Volume 4 of the West Coast Epics (they're doing these ones in order, so volumes 1-3 are already available) is a tie-in release of sorts to the megahit show WandaVision; a lot of the developments from it stem from the stories contained here. But more on that later - the volume beginss with the wrapping up of Steve Englehart and Al Milgrom's run, largely concerned with the split between Hawkeye and Mockingbird, the possession of Moon Knight by his god Khonshu, and the reappearance of ex-Avenger Mantis.
These issues are merely a clearing of the decks, though, making the title ready for the arrival of writer-artist John Byrne. In typical Byrne fashion, he immediately sets to sweeping changes to the comic and the team, most of them revolving around the Scarlet Witch. It's a non-stop conga line of trauma for Wanda, with the kidnapping of her husband the Vision, her own abduction, and dramatic revelations about her children all conspiring to push her to the limit.
There's also a leadership shakeup, a new member and the return of an old one, and the first appearance of the bizarre Great Lakes Avengers to keep things ticking along. Byrne's changes were perhaps TOO dramatic, with a couple of characters having their arcs changed forever (and not necessarily in a good way), but his skill can't be denied - the art is great and with a whole bunch of B-plots bolstering the main story, the title feels the most exciting it's ever been.
Extras include a Marvel Age cover and interview, a Year in Review recap, a house ad, some Handbook illustrations, two pages of original Byrne art and the cover from an earlier trade collection. Whether you're a long-term Wacko fan or have been intrigued enough to check it out by the show, these stories are both iconic and influential.
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