"Up from the Depths!" The Avengers 231 (May 1983)
"And Now...Starfox!" The Avengers 232 (June 1983)
"The Witch’s Tale!" The Avengers 233 (July 1983)
"Havoc on the Homefront!" The Avengers 234 (August 1983)
Reader Rating: Average; Thunderbolts Interest: Medium
Summary: Fresh out of prison, the Plantman uses plant-based duplicates of SHIELD agents to abduct the President of the United States (guarded by Nick Fury). Once Plantman is put away his prison-breakout partner, the Wizard, lures a handful of Avengers into deathtraps in his hi-tech hideout.
Hawkeye breaks his leg in battle, but is quickly back in action at Cross Technologies, leg in a cast, battling bad guys from his new flying scooter.
Active Avengers are Captain America, Captain Marvel (Photon), Hawkeye, the
Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Starfox (Eros), Thor, the Vision, the Wasp. The Beast,
Wonder Man, and Iron Man (Jim Rhodes and Tony Stark) appear briefly.
Continuity: Turns out the wooden Plantman that the Beetle bumped into at the end of “Trial and Error!” (Previous/Thunderbolts) was part of Smithers’ and the Wizard’s escape plan. Smithers returns to his goofy open-faced costume and ends up in Thor's hands and, presumably, police custody.
Hawkeye breaks his leg in battle with Plantman in issues #231-232. From #233 only the Hawkeye sequence (pages 4-7) is part of T-Bolts continuity, introducing Sheila Danning, who will play an important role in the upcoming Hawkeye mini-series.
Comments: Now here’s continuity to give Joe Quesada a conniption. These four issues of The Avengers criss-cross and dovetail with current issues of Dr. Strange, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Marvel Two-In-One, while clearing up plot points from previous adventures and establishing upcoming plots for both Avengers and Hawkeye. While the continuity is complex, the plots are straightforward and the villains more humorous than threatening.
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