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Atlantis Attacks
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Notes:
Atlantis Attacks was a comic book super-hero crossover storyline which ran through most of the summer annuals published by Marvel Comics in 1989. The storyline is a complicated, multi-layered crossover regarding the return of the seven headed serpent god Set at the hands of the various underwater empires of the Marvel Universe. The title itself is misleading, as Atlantis and its then-leader Attuma only play minor roles in the story as flunkies for the real masterminds: Deviant leader Ghaur and Lemurian super-villainess Llyra. Atlantis Attacks continued and expanded the format created by 1988's The Evolutionary War crossover, in which all of Marvel's super-hero annuals were tied in to one large, singular storyline. However, where "The Evolutionary War" had had eleven parts, Atlantis Attacks had fourteen, as Marvel revived the Annual format for Daredevil, Iron Man, and Thor (who were not given annuals in 1988) as part of the storyline. However, due to a typo, the Daredevil Annual is mistakenly numbered with its previous annual number. Also, unlike Evolutionary War annuals, which were connected loosely at best and were mainly written as stand-alone stories loosely connected by the presence of High Evolutionary, Atlantis Attacks were written as a true serial, with many of the Annuals ending on cliffhangers that would be resolved in the next installment. Also every annual contained a back-up story called "The Serpent Crown Saga" which was written by Peter Sanderson with pencil art by Mark Bagley. This 14-part story explained the complicated history of the Serpent Crown and recounted all its previous appearances for new readers. The disembodied Ghaur baits Silver Surfer into restoring his physical form by hijacking Surfer's surfboard[1]. After a brief battle, Ghaur escapes and flees to Earth, where he convinces Lemuria's ruler, Llyra, to form an alliance to summon Set back to Earth. Ghaur's plan for the serpent god's return is a fivefold plot: 1. Build a brand new, giant-sized Serpent Crown, via gathering a large amounts of mystic artifacts and melting them down into building material for the new Serpent Crown. 2. Forge an alliance with Attuma, ruler of Atlantis, and convince him to declare war on the surface world as a means to render Atlantis defenseless (due to Attuma devoting all of the city's military resources towards a surface world invasion), so that Ghaur and Llyra's forces could launch a massive military assault on Atlantis, slaughtering thousands of innocent civilians as a sacrificial offering to Set. 3. Transform the human population into mute serpent men; using a serpent formula conceived by the terrorist Viper, with the deposed underground tyrant Tyrannus injecting recovering drug addicts with the chemical. 4. Kidnap seven super-powered heroines for the purpose of becoming brides for Set, ultimately for the purpose of becoming pregnant with the seven-headed serpent god's children. 5. Use the super-heroine Dagger (one of the women selected as a bride for Set) and a special magical magnifying glass to magnify the potency of a portion of Set's life-force into a viable amount of life energy, to give life the giant Serpent Crown, allowing Set's exiled essence to possess the now mindless seven-headed serpent body and return to Earth. However, their plans are countered at just about every turn by Earth's heroes, culminating with the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Namor the Sub-Mariner (who is believed dead for the bulk of the storyline during a skirmish with Iron Man and Attuma's military forces) defeating Ghaur and Llyra and stopping them from bringing Set to Earth.



Issues (18):
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) Annual 23
Atlantis Attacks (2011) Omnibus HC
The Avengers (1963) Annual 18
Daredevil (1964) Annual 05
Fantastic Four (1961) Annual 22
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007) DVD-ROM vol. 01
Iron Man (1968) Annual 10
Marvel Age (1983) #76
The New Mutants (1983) Annual 05
The Punisher (1987) Annual 02
Silver Surfer (1987) Annual 02
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) Annual 09
Thor (1966) Annual 14
Uncanny X-Men (1963) Annual 13
Web of Spider-Man (1985) Annual 05
West Coast Avengers (1985) Annual 04
What If...? (1989) #25
X-Factor (1986) Annual 04

Characters appearing in this story arc ():
Abomination (Marvel)
Anaconda (Marvel)
Andromeda (Marvel)
Bambina Teresa Bliss 'Bambi' Arbogast
Asp (Marvel)(02 - Cleo Nefertiti)
Attuma (Marvel)
Beast (Marvel)
Black Mamba (Marvel)
Black Panther (Marvel)(05 - T'Challa)
Black Racer (Marvel)
Black Widow (Marvel)(02 - Natalia Romanova)
Boom Boom (Marvel)
Boomslang (Marvel)
Burglar (Marvel)
Bushmaster (Marvel) (02 - Quincy McIver)
Bushwacker
Cannonball (Marvel)
Captain America (Marvel)(01 - Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel (Marvel)(02 - Monica Rambeau)
Coachwhip (Marvel)
Cobra (Marvel)(02 - Klaus Voorhees)
Colossus (Marvel)(03 - Piotr Rasputin)
Copperhead (Marvel)(02 - Davis Lawfers)
Cottonmouth (Marvel)
Dagger (Marvel)
Daredevil (Marvel)(01 - Matt Murdock)
Dazzler (Marvel)(02 - Alison Blaire)
Diamondback (Marvel)(02 - Rachel Leighton)
Doctor Strange (Marvel)(02 - Stephen Strange)
Fer-de-Lance (Marvel)
Gateway (Marvel)
Ghaur
Giant-Man (Marvel)(01 - Hank Pym)
Havok (Marvel)
Hawkeye (Marvel)(01 - Clint Barton)
Heimdall (Marvel)
Harold Joseph 'Happy' Hogan (Marvel)
Joseph 'Crusher' Hogan (Marvel)
Hulk (Marvel)(01 - Bruce Banner)
Human Torch (Marvel)(01 - Jim Hammond)
Invisible Woman (Marvel)
Iron Man (Marvel)(01 - Tony Stark)
John 'J.' Jonah Jameson, Jr. (Marvel)
Richard 'Rick' Jones
Nick Katzenberg
Kingpin (01 - Wilson Fisk)
Krang (Marvel)
Llyra (Marvel)
Longshot (Marvel)(01 - Longshot)
Lord Arno
M.O.D.O.K. (Marvel)
Marvel Girl (Marvel)(01 - Jean Grey)
Alicia Masters (Marvel)
Mentallo
Mockingbird (Marvel)(01 - Bobbi Morse)
Mole Man
Moon Knight
Moondragon (Marvel)
Mr. Fantastic (Marvel)
Mr. Jip
Naga
Namor the Sub-Mariner (Marvel)
Namorita (Marvel)
Orka
'Aunt' May Parker (Marvel)
Benjamin 'Uncle Ben' Parker (Marvel)
Virginia 'Pepper' Potts
Psylocke (Marvel)
Puff Adder (Marvel)
Puma (02 - Thomas Fireheart)
Punisher (Marvel)
Henry Jonathan 'Hank' Pym (Marvel)
Quasar (02 - Wendell Vaughn)
Rattler (Marvel)(02-Gustav Krueger)
James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (Marvel)
Rictor (Marvel)
Rock Python (Marvel)
Rogue (Marvel)(01 - Anna Marie Raven)
Mortimer 'Uncle Morty' Sablinova
Sabretooth (Marvel)
Scarlet Witch (Marvel)
Sersi (Marvel)
Set (Marvel)
She-Hulk (Marvel)(01 - Jennifer Walters)
Sidewinder (Marvel) (01 - Seth Voelker)
Silver Surfer (Marvel)
Spider-Man (Marvel)(01 - Peter Parker)
Storm (Marvel)
Sunspot (Marvel)
Thing (Marvel)
Eugene P. 'Flash' Thompson (Marvel)
Thor (Marvel)(01 - Thor Odinson)
Tigra (Marvel)
Tyrak
Tyrannus
U-Man
Uatu the Watcher (Marvel)
Ben Urich
Viper (Marvel)(02 - Ophelia Sarkissian)
Vision (Marvel)(02 - Synthozoid)
Warlock (Marvel)
Wasp (Marvel)(01 - Janet Van Dyne)
Mary Jane 'M.J.' Watson-Parker
Wolfsbane (Marvel)
Wolverine (Marvel)(01 - James 'Logan' Howlett)
Wonder Man (Marvel)
Abomination (Marvel)
Andromeda (Marvel)
Apollo (Marvel)
Attuma (Marvel)
Atum
Lance Bannon
Beast (Marvel)
Black Panther (Marvel)(05 - T'Challa)
Black Widow (Marvel)(02 - Natalia Romanova)
Captain America (Marvel)(01 - Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel (Marvel)(02 - Monica Rambeau)
Cloak (Marvel)
Kathryn Cushing
Dagger (Marvel)
Daredevil (Marvel)(01 - Matt Murdock)
Demogorge
Doctor Strange (Marvel)(02 - Stephen Strange)
Frenchie (Marvel)
Gaea (Marvel)
Ghaur
Hawkeye (Marvel)(01 - Clint Barton)
Horus (Marvel)
Human Torch (Marvel)(01 - Jim Hammond)
Human Torch (Marvel)(02 - Johnny Storm)
Indra (Marvel) (01 - Hindu god)
Invisible Woman (Marvel)
Iron Man (Marvel)(01 - Tony Stark)
John 'J.' Jonah Jameson, Jr. (Marvel)
Clark Kent (Marvel)
Kingpin (01 - Wilson Fisk)
Llyra (Marvel)
Marrina
Marvel Girl (Marvel)(01 - Jean Grey)
Joy Mercado
Microchip (Marvel)
Mockingbird (Marvel)(01 - Bobbi Morse)
Moon Knight
Mr. Fantastic (Marvel)
Ms. Marvel (Marvel)(02 - Sharon Ventura)
Naga
Namor the Sub-Mariner (Marvel)
Namorita (Marvel)
'Aunt' May Parker (Marvel)
Predator (Marvel)
Punisher (Marvel)
Henry Jonathan 'Hank' Pym (Marvel)
Quasar (02 - Wendell Vaughn)
Quetzalcoatl (Marvel)
Scarlet Witch (Marvel)
Sersi (Marvel)
Set (Marvel)
Shango (Marvel)
She-Hulk (Marvel)(01 - Jennifer Walters)
She-Thing (01 - Sharon Ventura)
Spider-Man (Marvel)(01 - Peter Parker)
Storm (Marvel)
Thing (Marvel)
Eugene P. 'Flash' Thompson (Marvel)
Thor (Marvel)(01 - Thor Odinson)
Tyrannus
Viper (Marvel)(02 - Ophelia Sarkissian)
Vision (Marvel)(02 - Synthozoid)
Wasp (Marvel)(01 - Janet Van Dyne)
Mary Jane 'M.J.' Watson-Parker
Wonder Man (Marvel)
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