West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #48
WEST COAST CREDITS!
Writer: John Byrne
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Mike Machlan
WEST COAST SUMMARY!
Captain America and She-Hulk arrive in Texas to find out what’s going on with Scarlet Witch and Vision. While everything looks kosher, their instincts tell them that something’s wrong. And something is wrong, seriously wrong…and her name is Scarlet Witch!
WEST COAST THOUGHTS!
Things start with a flashback to five million years ago as we see the beginning of life on Earth in the Marvel universe, and what looks like the microscopic start of the Big Bad. All of this is being filtered through the Scarlet Witch’s head as the bad guys are doing a memory reconstruction, and they expect her to be up to date within the next 72 hours. Turns out, because Wanda is “a classic mutant type” and she’s vulnerable due “the present upheaval in her emotional life,” she’s the perfect candidate to be assimilated.
Captain America and She-Hulk arrive at the “robotics department” in Texas where Wanda is being held captive. They meet Mr. Random, who tells them that the Scarlet Witch had already left after dropping Vision off for Robotic Preschool.
There’s a brief interlude with Starfox flying to Sirius IV (also a planet from Doctor Who) to find his grand-niece, who had been previously lost in time. Once there, he stumbles across Lady Nebula who had just made a discovery that will make her “more powerful than my grandfather ever was!” I’m guessing this’ll be important later.
Another interlude involves Ann Raymond, a woman in a homeless shelter in Denver, who appears delirious and needs to get to Los Angeles. Through handy exposition, it’s learned that no one knows anything about her except her name, and that she’s apparently distraught over a newspaper headline that reads “Avengers Confirm Vision is Not Torch.” Why this would be a major headline in a newspaper is probably the greatest mystery of all.
Vision meets with Captain America and She-Hulk and in his own logical robotic way tells them that he has no idea where the Scarlet Witch is. While they have no reason to doubt Vision, they instinctively know that something is wrong. Later, when they’re given a tour of the robotics facility, they decide to return later that night…UNANNOUNCED!
Hank and Janet visit Professor Horton, the creator of the original Human Torch, to get confirmation regarding the Vision’s origins. He confirms that the Vision’s body is not the same as the Torch. Hank reminds everyone that Vision’s origins were confirmed by Immortus, the Master of Time, a villain who has deceived and tried to kill the Avengers dozens of times in the past. Little do they know that Immortus is watching this very conversation from his Escher drawing house, and he confirms that he did indeed lie while talking to himself loudly like any good bad guy does in the comfort of their own home.
Random accelerates the assimilation process for Wanda because of Captain America and She-Hulk snooping around. Even though this is dangerous, they have no choice. And when it’s done, it appears successful. So successful, that Random enjoys some good old fashion villain dialogue of his own: “The genetic barrier has been breached. Soon we shall be able to abandon the dead end street of humanity. And then homo-sapiens will go the same way as did the dinosaurs before them!”
Side note: I learned the term homo-sapiens from Marvel comic books. It was a term that made me feel intelligent when I used it in conversations at the age of 14. Now I realize I must have sounded like a pompous ass.
Once Wanda is alone in her room, she thinks about her father, Magneto, and how he always wanted to destroy the human race. And while she was always against this, she now feels it’s not too unreasonable. “Now I see that he was right!” she thinks to herself.
Captain America and She-Hulk break into the fake robotics place at night. Their conversation through this process is strange, almost as if everything they’re saying is a sexual innuendo. But maybe that’s me. Anyway, they finally get to Wanda who is all Dark Willow, and kicks their asses in just a few panels.
Things end with Hawkeye and Mockingbird training the Great Lake Avengers, and Bobbi getting a distress signal from a quinjet. Hawkeye sees this as an opportunity and sets off to take his new team out to save his old team.
WEST BOAST OR ROAST?
Boast. I’m liking this. With Immortus, Captain America and She-Hulk running around, this book feels Avengers-like and the threats, no matter how ridiculous, feel serious.
WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!
And I approve…if you know what I mean!
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