Acts of Vengeance
|"Acts of Vengeance"|
|Publication date||December 1989 – February 1990|
|Acts Of Vengeance Omnibus HC||ISBN 978-0-7851-4464-9|
This company-wide fall crossover was centered on the Avengers and Fantastic Four after three consecutive fall crossovers were built around the X-Men and related mutant teams. Promotional materials teased the idea of a wide array of super-villains facing heroes they had never met, or were not part of the heroes' regular rogues gallery).
The core titles of the crossover include Avengers; Avengers Spotlight; Avengers West Coast; Captain America; Iron Man; Quasar; Thor; and Fantastic Four. Major tie-ins included The Amazing Spider-Man among other Spider-Man titles, Uncanny X-Men  and the second Damage Control  limited series. An epilogue features in Cloak and Dagger; Web Of Spider-Man and in an Avengers Annual. A humorous parody with the character the Impossible Man features in the title Silver Surfer.
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A mysterious stranger (the Asgardian god Loki in disguise) coerces a group of master supervillains to join forces in a conspiracy to destroy the superhero team the Avengers. Loki does this to strike back at his adopted brother Thor, and due to his bitterness that he inadvertently caused the formation of the Avengers. The supervillain team consists of Doctor Doom, the Kingpin, Magneto, the Mandarin, the Red Skull, and the Wizard. Loki also attempts to recruit Apocalypse, Cobra, and the Mad Thinker, but they all decline. Loki also approaches Namor, but he rejects the offer stating he is not a villain anymore.
To assist the master villains, Loki engineers a jailbreak at the Vault. The lesser villains are then directed against heroes (mainly the Avengers and Spider-Man) who have never fought them before, the theory being that the unfamiliarity will act in the villains' favor.
While they did manage to give many of the heroes unusual fits, the plan eventually fails as the master villains fail to cooperate and bicker with each other. An example of this is where Magneto, a mutant and a Jewish Holocaust survivor, attacks the Red Skull, whose Nazi beliefs include a prejudice against mutants, and imprisons him in a buried crypt. The supervillain pawns are defeated by the heroes. A frustrated Loki reveals himself and imprisons the Kingpin, the Mandarin and the Wizard while Doctor Doom is revealed to have been using a Doombot and Magneto is not present. The Avengers track the group and defeat the villains, with Thor forcing Loki to flee back to their native home of Asgard.
Loki commits one last act of villainy and fuses three Sentinels to form the robot Tri-Sentinel, so that it can destroy New York City. The Tri-Sentinel is stopped by Spider-Man, who at the time possessed the powers of Captain Universe).
Issues and events
The following issues are listed in chronological order:
- Thor #410 (one page only) - Loki recruits Doctor Doom.
- Cloak & Dagger #8 (one page only) - Jester, Hydro Man, and Fenris arrive and declare their Act of Vengeance.
- Solo Avengers #26 - Loki recruits Wizard and springs Griffin, Armadillo, Hydro-Man, Angar, Titania, Scarecrow, Electro, Orca, Mr. Hyde, Whirlwind, Molten Man, and Yetrigar from the Vault. The villains battle Hawkeye & Iron Man.
- New Mutants #84 - (two pages only) - Rusty Collins attempts to prevent the Vulture's jailbreak.
- Thor #411 - The New Warriors make their debut during a fight between Thor and Juggernaut.
The following issues are approximately in reading order:
- Avengers Spotlight #26
- New Mutants #84-86
- X-Factor #50
- Damage Control (vol. 2) #1
- Avengers #311
- Thor #410
- Iron Man #250
- Captain America #365
- Fantastic Four #334
- Amazing Spider-Man #326
- Spectacular Spider-Man #158
- Wolverine (vol. 2) #19-20
- Cloak and Dagger (vol. 3) #8-9
- Web of Spider-Man #59
- Power Pack #53
- Incredible Hulk #363
- Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8-9
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #11-12
- Fantastic Four #335-336, Amazing Spider-Man #327
- Spectacular Spider-Man #159
- Web of Spider-Man #60
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #13
- Marc Spector: Moon Knight #10
- Alpha Flight #79-80
- Daredevil #275-276
- Thor #411-412
- Avengers West Coast #53
- Quasar #5, Avengers Spotlight #27
- Iron Man #251
- Amazing Spider-Man #328
- Spectacular Spider-Man #160
- Web of Spider-Man #61
- Uncanny X-Men #256-257
- Avengers #312
- Punisher (vol. 2) #28-29
- Punisher War Journal #12-13
- Captain America #366
- Cloak and Dagger #10
- Iron Man #252
- Avengers West Coast #54
- Quasar #6-7
- Avengers Spotlight #28
- Avengers #313
- Captain America #367
- Avengers Spotlight #29
- Avengers West Coast #55
- Uncanny X-Men #258
- Amazing Spider-Man #329
- Incredible Hulk #369
- Web of Spider-Man #62-63
- Damage Control (vol. 2) #2-4
- Web of Spider-Man #64-65
- Avengers Annual #19
- John Byrne (w), Tom Palmer (i). The Avengers 311-313 (December 1989 - January 1990), Marvel Comics
- Dwayne McDuffie, Howard Mackie, James Brock (w), Chris Ivy, Don Heck, Roy Richardson (i). Avengers Spotlight 26-29 (December 1989 - February 1990), Marvel Comics
- John Byrne (w), Keith Williams, Paul Ryan (i). Avengers West Coast 53-55 (December 1989 - February 1990), Marvel Comics
- Mark Gruenwald (w), Danny Bulanadi (i). Captain America 365-367 (Mid-December 1989 - February 1990), Marvel Comics
- Iron Man #250 - 252 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
- Quasar #5 - 6 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
- Thor #411 - 412 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
- Fantastic Four #334 - 336 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
- The Amazing Spider-Man #326 - 329 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
- Uncanny X-Men #256 - 258 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
- Damage Control vol. 2, #1 - 4 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
- Cloak and Dagger vol. 3, #9 (Dec. 1989)
- Web of Spider-Man #64 - 65 (May - June 1990)
- Avengers Annual #19 (1990)
- Silver Surfer vol. 3, #33 (Jan. 1990)
- Avengers #1 (Sep. 1963). Marvel Comics
- Avengers West Coast #55 (Feb. 1990). Marvel Comics
- Michelinie, David (w), Larsen, Erik (a). The Amazing Spider-Man #329 (Feb. 1990). Marvel Comics