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 we take a look at an acclaimed “done in one” issue of the Avengers, spotlighting their butler, Jarvis, by Bob Harras, Bob Hall and Kyle Baker!
Avengers #280 followed the events of “Under Siege,” where the Masters of Evil took over Avengers Mansion and then brutalized Jarvis in front of Captain America in an attempt to get a rise out of Cap.
Now that Jarvis is recovering, he has to debate whether he even WANTS to stick around…
Harras has a very nice bit between Jarvis and the Wasp, as we peel back the facade Wasp had about herself back then (well, that’s the ret-con version of “Stan Lee just didn’t give her much thought back then”)…
Seeing Jarvis think back to “Cap’s Kooky Quartet” was very cool….
Plus you can feel the pain from the time when Jarvis himself was viewed as a traitor!!
Finally, after examining a few more rough spots in Avengers history (as well as some good ones), Jarvis finally makes his decision…
Very strong one-shot issue. Harras showed the character work that would later be a major part of his own Avengers run five years later and Kyle Baker showed even here, just working on finishes, that he was a great and unique talent (Bob Halls’ breakdowns were fine, as well).
Avengers fans have long seen this issue as sort of a “hidden secret” among Avengers fans, but now you folks know about it, too!