West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #61

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West Coast Avengers, Vol. 2, Issue 61 (August 1990)

WEST COAST CREDITS!

Writer: Roy and Dann Thomas

Penciler: Paul Ryan

Inker: Danny Bulanadi

WEST COAST SUMMARY!

Immortus transports the West Coast Avengers to Limbo where they face off with the Legion of the Unliving. Meanwhile, Agatha Harkness finds out what Immortus’ plan is all about.

WEST COAST THOUGHTS!

While Roy and Dann Thomas get the writing credit, it should be pointed out that there’s a “special thanks” to  R.J.M. Lofficier, who was the wife of French science fiction writer, Jean-Marc Lofficier. I don’t know what her contribution to the story was, but I figured since someone at Marvel felt it pertinent to give her thanks on the opening splash page, I should at least mention her here.

And we’re off…

After appearing in the background of the book for over a year, Immortus finally comes face-to-face with the West Coast Avengers. And it doesn’t look good. Not only is Wanda unconscious (her default setting for the last 12 issues) but she’s surrounded by both a force field and an extra-temporal shield for good measure. The helpless team is forced to listen to Immortus’ exposition. When the team finally attacks, Immortus – concerned that the team will pursue him – transports the entire team with him to Limbo. Yeah, that didn’t make sense either in the book.

Of interest, the Thomas’s are writing the team as a bunch of petty teenagers just like Englehart did back in the day. It’s almost like they’ve devolved since Byrne stepped off the book, which is a real shame. Hawkeye gets jealous when Wasp refers to Pym as a “leader and founding father” and then later makes a snide remark to Wonder Man about his Hollywood career.

The issue’s big fight, as promised on the cover, starts when the Legion of the Unliving enters the picture. I love how Iron Man describes them through the voice of a writer trying desperately to make sure no reader can be annoyed by any contradictions in the Legion’s membership: “The membership may change – but the concept’s the same! Immortus conjures up the shades of those thought by the Avengers to be among the ranks of the unliving! And then commands them to do his bidding!” U.S. Agent reminds everyone not to hold back as the Legion of the Unliving aren’t really alive. You see, the Legion of the Unliving are dead. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, they’re not alive.

And so everyone fights. A lot of this reads an awful lot like Avengers Annual #16 where the Avengers fought, you guessed it, the Legion of the Unliving. In fact, Hawkeye fought the exact same person.

From Avengers Annual #16
From West Coast Avengers #61

A stunning eight pages of the book are given to Agatha Harkness as she attempts to figure out Immortus’ master plan by interrogating his three-dimensional doppelganger (don’t ask!). Immortus decides to reveal his plan by starting at the very beginning of his life. And so readers are treated to pages worth of excruciating Englehart-style flashbacks that keeps circling the answer to the mystery without ever saying it. Finally, the cliffhanger has Harkness finally realizing what Immortus’ plan is in a poorly constructed splash page with awkward dialogue to match (“While your Legion of the Unliving vanishes back into blessed oblivion all around us — I realize, at last, just what that plan is!”). Meaning readers will have to wait another whole month before getting answers to the story they’ve been patiently reading for over a year.

But you only need to wait another week.

WEST BOAST OR ROAST?

Roast. This is all info-dumping with intermittent uninspired fights. We’re back to Englehart levels of exposition and it’s not pretty.

WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!

Wonder Man is like Lennie…


  1. 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
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #38
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #39
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #40
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #41
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #42
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #43
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #44
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #45
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #46
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #47
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #48
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #49
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #50
West Coast Avengers Annual #4
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #51
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #52
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #53
Avengers Vol. 1, #312 
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #54
Avengers Vol. 1, #313 
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #55
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #56
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #57
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #58
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #59
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #60

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