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Avengers Vol 1 123


Avengers Vol 1 123

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Quote1 He deserves -- my vengeance -- Quote2
-- Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne)

Appearing in "Vengence in Viet Nam! - or - An Origin for Mantis!"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Priests of Pama (Flashback and main story) (Death)
  • Lua aka Lau Brandt (Mantis' mother, called "Lua") (Only in flashback) (Only appearance; dies)[1]




Synopsis for "Vengence in Viet Nam! - or - An Origin for Mantis!"Edit

Continued from last issue, the Avengers had just defeated the Zodiac Cartel when Zodiac member Libra revealed that he is really the father of Mantis. He explains that he was a US soldier that fought in Viet Nam who ended up falling in love with a Vietnamese woman who was the sister of Monsieur Khruul and that they had a child together.

When Khruul learned of this he had them burned alive, Libra's wife died however, he managed to escape with his child and found the ancient city of the Priests of Pama who took them in and trained his daughter in their ways, eventually he left.

The Avengers end up having to rush to Viet Nam when they learn that the Swordman, in an effort to prove himself worthy of Mantis' affections flew there to take down Monsieur Khruul. Upon their arrival, they find that Swordsman was captured and tortured until he revealed the location of the temple of the Priests of Pama.

Arriving there too late, the Avengers find that Khruul and his men slaughtered the priests, however Khruul himself ended his own life by freeing a creature known as the Star Stalker, which was the Priests captive.

  • Zodiac appears only as a cameo in this issue.
  • This issue contains two page letters section, Avengers Assemble!. Letters are published from David Burcia, Paul Loper, Kim (?), Joe Cicala, and Nan Brower.
  • This issue also contains a Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation.

  • No trivia.

See AlsoEdit

  • None.

  • The Unofficial Marvel Value Stamps Site [1]


  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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