Wednesday, March 24, 2010
West Coast Avengers -- Why?
I can't remember why.
The line-up was pretty good. Iron Man, Hawkeye, Tigra, Wonder Man and others made for a good core group. If I recall correctly, however, the stories were often less-than-ideal. In fact, some were downright horrible. (As an aside, the entire "No more mutants" had its start in the pages of WCA.)
I remember wanting to read the series because of Iron Man and Hawkeye, two characters I enjoyed in The Avengers. Tigra was a nice addition, too, because the writers actually portrayed her as she should be. Once I actually read it, however, I started thinking, "Well, maybe the next issue will be better."
The series could have been worse. (Heck, it could have been Dazzler.) It should have been better, though. It had all the trappings of a good series, it had some good talent (John Byrne was on it before he totally sucked), and some passable art. It squandered all that, though, and attacked readers to crap like Master Pandemonium and Firebird.
Marvel, in the mid-Eighties, was enjoying quite a bit of popularity, and it tried its hands with some new ideas. Some were horrible. Some were pretty good. Some, like WCA, were misfires. WCA had enough potential and popularity, however, to last until 1994. I can only attribute that to idiots like me who kept giving it second chances (and third and fourth ones, too).
At least we got a decent Scarlet Witch story out of it years later.