Overall: This issue gets started with a bunch of low level super-villains(Quasimodo, Living Laser, etc)pretty much having their way with the Avengers(and Spider-Man). No matter what strategy Captain America(Steve Rogers)comes up with, the villains seem able to adapt to it. Vision notices that the villains seem to be having their powers boosted, so Cap tells the Avengers to try to handle the villains, while he goes with Vision to the location of the power boosting device. Cap and Vision arrive at a simple looking house, and upon entering it they find a normal looking guy surrounded by some fancy computers. Cap tells the man to stay away from the computers, but the man taunts Cap and continues typing, which leads to Cap laying out the villain. Once the man is away from the computers, all of the villain's enhanced powers leave them and the Avengers(and Spider-Man)make quick work of the bad guys. From there the strange man is arrested and sent to prison, while the Avengers head back to the mansion. Cap winds up having nightmares from his WWII past and feels the need to visit the man in prison, who gave his name as Michael Korvac. Cap visits Korvac in his cell, and Korvac gives tantalizing hints to Cap that he was aware of Cap's past and the dream he had just had. Before Cap can get any kind of answers from Korvac, the police department is attacked, and this issue ends with Cap coming face-to-face with the Guardians of the Galaxy from the 31st century, who tell Cap they'll be taking Korvac with them, whether he likes it or not.
Well, first off all, a confession... I don't think I've ever read anything with Korvac in it... I might have, but I know I didn't read his initial appearances. So this is, for all intents and purposes, my first introduction to Korvac. This issue was a good introductory issue. It gave us the villain(Korvac), it set up that something fishy was going on(Cap's dreams), and it established Korvac as a mysterious menace(his ability to amplify the powers of the other villains, his words to Cap, etc). Plus it brought the Guardians of the Galaxy in at the end as wild cards. I'll definitely be looking forward to seeing where this story goes from here.
Score: 7 out of 10.What's better than Cap laying out some smart-mouth punk?