On the upside: This book revisits the greatest Marvel comic of all time, Fantastic Four #5–the one where the FF go back in time and Thing gets to be Blackbeard the pirate. That’s really cool.
The team finds the old machine. And yeah, it’s incredible that it’s just abandoned. Also, strangely, Dr. Doom seems to have installed a “view only” button on his time machine…
But putting all those issues to one side, the story in Avengers #56 is cool.
Captain America misses Bucky like mad and has come to believe Bucky really isn’t dead.
So, he recruits the team to go back in time to the moment Baron Zola strapped the duo on a rocket and shot them up in the sky.
Cap gets convinced that Bucky is in fact dead by the end. Of course, he’s not.
Hank Pym trusts Jan to mind the buttons and make sure they get back in time. But she falls asleep.
And there’s a casual panel here–no fanfare at all–that I’m going to say represents the first Fastball Special. Even if it’s not called that.
That’s all in issue #56. They say that it’s to be continued in King Size Special Avengers #2 (aka Avengers Annual #2), but I can’t see how it gets continued there.
The Annual is a weird time travel story that kind of sucks. You can tell is sucks because Nathaniel Richards is in it and he takes on YET ANOTHER name. Scarlet Centurion.
So, stick with #56 and you’ll have a good reading experience.