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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.

Part 1: Silver Surfer Annual #2
Part 2: Iron Man Annual #10
Interlude: Marvel Comics Presents #26 (Mr. Fixit [Hulk] battles a killer whale)
Part 3: X-Men Annual #13
Part 4: The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23
Part 5: Punisher Annual #2
Part 6: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9
Part 7: Daredevil Annual #5 (mislabeled as Annual #4)
Part 8: Avengers Annual #18
Interlude: New Mutants #76 (return of Namor, consumption of tuna fish sandwiches and intro of monster summoning horn)
Part 9: New Mutants Annual #5
Part 10: X-Factor Annual #4
Part 11: Web of Spider-Man Annual #5
Interlude: Avengers West Coast #52
Part 12: Avengers West Coast Annual #4
Part 13: Thor Annual #14
Part 14: Fantastic Four Annual #22




Issues (21):
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) Annual 23
Atlantis Attacks Omnibus (2011) Omnibus HC
Avengers West Coast (1989) #52
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
Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #26
The New Mutants (1983) Annual 05
The New Mutants (1983) #76
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 (Marvel)
Asp (Marvel)(02 - Cleo Nefertiti)
Attuma (Marvel)
Beast (Marvel)(Henry McCoy)
Black Mamba (Marvel)
Black Panther (Marvel)(01 - T'Challa)
Black Racer (Marvel)
Black Widow (Marvel)(02 - Natalia Romanova)
Boom Boom (Marvel)
Boomslang (Marvel)
Brightwind
Burglar (Marvel)
Bushmaster (Marvel)(02 - Quincy McIver)
Bushwacker (Marvel)
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)
Cyclops (Marvel)(03 - Scott Summers)
Dagger (Marvel)
Daredevil (Marvel)(01 - Matt Murdock)
Dazzler (Marvel)(02 - Alison Blaire)
Diamondback (Marvel)(02 - Rachel Leighton)
Doctor Strange (Marvel)(02 - Stephen Strange)
Ebony (Marvel)
Fer-de-Lance (Marvel)
Firefist (Marvel)(02 - Rusty Collins)
Gateway (Marvel)
Ghaur
Giant-Man (Marvel)(01 - Hank Pym)
Agatha Harkness (Marvel)
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)
Iceman (Marvel)
Invisible Woman (Marvel)
Iron Man (Marvel)(01 - Tony Stark)
John 'J.' Jonah Jameson, Jr. (Marvel)
Richard 'Rick' Jones (Marvel)
Nick Katzenberg
Kingpin (Marvel)(01 - Wilson Fisk)
Krang (Marvel)
Llyra (Marvel)
Longshot (Marvel)(01 - Longshot)
Lord Arno
M.O.D.O.K. (Marvel)
Magik (Marvel)(01 - Illyana Rasputin)
Marvel Girl (Marvel)(01 - Jean Grey)
Master Pandemonium (Marvel)
Alicia Masters (Marvel)(01)
Thomas Maximoff
William Maximoff
Mentallo (Marvel)
Mephisto (Marvel)
Mirage (Marvel)(02 - Danielle Moonstar)
Mockingbird (Marvel)(01 - Bobbi Morse)
Mole Man (Marvel)
Moon Knight (Marvel)
Moondragon (Marvel)
Mr. Fantastic (Marvel)(01 - Reed Richards)
Mr. Jip
Naga
Namor the Sub-Mariner (Marvel)
Namorita (Marvel)
Orka (Marvel)
'Aunt' May Parker (Marvel)
Benjamin 'Uncle Ben' Parker (Marvel)
Virginia 'Pepper' Potts (Marvel)
Psylocke (Marvel)
Puff Adder (Marvel)(01 - Gordon Fraley)
Puma (02 - Thomas Fireheart)
Punisher (Marvel)
Henry Jonathan 'Hank' Pym (Marvel)
Quasar (Marvel)(02 - Wendell Vaughn)
Rattler (Marvel)(02 - Gustav Krueger)
Ann Raymond
James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (Marvel)
Franklin Benjamin Richards (Marvel)
Rictor (Marvel)
Rock Python (Marvel)
Rogue (Marvel)(01 - Anna Marie Raven)
Mortimer 'Uncle Morty' Sablinova
Sabretooth (Marvel)
Scarlet Witch (Marvel)(02 - Wanda Maximoff)
Sersi (Marvel)
Set (Marvel)
She-Hulk (Marvel)(01 - Jennifer Walters)
Ship (Marvel)(02 - X-Factor's HQ)
Sidewinder (Marvel)(01 - Seth Voelker)
Silver Surfer (Marvel)
Skids (Marvel)
Spider-Man (Marvel)(01 - Peter Parker)
Storm (Marvel)(01 - Ororo Munroe)
Sunspot (Marvel)
Thing (Marvel)(01 - Ben Grimm)
Eugene P. 'Flash' Thompson (Marvel)
Thor (Marvel)(01 - Thor Odinson)
Tigra (Marvel)
Tyrak
Tyrannus
U-Man (Marvel)
U.S.Agent (Marvel)
Uatu the Watcher (Marvel)
Ben Urich (Marvel)
Viper (Marvel)(02 - Ophelia Sarkissian)
Vision (Marvel)(02 - Synthozoid)
Warlock (Marvel)
Wasp (Marvel)(01 - Janet Van Dyne)
Mary Jane Watson-Parker (Marvel)
Wolfsbane (Marvel)
Wolverine (Marvel)(01 - James 'Logan' Howlett)
Wonder Man (Marvel)
Abomination (Marvel)
Andromeda (Marvel)
Apollo (Marvel)
Attuma (Marvel)
Atum
Lance Bannon
Beast (Marvel)(Henry McCoy)
Black Panther (Marvel)(01 - T'Challa)
Black Widow (Marvel)(02 - Natalia Romanova)
Boom Boom (Marvel)
Cannonball (Marvel)
Captain America (Marvel)(01 - Steve Rogers)
Captain Marvel (Marvel)(02 - Monica Rambeau)
Cloak (Marvel)
Colossus (Marvel)(03 - Piotr Rasputin)
Kathryn Cushing
Dagger (Marvel)
Daredevil (Marvel)(01 - Matt Murdock)
Dazzler (Marvel)(02 - Alison Blaire)
Demogorge
Doctor Strange (Marvel)(02 - Stephen Strange)
Dorma (Marvel)
Frenchie (Marvel)
Gaea (Marvel)
Ghaur
Havok (Marvel)
Hawkeye (Marvel)(01 - Clint Barton)
Horus (Marvel)
Hulk (Marvel)(01 - Bruce Banner)
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 (Marvel)(01 - Wilson Fisk)
Llyra (Marvel)
Longshot (Marvel)(01 - Longshot)
Jonas Marlin
Marrina (Marvel)
Marvel Girl (Marvel)(01 - Jean Grey)
Joy Mercado
Microchip (Marvel)
Mockingbird (Marvel)(01 - Bobbi Morse)
Moon Knight (Marvel)
Mr. Fantastic (Marvel)(01 - Reed Richards)
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 (Marvel)(02 - Wendell Vaughn)
Quetzalcoatl (Marvel)
Rictor (Marvel)
Rogue (Marvel)(01 - Anna Marie Raven)
Scarlet Witch (Marvel)(02 - Wanda Maximoff)
Sersi (Marvel)
Set (Marvel)
Shango (Marvel)
She-Hulk (Marvel)(01 - Jennifer Walters)
She-Thing (01 - Sharon Ventura)
Silver Surfer (Marvel)
Spider-Man (Marvel)(01 - Peter Parker)
Storm (Marvel)(01 - Ororo Munroe)
Sunspot (Marvel)
Thing (Marvel)(01 - Ben Grimm)
Eugene P. 'Flash' Thompson (Marvel)
Thor (Marvel)(01 - Thor Odinson)
Tyrannus
Viper (Marvel)(02 - Ophelia Sarkissian)
Vision (Marvel)(02 - Synthozoid)
Warlock (Marvel)
Wasp (Marvel)(01 - Janet Van Dyne)
Mary Jane Watson-Parker (Marvel)
Wolfsbane (Marvel)
Wolverine (Marvel)(01 - James 'Logan' Howlett)
Wonder Man (Marvel)
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