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West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #37

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West Coast Avengers, Vol. 2, Issue 37 (October 1988)

WEST COAST CREDITS!

Writer: Steve Englehart

Layouts: Al Milgrom

Finished art: Mike Machlan

WEST COAST SUMMARY!

Shout. Pep talk. Shout. Bitching. Fight. Exposition. End.

Help me.

WEST COAST THOUGHTS!

The issue starts off in the middle of another blow up between Hawkeye and Mockingbird. There’s a lot of yelling here, but at least they’re not physically attacking one another as in previous issues. For Hawkeye, he has beef both as a husband (“You lied about it to my face!”) and team leader (“I don’t condone death as any answer for anything!”). And Mockingbird feels like she’s been dragged into the team and forced to be someone she’s not. After a brief time out where the men give Hawkeye a pep talk on marriage (even Vision gets in on the action, see right) and the women give their support to Mockingbird, Bobbi quits the team. Her decision to leave is made worse when Tigra and Moon Knight, both with their own views on killing, step forward and quit too.

Mantis shows up and brings with her the issue’s mandatory fight. Because of her alien martial arts, she’s able to give the team a run for their money (but really, at this point Webster could show up and give the team a decent challenge) as she takes out each member one by one. Thanks to Hawkeye’s quick thinking, he flees the scene and finds the Voice (one of the bad guy’s from their previous Hungarian Adventure) hiding in the woods. Of course, Mantis was under his control.

As it turns out, Mantis has lost her memory and needs the Avengers to help her figure what’s she been doing for the last year. She went to the Avengers in New York first, but discovered that they were no longer there. Thankfully, a police man guarding the Avengers mansion was possessed by Englehart Exposition and was able to give her way too much information, thus sending her to California to join up with that other team. Hawkeye immediately accepts the mission, no questions asked.

WEST BOAST OR ROAST?

Roast. This one just doesn’t work. The fight seemed like it was shoehorned into a story that clearly deserved a lot more emotion. It’s amazing how a book known for being a soap opera pulls back when it finally has emotional material worth mining.

WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!

If you or someone you love suffers from Englehart Exposition, please get help.

Previously on West Coast Wednesdays…

West Coast Avengers Vol. 1, #1

West Coast Avengers Vol. 1, #2

West Coast Avengers Vol. 1, #3

West Coast Avengers Vol. 1, #4

Avengers Vol. 1, #250

Iron Man Annual #7

West Coast Avenger Vol. 2, #1

The Vision and Scarlet Witch #1

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #2

The Vision and Scarlet Witch #2

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #3

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #4

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #5

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #6

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #7

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #8

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #9

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #10

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #11

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #12

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #13

Avengers Annual #15

West Coast Avengers Annual #1

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #14

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #15

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #16

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #17

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #18

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #19

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #20

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #21

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #22

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #23

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #24

West Coast Avengers Annual #2

Avengers Annual #16

Silver Surfer #3

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #25

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #26

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #27

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #28

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #29

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #30

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #31

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #32

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #33

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #34

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #35

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #36

 

One thought on “West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #37

  1. While Mantis showing up right in the middle of the domestic drama is coincidental in the extreme, I don’t know that there was much more to be said. Would you really have preferred the issue to be all soap, no sock?

    Englehart again tweaks the “rotating villains club” trope of comics by having the Voice come right back in the next issue, as he did when Kang was popping in and out constantly in Avengers (leading Steve to believe the only way to put a stop to it was to kill Kang off, once and for all; while that had been undone in the East Coast book, it’s not surprising Steve never used him here), and as he’ll do again in The Strangers.

    The cop is over-expositional, but the NYPD does have a particular interest in the Zodiac; not only did they hold New York hostage (in the Roy Thomas Avengers/Daredevil crossover in the late ’60s [Avengers 80-82, DD 69] but Gemini’s brother, Damien Linke, is NYPD, and Gemini used his ability to control Damien’s body to infiltrate Avengers Mansion when Damien was the NYPD liaison in Avengers 120. (And the whole Mantis/Libra relationship had apparently been explained to the NYPD when Libra is surrendered to them, at the start of Avengers 126.) It’s arguable that Zodiac are the Avengers villains the NYPD have the deepest interest in, since they’re not only costumed villains, but organized crime figures in their civilian identities. (I don’t think the NYPD spends a lot of time building cases against the Elements of Doom, for example; most Avengers foes just get yanked off to the Vault, or wherever.)

    All that said, still pretty up-to-speed for a mere patrolman, I agree.

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