Avengers (1998 3rd Series) #32
Avengers/Thunderbolts crossover. "Behind the Masque!" Part 3 of 7. Guest-starring the Black Widow. Script by Kurt Busiek. Art by George Pérez (layouts) and Paul Ryan (pencils). Inks by Al Vey. Cover by George Pérez. The golden avenger is shaken after the Avengers' deadly encounter with a bio-duplicate of Madame Masque in Chicago. So Iron Man asks the Black Widow to stop by the mansion and discuss a past incident involving another so-called Madame Masque. After Natasha tells the story about the gold coin, Iron Man is convinced that the original Madame Masque (aka Whitney Frost) is alive! But is she in danger? Or is she the danger? The questions become answers when the Grim Reaper discovers and then attacks Madame Masque's hideaway! However the Avengers have been tracking the reaper! And without hesitation they join the mêlée in the Nevada desert! Retelling of Madame Masque's origin. Cameo appearances by She-Hulk, Jarvis, Sharon Carter, Jasper Sitwell, Jonathan Tremont, Hank Pym (aka Yellowjacket), Masque, Benedict, Atlas, Wonder Man, and Count Nefaria. Flashback cameos by Masque and Benedict to recap the events surrounding the gold coin in Avengers (1st series) 399. (Note: The Black Widow appears next in Thunderbolts #43 -- part 4 of the crossover.) 40 pages. Cover price $2.25.