West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #82


West Coast Avengers, Vol. 2, Issue 82 (May 1992)

WEST COAST CREDITS!

Writer: Roy and Dann Thomas

Penciler: David Ross

Inker:  Tim Dzon

WEST COAST SUMMARY!

The Avengers attempt to stop the Shi-ar from waging war against the Kree Empire in Part 16 of “Operation: Galactic Storm”.

WEST COAST THOUGHTS!

This is a strange issue. The first 22 pages are devoted to Captain Marvel, Thor, Living Lightning, Starfox, and Scarlet Witch at the Shi-ar Imperium as they try to convince Lilandra – the Shi-ar Empress – not to launch a full scale war, even though she had already launched a nega-bomb at the Kree. And while there is the obligatory fight sequence between the Avengers and the Imperial Guard (complete with an unnecessary double splash-page), this is mostly a lot of arguing back and forth.

I point this all out because while this is basically a talking heads issue of the series, it’s surprisingly effective – made even more unbelievable by the fact that it’s in a single setting. The biggest problem is the simple fact that the West Coast Avengers are pushed out of their own book.

The Avengers are not there just to stop a war, they’re also present to convince the Shi-ar to stop using their stargate near the Earth’s sun, as their ships’ repeated teleporting has created solar flares that are threatening to destroy Earth. Because everyone knows that solar flares are THE WORST! Am I right, people? THE WORST!

The whole thing builds to the issue’s biggest twist when the Living Lightning shoots at Lilandra’s war-mongering advisor, Araki. Upon being struck by one of Miguel’s lightning bolts, it’s revealed the Araki was actually a Skrull, which would explain why he was so against any decision that would lead to peace between the Shi-ar and the Kree.

The tone between the heroes and the Shi-ar changes immediately once they realize that the Skrulls are now involved. Lilandra releases one of the Kree prisoners, Ultimus, who concedes that it’s possible that the fight between them was created by the Skrulls. Ultimus gets permission from the Empress to return to his homeworld to report the Skrulls’ involvement in the war. However, just as it appears that this war between the Kree and Shi-ar might have a peaceful resolution, Lilandra confesses that they have a bigger problem: the nega-bomb she launched at the Kree has mysteriously vanished.

We get three pages of the West Coast Avengers at their compound. While Pym, Wasp, Mockingbird and U.S. Agent make brief appearances, most this scene is devoted to Spider-Woman, who is torn between staying with the team to save Earth or going to her daughter’s side. While she’s wrestling with her conscience outside, she’s being observed by an ominous trio of villains in the shadows: Therak, Antro and Arachne. They “trapdoor away” and an editor’s note promises that they will return in two issues.

And the last part of the book is my favorite because it strangely symbolizes everything that’s wrong with West Coast Avengers: it’s revealed that the nega-bomb has been stolen by the Skrulls and Wonder Man and Vision are hidden inside of the bomb bickering with one another. How great is that?

The issue ends with Quasar checking in with the Avengers to tell them that he knows where the nega-bomb is.

WEST BOAST OR ROAST?

Boast. Surprisingly good, though I can’t put my finger on why exactly. Maybe it’s the brave decision to have 75% of the book happen in one confined space, or maybe it’s because the idea of Wonder Man and Vision arguing while hiding inside a giant bomb delights me to no end.

WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!

Wonder Man and his robot brother hiding inside a bomb…this might be my favorite sitcom of all time!

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
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #61
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #62
West Coast Avengers Annual #5
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #63
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #64
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #65
Avengers Spotlight #38 
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #66
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #67
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #68
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #69
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #70
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #71
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #72
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #73
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #74
West Coast Avengers Annual #6
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #75
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #76
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #77
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #78
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #79
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #80
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #81

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About Christian A. Dumais

Christian A. Dumais is an American writer, humorist and public speaker living in Wrocław, Poland. He has published fiction, journalism, and academic articles in several magazines and journals such as GUD, Shock Totem and Ha!Art. His first collection of short stories, Empty Rooms Lonely Countries, was published in 2009. He also created, edited, and contributed to Cover Stories, a euphictional anthology of 100 stories inspired by songs, which was published in 2010. His most recent book is SMASHED: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk.

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