was supposedly off somewhere in the wide blue yonder, and it turned out that someone kept sending him back and forth in time to be there for these big Avengers battles. I never quite fathomed exactly what was up with that.

cool pick for always thought the vision was really up there in power level could proably even hold his own with thor. including changing his mass enough to impact like a hbomb. this pannel proved it.

Buttler, it turned out the Collector was manipulating him through time in order to preserve the team for his future collecting pleasure. It never really paid off in any dramatic sense–I wonder if it was Shooter just finding a way to yank Thor into a story without keeping him around.

And of course Kevin Smith stole Thor’s delightful “Nay, I am not even supposed to be on thine Avengers today” line for Clerks.

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