West Coast Wednesdays: West Coast Avengers Vol. 2, #16
WEST COAST CREDITS!
Writer: Steve Englehart
Layouts: Al Milgrom
Finishes: Joe Sinnott
WEST COAST SUMMARY!
While Tigra tests out the new-her in San Francisco by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge with the team watching, they have a brief run in with Tiger Shark. After catching him, Pym reflects on how he was one of the villains who got him to walk away from the superhero life back in the day. Before he can finish telling the story, Tigra decides to dump him with the finesse of an eighth grade cheerleader. With all this anger and frustration hanging over Pym, he helps the team to find and capture Whirlwind, Tiger Shark’s partner.
WEST COAST THOUGHTS!
The issue starts with Tigra jumping off the Golden Gate bridge to prove that she has control over herself. But she doesn’t seem to care about the traffic accidents and mayhem she causes on top of the bridge as drivers assume she is another suicide jumper. Superheroes can be real jerks.
While Englehart does a good job balancing the large cast – and despite what the cover promises – this issue is really about Hank Pym. The appearance of Tiger Shark gives Pym the opportunity to flashback and readers why he is where he is today. Tigra then breaks up with him by convincing him to keep trying to score with her. This causes Pym to have a breakdown, but before he loses control, he reminds himself of how Quicksilver lost it during the recent annual.
And the last thing Pym needs is to be confronted by holographic babies.
With that in mind, he convinces the team to take on Whirlwind by giving them information on how to catch him. This, however, appears to be a cover so that Pym can confront Whirlwind. And why does he do this? Well, Pym confronts Whirlwind to…brag about the trap he’s set on him. Whirlwind just takes this opportunity to tell Pym what a jerk he is (true).
The issue ends on a somber note with Pym looking out the window at the Golden Gate bridge while Tigra talks about why people commit suicide there.
[Insert dramatic music here].
WEST BOAST OR ROAST?
Boast. I like this one only because it’s all over the place. The soap opera aspect of the book has been turned up to eleven as it looks like Englehart is ready to do for Pym what he did for Tigra last issue; that is, take him to the next level.
WEST COAST SCENE (OF THE WEEK)!
It’s not you, Hank, it’s me. But don’t stop trying to be with me…
You’re all in for a real treat next week, folks. Because WCA #17 is Epic.
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