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Quote1 Best bunch'a heroes you ever saw! Quote2
--Hawkeye

Appearing in "Teammates!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #1.

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Synopsis for "Teammates!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #1.

Dr. Hank Pym visits the new compound of the West Coast Avengers. Hawkeye wants him to join the team and fill the open sixth-slot, but Hank merely wants to examine Goliath, a recent prisoner being held at the compound.

Outside, Wonder Man, Tigra and Iron Man find themselves as prey for a squad of flying robots. They easily take the robots apart, but have no idea why they were attacked. The three reconvene inside with Hawkeye and Mockingbird. They trace the surviving robots' homing signal to San Pedro and hop in the Quinjet to go take them down.

Investigating a docked ship, the Avengers find that the foe responsible for the attack is Ultron-12. Hawkeye has the most experience fighting Ultron and coordinates his team to evade Ultron’s deadly gas and energy attacks. But Ultron has merely baited the Avengers into a trap. His true quarry is back at the Avengers compound.

The Avengers escape from Ultron's steel-maze traps and rush back to HQ. They arrive before Ultron does. They think that Ultron is after Hank Pym, but the robot is not yet aware that Pym is even present. Ultron has an ally in his cause, the Man-Ape. The Man-Ape breaks into the compound to free Goliath. He tangles with Tigra while Ultron invades the top level of the compound. Goliath is freed and the three villains dog-pile on top of the Avengers. Goliath smashes Wonder Man, knocking him out. Apparently, Ultron has another confederate who has expressed an interest in Wonder Man. The three villains fly off with the unconscious Hank Pym and Wonder Man.

Hawkeye quickly figures out who the mastermind behind this attack is – Wonder Man's brother, the Grim Reaper!

Appearing in "Sons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #2.

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Synopsis for "Sons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #2.

Hawkeye, Iron Man, and Tigra visit the Vision and Scarlet Witch, who are staying at a motel in Leonia, New Jersey while they look for a house. Hawkeye explains why he felt it was necessary to met, recapping the events over the last couple of days. He explains that yesterday morning Hank Pym showed up at Avengers Compound to take a look at Goliath, the villain they recently fought and captured. Shortly after, they were attacked by Ultron. Along with Man-Ape, Ultron was able to free Goliath and capture Pym and Wonder Man. The Vision tells the group that he and the Scarlet Witch were attacked by an army of zombies commanded by the Black Talon and Nekra. They had tried to capture him, but settled for Wanda. When the Vision went to rescue his wife, he found in their lair a special zombie in the form of Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man. The attack on them was orchestrated by Simon's brother, the Grim Reaper. With both stories now in the open, Hawkeye and the others are able to fit the pieces together that Ultron and the Grim Reaper are working together, but their goals are still unknown.

Elsewhere in New Jersey, the Grim Reaper has both Hank Pym and Wonder Man in a special holding cell designed to work against Simon's vast strength. The Grim Reaper displays his vast hatred for Wonder Man, calling him a freak and mutation and refusing to believe that the man has any relation to the Simon Williams he knew. He reveals his plans to them - that once he has both Wonder Man and the Vision captive, he will use Ultron's computers to extract what was left of Simon Williams from their minds, which then the Black Talon will transpose into the brain of the Simon zombie. Ultron threatens that once the Grim Reaper is through with the Vision, he will kill both his synthetic "son" and his "father" Hank. Ultron then leaves in search of the Vision.

The Avengers fly their Quinjet to Patterson, New Jersey and to the abandoned Williams Manufacturing plant where Simon once worked before be became Wonder Man. Tigra had no idea that Simon was once an inventor and businessman, and Iron Man explains to her that at one time Simon was a strong competitor against Stark Industries, and that bad business practices and an embezzlement charge ruined him and his company. It was these events that led to Simon accepting the invitation from Baron Zemo to change him into Wonder Man, so that he could exact his revenge on Stark by attacking Iron Man and the Avengers. But Simon switched sides, fighting with the Avengers against the Masters of Evil and sacrificing himself to protect the Avengers. Tigra refuses to believe that Simon could ever have been a criminal. The Avengers make their way into the town of Patterson and to the house where Simon and his brother Eric grew up. Iron Man explains that Stark used to pay their mother an annuity during the time that Simon was dead, and that his mother may have some clues as to their whereabouts. Mrs. Williams invites the Avengers in, explaining that she knows what is going on and why they have come to her. She tells them of Simon and Eric's childhood growing up together. They had a hard childhood, with a strict father, with Eric excelling in sports and Simon in academics. Simon eventually took over Williams Manufacturing from his father, but when Stark Industries overtook them he turned to Eric for help. Eric has associated himself with a Maggia crime family, and at first tried to use rough tactics against the government and competitors, but was unable to make a difference so he stole from the company what he could and fled to Las Vegas and Simon took the blame. Hawkeye promises Mrs. Williams that they'll do everything they can for Simon and Eric, and she bursts into tears hoping that they can end the vendetta and give her back her sons. The Vision steps up, telling her that his mind was created using Simon's own brain patterns, and that technically he is her son as well. She hugs him, thanking him for giving her the son she had thought was lost forever.

Back at the villains' lair, the Grim Reaper tells Nekra that he plans on killing both Wonder Man and the Vision for the insult on the memory of his true brother. Man-Ape enters, angering the Reaper enough to display his true bigotry against Man-Ape and blacks in general. When Nekra explains to him that she's black, he refuses to believe it due to her albino nature telling her that she's the purest white he's ever known. Man-Ape rushes back to find the Black Talon, telling his ally that he can no longer work for a man who hates black skins. The two are outraged for being treated like slaves to the Grim Reaper. Hank Pym and Simon, still captive in the holding cage, notice the dissension in the ranks hoping it might be the break they need to escape. Simon confides in Hank that he's afraid to die, even though he's been dead before, and that that fear has lingered with him ever since he was returned from the grave the first time. It was the reason he kept quitting the Avengers in the first place. Hank tells him it's time to take a stand, and that only Simon can beat this fear for himself.

The Avengers finally prepare to leave Patterson, and the Vision and Scarlet Witch say their goodbyes to Mrs. Williams, who is overjoyed to not only have her son back, but a new daughter-in-law as well. As the Quinjet takes off to follow the trail to Las Vegas, they are attacked in the air by Ultron-12 and his robot army, smashing their way into the cockpit...

Appearing in "Singleton!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #3.

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Synopsis for "Singleton!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #3.

The Avengers say their goodbyes to the Vision and the Scarlet Witch after their battle with the Grim Reaper and Ultron-12. Hawkeye offers to give them a lift to the airport, but they decline seeing the opportunity to spend some time to themselves. After loading the captive Goliath into the Jail Hold, the Quinjet takes off on its journey back to Los Angeles.

On board, Hank Pym thanks everyone for tracking them down and saving both he and Wonder Man, and Hawkeye is very pleased with how the Avengers took care of Ultron and the others. However, Tigra is less than pleased with her performance, having during the battle knocked Ultron into a computer bank which give him the energy to repower and make his escape. She doubts her abilities as an Avenger and feels that her cat self is taking over from the human side. After arguing with Iron Man, Tigra decides the only way she can solve her problems is by herself and jumps from the Quinjet. Hawkeye wants to turn around after her, but Hank and Iron Man, both of whom have dealt with their own personal demons in the past, agree with Tigra.

Having landed on her feet atop a nearby building, Tigra notices below a robbery taking place at the African-American Museum. The robbers instantly recognize her, and Tigra is flattered and grateful for the diversion as she leaps down to stop them. But her pride is quickly quashed when she is grabbed by the hair by Kraven the Hunter. Tigra struggles with Kraven, trying to break free from his grasp, but he stabs her in the side with a tranquilizer-laced tooth, drugging her. Tigra stumbles around for a few seconds before falling face first onto the concrete, unconscious.

Meanwhile, the Avengers Quinjet arrives back at the Compound. Hawkeye suggests some much-needed R&R around the pool for everyone, but Simon has other plans. After Iron Man and Hank Pym return Goliath back into the holding cell deep beneath the Compound, Hank asks Hawkeye if he would stay on for a while. Not as an official Avenger, but as the caretaker of the Compound in order to give him more time to study Goliath and work on his research. Iron Man is against it, feeling that the position is beneath a founding member of the Avengers (as well as being uncomfortable around Hank after dating the Wasp right after the two had divorced). Hank pleads with them that there isn't anyone who could better manage the Compound, that he could show them that they can trust him after how badly he messed up, and that it's a way he can be with the Avengers without having to put a costume back on. Hawkeye accepts his offer.

Wonder Man uses the time off to return to his room and catch up on his missed calls. There is a message on his answering machine from his agent, pleading with him to call back as he has a gig on the Johnny Carson Show for him. Simon returns the call, accepting the job. He feels that national exposure like that is just what he needs...

The other Avengers use their time off to their advantage as well. Hawkeye and Mockingbird take a romantic stroll along the beach, but Hawkeye admits that he's worried about Tigra. Mockingbird relents, and the two hop onto his sky-cycle to go look for their missing teammate. Inside the Compound, Hank receives a strange phone call. Just the mechanical whine of the wires...

Tigra, meanwhile, has regained consciousness and is madder than ever. She is on the trail of Kraven, running through the streets of Los Angeles in broad daylight amidst the crowds. One man stops her, saying he's thankful that the Avengers have moved a team out to the West Coast. Tigra shows her appreciation by giving him a deep kiss, and then continues on the trail. It finally leads her to Griffith Park, where Kraven has set a trap for her with punji sticks. She quickly leaps to safety, but Kraven was waiting for her in the trees. They struggle, and Tigra draws blood. Just then, Tigra spots Hawkeye and Mockingbird flying overhead, and tosses Kraven into the heavily wooded area of the park to avoid them seeing her. This is Tigra's fight, and she wants Kraven all to herself. He is prepared, and soon a net drops down from the trees on top of Tigra. The net proves to be no match for her claws, and Kraven, realizing that his prey may be too strong a match for him, takes off in retreat. She catches up with him, and they struggle on the ground, attracting a crowd of gawkers. Kraven manages to free himself and give Tigra a nerve thrust, briefly paralyzing her. But just as he moves up for the kill, Hawkeye and Mockingbird show up. Mockingbird joins the fight, and Kraven proves to be no match for her and her battle-staves. A single well-placed blow across the temple and Kraven is out cold. Tigra is furious that they interfered, but Mockingbird makes Tigra realize that even an Avenger can make mistakes. That's why they work best as a team.

Back at the Compound, the Avengers are finally all together again and lounging around the pool. Hawkeye calls a meeting to discuss the problem of the missing sixth member, and Iron Man and Mockingbird suggest using the media to advertise. But just then, the solution to their problem walks through the door - ole' Ben Grimm himself, the Thing!

Appearing in "Master Pandemonium!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #4.

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Synopsis for "Master Pandemonium!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #4.

Ben Grimm, the Thing, has showed up at Avengers Compound, after his motorbike broke down nearby. Hawkeye has offered him the position as the sixth member of the West Coast Avengers, but the Thing has just quit the Fantastic Four and has no desire to join up with another group! But Hawkeye won't take no for an answer...

The Thing explains to Hawkeye that he's given up being a superhero and has taken a new job as a professional wrestler and, after offering the other Avengers tickets to his next match, walks out before Hawkeye can say the next word. Outside, he remembers the reason he came to the Avengers Compound in the first place - his motorcycle had broke down - but instead of going back in he just picks up the cycle and starts walking down the road. He doesn't get far before he spots a flaming figure falling out of the sky. Believing it to be the Human Torch, he drops his bike and rushes over to catch him. But when he does, he realizes that it's a woman.

The Thing returns to the Compound with the unconscious woman in his arms. No one recognizes her, and Mockingbird begins to treat her wounds. Not wanting to stick around, the Thing tells Hawkeye to give him a call when the woman wakes up. He returns to his bike, only to find it smashed and bent from when he had to drop it to catch the woman. Iron Man offers to help him fix it. Meanwhile, Hank receives another phone call, only to find no one on the other end just like last time. Hawkeye is convinced that he can talk the Thing into joining the team, excited with the idea of having the strongman from the fabled Fantastic Four alongside them.

Elsewhere in the Compound, Tigra sneaks up on Wonder Man, who has been pacing the corridors deep in thought. She invites him down to the beach, but he tells her he has an appointment he has to keep. Tigra then says that she's become really attached to him since they've opened up to one another, and wants to be more than friends. She kisses him, and Simon rushes off uncomfortably. Hawkeye then calls all Avengers to the front room. The woman has awoken, and identifies herself as Bonita Juarez, aka Firebird. She explains to them how she came about her power, having once during a stroll in the desert fire fell from the heavens. She found that she was immune to its effects. Bathed in its extraterrestrial radiation, Juarez soon discovered that she had acquired vast amount of energy-wielding powers. She had joined with other heroes of the western states - the Night Rider, Shooting Star, Texas Twister, and Red Wolf - and fought against the Hulk. But this morning, she was awoken when a giant bird crashed through her bedroom window and attacked her. She was then attacked by a being calling himself Master Pandemonium, believing her to be "one of the five". He summoned demons from his body to attack her. She had only one hope, to contact the Avengers for help. They agree to help her.

Shortly after, Hank receives yet another telephone call. But this time there is a voice on the other end - Ultron-12. The robot taunts his "father", saying that he will never leave him alone. The robot hangs up before Hank can say anything, and the man is worried that if the Avengers find out about Ultron, they'll throw him out.

That afternoon, Wonder Man appears for the taping of the Johnny Carson Show. He has decided to use the show to make an important announcement, and air all of his dirty laundry out in public. He tells the television public about the embezzlement, and how his brother Eric had taken the blame for it when it was discovered that he was the Grim Reaper. Simon wants to put the facts straight, that it was he that had embezzled the money from the company and allowed the blame to fall on Eric. Now he wants the public to make the decision if he should remain an Avengers. Johnny Carson thanks him for his appearance, telling Simon that he's a brave man to confess out in the open like this. Wonder Man is relieved to have his guilt off his chest.

After the show, Simon walks over to the Coliseum nearby, where the Thing is practicing for the big wrestling match that evening. Simon wants to talk to him, but before he has a chance to Master Pandemonium appears and attacks the Thing. He wants to know if Ben is "one of the five", since Firebird had flew to him after they fought. Wonder Man contacts the rest of the Avengers, but in the meantime both he and Ben Grimm will keep Master Pandemonium occupied. That proves to be harder than it seems when the villain reaches out, his arms suddenly transforming into two terrifying demons. They detach themselves from Master Pandemonium and attack the two heroes. During the fight, Pandemonium realizes that the Thing can't be who he is looking for, but before he can escape the rest of the Avengers arrive to join the fight. Master Pandemonium peels back his tunic to release dozens of demons from within his body. In the commotion, the villain tries to escape, but Hawkeye shoots a tear gas arrow in his direction. As Pandemonium falls back to the street, Iron Man and the Thing move in for the attack. He tries to hold back Iron Man with demon fire, but the Avenger pushes towards him and slams his armored fist right through Master Pandemonium's stomach. He recalls his demons, which swarm over Iron Man before reentering Pandemonium's body. With Iron Man disoriented, Master Pandemonium takes the chance to escape. The Avengers regather, uncertain of what just happened there. One this is certain, though... the Thing is NOT joining the Avengers!

Later, as Master Pandemonium returns to his mansion, he sits with his faithful demon bird Azmodeum contemplating the fate of his soul. As he looks down at the gaping hole on his stomach, he realizes that whatever the fate of his body, he has to stop...

Appearing in "Ins and Outs!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #5.

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Synopsis for "Ins and Outs!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #5.

At a team meeting, Hawkeye calls Wonder Man to task for his public admission that he had embezzled his company's funds ten years earlier, without having first consulted the Avengers. Tensions rise during the discussion between them, Iron Man, Mockingbird and Tigra, while in the adjacent living room, Hank Pym, the Thing and Firebird overhear. Finally, they hold a press conference showing support for Wonder Man's actions.

Afterwards, a pensive Wonder Man heads down to the beach, and Tigra follows. Soon, they embrace and kiss.

In the headquarters, Mockingbird disapproves of Hawkeye's approach to Simon Williams' confession, and they have a spat, while Thing and Firebird take their leave. Mockingbird, who has gone down to the beach to fume, is approached by a distressed Tigra. She tells Mockingbird about her encounter with Simon and, worried about her overwhelming feline id, asks her for help.

Inside, while Mockingbird does computer research, Hank gets a vaguely threatening phone call from Ultron (Mk XII). After angrily hanging up, Tigra comes on to him. Soon, the team has gathered, and Mockingbird (who has made up with Hawkeye) tells Tigra the computer found a link between the Cat People and Jack Russell (the Werewolf), so the Avengers proceed to Russell's apartment. Meanwhile, in downtown L. A. seeking clues about Master Pandemonium, Firebird asks a book dealer for information about the Darkhold. He tells her of the arcane tome's connection to Jack Russell.

At Russell's place, the Avengers are greeted by Michael Morbius who is working to cure Russell. Suddenly, the Werewolf bursts from his shuttered room, grabs Tigra, and leaps out the window with her to the street below. The heroes follow and grapple with the lycanthrope. After a prolonged battle, Firebird arrives and surrounds the Werewolf with flames, allowing Wonder Man to deliver a stunning blow to the beast. The Avengers then discuss the difficulty in getting any answers about the Cat People with Russell in his current state. Morbius recalls his adventure with a similar race and offers to tell them what he knows.

Back at the West Coast compound, Ultron again calls Hank, this time to apologize.

Appearing in "Quest for Cats!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #6.

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Synopsis for "Quest for Cats!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #6.

The cat side of Tigra is taking over! The only way the West Coast Avengers can save her is to journey to the dimension of the Cat People! But will they be greeted as welcomed guests ... or attacked as hated invaders?

Appearing in "U, Robot!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #7.

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Synopsis for "U, Robot!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #7.

Ultron-12 wants to make peace with his "father," Hank Pym! But Ultron-11 is still around - and he's got decidedly different intentions!

Appearing in "A Bird in the Hand!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #8.

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Synopsis for "A Bird in the Hand!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #8.



Appearing in "Hot Pursuit"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #9.

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Synopsis for "Hot Pursuit"

This story is a reprint of the comic
West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #9.



Appearing in "Lovers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Vision and the Scarlet Witch Vol 2 #1.

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  • Customized MG-TC Rolls Royce (colour scarlet)

Synopsis for "Lovers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Vision and the Scarlet Witch Vol 2 #1.

Fed up with Gyrich's treatment of their rights, Vision and Wanda renounce their Avengers membership and set out to live as private citizens. They return to Leonia, where their previous house was burned down by their bigoted neighbors, and start to defiantly purchase a new home in the same area, receiving support from their new realtor, Norm Webster. However, while they're looking at their prospective property, zombies swarm into the yard to attack them. Vision attempts to phase through them, but it causes him instense pain and causes him to repeatedly shut down while the other zombies overcome and abduct Wanda. She's taken back to the zombies' master, Black Talon and his ally, Nekra. They restrain Wanda, but fail to notice that she has a finger free to cast a small hex and she gets to work gradually freeing herself. Vision manages to overcome his pain and separate from the zombie he had been stuck inside and makes it lead him to Talon's base, then disguises himself as a zombie to infiltrate it.

The Grim Reaper, Talon and Nekra's sponsor, soon arrives to examine their progress, only to find both Vision and Wanda are free and prepared to fight. The Scarlet Witch uses her powers to disrupt Black Talon's control over his zombies and Vision braves the pain to phase through them to reach a tent that the Reaper's flunkies had been protecting and is shocked to find a body resembling Simon Williams prior to his transformation to Wonder Man. Vision threatens Reaper with "Simon's" life even as he holds Wanda hostage. They agree to break the standoff as the villains retreat with "Simon" and Vision and Wanda are reunited.

Following a hunch about the Reaper's scheme, Vision calls the West Coast Avengers and learns that they had been attempting to reach him all day following an attack by the Lethal Legion and the abduction of Wonder Man and Hank Pym.

Appearing in "Brothers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Vision and the Scarlet Witch Vol 2 #2.

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Synopsis for "Brothers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Vision and the Scarlet Witch Vol 2 #2.

Continued from West Coast Avengers #2...

Ultron's aerial attack on the Quinjet results in the capture of most of the remainder of the West Coast Avengers plus Vision and the Scarlet Witch. At the Lethal Legion's hideout, the Grim Reaper explains his plan to harvest the pure essence of Simon Williams from the minds of Wonder Man and the Vision to transplant into the zombie body he had made to look like Simon. Wonder Man is nearly caught up in his fear of mortality again, but manages to fight back once he's brought out of containment to begin the procedure. Mockingbird, the one Avenger that wasn't on the jet at the time of their capture, arrives from tracking the Quinjet's radio signal to free the others and a brawl ensues. At this point, Man-Ape and Black Talon abandon Grim Reaper, maintaining no loyalty to one who was so openly racist towards them earlier. Suddenly outnumbered, Reaper and Nekra make an attempt to split up and escape. Leaving the rest of the Avengers to deal with Goliath and Ultron, Vision and Wonder Man take off to pursue the Lethal Legion's mastermind.

On their way through an underground cavern, the two manifestations of Simon Williams have time to bond and help Wonder Man get over his fears. Wonder Man comes to understand the Vision and accept him as a brother. When they catch up to and corner Reaper over a deep crevasse, Vision confronts the raving villain with what he learned from his mother, that it was Eric that stole the money that Simon took the blame for. Reaper admits it, but Wonder Man denies it. Simon was guilty of stealing the money and ruining his own company and Eric just didn't want that spoiling the memory of his good and pure perfect brother. Realizing that if Wonder Man knows this, he must really be Simon and not an imitation, the Grim Reaper can't come to grips with how he's been trying to kill his own brother and runs, slipping into the crevasse where he disappears.

Afterwards, Goliath is captured, but Ultron and the rest of the Lethal Legion have all escaped their separate ways. As Vision leaves with his wife, he tells her how his experiences that day have got him thinking about family and asks her what she thinks about having a baby.

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