After a portent heralding the awakening of the Celestial Madonna appears, the Avengers vow to protect her against those who would possess her: Kang the Conqueror, Rama-Tut, and Immortus, Lord of Limbo....
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The Avengers: Celestial Madonna Reviews
Steve Englehart was one of the most interesting writers Marvel had in the ‘70s. He’d loaded The Avengers with several dramatic bombs, which he detonated in this saga, one of the title’s most famous and most respected. He’d brought back the long-lost Swordsman, a one-time Avenger who’d betrayed the team. Swordsman was presented as an ineffective loser, one step removed from a lengthy bender, who was desperate for redemption. Not the typical hero of the era. Accompanying Swordsman was Englehart’s most daring creation, Mantis. A Eurasian martial arts expert and empath, Mantis was one of the most forwardly sexual characters in an era still heavily under the boot of the Comics Code. She had a past as a Viet Nam “bar girl” (a prostitute euphemism), wore a sexy outfit and had no problem coming onto all the male members of the team, furthering the Swordsman’s humiliation. Englehart created a potent romantic clash comprising Swordsman/Mantis and Vision/Scarlet Witch, highlighting the power imbalance in the former relationship and the inability of the latter to be forthright about what they wanted.Into all that came a newborn star that hung over Avengers Mansion. It indicated that one of the mansion’s female inhabitants (Mantis, Scarlet Witch or the Witch’s tutor, Agatha Harkness) was destined to be the Celestial Madonna and give birth to a son who would change the universe. Future-spawned villain Kang arrived, determined to control and mate with the Madonna to possess her child. An epic battle ensued that eventually brought in Pharaoh Rama-Tut and Immortus, the master of Limbo. Englehart revealed how all three characters were basically variations of Kang.The wide-ranging saga featured Swordsman sacrificing his life to save Mantis and major revelations about the origins of both Mantis and Vision. Questions about the latter had lingered for years and while some of these details would be retconned in the future, they were a watershed, connecting the Vision to the original Human Torch. The saga was a turning point for the Scarlet Witch, who entered a more powerful phase of her career before marrying the Vision. That was a double ceremony with Mantis and the reanimated body of the Swordsman, possessed by an alien tree (again, it was the ‘70s; it was supposed to be weird). The tale brought Hawkeye back to the fold and introduced Moondragon as a regular presence, too. Several classic heroes and villains popped up in various roles. Englehart’s climax brought real, lasting change to the characters, eschewing the “reset” mentality that seemed to reign with other books of the era. The story was deliberately, almost defiantly, bizarre, but in a good way. The presentation of Mantis, forward and not entirely sympathetic, was almost revolutionary, and Englehart’s willingness to delve into the still raw tangle of issues of Viet Nam, even in a cursory fashion, was pretty brave. Bob Brown and Sal Buscema handled most of the art in their usual clean, classic style. Dave Cockrum, whose X-Men stardom was around the corner, contributed some nice work, too. Especially impressive was a full-page shot of Mantis, revealed as the Madonna, with a dazzling prismatic panel background.The Avengers: Celestial Madonna is a great example of ‘70s Marvel taking real chances with its characters and narrative approach. Any fan of the franchise is well-advised to seek this one out.A version of this review originally appeared on www.thunderalleybcp.com
Awesome story, and if read immediately before "Avengers Forever", holy smokes!
This is one of those core stories that a fan of the classic Avengers should. As someone who has only read a few things with these characters, the drama is not as amazing. There is one thing that was fun: a character called the Swordsman. He is in about half of the story and, to me, if the character was the focus of the entire thing this would rate as one of my favorites. I had no info on this character before, so I did a little research. The Swordsman was in a bunch of early Avengers stories. And to sum up his entire history: he' s just a loser. Doesn't really fight that well and keeps doubting himself. He felt like the most real character in the story. Too bad the writers didn't do more with that...
I just re-read this book after many years, I had forgotten how much it takes on. Man, it sure is chock full of trippy ideas and moments. This is key reading for any longtime Marvel fans for understanding the development of Marvel mythology in the mid-70s. Much of what came in the 1980s in the Avengers was built on this story.About half of this story is relegated to time-traveling villain Kang trying to figure out who the titular Celestial Madonna is and kidnap her, with the other half dedicated to explaining various then-peculating mysteries of the Marvel Universe, including, but not limited to, the origins of the Vision and Mantis, Kang's future and past selves in the time streams, and what happened to the original Human Torch.These are the sorts of mysteries that evolve out of the contradictions inherent to storytelling in a shared fictional universe with multiple creative personnel coming and going and tend to be only noticed only by fans and only addressed once fans become professionals. This was when the storytelling in Marvel was freewheeling and seemingly boundless in its creativity, and it's still fun to see writers come up with creative solutions to these contradictions. This kind of storytelling eventually became tedious in the 80s and 90s as more and more attention was paid to continuity and less to storytelling. But here it's still fresh and fun with a lot of invention.Highly recommended for long-time Marvel fans, more casual fans might be a more than bit bewildered by the whole thing.
Oh, the 70s. I don't think I need to say anything else.
Still holds up to me, This is one of the best Avengers storylines when dealing with the Vision and Scarlet Witch.
Raccoglie le storiche storie su Avengers di Englehart col fato di Mantis e dello Spadaccino, il doppio matrimonio, Kang e Immortus. Un ottimo climax di un buon periodo di storie.