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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 129

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today, as a sort of response to yesterday’s Ultron story, we take a look at the Count Nefaria storyline from Avengers #164-166, by writer Jim Shooter and artist John Byrne.

Enjoy!

Stories like this one really make you appreciate what the Avengers had in Jim Shooter. Not only did he make a point to fill the title with a number of characters where he could develop their personalities with a pretty free rein (Beast and Wonder Man, in particular), but he also made sure to keep the books filled with not just action, but epic action that befitted a gathering of the world’s greatest superheroes!

And John Byrne’s artwork really shined with both of those categories – the smaller, character-driven moments and the big, bombastic fight scenes.

The story begins in Avengers #164, where the Lethal Legion are working for Count Nefaria. They attack the Avengers…



After some fighting, the Legion begins to lose their powers…



What an awesome cliffhanger!

The next issue, the Avengers are getting their asses handed to them by Nefaria…


and Nefaria thinks he might even take them all down…


Luckily, Iron Man shows up and they are rescued, but their relief is short (note the little bits of character work where the Avengers bemoan Iron Man’s absence from their ranks even though he was technically the leader of the team)…



this leads to a SECOND awesome cliffhanger…



Sooo cool. Byrne absolutely NAILED it.

The Thor/Nefaria battle is tremendous – here’s a snippet…


In a cool bit, the Vision is brought back to action to help…



The ending of the issue is really cool, but I won’t spoil it here. Go search for these issues! They’re great!