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476: Avengers #27 (v1)

" Four Against the Floodtide! "
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Avengers #27 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1966
Release Date: February 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 653                 Times Rated: 366
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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#28 (v1)
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#29 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
As Hawkeye attempts to learn the location of his fellow Avengers, he is ambushed by the Beetle. With his teammates pushed to the brink fighting Attuma, can he make it to them in time?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). Captain America next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
Hawkeye last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). Hawkeye next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
Quicksilver last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). Quicksilver next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
  The Scarlet Witch
The Scarlet Witch last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). The Scarlet Witch next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
Attuma last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). Attuma next appears in Tales to Astonish #88a (v1).
  The Beetle
The Beetle last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). The Beetle next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
Group Appearances
Atlanteans last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). Atlanteans next appears in Tales of Suspense #79a (v1).
The Avengers (Roster IV)
The Avengers last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
Beetle Armor, MK I
Beetle Armor, MK I last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. Beetle Armor, MK I next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
Hawkeye's Bow
Hawkeye's Bow last appeared in Avengers #26 (v1). Hawkeye's Bow next appears in Avengers #28 (v1).
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Issue Synopsis
Using one of Tony Stark's devices, Hawkeye remembers how to work the Vis-Projector machine to recover messages. Suddenly, he is attacked by the Beetle but he easily defeats him. Then he reads the message and leaves his foe tied up and unconscious to go help his teammates.

In Attuma's ship, the three other Avengers are battling the Atlantean in a flooded room. Being underwater gives the advantage to the amphibian who knocks Cap out and gives a hard time to the siblings. Above the surface, Hawkeye managed to borrow the Fantastic Four's Aero-Sub since the other Avengers have taken their own ship. In several locations, the tide and storms have begun taking their toll due to Attuma's device.

Meanwhile underwater, Wanda uses her hex power to shatter a glass enclosure and Quicksilver enters a tunnel which turns out to be an ejector tube. The heavy pressure of deep see render him unconscious and his limp body drifts towards the surface.

Hawkeye finds his white-haired partner and takes him onboard. They try to locate Attuma's sub but it is gone. Some Atlantean patrols try to chase the two heroes who escape by outmaneuvering them and getting them captured by a giant squid. Then, they finally spot Attuma's ship. Inside, Captain America tricks his captor into showing him the tide control machine. Suddenly, the Aero-sub crashes into Attuma’s ship and the duo attack the Atlantean soldiers. Using the diversion, Cap manages to free himself from his bonds and together with the other Avengers, they finally defeat Attuma.

As the heroes leave on board the Aero-Sub, Attuma attempts to use his flood-tide machine to stop them but Captain America has sabotaged it and the devices backfires on their enemy. The base collides with his wave machine and destroys it.

The Avengers return to their headquarters expecting to find the Beetle but he is missing, Then an important message is displayed on the computer and it involves the Wasp.
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  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-11-06 11:13:13  
  This is an good issue- it has some action, the dialog isn't completely dumb, as not telling who the Beetle is or Cap's incomplete wondering. Up until now almost everything was explained in words, this issue left something to guess, also, I liked Quicksilver taking Cap's shield, it's the first time (as I can remember) one hero takes the other's equipment. I only dislike Atumma's over powerful gadgets (like the window) and I would like too see Richards face when Hawleye asked for the submarine plane :)  

  Safis Says:    
  2013-07-07 01:47:55  
  Well well, the infamous no-prize officially enters canon does it?  

  saschavikos Says:    
  2013-07-11 11:59:27  
  another appearance for cuddles the giant octopus  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-07 09:45:21  
  awesome octopus!
The mystery villain was the Beetle? Talk about an anti-climax.

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-10-28 15:01:05  
  i love the avengers so much but this art is so meh. the coloring looks like a kid did it with crayons  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-17 10:10:52  
  At tuna had the right idea last time with making sea levels rise so slowly that humans don't pay attention (later proven to work by a terrible arch-nemesis of humanity, global warming) but seems to have gotten impatient and speeds it up.
Atlantean computer systems can apparently get waterlogged? I guess Attuma's crew tends to use pretty different tech than Namor's in any case; they're practically amphibious.
Wanda jumps in a tank and starts shooting stuff, making her he #1 Reckless Badass heroine of #616 so far; even reckless Janet usually just flies in some bad guy's face.
Stan gets crafty with a cliffhanger for a second issue in a row: which villain is Avengers HQ? What happened to Janet? Seems to be working out for him so far...

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-08-10 23:19:43  
  This was rather boring.
I've never been a big fan of Attuma.
I'm anxious to see the introduction of the Collector in the next story.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-21 12:03:48  
  4 stars for Atuma speaking like Ahnold (at least with my inner dialogue). I'm probably going generous, but I appreciated the action and Hawkeyes redemption song.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-21 19:01:12  
  2 stars for Attuma; who just hasn't got a decent story yet!

Minions - Once again one of Attuma's men is complaining about Attuma having the advantage. With the other one telling him to shut up, or Attuma would kill him! Even though they did the very same thing last issue, and Attuma did nothing!!

Sub Way - Hmmm...Reed has a U-Car; while DOOM has the Aero-Sub...

Hard Charger - Hawkeye & Quicksilver need to ask one of Attuma's men in the Scout Craft if that thing gotta HEMI in it???

Super Sucker - @saschavikos: I think that octopus is the "Mother of Cuddles"!!!

'Nuff Said - "Phony, am I?? Bluff, is it??"-Attuma

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-27 16:10:27  
  Attuma defeating all FOUR Avengers? Recheck your counting, people.  

  mrcreek Says:    
  2015-05-10 06:03:01  
  Our suctiony friend the Beetle is quite forgettable (I certainly hope he wasn't attacking the Avengers while under the influence...), but this Attuma saga is good, and classic, and is not overdone by Stan (not a thousand "I should have guessed" in it, for example).
Good clean fun for me, like those 60s Merry Marvel Masterpieces can be

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-06-14 06:04:59  
  It's hard to take Attuma seriously with those bunny ears on his head.

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-16 11:05:04  
  This one was a little more corny than usual, but it was a fun story that had some decent world-wide destruction drama.  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-01-18 22:42:39  
  I've read way too many comics today. I don't know how anyone has finished the entire order...  

  Urgat Says:    
  2016-07-27 04:38:44  
  For me, only the cliffhanger and the mystery off the disappeared Beetle (and what he really wanted at Avengers HQ) 1-upped this issue to 2* would have given 1-and-a-half if possible...

Quicksilver is controlling the sub super-fast and that way it can do stuff it normally can't...come on...pls...ever heard of inertia (physics)

  J-Smack Says:    
  2016-08-04 00:03:56  
  I'm surprised climate-change deniers haven't blamed rising sea levels on Attuma's machine yet.  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-09-09 22:35:26  
  All these "no-prizes" being given out in the Marvel world, one should be given to the Attuman(? Amphibiote?) who took three Avengers and counted four.
I liked that dialogue with Quicksilver mistaking Reed's invention as one of Stark's and Hawkeye enlightening him. Makes it feel more of a shared universe, which in turn makes me feel all warm inside!
I also really liked the visual of the two of them pinned behind that pillar... Now THOSE are the kind of odds an Avenger should face!

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2017-02-11 23:36:13  
  • That's my line – "Say somethin', willya? I hate to fight in silence!" (Hawkeye) – Oh, shut up!

  • That's my line too – "Well goodie for you! We'll send ya a no-prize in the morning!" (Hawkeye) – OK, this one really made me laugh! As much as I hate Hawkeye at this point, I have to admit he threw quite a few good lines in the first part of this story.

  • Amazing! I remember this from when I was a kid. At the time, I had no idea who the Beetle was and what the hell he was doing in that story. Now that I've seen the Beetle in earlier stories, I'm still left wondering why on Earth they put him here.

  • Such a pity the Order listed him as the Beetle and not Mysterious whatever. I never would have guessed who he was otherwise. Yes, the tip of his wings was a clue in last issue, but I would have rejected the idea anyway because the guy had simply no reason to be there. Then again, considering how disappointing the surprise would have been, I don't mind that much.

  • I'm surprised Hawkeye's usual ADD did not keep him from remembering Attuma's coordinates when they disappeared from the projector after one second. "Dammit! Back to Stark's Subliminal-Recal-Inducer!"

  • How cool that the Fantastic Four were nice enough to let Hawkeye take their Aero-Sub. As Webslinger says, that is a conversation that I would have liked to see!

  • Ooohh, that was a mean-looking, angry octopus!

  • Why, that went pretty well, didn't it? I mean I was at the end of the story before I knew it. Well, except maybe for a few pauses here and there to enjoy the art. The dialogs were much better than usual and the ending was quite intriguing, which works for me. 5 stars, just because I was so happy Hawkeye was not a douche for once!

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   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Hawkeye[appost]s Bow listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Beetle Armor, MK I listing.
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   November 10, 2017 TStarnes Added Captain America[appost]s Shield listing.
   February 14, 2017 RobinHoodMtl Added synopsis for this issue.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for The Scarlet Witch.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Quicksilver.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Hawkeye.
   December 4, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Captain America.
   November 20, 2013 fragsel Added Atlanteans to the issue.
   May 26, 2013 TStarnes Updated the listing for The Avengers.
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