Here is an archive of all the past top five lists!
Today we’ll take a look at the top five Avenger courts martial.
The very first one of these came in Avengers #7, when Stan and Jack had the other Avengers punish Iron Man for missing too many meetings…
The punishment didn’t even last through the entire issue, as they needed his help later in the issue.
Hawkeye had a “court of inquiry” in Avengers #230 into his use of deadly force on Egghead at the end of Avengers #229. Roger Stern, Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott showed it…
This one misses the top five because there was little suspense that they’d find him guilty of anything (heck, the “verdict” was given off panel) but it was still a great piece of speechifying by Hank Pym.
5. Warbird’s second court martial (Avengers Volume 3 #55 by Kurt Busiek, Patrick Zircher and Scott Koblish)
Warbird’s killing of the Master during the Kang War was only slightly less obvious that she was going to be found innocent, so she makes it to #5 on the list.
4. Iron Man’s sort of court martial (Iron Man #229 by David Michelinie, Bob Layton and M.D. Bright)
This one would be a bit higher except it is unclear if it was even technically a court martial. More like, “Uh, hey Iron Man, everyone thinks this Armor Wars of yours is nuts. You just actually led to a dude’s DEATH! You can’t be an Avenger anymore, but we’ll let you slide on the whole ‘possible murder’ thing”).
3. Moon Knight’s court martial (Marc Spector: Moon Knight #50)
This one by Terry Kavanagh, Jamed Fry and Chris Ivy sets up a pattern you’ll see for the top three. They all end without an actual ruling….
2. Warbird’s first court martial (Avengers Volume 3 #7 by Kurt Busiek, George Perez and Al Vey)
Another one that ends without a verdict…
1. Yellowjacket’s court martial (Avengers #213 by Jim Shooter, Bob Hall and Dan Green)
The most famous Avengers court martial of them all!
That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!