Avengers, Vol. 1, Issue 250 (December 1984)
WEST COAST CREDITS!
Writer: Roger Stern
Penciler: Al Milgrom
Inker: Joe Sinnott, Ian Akin, and Brian Garvey
WEST COAST SUMMARY!
The return of Maelstrom brings together the Avengers of both coasts for their biggest fight yet.
WEST COAST THOUGHTS!
If you’re wondering why we went from West Coast Avengers #4 to Avengers #250, it’s because I’m following the instructions at the end of the mini-series, which kindly suggested I follow the West Coast Avengers here. So here we are.
The first thing I noticed about the issue is Al Milgrom’s art, who has always been the artist I associated with West Coast Avengers. While I loved his art as a kid, it’s a bit of a step down from Bob Hall’s work in the mini-series.
Stern does a good job making the West Coast Avengers’ appearance in the book make sense, as well as progressing the storyline he established in the mini-series. Though, if this issue were the first time I met the West Coast Avengers, I’d think they were just a group of insecure and whiny heroes.
Tigra and Wonder Man continue to be touchy. If they’re in a relationship, it hasn’t been mentioned at all, unless I somehow missed it.
There’s really nothing to really say here. It’s all pretty much by the numbers. Maelstrom appears. The teams unite. They fight Maelstrom and win. There’s a small bit about Captain Marvel conquering her fears which is just an easy way to remove her from the board, just like every JLA story has to get Superman out of the way first.
If it weren’t for the West Coast Avengers being here, I’d have no interest in reading this issue.
WEST BOAST OR ROAST?
Roast! For a big anniversary issue, this one falls short.
WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!
Iron Man: “I bet I can get everyone thinking the same thing. Am I right or am I right?”