AVENGERS #161-162 (1977): 1st Jacosta

Let’s start with the really important stuff: A new Wonder Man costume. 

And it’s ugly as Hell.

Hank Pym loses his shit and attacks the Avengers. 

Isn’t it a little hard to believe that he can take out both Beast and Black Panther with one punch?

We learn later–much later (in Avengers #395)–that it was caused by Kang.  It’s not the first time he’s acted a bit off, but it’s the first time he’s attacked the team.

It won’t be the last.

And just when you thought it was safe to deal with Pym being nuts, Ultron attacks.

“Avengers attack!” Not as good a battlecry as, “Avengers Assemble!”

In the aftermath of the battle, Thor uses computers.

And Wonder Man breaks them.

In the rematch battle with Ultron, Wonder Man shows fear of dying–having recently been revived.

Thor uses an illegal choke hold.

Most importantly, we get a new character: The Bride of Ultron…Jacosta! 

And if Ultron is based on Hank Pym’s brainwaves, then it makes sense that he’d steal Janet Van Dyne Pym’s for his bride!

Ultron really loves her! The fight ends in a standoff, with Ultron leaving after Iron Man threatens to “kill” Jacosta.

Afterwards, Jacosta’s inert, “shut down” body is in Avengers’ basement.

I’m not sure I like this “scared Wonder Man” personality. Fortunately, I don’t think it lasts very long.

Obviously, artist George Perez is the star here, but Jim Shooter’s writing is pretty good and his story ideas are even better.

Also in this issue: Wonder Man ponders his mortality.

Ah. “Avengers assemble!” There it is.

There’s some other cool stuff here: Two-Gun Kid came into our future after the last storyline’s time travel, and he and Hawkeye are working at a dude ranch.  And Two-Gun reads comics!

And Wasp gives Hank a handjob.

I mean, is there any way this wasn’t intentionally sexual?

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