REVIEW CORNER: Avengers # 10

Avengers # 10
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: Dick Ayers
Colorist: Stan Goldberg
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Cover Date: November 1964
This week I’ll continue my reviews of various Kang The Conquerer stories by looking at Avengers # 10, the first appearance of Immortus, another Kang variant who always became a top villain within the Avengers history.

The story itself kicks off with Immortus meeting with the Masters of Evil and they unite with him to defeat The Avengers after proving his worth to them; They come up with a plan by putting an ad in the newspaper for anyone who wants to gain superpowers, so Rick Jones takes the bait and walks right into their trap. Still, Captain America shows up and Immortus tells him that one of the Avengers sent Rick to his location, which soon turns into a ruckus within the group as Cap tackles his teammates and then takes them back to Immortus where he pits every member of the group against a character plucked out of time (It was cool to see Thor face off with the original Hercules); Still, when The Masters of Evil enters the fray, the Avengers get the best of them as well as managing a way to defeat Immortus.

Like the first nine issues of this series, the story is straightforward: the team gets along, then the villain of the month pits them against each other then everything gets wrapped up at the end. It feels like having The Masters of Evil coming back to get revenge but manages to come up short feels so trite to where you might let out a few chuckles (Although it was dynamic back in the 60s); Don Heck’s artwork is solid but it doesn’t feel so energetic in the way that Jack Kirby or even John Romita Sr. brought to the table. I know that Immortus may not have been the best Kang variant and with his first appearance not aging very well, this issue is still amusing for fans of

Stan Lee’s writing and I’m glad that Immortus’ next few appearances over the years were are impactful than his first one.

Well, that’s it for me. I’ll be back new week with a new review. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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