Avengers #250 (1984) West Coast Avengers!

Double-size double-team excitement!  Now there’s a double-entendre tag line!

The West Coast Avengers and “regular” Avengers team up against Maelstrom.

While I enjoy Roger Stern’s character scenes, this one is weird.  Starfox wants the girls to time him while he holds his breath underwater?  What is he, six?  And then Wasp gets mad about him ruining her hair when she’s wearing a bathing suit by an INDOOR pool?  Why is she even wearing a suit?  She’s not getting a tan.

Then we move to the West Coast, where an unpredicted earthquake hits while Hawkeye is trying to shoot an arrow through an apple on Mockingbird’s head, nearly killing her.  High drama!

Vision then ties the teams together with a scary and ominous announcement that all of humanity may be doomed because Maelstrom is stealing all of Earth’s kinetic energy.  So both teams are instructed to go after him.  En route, Roger Stern offers their inner thoughts, which was something they did a lot in the 1980s, but nobody did it better than Roger…

I actually think the above panel sequence works just as well without any thought balloons.

Then, it’s just a big fight against Maelstrom and his minions.

Creators: Roger Stern and Al Milgrom
Grade: B-

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