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It's possibly too long to be a "One Perfect Moment", but this aside from Avengers Forever, this is easily my favorite Kang the Conqueror bit ever. In issue 54 of Busiek's run on the Avengers, the Dynasty War is ended and Kang is finally beaten. And we get his perspective for the first of two codas for that arc, to see how he takes his defeat. Four pages.

*For those of you cringing, that is not the same Marcus as in Avengers #200. One of the subplots in the Dynasty War arc addresses the tension between him and Carol, because he's infatuated and she's understandably freaked out by his very existence.

Kang reveals to Marcus that A) he's the latest in a long line of cloned heirs, B) he was the best of them all, and C) Kang knew the entire time that Marcus had betrayed him for Carol's sake. But had Marcus stayed true to that independent streak and not come to rescue him, he wouldn't have done anything about the betrayal and still wouldn't have minded his upcoming execution. However, because Marcus did rescue him, that leaves the necessity for retaliation/punishment on the table. Then he pulls a knife out of his boot and stabs Marcus.

Date: 2010-07-26 12:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] okkult3000
I bought the huge trade of this story just because of this sequence.

Date: 2010-07-26 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] colonel_green
I was generally not a huge fan of Busiek's Avengers run - too much riffing on old stories I haven't read, too much dialogue where everybody has a stick rammed up their ass. This final story, however, came very close to redeeming the whole thing as genuinely great; and it's a genuinely great story on its own. The final pages with Kang are a terrific arc for the character (the one problem might be that, in a lot of ways, this story took Kang about as far as he can go as a major threat).

Date: 2010-07-26 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Yeah, I always liked this sequence. It's easy to forget, with Kang, that he has good traits as well as bad, and the former only accentuate the latter. This is a perfect example, because good and bad are all mixed up into a tossed salad - on the one hand, he feels grief over the death of his son and laments its necessity, on the other, it IS only necessary because of his overblown need to avenge the slightest of betrayals. On the one hand, he is content and at peace with his upcoming death, and is content with his legacy - on the other hand, his 'legacy' is a never-ending sequence of war, pain and death that stretches across the centuries, and the only reason he is content is because of his monstrous ego. On the one hand, he is proud of his son's ambition and independence - on the other, he cuts him down the moment he oversteps his bounds, despite the fact that these bounds are overstepped due to loyalty. So it goes with Kang - he has chance after chance to redeem himself, but he blows them every time, leaving him with nothing, except the ambition to begin anew.


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