West Coast Avengers #25
Issue(s): West Coast Avengers #25
Mockingbird doesn't want to tell Hawkeye that she was raped or that she let the Phantom Rider die.
Moon Knight is still not officially an Avenger, but he asks Frenchie to come around to let him know that his services won't be needed while Moon Knight is with the team. Frenchie decides to go have some fun down in Nicaragua.
And Henry Pym tells Firebird that he's not really in love with her after all.
Plus, he's an atheist.
Firebird leaves, still not interested in becoming an Avenger.
Ok, now the main plot. This is really a Wonder Man story. We start off at the opening of his new film, with him doing some stunts out front...
...and then getting rave reviews for his role as the villain.
With this positive feedback, he decides that he's ready to be a big star, and he doesn't want to play villains anymore.
If you were wondering why we never had a Rocky In Space movie, Wonder Man's the reason.
Then, after a taping at Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, the Abomination shows up. Why? Because Tyrannus is still inside the Abomination's body, and he used to be handsome and famous once, and he doesn't like seeing Wonder Man getting all the fame now.
LOLWUT? That's the worst, weakest motivation i ever heard. Say he wants Wonder Man's body to transfer his brain into! Say he just happened to be there and Wonder Man had to step in to stop him from going on a rampage! Please don't tell me he's just randomly harassing people in B movies that happen to receive a modicum of fame on opening night.
Anyway, despite a recent (referenced) beating from Thor, Wonder Man goes into this fight fully confident, but finds the Abomination is more powerful than he expected.
He nonetheless prevails...
...but it turns out that the camera people on the scene think it's all just another big stunt, like his movie opening.
This makes Wonder Man realize that Hollywood is fake, and so he's not going to quit the West Coast Avengers like he's been considering doing.
Like, gag me with a spoon. I bought this at a bargain bin in a convention. I knew it wouldn't be great, but how do you screw up a Wonder Man / Abomination fight? Answer: stiff art, the fact that it's not really Abomination (that's not this creative team's fault, but still), and the dumbest motivation and moral for a fight ever. This fails as a pure gratuitous battle, and also as a vehicle for character development. On the other hand, the interaction between Pym and Firebird is unique and interesting, so the issue isn't a total loss.
I hope Stephen Colbert will do Stupid Pet Tricks, or i'm eventually going to have Sliding Timescale problems.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place soon after West Coast Avengers annual #2 and Silver Surfer #3.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAbomination, Christina Carson, Firebird, Frenchie, Hawkeye, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Mockingbird, Moon Knight, Tyrannus, Wonder Man
It's lonely being someone who enjoys Englehart & Milgrom's WCA run. To quote Homer Simpson, "Is there no place for the man with the 105 IQ?"
Posted by: Robert | April 11, 2014 5:08 PM
Don't feel bad about liking Englehart's WCA run, Robert. There are plenty of people that do. Now, if you admit to liking Chuck Austen, then we'll make fun of you.
Posted by: Michael | April 11, 2014 8:21 PM
I remember at some point it was revealed that Wonder Man dealt with bi-polar disorder (or an equivalent of such) due to his powers.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | April 11, 2014 10:12 PM
Maybe you're thinking of Simon's powers being scrambled after his exposure to the Nega-Bomb in his solo series in the 90s- they only worked when he was angry and he wound up scaring a gangster to death.
Posted by: Michael | April 11, 2014 11:35 PM
Dino=Dino De Laurentiis
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 12, 2014 2:52 PM
Reading that felt like reading a Marvel Fill-in from the 70s. Terrible.
Posted by: JSfan | April 14, 2014 6:14 AM
What? No mention of the first appearance of Wonder Man's mullet? :)
Posted by: Vincent Valenti | April 20, 2014 6:39 PM
@ Robert - I'm with you. WCA stayed one of my favorite books for a long time and was the last book I finally stopped buying when I originally stopped collecting in 1992.
Posted by: Erik Beck | July 20, 2015 6:33 AM
Between this and his Avengers 239 appearance, you should add David Letterman to the character list :)
Posted by: Bob | July 20, 2015 5:45 PM
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