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"Acts of Vengeance"
Promotional image for the Acts of Vengeance series (Avengers #311 (Dec. 1989) - The Amazing Spider-Man #329 (Feb. 1990)
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateDecember 1989 – February 1990
  • Alpha Flight #79-80
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #326-329
  • The Avengers #311-313 Annual 19
  • Avengers Spotlight #26-29
  • Avengers West Coast #53-55
  • Captain America #365-367
  • The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger (vol. 3) #8-10
  • Damage Control (vol. 2) #1-4
  • Daredevil #275-276
  • Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #11-13
  • Fantastic Four #334-336
  • The Incredible Hulk #363 369
  • Iron Man #250-252
  • Marc Spector: Moon Knight #8-10
  • The New Mutants #84-86
  • Power Pack #53
  • The Punisher (vol. 2) #28-29
  • The Punisher War Journal #12-13
  • Quasar #5-7
  • Silver Surfer #33
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man #158-160
  • Thor #410-412
  • The Uncanny X-Men #256-258
  • X-Factor #50
  • Web of Spider-Man #59-65
  • Wolverine (vol. 2) #19-20
  • Marvel Age #81
Main character(s)Loki
Doctor Doom
Red Skull
Acts Of Vengeance Omnibus HCISBN 978-0-7851-4464-9

"Acts of Vengeance" is a comic book crossover storyline that ran through several titles published by Marvel Comics from December 1989 to February 1990.

Publication history

This company-wide fall crossover was centered on the Avengers and Fantastic Four after three consecutive fall crossovers were built around the X-Men and related mutant teams. Promotional materials teased the idea of a wide array of super-villains facing heroes they had never met, or were not part of the heroes' regular rogues gallery.

The core titles of the crossover include Avengers;[1] Avengers Spotlight;[2] Avengers West Coast;[3] Captain America;[4] Iron Man;[5] Quasar;[6] Thor;[7] and Fantastic Four.[8] Major tie-ins included The Amazing Spider-Man[9] among other Spider-Man titles, Uncanny X-Men [10] and the second Damage Control [11] limited series. An epilogue features in Cloak and Dagger;[12] Web of Spider-Man[13] and in an Avengers Annual.[14] A humorous parody with the character the Impossible Man features in the title Silver Surfer.[15]

Plot summary

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A mysterious stranger (the Asgardian god Loki in disguise) coerces a group of master supervillains to join forces in a conspiracy to destroy the superhero team the Avengers. Loki does this to strike back at his adopted brother Thor, and due to his bitterness that he inadvertently caused the formation of the Avengers.[16] The supervillain team consists of Doctor Doom, the Kingpin, Magneto, the Mandarin, the Red Skull, and the Wizard. Loki also attempts to recruit Apocalypse, Cobra, and the Mad Thinker, but they all decline. Loki also approaches Namor, but he rejects the offer stating he is not a villain anymore.

To assist the master villains, Loki engineers a jailbreak at the Vault. The lesser villains are then directed against heroes (mainly the Avengers and Spider-Man) who have never fought them before, the theory being that the unfamiliarity will act in the villains' favor.

While they did manage to give many of the heroes unusual fights, the plan eventually fails as the master villains fail to cooperate and bicker with each other. An example of this is where Magneto, a mutant and a Jewish Holocaust survivor, attacks the Red Skull, whose Nazi beliefs include a prejudice against mutants, and imprisons him in a buried crypt. The supervillain pawns are defeated by the heroes. A frustrated Loki reveals himself and imprisons the Red Skull, the Mandarin and the Wizard. Meanwhile, Doctor Doom is revealed to have been using a Doombot, the Kingpin makes a timely exit and Magneto is not present. The Avengers track the group and defeat the villains, with Thor forcing Loki to flee back to their native home of Asgard.[17]

Loki commits one last act of villainy and fuses three Sentinels to form the robot Tri-Sentinel, so that it can destroy New York City. The Tri-Sentinel is stopped by Spider-Man, who at the time possessed the powers of Captain Universe.[18]

Cast of characters


Prime movers

Villain participants

Other villains that Loki tried to get involved as members of the inner circle of major villains (but who turned him down) are Apocalypse, Cobra, and the Mad Thinker.

Issues and events

The following issues are listed in chronological order:

The following issues are approximately in reading order:

Note: Iron Man #250 has the "Acts of Vengeance!" logo on its cover, but has nothing to do with the crossover.

Collected editions


  1. ^ John Byrne (w), Paul Ryan (p), Tom Palmer (i). The Avengers 311-313 (December 1989 - January 1990), Marvel Comics
  2. ^ Dwayne McDuffie, Howard Mackie, James Brock (w), Dwayne TurnerAl Milgrom, James Brock (p), Chris Ivy, Don Heck, Roy Richardson (i). Avengers Spotlight 26-29 (December 1989 - February 1990), Marvel Comics
  3. ^ John Byrne (w), John Byrne (p), Keith WilliamsPaul Ryan (i). Avengers West Coast 53-55 (December 1989 - February 1990), Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Mark Gruenwald (w), Kieron DwyerRon Lim (p), Danny Bulanadi (i). Captain America 365-367 (Mid-December 1989 - February 1990), Marvel Comics
  5. ^ Iron Man #250 - 252 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
  6. ^ Quasar #5 - 6 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  7. ^ Thor #411 - 412 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
  8. ^ Fantastic Four #334 - 336 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
  9. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #326 - 329 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  10. ^ Uncanny X-Men #256 - 258 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  11. ^ Damage Control vol. 2, #1 - 4 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  12. ^ Cloak and Dagger vol. 3, #9 (Dec. 1989)
  13. ^ Web of Spider-Man #64 - 65 (May - June 1990)
  14. ^ Avengers Annual #19 (1990)
  15. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 3, #33 (Jan. 1990)
  16. ^ Avengers #1 (Sep. 1963). Marvel Comics
  17. ^ Avengers West Coast #55 (Feb. 1990). Marvel Comics
  18. ^ Michelinie, David (w), Larsen, Erik (a). The Amazing Spider-Man #329 (Feb. 1990). Marvel Comics