WEST COAST CREDITS!
Writer: Steve Englehart
Layouts: Al Milgrom
Finishes: Dave Hunt
WEST COAST SUMMARY!
The team foils the Evil-evil Zodiac Cartel from robbing the Denver Mint which leads to a battle in Death Valley which leads to a battle to save Hawkeye and Tigra in the Realm of the Brotherhood. And all of this battling allows the Human Taurus to finally make his escape.
WEST COAST THOUGHTS!
The West Coast Avengers foil the Evil-evil Zodiac Cartel’s robbery at the Denver Mint. During the fight we learn that Scorpio is having a difficult time getting the Zodiac Key to do what he wants it to do. And though they escape, it’s a close call.
Englehart uses this moment to allow Iron Man to dump some exposition on us about what the Zodiac Key is. Apparently, the key comes from the Realm of the Brotherhood where it thrived on conflict. Once the realm became too peaceful, the key was sent to our dimension because “this realm’s got conflict to spare!”
Van Lunt, the Human Taurus, who has been pretending to be good in order to use the West Coast Avengers to clean up the Evil-evil Zodiac Cartel for him, tells the team that they’re heading for Death Valley. We also learn in this scene that Moon Knight is able to use his knowledge of astrology to predict where the Evil-evil Zodiac Cartel will go next (a detail I suspect will be important later).
With both teams meeting face-to-face again for the last time, it’s a brawl to end all brawls with lots of double crosses and betrayals (fake-Tigra finally reveals herself!) from both sides. Eventually, the Zodiac Key takes everyone away to its dimension, leaving the Human Taurus with an opportunity to make an escape.
Once in the Realm of the Brotherhood, the Evil-evil Zodiac Cartel instantly die as their “Zodiacal energy” doesn’t exist in this dimension. The key, looking for a new conflict, directs the team to where Hawkeye and Tigra are fighting for their lives against the Brotherhood. But with the key now working with the Brotherhood, the fight becomes a stalemate because if the West Coast Avengers are defeated, the key has no conflict to thrive on.
The team is transported back to Earth by the Brotherhood with a stern warning that sooner or later, when they least expect it, the Zodiac Key will return. And just when it looks like this adventure is over, they discover that Van Lunt has escaped. And, boy, is Moon Knight pissed!
[Fade to black]
WEST BOAST OR ROAST?
Roast. I’m starting to hate myself for doing this every week.
WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!
Moon Knight and Iron Man have difficulty understanding Henry Miller’s classic books.
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