West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #85

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West Coast Avengers, Vol. 2, Issue 85 (August 1992)

WEST COAST CREDITS!

Writer: Roy and Dann Thomas

Penciler: David Ross

Inker:  Tim Dzon

WEST COAST SUMMARY!

It’s the West Coast Avengers versus Death-Web with twists galore.

WEST COAST THOUGHTS!

Looks like Roy Thomas’ solo effort last issue was simply a fluke and now his other half has returned. Is there a difference? Well, this issue’s less talky than the previous. And the political thriller aspects of the first chapter take a backseat to the usual superhero fights. Whether that’s a coincidence or not, we’ll probably never know.

The first 16 pages of this book is a long fight between the heroes and the Death-Web, with intermittent scenes with Spider-Woman and her daughter as she protects presidential candidate Galvin in a blackout. It’s interesting to note that Scarlet Witch is knocked out of the fight within the second panel of the story, making her the team’s power-heavy player that needs to be taken out as soon as possible to even out the playing field. 

The Death-Web consists of Antro, Therak and Arachne – all with the requisite spider motif. Antro is an armored version of Spider-Man with the ability to shoot acid venom. He also has the ability to “trapdoor” – a kind of teleportation. Therak – the most visually impressive of the bunch – is a giant spider with glowing red eyes that reveal his ionic powers (just like Wonder Man). And Arachne, the female of the team, is able to shoot webs with neuro-toxins that weakens her opponents (in this case, U.S. Agent). The Death-Web are quite formidable and hold their own very well, that is until Scarlet Witch regains consciousness.

The intermissions with Spider-Woman are more problematic. The Living Lightning and her are protecting Galvin, with Miguel providing light during the blackout at the convention center. Spider-Woman has one eye on Galvin and the other on her daughter Rachel who is sitting in the audience wearing her mask. To make matters worse, Spider-Woman’s estranged ex-husband Larry happens to be Galvin’s PR guy and he wants some answers. When the lights finally come back on (just in the nick of time too, as Miguel’s powers were being stretched thin), Spider-Woman realizes that Rachel has disappeared.

Spider-Woman stumbles onto the big fight with the Death-Web as she’s looking for Rachel. This happens just in time too so Ross can provide readers with this issue’s unnecessary ass-shot. Naturally, Rachel ends up in the same room, and as the Death-Web are fleeing (courtesy of Antro’s trapdoor), Antro grabs Rachel and disappears with her.

We return to the factory from last issue and see Clemson with the Manipulator. It turns out, the Conclave hired the Manipulator to take care of their business, and then he’s the one who hired the Death-Web to…do stuff. While the Manipulator is a contract worker, he reminds the Conclave – who are a little skittish about his methods – that his contract allows him complete control of how he gets things done. Clemson, put off by the Manipulator’s arrogance, tries to tackle him only to discover that he’s a hologram.

Eat your heart out, Hologram Tupac!

Just then, Spider-Woman arrives asking for Clemson’s help with finding her daughter. She, of course, is completely unaware that the Commission (or Conclave or whatever) is connected to the Death-Web. She vows to do what the Commission wants in exchange for their help in tracking down the Death-Web. Clemson thinks she’s unreliable and pulls out a gun, but before he can shoot, Spider-man appears. And then the Death-Web appear. And then the not-a-hol0gram-this-time-Manipulator appears.

All the cards are on the table now. And so the issue ends with the Manipulator telling Spider-Woman to kill Spider-Man in exchange for her daughter’s life.

WEST BOAST OR ROAST?

Roast. All of the coincidences at play here help to hide what a ridiculously awful mother Spider-Woman is.

WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!

The Manipulator manipulates call waiting!

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
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