Considered as the “prequel” to House of M mainly because this is where Scarlet Witch showed signs of psychological instability, Avengers Disassembled is the kind of reality that one would never think could actually happen. I mean, the title says it all. The Avengers are no more.
There’s not much to say about Disassembled. Well, that didn’t sound right. Okay, I read Disassembled so as to make more sense out of the Scarlet Witch. I didn’t want the mental image that I have of her to be the forever-crazy-overpowered-mutant. It had to come from somewhere, right? So, Disassembled.
For starters, this is the story arc where this happened:
This pretty much sums up the reason why the Witch went cray cray. Well, there are a lot of other things like sibling pressure (coughPietrocough) but, yes. This happened and you cannot un-see it.
Disassembled was actually gave me a pretty good picture on how powerful the Scarlet Witch actually is. Disregarding the tie-ins (although I did also read them), everything that happened within the Avengers arc was her doing. She managed to will her children into being — you know, like some sort of psychic Virgin Mary. She wiped out the Avengers mansion by bringing in an Ultron invasion out of all the nasty cosmic entities. She even successfully covered all her tracks by using an astral projection of Stephen Strange! Really, it’s complicated.
Another highlight for Disassembled was the death of a certain bow and arrow wielding dude. He died a heroic death but it was still sad, nonetheless.
As if this wasn’t enough, the ending of Disassembled proved to be one of the greatest plot twists in history. Did it really happen? I don’t know. For all I know it could’ve been the Witch’s doing. But it was an exciting ride. The ending was a truly emotional moment what with all the reminiscing and stuff. It’s enough to make a grown man cry.
It was a really sad ending. We’ve known the Avengers as this super team saving everybody’s asses. They were perfect. It never would’ve occurred to anyone that the Avengers will ever disband (of course, now we know better than this. Because, Civil War. My God! Foreshadowing!). So it was a really sad moment to see everyone doing their final cheers. But the nevertheless, it was a great run. And it was good to see them through until the end.