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West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #38

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West Coast Avengers, Vol. 2, Issue 38 (November 1988)

WEST COAST CREDITS!

Writer: D.G. Chichester and Margaret Clark

Penciler: Tom Morgan

Inker: Dave Hunt

WEST COAST SUMMARY!

While the new team flies off to solve the mystery of Mantis’ amnesia, Wonder Man reflects on the old days with the original members of the team and how awesome last week those times were – like the time they fought a heavy metal singer from another dimension. How awesome was that?!

WEST COAST THOUGHTS!

This issue is a big deal. This is the first issue of the monthly series not written by Steve Englehart. While I know Al Milgrom wrote issue #30, I still consider him to be one of the Founding Fathers of this book and you don’t feel Englehart’s loss when Milgrom steps up. And speaking of Milgrom, he’s no where to be found either. Tom Morgan is the artist this time around and his art is simultaneously a step forward and a step back, as it moves the book to a more modern art style, but Morgan stumbles when it comes to telling a clear story. Also, there’s a disconnect with the art from the first and last pages and the rest of the book, making me think that there’s an artist that went uncredited here. What makes it even more frustrating is that it looks really familiar (anyone know?).

All that said, it’s clear this is an inventory story with a prologue and epilogue added in to make it feel like it belongs in the series. And it’s pretty awful.

Like, I-miss-Englehart-so-much-it-hurts-awful!

What is this one about? Well, after a quick shot of the new team posing uncomfortably in the quinjet, Wonder Man goes into maximum flashback mode to show readers an adventure with the old team that was never meant to be seen. How bad is it? Well, the bad guy is the Defiler, the lead singer of a heavy metal band called Corruption of Innocence, who happens to be from another dimension. He opens up gateways to his dimension that sucks in his audience enabling the Defiler to use their energy to become crazy strong.

This issue feels like an editor gave the writer a list of things considered “cool” and to somehow incorporate it into the story to make the WCA hip. There is a large emphasis on heavy metal, particularly the “hardcore scene”. The point of view character (mostly) is a cool teenager named Mike who ends up saving the day. And Pym’s big rescue moment happens thanks to his giant skateboard. After over 40 issues of old school Avengers thrills and excitement (if you can call it that), this story feels more jarring than reassuring.

There’s not a lot else to say about this issue. It’s awful at pretty much every level.

Shame on you, fill-in issue! SHAME!

WEST BOAST OR ROAST?

Roast. This one is awful. This might be the series’ low point. Luckily for Englehart, he’s no where to be seen.

WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!

OMG! HANK PYM IS SO COOL!

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

West Coast Avengers Annual #3

West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #37

2 thoughts on “West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #38

  1. Chrissy,
    Thanks for the timely review of this extremely old comic. I agree the story is not exactly universe shattering and yes, it was indeed an inventory story. I was asked to draw this at a time when I had too much on my plate and should have said no. The beginning and end art was indeed added later to bring the story into an up to date moment, and the artist was….ME! The original story was drawn in early/mid 1987 and the cover and bookend art in 1988. Notice the difference in art. Maybe I had more time and I inked these myself. At any rate, thanks for the review.
    Best,
    Tom Morgan

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Tom. I really do appreciate that.

    I don’t know if you inked it or if you grew as an artist in that year, but the difference between the bookend art and the story art is pretty amazing.

    I remember your work from PUNISHER 2099 quite a bit.

    I’ve been writing these as a way to reconnect with the books I loved as a kid. And you adding your two cents is an added bonus. Thanks again for writing.

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