So alas, here we come to the end of my work week. Sorry to all you other poor bastards that can't say the same. I feel ya'.
Well cheer up, because St.Patrick's Day is this weekend, and you'll have plenty of opportunities for fun and hangovers!
I probably should've done something special to mark the occasion as I've done in the past, but frankly I didn't think of it sooner, and I'm lazy.
But that's cool.
So, today's randomly picked back issue to spotlighted today is Avengers(Vol.3)#76 February, 2004.
This one's from the very brief fun by geek god and Dan Didio's favorite writer, Geoff Johns.
Yes, you read that right, Geoff Johns actually did write The Avengers once upon a time. Sure it didn't last longer than a cup of coffee, but it wasn't terrible.
Well today's issue revolves around the bickering (then) teammates Ant-Man Scott Lang and Jack of Hearts.
Ant-Man's pissed because he lost custody of his daughter Cassie to her mother due to his duties as an Avenger. Although to be fair he wasn't a full-time Avenger at the time. A point he makes to the judge, but that still doesn't sway the judge despite the acknowledgement of said point.
Jack of Hearts is pissed, because he's forced to stay in heavily armored bunker underneath Avengers mansion because the energies that power his body are slowly killing him and and cause him to explode due to his half-alien physiology.
So you have those factors causing these men to already be in shitty moods, take it out on each other. Of course it doesn't help that they're personalities already rub each other the wrong. You know how it is; you have a co-worker that you absolutely can't stand but are forced to deal with because it's work, and you need the income that job provides, so you do your best to suck it up and get through the work day. Well same the principal applies here, except their jobs is to protect the world from super-powered threats and the like.
Well things get worse for both men, as Ant-Man's daughter Cassie is abducted from school by a man claiming he needs her help finding his missing daughter Jessica. It's all a ruse, and pretty quickly he's pulling a gun on her, intending to kill her like he did his own daughter, the same one one he claimed was missing.
Ant-Man goes after the both of them and finds them fairly quickly with his powers.
Ant-Man and the psycho father battle it out, with Ant-Man winning. He then points the man's gun at him, just in time for Jack of Hearts to show up and stop Lang from shooting the man right in front of Cassie.
Jack of Hearts by this time, is tired of being locked up in the vault all the day, waiting for a cure. He's of the mindset that it's probably better to just go ahead and die free than live like a prisoner. He then decides to take the psycho dad with him into outer space right as Jack starts to breakdown and explode.
And that's exactly what happens.
Cassie asks her father who that man was that saved them, to which Ant-Man responds "He was an Avenger Cassie. he was an Avenger."
A sad but good death for Jack, and a really good emotional ending. But really, Johns didn't need to kill Jack off. Sure it packed that much an emotional punch, but was totally unnecessary.
If I'm not mistaken, Johns ended his run here, and went back or stayed @ DC, where he of course, remains to this day.
While not bad, I'd still be interested to see what he could do with The Avengers again, as well as many other Marvel mainstays such as Spider-Man, the FF, X-Men, or even the Hulk.
Maybe one day.....
That'll do it for me for this week. I'll be partying my ass off for St. Pats, and staying with some friends until Wednesday. So I might make any new posts until then. Or I could always schedule them out in advance. I don't know. You guys can wait right? Of course you can;)
Anyhoo, have a damn good weekend and an kick-ass St. Pats people!!!!
Drink responsibly and drive safe out there........