Avengers Spotlight #38
Issue(s): Avengers Spotlight #38
The elderly lady's rival is a guy with a pit bull. He likes to see his dog kill stray cats. Tigra is its latest victim.
Although Tigra doesn't take it lying down.
The lady then brings the wounded Tigra to the vet so she can be put to sleep.
Before the vet gets a good look at her, Agatha Harkness shows up (Tigra was spotted by Harkness' cat Ebony before she was taken to the vet).
Harkness takes Tigra back to the West Coast Avengers compound. After a recap of Tigra's history, Harkness casts a spell to restore Tigra to her normal self. Agatha reveals that the Cat King's cure was only a cure by the standards of the Cat People, it really was intended to make her cat side dominant. Harkness' counter-spell summons the Cat People's Balkatar. Except he's not actually the Balakatar, he's Tabur, one of the High Evolutionary's New Men.
Tabur found his way to the Cat People, killed their king, and took over.
Tabur now wants to legitimize his claim to the throne by marrying Tigra ("Tigra" being an important title in the Cat People world of which Greer Nelson is the current heir). To sweeten the pot, he also has an amulet that will allow Tigra to change between human and cat forms. Tigra, still dazed from her recent experiences, almost goes along with it until she learns what he did to Agatha Harkness.
So Tigra fights back...
...and then Harkness casts a spell to take the cat soul from Tigra and put it in Tabur.
I can haz mate?
The issue ends with Tigra back in human form, but able to transform back whenever she wants thanks to the amulet.
I take the approach with these stories that they are just meant to get characters back to normal status quo. They don't have to be good, they just have to clear out the nonsense that has been holding the characters back. You don't even have to read them; you just have to know that they exist. And from that perspective, this story serves its purpose. And it's at least entertaining in the sense that it features Tigra running around like a cat, fighting pitbulls and almost getting put to sleep by a vet, all while no one notices that she's really a little humanoid. Still, it is my sincere hope that this is the last time i ever have to type "Cat People" in a review (but i know it won't be the case).
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is said to take place during the Terminus Factor annual event. The other Avengers are said to not be around due to that. But a footnote in Avengers West Coast #63 complicates that; see that entry's considerations for more. I'm saying that this story takes place prior to Avengers West Coast #63. See the Considerations there for more; i'm saying this takes before AWC #63, and during The Terminus Factor. Note that based where The Terminus Factor takes place, i've pushed this issue back in publication time and it winds up out of sequence with other Avengers Spotlight issues. That's not a problem since this is a standalone story.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Poor Pitbull :(
Posted by: david banes | June 24, 2015 5:30 PM
One thing never made sense about this story- Agatha explains that the king of the Cat People cured her but his idea of a cure was making the cat side dominant instead of the human. The problem is, that's not what happened in West Coast Avengers 15- the king TRIED to make her cat side dominant but failed because the costume she was wearing amplified her human side's strengths. This isn't entirely Roy's fault- a letters page answer during Byrne's run makes it clear that this was Byrne's intended explanation- Byrne apparently didn't read issue 15 carefully. But Thomas should have tried to explain it somehow.
Posted by: Michael | June 24, 2015 9:42 PM
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