Editor’s note: This review was originally published on Jun. 16, 2009.
THE AVENGERS ANNUAL #10
(Cover by Al Milgrom)
Published and © by Marvel, 1981
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“By Friends — Betrayed!”
Synopsis: The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants goes on the attack, first targeting Ms. Marvel, then the entire Avengers team.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Michael Golden
Inker: Armando Gil
Review: As Bronze Age classics go, Avengers Annual #10 has it all: The introduction of an important new character (Rogue); the return and repositioning of another (Ms. Marvel); great guest stars (Spider-Woman, and a brief appearance by the X-Men); and powerful teams of heroes (The Avengers, of course) and villains (the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants) going toe-to-toe in an extended, well-choreographed battle. More importantly, it’s got A-game work from two of the era’s top creative talents: Chris Claremont’s script is thick with strong characterization and his signature soap-opera drama, all captured brilliantly by penciler/colorist Michael Golden. An outstanding superhero comic.
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Cool factor: In the days before Previews and advanced solicitations on the Web, this one took a lot of young fans by surprise. Just imagine walking into a mom-and-pop grocery and finding this one on the spinner rack.
Not-so-cool factor: The Al Milgrom cover. It’s not horrible, but, come on, Michael Golden is one of the best cover artists of his generation.
Notable: First appearance of Rogue. … The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide also lists this as the first appearance of Madelyne Pryor, though this fact has been largely debunked. It’s interesting to note that The Official Marvel Wiki also lists Avengers Annual #10 as the character’s first appearance, at least as a child.
Character quotable: “I’m Maddy Pryor. I been sick. But I’m better now.” — A little girl in the background of a hospital scene, setting off years of fan debate about whether she’s that Madelyne Pryor.