Written by - Jim Shooter
Pencils by - George Perez
Inks by - Pablo Marcos
Cover Art by - George Perez & Joe Sinnott
Issue 160 of The Avengers originally published in June 1977 features the story 'The Trial'. There is a line on the first page that reads '...life is made from layers of madness...' which I thought was quite profound and applicable to almost all superhero comics to some degree, as the realities in which these characters exist are of pure chaos and aberration.
The team of Avengers in this part of the time-line are made up of Black Panther, Vision, Beast, Wonder Man and Scarlet Witch. There are also cameos from Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Yellow Jacket, Wasp and Whizzer. Bad guy duties are taken care of mainly by The Grim Reaper (Eric Williams) who has returned to launch a 'self-righteous attack' on the Avengers in their mansion. The Grim Reaper's twisted logic and morality mixed with a perverse sense of justice places the heroes on trial for the purpose of determining whether the Vision or the newly revived Wonder Man is his true brother, Simon Williams. Unfortunately for the one found to be unrelated, they are to be sentenced to death.