The Avengers (1963) - #177
"The Hope... and the Slaughter!"
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David T. Wenzel
Nelson 'Nel' Yomtov
Roger L. Stern
David Emmett 'Dave' Cockrum
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Cover Date: November 1978
Cover Price: US $0.35
Issue Tagline: "... These Who Lay Dying!"
Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages
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The Korvac Saga
Letters Column: Avengers Assemble!
As the Avengers are about to battle Korvac, the great cosmic entities detect his presence, and prepare for war. Moondragon telepathically calls the Guardians of the Galaxy, who immediately join the battle. After a long battle, in which Korvac kills or incapacitates most of the Avengers and Guardians, Starhawk, Vision, Thor, and Iron Man finally attack him at once, and send him reeling. Korvac looks to Carina for moral support, but she, scared by the carnage, hesitates to help him. This causes Korvac to lose his will to survive. He dies, largely because he lost his will to live. Carina, now distraught over Michael's death, attacks the Avengers. As an Elder, she is very powerful. Eventually, she allows Thor to strike her dead, and as she falls, she falls next to her beloved. Moondragon tells Thor that Korvac, with his last remaining life force, resurrected the dead and dying Avengers and Guardians. However, she says that they need immediate medical attention from a doctor, and she tells him that she knows that he is Dr Donald Blake, so that he can change to Blake and save them. She also reveals that Korvac was not evil. She reveals that Korvac only wished to free the universe from the caprices of Eternity, and that the Avengers, not Korvac are to blame. Thor, now Blake, says he wishes he didn't know the truth. Moondragon says that his memory of this will fade, and she will be the only one left who knows, as she walks off, crying.
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