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

West Coast Avengers #2West Coast Avengers, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (November 1985)


Writer: Steve Englehart

Penciler: Allen Milgrom

Inker: Kim DeMulder


The team unites with the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in New Jersey just in time for the readers to be overwhelmed with one flashback after another. Meanwhile, Hank Pym and Wonder Man are held captive by the Grim Reaper and his minions.


This issue continues from The Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1.

The Grim Reaper has a plan. He is going to copy the brainwaves of the Vision and Wonder Man, the latter of who is Simon Williams and the former whose brain is patterned after the brain of Simon Williams. For those not in the know, Simon Williams is the Grim Reaper’s brother. Once the Grim Reaper has the brainwaves, he’ll use Ultron’s computer to get rid of the thoughts not common in both brainwaves, and then put said brainwaves into a zombie Simon Williams.

If I said any of this out loud, no one would ever believe I ever had sex.

Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve never typed the word brainwaves so much in my life.

There’s a lot of serious brother issues going on here. On top of this is the whole Ultron calling Hank Pym “Dad” all the time.

My favorite part of the issue is when the team go to Simon Williams’ mother’s house who is still grieving the loss of her boy. And Vision steps up and tells her that part of her son is in his brain. After a panel of disbelief, they embrace, and Vision says, “I am not he–I will never be he–But I love you, mother! Forgive me!” Well done, Vision. She’ll be having nightmares for weeks now.

The issue ends with Ultron attacking the Avengers in their quinjet, leading Hawkeye to yell out “Avengers assemble!” even though they’re all standing right behind him.

Also, it should be noted that the 1985 version of the Iron Man armor made Tony look really fat.


Roast! Seriously, how many flashbacks can one comic book have? It’s beginning to feel like a budget saving flashback episode from pretty much any Eighties sitcom you can think of. And this is the second issue of a new ongoing monthly? Yikes.


What makes Wonder Man different than normal people is he’s afraid of death! Deathly afraid!

WCA #2

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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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  • Derek Handley

    Ah, flashback fever. Marvel in the mid 80s was becoming as obsessed with its past as Geoff Johns is with the Silver Age. Remember Bill Mantlo's Alpha Flight? There was a book so full of footnotes and flashbacks that the story sometimes barely moved! This issue sounds awful. Thanks for reading it so I don't have to.

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