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1768: Avengers #118 (v1)

" To the Death! "
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Avengers #118 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Steve Englehart
Pencilers: Bob Brown
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Colourists: George Roussos
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: December 1973
Release Date: September 1973
Story Arc: Avengers vs. Defenders (7 of 8)
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 391                 Times Rated: 227
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Avengers #117 (v1)
Defenders #10 (v1)
Avengers #118 (v1)
Defenders #11 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #124 (v1)
1766: Avengers
#117 (v1)
1767: Defenders
#10 (v1)
 
1769: Defenders
#11 (v1)
1770: Amazing Spi...
#124 (v1)
 
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This is it, the fateful climax of the great struggle that has raged between these two powerful units. They can only hope that their combined might is enough to unseat Dormammu.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). Captain America next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  Thor
Thor last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). Thor next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  The Vision
The Vision last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Vision next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  The Scarlet Witch
The Scarlet Witch last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Scarlet Witch next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  The Black Panther
The Black Panther last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Black Panther next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  Mantis
Mantis last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). Mantis next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  The Swordsman
The Swordsman last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Swordsman next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  The Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Silver Surfer next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  Valkyrie
Valkyrie last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). Valkyrie next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  Hawkeye
Hawkeye last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). Hawkeye next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Captain America #167 (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  Countessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine
Countessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine last appeared in Captain America #167 (v1). Countessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine next appears in Captain America #169 (v1).
     
  Dum Dum Dugan
Dum Dum Dugan last appeared in Captain America #167 (v1). Dum Dum Dugan next appears in Captain America #173 (v1).
     
  The Watcher
The Watcher last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #7 (v1). The Watcher next appears in Giant-Size Fantastic Four #2.
     
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Hero for Hire #9. Mr. Fantastic next appears in Marvel Feature #11 (v1).
     
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #10 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #126 (v1).
     
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Hero for Hire #9. The Thing next appears in Captain Marvel #26 (v1).
     
  Medusa
Medusa last appeared in Hero for Hire #9. Medusa next appears in Fantastic Four #134 (v1).
     
  Spider-Man
Spider-Man last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #124 (v1).
     
  The Black Bolt
The Black Bolt last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #11 (v1). The Black Bolt next appears in Incredible Hulk #175 (v1).
     
  Gorgon
Gorgon last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #11 (v1). Gorgon next appears in Incredible Hulk #175 (v1).
     
  Triton
Triton last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #11 (v1). Triton next appears in Sub-Mariner #67 (v1).
     
  Power Man
Power Man last appeared in Hero for Hire #16. Power Man next appears in Iron Man #65 (v1).
     
  Ka-Zar
Ka-Zar last appeared in Astonishing Tales #18 (v1). Ka-Zar next appears in Astonishing Tales #19 (v1).
     
  Zabu
Zabu last appeared in Astonishing Tales #18 (v1). Zabu next appears in Astonishing Tales #19 (v1).
     
  Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider last appeared in Ghost Rider #3 (v2). Ghost Rider next appears in Ghost Rider #4 (v2).
     
  Man-Thing
Man-Thing last appeared in Man-Thing #1 (v1). Man-Thing next appears in Man-Thing #2 (v1).
     
  Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom last appeared in Hero for Hire #9. Doctor Doom next appears in Fantastic Four #142 (v1).
     
  Dracula
Dracula last appeared in Tomb of Dracula #11 (v1). Dracula next appears in Tomb of Dracula #12 (v1).
     
  Thanos
Thanos last appeared in Iron Man #55 (v1). Thanos next appears in Captain Marvel #25 (v1).
     
  Adam Warlock
Adam Warlock last appeared in Warlock #7 (v1). Adam Warlock next appears in Warlock #8 (v1).
     
Villains
  Loki
Loki last appeared in Avengers #117 (v1). Loki next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
     
  Dormammu
Dormammu last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). Dormammu next appears in Doctor Strange #6 (v2).
     
 
Group Appearances
The Avengers
The Avengers last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
   
     
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Defenders #10 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Defenders #11 (v1).
   
     
The Fantastic Four (Roster V)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Hero for Hire #9. The Fantastic Four next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #126 (v1).
   
     
The Inhumans
The Inhumans last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #11 (v1). The Inhumans next appears in Fantastic Four #149 (v1).
   
     
Mindless Ones
Mindless Ones last appeared in Strange Tales #154b (v1). Mindless Ones next appears in Doctor Strange #8 (v2).
   
     
S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Avengers #115a (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Astonishing Tales #19 (v1).
   
     
 
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Avengers #116 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Defenders #10 (v1).
 
     
Eye of Agamotto
Eye of Agamotto last appeared in Defenders #9 (v1). Eye of Agamotto next appears in Defenders #10 (v1).
 
     
Cloak of Levitation
Cloak of Levitation last appeared in Defenders #9 (v1). Cloak of Levitation next appears in Defenders #10 (v1).
 
     
Mjolnir
Mjolnir last appeared in Avengers #116 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Defenders #10 (v1).
 
     
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #116 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Defenders #10 (v1).
 
     
Ebony Blade
Ebony Blade last appeared in Defenders #9 (v1). Ebony Blade next appears in Defenders #10 (v1).
     
Powered Sword
Powered Sword last appeared in Avengers #115a (v1). Powered Sword next appears in Defenders #10 (v1).
 
     
Hawkeye's Bow
Hawkeye's Bow last appeared in Defenders #9 (v1). Hawkeye's Bow next appears in Defenders #10 (v1).
 
     
Web-Shooters
Web-Shooters last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Avengers #118 (v1).
 
     
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RikerDonegal
   March 31, 2016
Good end to Avengers/Defenders War.
Nice surprise to see which Avenger was the last one standing.
All in all: terrific storyline.
There's a page which shows how heroes like Spider-Man, Luke Cage, The Fantastic Four, etc. are affected by an Earth overrun by demons. Each one gets a panel. These days, this storyline would have occupied 5 issues of each character's title.
10/10
 
 
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  green_flame_616 Says:    
  2012-04-02 01:01:23  
  I was happy to see Wanda as the one who pulled it out in the end, she doesn't get enough credit in my opinion.  
 
 

  Kez Says:    
  2012-10-29 19:47:05  
  Man, this is some character sheet. I guess this is actually the first time quite a few of these characters were officially mentioned in other canon books?  
 
 

  JWC Says:    
  2012-11-23 16:00:42  
  Great end to the crossover. I liked seeing the other characters dealing with the monsters. It helped to set up the scale of the threat.  
 
 

  john54542 Says:    
  2012-12-27 01:45:07  
  Excellent issue! I love how they depicted Warlock and Thanos in back to back panels- two great characters that become heavily tied to each other about 2 years more down the road, and I'm sure that the artists had no idea about that. I also loved the Watcher's explanation of how Dormammu's energies came from lesser beings belief and worship of him, which possibly mirrors real life mysteries. I also wonder why Watcher asked Vision why he struggled in the quicksand, and if this will ever be explored? I doubt that this was just a throw away line.  
 
 

  Wady Says:    
  2013-04-29 18:18:42  
  It was amazing the howl Marvel universe being represented in this epic battle, can't price it enough I wasn't expecting this cross over when I started reading it was great. Only mayor characters missing were DD and the X-Men. I loved checking the character list appearance in this page almost all mayor groups showed up in this issue.  
 
 

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-08-28 00:21:42  
  A suitably epic conclusion.  
 
 

  podgejeff Says:    
  2014-01-21 09:53:55  
  This is a good one. I know we've had the Kree-Skrull war but this feels like the first great crossover. It really drove it home seeing not only almost all of the major heroes but many of the baddies like Doom and Thanos fighting it as well.  
 
 

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2014-02-13 00:31:53  
  Very enjoyable issue. It definitely had an "epic" feel, with every notable Marvel character pitching in, and of course the Scarlet Witch got a great moment. Unfortunately, Doctor Strange erasing the knowledge of Iron Man and Thor's identity from everyone's minds is still painfully stupid.  
 
 

  bharbeke Says:    
  2014-03-22 10:08:41  
  This is a great crossover event. I'm a sucker for the use of cameos to show the scope of a threat and its consequences, and this issue delivered that very well. It struck a nice balance between using the continuity and being accessible. Each character got a chance to shine, and the ending had the virtue of feeling inevitable while not being guessed in all its specifics by me.  
 
 

  ThunderZtorm Says:    
  2014-12-12 18:53:19  
  Stories like these are the reason why I read the order.  
 
 

  CeeNote12 Says:    
  2015-02-21 18:55:14  
  Wow! What a great story arc/crossover! John Romita Sr.'s Cover Art was amazing throughout. Best stories Ive read in order so far!  
 
 

  skerit Says:    
  2015-03-22 18:21:33  
  But Stark and Blake already knew about each other, did Strange erase that too? And did Strange erase this from his own memory?  
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-10 21:28:45  
  I'm just happy that the Watcher didn't molest Dormammu. But seriously, what a great issue. 5 stars again.  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-06-12 00:10:59  
  What I love about this conclusion is that it set up a lot of threads that can be followed somewhere down the road. What happened to the Vision? With Loki gone (more) insane does that make him more or less of a threat? Will this be a harbinger of Wanda truly discovering how powerful she is? Can they bring the Black Knight back from the ether?  
 
 

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-12-26 16:37:08  
  It's been almost comical how Marvel has treated women overall, so for Wanda to treated as such a badass here was awesome.  
 
 

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2016-04-16 19:01:06  
  I guess Hawkeye and the Swordsman ain't good enough to be on the cover.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2017-07-14 21:58:58  
  Well, it's not fully over yet, as there's one more chapter yet to play out. But this was a fantastic climax to the battle against Dormammu and Loki. I think this is the second time there's been a battle that's involved almost every active hero in the Marvel Universe. The first? Reed and Sue's wedding.

Some other notes....

Invitations lost in the mail: Almost every active hero, but not all. Where were Daredevil, the Black Widow, and the X-Men when everyone was turning into demons?

Fight Club: Cap on Pg. 4 pn. 6: "Fury, you're too badly hurt to be here. I oughtta know, I'm the one who beat the sh*t outta you!" (Captain America #165).

They rolled 20s: Nick, Dum Dum, and all the other heroes who fought those demons didn't turn into them, even as the clock wound down.

Innocent bystander: Did the Watcher actually express regret for not interfering with the battle on the last page?

Just get a towel already: Val was one of the unlucky ones; Nick had to shoot her after her clothes were torn off! (pg 5. pn. 5-7). Is it any wonder we didn't see anyone from SHIELD after she returned to normal?

Divide by zero: Say, how much crazier can someone get when they're already totally crazy?

5 stars. That's how you finish an epic arc.
 
 
 

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-08-10 07:49:42  
  Sucks to be Loki here. Although how he didn't expect Dormammu to go back on his word about fixing his blindness, I'll never know, given that's exactly what Loki would have done himself!  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-08-22 18:36:59  
  4 stars for the Avengers avenging the Defenders, and the Defenders defending the Avengers!!!

Credit Due - It loses one star for more of Bob Brown's plain ol' vanilla art! And, for some reason he draws all faces like they're sickly!! Also, on the splash page, they thank him for his art...really???

FOOM - The Mindless Ones make everything better!!!

No Prize - Medusa is using Sue's forcefield!!!

No Prize II - Gorgon calls Triton...Karnak!!!

Doubt - I like Thor questioning the Vision's inaction after the Watcher had!!!

'Nuff Said - "We can lick each other's wounds in the locker room after the game is over!"-Iron Stud
 
 
 

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-04-07 20:46:24  
  The splash page looks like a yelling contest. Looks like Sub-Mariner won, but he's going to have to change his trunks.

The Watcher seems to be getting extra helpings of potatoes; he's looking more heftier than usual.
 
 
 

 
 
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Avengers/Defenders War
 
This collection includes Avengers #115a (v1), Avengers #116 (v1), Avengers #117 (v1), Avengers #118 (v1), Defenders #8a (v1), Defenders #9 (v1), Defenders #10 (v1), Defenders #11 (v1)
Essential Defenders, Volume 1
 
This collection includes Marvel Feature #2 (v1), Marvel Feature #3 (v1), Defenders #1 (v1), Defenders #2 (v1), Defenders #3 (v1), Defenders #4 (v1), Defenders #6 (v1), Defenders #5 (v1), Defenders #7 (v1), Defenders #8a (v1), Defenders #9 (v1), Defenders #10 (v1), Defenders #11 (v1), Defenders #12 (v1), Defenders #13 (v1), Defenders #14 (v1), Avengers #115a (v1), Avengers #116 (v1), Avengers #117 (v1), Avengers #118 (v1), Doctor Strange #183 (v1), Sub-Mariner #22 (v1), Sub-Mariner #34 (v1), Sub-Mariner #35 (v1), Incredible Hulk #126 (v1), Marvel Feature #1a (v1)
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This collection includes Avengers #115a (v1), Avengers #115b (v1), Avengers #116 (v1), Avengers #117 (v1), Avengers #118 (v1), Avengers #119 (v1), Avengers #120 (v1), Avengers #121 (v1), Avengers #122 (v1), Avengers #123 (v1), Avengers #124 (v1), Avengers #125 (v1), Avengers #126 (v1), Avengers #127 (v1), Avengers #128 (v1), Defenders #8b (v1), Defenders #9 (v1), Defenders #10 (v1), Defenders #11 (v1), Captain Marvel #33 (v1), Giant-Size Avengers #1 (v1), Fantastic Four #150a (v1), Fantastic Four #150b (v1)
     
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