Comic Book: The Celestial Madonna Saga
The Celestial Madonna Saga
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is a 1970s storyline of The Avengers
, written by Steve Englehart. The plot is massively complex, and it is perhaps the most complex comic book plot written up to that date (and it may still give a headache to modern readers). In short, the Swordman had returned to the Avengers and brought Mantis with him, a Vietnamite ninja. Unraveling details of her past, which was composed of fake memories, she became the "Celestial Madonna" (the perfect human being), got married with a sentient tree and ascended to a higher plane of existence. The time-traveler Kang the Conqueror tried to abduct Mantis, but he was opposed by pharaoh Ranma-Tut (a future self of Kang) and Immortus (a future self of Kang and Ranma-Tut); even so he attacked a second, a third and a forth time. The Vision discovers that his body was not created by Ultron; actually he used to be the robotic Human Torch, with a changed body and new brain patterns (this became more complicated in the future...). Agatha Harkness trained the Scarlet Witch in sorcery, so she became an actual witch, and not just a mere fancy superhero name. And, as a bonus, we also learn the origin of Moondragon. Sounds complicated? Well, remember that this is just the brief introductory version
Of course, this is a comic book without any relation to the Queen of Pop
The Celestial Madonna Saga provides examples of:
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The ending for Mantis and the Swordsman
- Becoming the Mask: With her studies of mystic arts, the Scarlet Witch became an actual witch.
- Body Horror: When Libra said that he was Mantis' father, she said that he was a liar. To prove her point, she said that he also claims to be blind, and yet moves and fights as no other blind occidental may do (she does not know Daredevil). To prove that he's not blind, she took the bandage from his face... eek. The sight of burnt eyes (or, more exactly, the sight of burnt cavities that used to contain eyes) is not something easy to manage.
- Chekhov's Gun: When he showed up for the final ascent of Mantis to Celestial Madonna, Immortus brought a box with him. Kang appeared shortly afterwards, to abduct Mantis right before her ascent, but the content of the box foiled his plan.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Moondragon answered a distress call aimed to Captain Marvel. Actually, her presence was more important for the events developing than if Marvel actually took the call.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Mantis towards the Vision
- Damsel in Distress: Played with. Dormammu had both the Scarlet Witch and Agatha Harkness captive, and Vision tries to rescue them. He is defeated. Then, it is the Scarlet Witch who breaks free and rescue him.
- Fake Memories: To prevent Mantis from having dellusions of grandeur, the priest of Pama erased her memories of her training in the convent before releasing her to the streets of Saigon, the new memories were that she just always lived in those streets.
- Flirting Under Fire: Mantis, the Scarlet Witch and Agatha Harkess are captured by Kang and placed inside test tubes, where 2 of them are going to die. The other Avengers are captured and helpless, while Kang makes strange experiments with them, and his yet unkown plan nears completition. Mantis, Scarlet Witch... do you really think that was a good moment to discuss who deserves the love of the Vision better?
- Future Me Scares Me: For a Blood Knight like Kang, finding out that he's destined to become a pacifist who opposes his own schemes is too much to bear.
- I Have No Son: Inverted: "This one has no father". To the point that the Vision has to point something Trivially Obvious: that every born person has a father
- Luke, I Am Your Father: All the problem about Mantis' past began at the end of Avengers 122, when Libra told that he was Mantis' father.
- Meaningful Echo: Some time long before this conflict, the Avengers though against the Sentinels. A sentinel scanned the vision and reported him to be a 3 decades old android. The comment was ignored in the heat of the battle, but remembered when he learned about his origin as the Human Torch.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: After defeating the Avengers, Kang teletransported them to his base, to use for his masterplan, but left the Swordsman behind. He said he was a weakling, not worth of his time.
- My Future Self and Me: Kang, Ranma Tut and Immortus: 3 different selves of the same man.
- My Own Private "I Do": Immortus may be the high and mighty Lord of Limbo, Master of the Timestream, Watcher of the Timelines, Keeper of the integrity of the multiverse and all the stuff you want... but he has no legal nor religious authorization to conduct weddings.
- Night of the Living Mooks: Kang's second attack. Seizing Immortus' machines, he abducted the Avengers to Limbo and raised an army of super-powered dead people.
- The Obi-Wan: Agatha Harkness
- Revision: A tool used for the complexity of the story. First the Star-Stalker explains the origin of the Priests of Pama, who trained Mantis, and some issues later we hear the same story but with more details that make it more complex (details unknown by the Hunter, which explains why he didn't told them).
- Selective Obliviousness: Kang will never stop being Kang... no matter what does his future selves claim.
- The Social Darwinist: Inverted. There is a "Celestial Madonna", a perfect human being, but it is not a ‹bermensch from a world power, it is a poor girl from a third-world country ravaged by war. In fact, living among poor people and being one of them was precisely the reason why Mantis was selected to be the Celestial Madonna and not Moondragon, who never left the convent.
- Taking the Bullet: The Swordsman saved Mantis from Kang, and died.
- Took a Level in Badass: The Scarlet Witch, after learning sorcery
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: So, Mantis got married... with a tree?
- Weddings for Everyone: The story ends with not one but TWO weddings at the same time: Mantis and the cotati spirit, and the Scarlet Witch and the Vision.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The Cotati built a garden, and won the contest with the Kree. In response, the Kree killed them all.