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Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #4

 

"Contest of Champions"

Written by Chris Yost
Art by Chris Jones and Terry Pallot

"My Dinner With Hydra"

Written by Joe Caramagna
Art by Ramon Bachs and Raul Fonts

 "Contest of Champions" was much shorter than the eponymous miniseries from ages past, lasting only a half an issue.  I've always thought that the Grandmaster and the Champion were always good mechanisms for hero vs. hero slugfests, and this story is no different, with four of the strongest characters (and one of the strongest villains) slugging it out (with a twist).

"My Dinner With Hydra" is pure fun; Hawkeye wants the Black Widow to agree to a date, and afer defusing the Radioactive Man, who Hydra is using as a bomb, they have the beginnings of one (until duty calls). While the entertainment of the story comes mostly from the interplay between the Black Widow and Hawkeye, like most of the stories in this title, it is over too quickly.

There is another installment of the Fury Files, this time featuring Hawkeye; as usual its nothing more than a screen-capture of the short feature, and only confirms one bit of Hawkeye lore we didn't know before; that he was trained by super-villains.  We have so little space between two stories that I'd much rather have them devoted to story, and not a cursory re-cap of an origin that doesn't provide new information or details.