AVENGERS #334-339 (1991): The Collection Obsession

The Inhumans’ Moon city is attacked by a new group of aliens called The Brethren, led by “Thane Ector” (never to be seen again).

He beats the snot out of The Inhumans.

The Avengers go save the day. But along the way, Thane crushes on Sersi and Cap has a half-cowl that looks ridiculous.

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Sersi is captured.

Then Uatu shows up and gives the heroes more information about The Brethren, telling them that they are a most-feared race of aliens, and helping them invade the aliens’ ship.

Avengers to the rescue.

It turns out the Brethren were working for Collector, who was holding the rest of the race hostage. 

Collector looks very different, very 1990s, and stupid.

And then at the end, there’s a big text explanation about how important this story was because the Brethren were a tool of the Celestials.

But, once again, it really wasn’t. Again, nobody every looked back at these issues and decided it would be fun to write another Brethren story. 

Steve Epting is credited as “Steve Eptig” for his first issue of The Avengers with Bob Harras scripting.  The arc is pure crap.  As is Epting’s art.

Obviously, he hadn’t mastered his craft yet–because in the 2000s he’s fantastic.

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