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Subj: Re: Need help placing Scarlet Witch's 1994 mini-series
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 at 09:12:28 am EDT (Viewed 175 times)
Reply Subj: Need help placing Scarlet Witch's 1994 mini-series
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 at 01:55:30 am EDT (Viewed 8 times)

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Hey All,

Wanda had a mini-series back in 1994, and I'm trying to figure out where it fits in context of Avengers West Coast.

Wanda's new costume and missing Hawkeye point to it happening between Avengers West #101 & 102.

The problem is Wonder Man. He's shown as a regular member, with a regular training routine that he and Wanda share. Wonder Man quit in his own series in #18. Footnotes place it between Avengers West #91 & 92. Living Lightning is referred to as a reserve member is Scarlet Witch #2, so it has to have happened after Avengers West #92, when Living Lightning official became a reservist. In Scarlet Witch #2, War Machine is in the mansion without his helmet on, and refers to himself as War Machine. This marks things as after Avengers West Coast #94, where Jim Rhodes reveals his secret ID, and introduces his new code name, War Machine.

One possible solution is that Wonder Man had started showing back up again. In Avengers West #102, Vision says that Simon's absence is "baffling", which shouldn't be the case if he'd been consistently absent for 10 issues. The problem is that the exercise routine we're shown in Scarlet Witch #1 doesn't feel like Simon dropping in or working his way back into the team. It feels like an established routine. In any case, at the end of Avengers #102, he drops in and announces he's ready to re-join. Maybe this means that he'd stopped in before and had talked to them about it briefly. (like at the end of Scarlet Witch #4...)

Another solution is that it isn't Wonder Man in Wanda's mini after all. Instead it's a demon sent by Pandemonium and/or Lore to spy on Wanda, or make her more susceptible to Lore's magic, or to act as a familiar, or something like that. In Scarlet Witch #2, we see every Avengers West member EXCEPT Simon get kidnapped by Master Pandemonium's demons, and corrupted. The big surprise in issue #3 is that he's corrupted, or one of Pandemonium's demons after all. We see Wonder Man among the Avengers West who are returned to normal in the panel immediately after Pandemonium is defeated, but he doesn't speak. On the next page, Lore (who as playing Pandemonium) explains that she's summoned all her powers together, and it that panel we see ever Avenger West except Wonder Man. Over the next couple of pages, Wanda defeats Lore, and then on the last page, wakes up in a hospital bed. She's surrounded by USAgent & Living Lightning in costume, Spider-Woman & War Machine in civilian clothes, Agatha Harkness, and a poorly drawn Wonder Man in a plain red sleeveless t-shirt. Two options. Either Simon heard about Wanda in the hospital and came to visit (thus prompting him to return to the team full time at the end of the next issue of Avengers West), or it's not Simon. Could be one of the Avengers West compound's groundskeepers, or Tony Stark, or a never before seen physical therapist.

What do you guys think? Is there a plausible way to work this out? I'm leaning towards Wonder Man having never been in there. (At least in Scarlet Witch issues #1-3. I could give or take that being Simon on the last page.)

Not sure you really need to be a member to have a regular training session.

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