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Avengers West Coast: Vision Quest TPB Paperback – 10 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (10 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785117741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785117742
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 16.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Healey on 9 July 2007
Format: Paperback
It's always good to read those old adventure that make you remember why you started like comics in the old days, and with Marvel's Mr Fix-It John Byrne showing how it's done you can tell this is going to be good.

While I'm sure they had no plans to do House Of M back in 1989 you get to see her first step into being the nutter The Scarlet Witch becomes.

Well worth getting for USAgent in a decent outfit, the evolution of Vision and Wonderman (crap name, great character) with a mullet!

This is a crisp, easy read that is acually a wonderful slice of comic book nostagia and makes you want to read more.
I recomend John Byrne's Marvel Visionary series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Byrne's Avengers West Coast, vol. 1 10 Jun. 2008
By "extreme_dig_cm" - Published on
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Before this 80's work- Byrne drew the Avengers in the late 70's, issues 181-191, with 188-191 being some of my all-time favorites. After his great work with DC's Man of Steel in the mid-80's, he returned to Marvel's Avengers in '89, this time with this west coast team.

Highlights here for me...
*Issues 43 & 44- Hawkeye & Mockingbird reunited. And the west coast team searches for & finds the Vision. I've never seen Vision quite like this! The team is in turmoil, and the government intervenes, bringing them a special new member. Features Hawkeye, Wonder Man, Hank Pym, Wasp, Tigra, Scarlet Witch & more.
*Issue 45- U.S. Agent & the new Vision. And Hawkeye quits the team?
*Issue 46- The Great Lakes Avengers. 'Nuff said!
*Issue 50- The *original* Human Torch! It's the return of a Golden Age great, and he actually joins the team.

I love Byrne's artistic vision, the Avengers in general, and especially the Avengers west coast team in the '80s. Here we get all three! This isn't usually considered his best work, but it *is* among my favorites. The clarity & consistency in his artistic vision never ceases to amaze me. In this paperback he touches on story points he previously visited in titles like Avengers & Fantastic Four. He especially, continually references the Invaders all throughout his career, and I actually appreciate these brief flashbacks.

Visually speaking, maybe the biggest standout feature here is the varied and/or inconsistent inking(!). It's amazing how the overall visual style of Byrne's run seems to change from issue to issue here. This might be the main reason why this isn't usually considered Byrne's best work, but I actually love these issues, in part, *because* of the various visual styles on display. I guess only Byrne & Machlan can say for sure why the visual style keeps changing all throughout this great '89 series.

Included in this volume:
*Issues #42 to #48 & #50- John Byrne writes & pencils; Mike Machlan inks
*Issue #49- John Byrne writes, pencils & inks

P.S. And check out this definitive career interview with Byrne: Modern Masters, Vol. 7: John Byrne. With great art & information, it's highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Must have for all Avengers fans 15 July 2009
By Shasta - Published on
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I recently purchased this book hoping to get some further knowledge on older Avengers story arcs. And boy am I happy I did!

The way Byrne writes, and draws, these characters is fantastic. Hawkeye is just as angsty as ever, Scarlet Witch and Vision's relationship is written perfectly, get The Great Lakes Avengers!

I can't say enough good things about this book, and other reviewers have said plenty about its content. Just know that if you like the Avengers you should buy this and the follow up John Byrne Avengers West Coast book, Darker than Scarlet.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
prequel to Avengers Disassembled? 12 Aug. 2005
By Daniel R. McGaffin - Published on
Format: Paperback
This story is good but incomplete. It tdeals with the first half of the Scarlet Witch's mental breakdown(issues 42-50). The premise of the graphic novel is that the Vision is missing and his team mates must find him. The story is good and the villains behind the kidnapping are unexpected.
The original 19 issue story arc (WCA 42-60) is basically Avengers Disassembled on a smaller scale. It details the different factors that drive the Scarlet Witch to become a blood thirsty anti-human villain and the person who is behind this.
Saturated in Avengers history... 10 Oct. 2009
By James Lansberry - Published on
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For some reason, a lot of Byrne's best work seems to come in short stints, such as his run on WCA. With this collection of Avengers: West Coast #42-50, Byrne took the ball and ran with in terms of tying up old storylines from past Avengers storylines and adding to them. The Vision pays the price from his attempt at taking over the world, the original Human Torch is brought back to life and the Scarlet Witch begins her descent into darkness.
Mind you, these were originally published in 1989...and life did exist BEFORE Brian Michael Bendis was writing Avengers titles.
Lots of sub-plots, from Hawkeye and Mockingbird's separation to Tigra's animalistic regression, but you don't need to have the entire Avengers catalogue at your side as reference because of the manditory recaps back in those days.
All in all, a good start to a good run.
Byrne 's run on WCA is solid 13 May 2013
By woodrow locksley - Published on
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John Byrne was throught the late seventies to the mid nineties one of the best writer artists in American comic books. His collaboration with Chris Claremont on the X-Men and his solo runs on Fantastic Four and Superman as well as a shorter time on Action Comics are the highlights of his career but his time spent on West Coast Avengers was solid. In this volume he makes major changes to the character of the Vision and his relationship to his wife the Scarlet Witch which has ramificatioins several years down the road. The art is good and the stories are solid especially the main ones centered around the Vision Quest I recommend this volume and its companion Darker than Scarlet to any Avengers fan and to any fan of American superhero comics
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