Characters: Iron Fist (Michael), Nova (Brian), Hawkeye (Alicia), Black Knight (Kyle), Arachne (Judy)
West Coast Avengers Episode 1:
The issue begins with a fight in Dr. Kleiburne’s STAAR Labs facility with a fight against the Brain in a room of canisters of A-30 (a gaseous substance that will paralyze humans and nullify mutants’ powers). While we are distracted by the fight, a jewelry store across the street is robbed and Solomon Grundy and Mr. Hyde are left at the scene. Both are taken into police custody (Solomon Grundy in pieces and Hyde in extra thick “super” restraints). Solomon Grundy soon after escapes police custody and Hyde attempts suicide while in police custody. Nova spends the episode battling a headache and flu-like symptoms. We catch up with the jewelry burglars (heisters if you will) at the top floor of the Beverly Hills Hotel where one goes for a swim and the diamonds are successfully secured. Terrance “Terry” Hall of the LAPD’s super squad informs us that there are ritual killings taking place nearby and girls are being kidnapped for the ritual. Last page of the episode shows Hawkeye answering a phone call from Brother Blood. They are literally calling in a favor for cleaning up the bad press from the end of Civil War.
West Coast Avengers Episode 2:
Hawkeye, Arachne and Terry Hall track down the girls that were kidnapped to farmlands outside of Bennett, CA where there are two Aryan skinhead hillbillies that dropped out of a biker gang and started cooking meth. They have the two girls strung up in a barn and are preparing to create a ritual. Capturing the hillbillies doesn’t seem to be too difficult but when Terry sees the state the girls are in in the barn, he comes back out and kills the one in handcuffs with a point-blank shot to the head. The other one runs from the scene and blows himself up on his own land-mine. Terry is suspended from the force until an investigation can determine what happened at the scene. The ritual appears to be something called Karkossa which is known to “renew earth”. Another way Karkossa is used is as a portal to call the Yellow King back from wandering the earth. It requires a sacrifice of a powerful artifact.
Brother Blood is having their first inaugural procession at the LA Coliseum and have “requested” the West Coast Avengers to be their security for the event. The event itself doesn’t have any security issues, but after the event the Brotherhood of Evil appear at the LA Coliseum to fight against Brother Blood. We fight against Phobia, Voodoo, Plasma and Mala and successfully survive but really can’t say more than that about the fight. After the fight we find out that a “Thin Man” was seen at the event. In fact, we saw him on camera at the event, but afterwards no one can find evidence that he was there. A powerful artifact (a yellow cloak) was taken by the Brotherhood from Brother Blood during the event. We later find out that the cloak was given to a man called Zed who is somewhere between 5’11” and 6’1”. The only good thing that comes out of the LA Coliseum issue is Nova’s headaches stop.
West Coast Avengers Episode 3:
We all look into all the information they can learn about Slender Man. He is involved with the Brotherhood but we can’t determine how. He is part of an urban myth that is known for kidnapping young girls and taking good care of them until they become adults. When the girls grow up, they are killed. We also received a letter from Brother Blood thanking us for helping at the Coliseum with a reward. We donated the reward to three different charities including one helping people get out of cults.
We researched Bennett, CA and found out it was founded by Artemus Childress at the turn of the century. Artie was either born in 1880 or the beginning of time. In the 1970s there were 30,000 people living in the oil-town called Bennett but there was an explosion under the town and 90% of the town was killed in the initial explosion or ensuing fire. Today no one lives there except those looking to live in abandoned buildings. Artie was killed in the explosion but his two children (Earl and Victoria) survived. Victoria went insane after the explosion (or maybe wasn’t sane even before the explosion) and has been in a medically induced coma in a sanitarium in Rhode Island called Happy Trails. She has one visitor every year – an attorney that keeps her funding in good shape. Earl was a teenager when the explosion occurred.
Next we went to Bennett and searched the town. It looks run down and abandoned; nature has regrown over much of it. The town’s Elementary School appeared to have a gang of hillbillies possibly related to the Brotherhood around it. We instead go to Freddie Fasbenders Pizza where the Bennett explosion started all those years ago to see if we could find anything of note. There we found an amazing horror. Arachne discovered the security system still running and she was able to see the animatronics fox, chicken, bunny and bear all moving. The fox and bear went downstairs after Black Knight and Iron Fist while the chicken and bunny went upstairs after Arachne. Hawkeye joined Arachne and after two tough battles all four animatronics were destroyed. At that point we discovered that there were decayed bits of human flesh and organs in the suits.
West Coast Avengers Episode 4:
Episode 4 opens to the West Coast Avengers storming the elementary school in Bennett. It appears the Brotherhood of Evil and Brother Blood’s gang are fighting. Solomon Grundy is in one corner of the cafegymatorium smacking Brotherhood of Evil members using limbs from other Brotherhood members. Mala and the Brain were attacking Brother Blood. A portal opens and Church of the Blood security step through. The Avengers attacked on all sides trying to subdue everyone. The fight quickly got out of control and when a second portal opened Hawkeye’s first instinct was to fire the arrow on his string at it and unfortunately that explosion kicked back at him and Arachne. After the fight, Solomon Grundy waded through the bodies and past the Avengers and out the door. Brother Blood’s guards took the Brain and Mala went with them through the portal.
West Coast Avengers Episode 5:
All Roads lead to Rhode Island. We find leylines under Bennett, CA that are also under Rhode Island. Terry Hall calls from Rhode Island. There is a trail of dead cows from California to Rhode Island. We figure out that Solomon Grundy walked from California to Rhode Island eating cows along the way. When we arrive in Rhode Island there is a curtain of fog settled in around Happy Trails. The parking lot is full of cars and the fog seems impenetrable. When we pass through the fog, we enter a whole new dimension where the walls are slimy and go up a mostly empty sanitarium to find Victoria by herself in the room. We went back down the hall and under the sanitarium we find Zed, a pit of bodies, Solomon Grundy and 2 elder signs. After an extensive fight where Iron Fist knocked himself out and Arachne gave Solomon Grundy the opportunity to hit someone, we managed to win the day and keep The Yellow King from manifesting in our world. Captain Hall is found alive with the nurses and doctors in the pit of bodies. Victoria is never seen again.