First, this was a great installment. It had ups and downs and I was tearing up by the end. Speaking of, Ms. Henry, pleaseOMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG
First, this was a great installment. It had ups and downs and I was tearing up by the end. Speaking of, Ms. Henry, please don't let it be the end! you know of which I speak of. (view spoiler)[ really, you're gonna kill Gabriel after we've all fallen in love with him and you get him and Maddy together.....uuuuurrrrgghhhhh... DO NOT make him a sperm donor only (hide spoiler)].
I can't wait for the next book. I have a feeling that Maddy is going to be harder.
(view spoiler)[ Azazel needs to die. I had a feeling he was a bad guy. I'm almost pissed that no one thought that Azazel was behind any of this when they realized that Nathaniel was being a traitor. Like, come on! Maybe if you had realized that Gabriel wouldn't have had to die!
FUCK! I'm so angry about that.
Just let us not have a romance for the next book if Gabriel is not coming back. (hide spoiler)]
This book started off incredibly slow for me and more often than I not I questioned why I was reading it in the first place. You see, I had been waitiThis book started off incredibly slow for me and more often than I not I questioned why I was reading it in the first place. You see, I had been waiting for this book to come out so I was a bit disappointed that it took so long to pick up.
You know what though? It's a grower. It grows on you and while there were things to complain about (ex. the lack of one seamless plot - there are about four different things happening all at once, which do converge, but could've been knocked down to two) by the end of the book it picks up and sweeps you along. I also found myself thinking about this book after I had read it because there was something about it that I really liked that I can't put my finger on.
I liked Babylon Steel, she's tough and unapologetic about her career, she is vulnerable and generous but can be hard and brash. I liked her backstory and I liked her connection to her crew and the Chief. Speaking of...I also really liked her crew (view spoiler)[ I was gutted with what happened to Previous (hide spoiler)] and the Chief. For a character that wasn't in the book too much, I really took a liking to Chief Bitternut (yes, the name made me giggle too) and he sort of reminded me a bit of Maccon from Soulless.
On reminding me:
This book reminded me, simultaneously might I add, of the Kushiel's Dart/the Dhulyn and Parno series/the Moira J Moore Hero's series with a dash of Dragon Age (minus the dragon). This is a compliment because I love or really like all of the abovementioned. But don't think that it's all just an almagamation of series'. Babylon Steel has it's own flair and that's a great thing.
Now, I mentioned that the story started off extremely slow. It did. Very much so. In hindsight it also started off with a plot that made little to no sense to the overarching plot (which only kicks in about 300+ pages in) but takes up a large amount of this book and sets things up for a possible sequel.
There were too many plots in this book that could've been cut out or used for another installation or just sort of glossed over. To me the second half of the book was the best as was the "flashbacks" to Babylon's past.
The final showdown was unexpected and written well. It made sense but it wasn't without its own sense of loss and bloodshed.
The one character I'd be more interested in learning about is Darask Fain (view spoiler)[ I thought he was being set up as a love interest so imagine my surprise when it's the Chief and not him that ends up in her bed at the end (hide spoiler)]. He has a certain allure that reminds me of the rakes from my favorite historical romances.
I really hope there's a sequel. It goes to show you how much a taleweaver Sebold is because if you had asked me a few days ago I wouldn't have been able to answer you why I was still reading it and would have shrugged at the mention of a sequel. But she got me. She got me good and now I want more.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension betweenOk, so Goodreads just ate my last review. Sigh.
This book was lacking in character development (again) but the action and the palpable tension between Alex, Death and Falin were enough to make me forget that.
Now, since I'm mad at Goodreads, this is an abridged version of my last review.
If any of these characters were my friends and we were meeting for coffee. This is pretty much what I'd Oprah-Offer them.
Death: Put out or get out. No. Seriously. I get that you're this handsome, otherworldly, tortured being. I also get that you have this forbidden thing with Alex but if you don't do something about it soon, you're going to lose her. You need to stop with the Romeo/Juliet and start...on another couple that doesn't kill themselves due to miscommunication and idiocy. I like you Death. I do. I want to know more about you. I wish you could open up. I wish that you would stop popping up every now and then when you feel like it and try to make a real effort. Alex is confused. You are confusing her. You need to say something. This kiss and run shit is getting old. Oh (view spoiler)[ and telling someone you love them when they are blacking out? Does. Not. Count. (hide spoiler)]. So, you need to step up you're game. Figure your shit out and then come back. Stop commenting and judging when you aren't doing anything about it. In the immortal words of Elvis "a little less conversation, a little more action please."
Falin - you're pretty. Oh so pretty. But the lies? They gotta stop. Lies, even by omission, are still lies. I don't think they are as bad as blatant lies but hey, some people do. And you, Assassin (view spoiler)[ lover (hide spoiler)] and all around awesome guy, are lying. Why don't you try to explain things. Maybe a little less action and a little more conversation would do you some good. You are supposed to be a foil to Death but I gotta say, you both are doing some pretty confusing things and I don't know if I can trust you Falin. Yes, you're good to have around, you're sexy as all get out and you seem to have a good head on your shoulders. What I can't figure out is why you're still with her . I know there's some compulsion thing going on but you need to find a replacement stat. That is if you plan on having any kind of future with Alex. While you're hot and easy on the eyes, the fact of the matter is; you're not really all that available, are you? So, ditch the bitch and move on to greener pastures. I would love to see more of you in this series but you need to play your cards right. Don't become Frost of the Merry Gentry series. Please.
Alex - You remind me of another detective I hold in a begrudging adoration. Perhaps you've heard of her. Toby Daye? No, well I'm sure it won't be long until you meet. Anyhoozit, you're a fine character. Strong, but not too stupid and you're growing up magically. Yay! You need to work on your regular detecting skills. They aren't bad! I'm not judging you too harshly, in fact they are better than Toby's but that's not the point. You should probably brush up on your spell casting too? Why? So you're not left blindsided (pardon the pun) when shit goes down. Take the proper precautions and bone up. Then, maybe, just maybe, you'll be a little less damsel in distress.
What I like about this book is that there isn't a love triangle for me to have worry about. I like that Janet and Mick are a firmly emore of a 3.7/3.8
What I like about this book is that there isn't a love triangle for me to have worry about. I like that Janet and Mick are a firmly established couple and they have each others backs. However, I would still like a little more of a relationship aspect of them without the constant shagging. This book provided me with a bit more of that, so I'm happy about that.
What I'm not so happy about it is the large rambling plot threads that didn't really make much sense until the final part of the book and still, it was still a "Huh? Wtf?" moment.
Why couldn't Janet have figured out the Mick situation sooner? Why didn't she press her grandmother for more info? Why didn't she just give Gabrielle a really good slap in the face?
I don't have these answers.
Despite it's weight and baggage, this book is still one of the better books I've read this year in this genre. This series is still very good and I care very much about what happens next. Especially with the little cliffhanger at the end....more
Don't know why I kept reading this book when I clearly knew by page 30 that I didn't like it. Couldn't explain what pulled me to finish it but I ca2.7
Don't know why I kept reading this book when I clearly knew by page 30 that I didn't like it. Couldn't explain what pulled me to finish it but I can certainly tell you that it wasn't Jackie Rutledge. She's a very unsympathetic character and I have to admit that I was sort of hoping that she would get killed off.
I guess that doesn't happen when you're the lead female.
Jackie is a bitch. An agressive one at that. With a gun. She's scarred emotionally and how she ever made it past the final round of FBI psych evals is beyond me. I like my heroines to be a little angsty but I don't need full blown psychotic. Think Ashley Judd's character in "Twisted" combined with Sandra Bullock's character in "Murder by Numbers" with a healthy dose of fuck the world and there you go, you have Jackie. Minus the sympathy one would have for say, Sandra Bullock's character. Jackie is supposed to be tough but I think she's just self-destructive (view spoiler)[ she drinks a lot, which in and of itself doesn't bother me but it's the constant one night stands she has which culminates into her almost killing a man after her partner does. She goes apeshit but she's flashbacking to her stepfather who may or may not have sexually abused her, but was abusive, and then pulls a gun on some dude who is domming her. Weird to say the least (hide spoiler)]
If you want a tragic and scarred heroine who is a little more likeable try or even better, try .
Plot wise there were a lot of holes why could the vampires feel the pull of the dead? (view spoiler)[why could they suck the dead into them? why doesn't Nick drink blood anymore? I know it was a vow, but why? why could the vampires feel when another vampire is feeding? does it have something to do with being blood linked? How did Reggie die? Where did Reggie go? Why is Shelby alive? Is she alive? (hide spoiler)] Why was Drake after Nick in the first place?
There were also continuity issues (view spoiler)[ when Laurel died Jackie saw the green elf on her calf, indicative of a tattoo, but when she saw Shelby's tat she thinks that Laurel might have liked to have gotten one even though she was scared of needles or some such nonsense (hide spoiler)] and a few spelling mistakes that the content and copy editor should've picked up on.
Nick seemed like a good guy if not a bit of a sadist. He was also incredibly passive about the whole Drake thing. If Jackie and Laurel hadn't arrived on the scene then what would he have done? He was a weird hero. Nice, sweet but tortured and beat down. He's lost all interest in living and is only awaiting the inevitable but my question is, why didn't he just end it himself? Also, what he sees in Jackie is a mystery. She's quite a bitch to him. Shelby is no better but they have a history so it's easy to see that Shelby is the spur in his side.
The supporting characters, like the plot, weren't fleshed out that well and adding the unnecessary drama of Laurel (view spoiler)[ being in love with Jackie at one point because we just found out she's gay (hide spoiler)] gave me a weird feeling.
It was a mediocre book with bad characters and the only thing that would make me go back for me is reading more about Nick. That and the series seems to have gotten a bit better judging by Goodreads ratings.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Toby has grown up. She hasn't quite come into her own but she's getting there. She's got a loyal band of followers, a loyal and hot boyfriend and t4.8
Toby has grown up. She hasn't quite come into her own but she's getting there. She's got a loyal band of followers, a loyal and hot boyfriend and the experience and confidence to avoid being TSTL.
What blindness she suffered in the first few books is not really evident in this book. She is being proactive in this book as opposed to merely reactive. What I love about this series, and about the character, is that while she isn't meant to be the smartest, or most intuitive, detective in the world, she is a hero who is very clever and very loyal.
However, in this book, everything gets turned upside down. The happiness and relative calm that Toby has found is put into jeopardy when a reluctant Queen, a pretend Queen, and a pie get introduced to her life.
Nothing is ever easy for Toby. Ever. But we do get to see her rely on her friends and family which in turn allows her to be a better hero and a better developed character. It's these interactions that allow us to see Toby as the person and, oft mentioned by the Luidaeg, "one" that she is destined to be.
I won't talk to much about the plot but I will tell you that I sort of missed any real alone time with Toby and Tybalt.(view spoiler)[ I mean, HELLO, they are finally together and while I appreciate the words and the kisses, I would have enjoyed reading about them in a more intimate setting. Granted, there really wasn't a right time but I'm sure they could've squeezed in a nap or something right before they went to Sylvester. (hide spoiler)].
In the vein of Toby Daye novels, the real crime is not the main plot but, IMHO, what happens to Toby herself. And the vehicle is both absurd and somehow fitting for someone who constantly finds herself in situations out of her control.
I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I enjoyed every scene and every interaction. I loved Quentin's reveal and I enjoyed Toby's reaction. I thought the new characters were interesting. Almost every action taken by the characters was in line with their personalities and was enjoyable.
If you're a fan of this series, you'll like this one. I promise.
I have no idea where my copy is but I loved this book when I was younger. It inspired me to write my characters like I wanted to, tough with a take-noI have no idea where my copy is but I loved this book when I was younger. It inspired me to write my characters like I wanted to, tough with a take-no-shit attitude....more
I finished this is in one day. That should tell you something right there.
In this installment, which is a little different than what the back of the bI finished this is in one day. That should tell you something right there.
In this installment, which is a little different than what the back of the book says, Janet is having a hard time trying to save Mick's life, her life and the lives of her friends.
It's tough being half-goddess.
It's even tougher when your friends and loved ones won't hesitate to kill you should you fail to control the magic that was instilled in you by your bitch mother and the earth.
It's a thousand times harder when the little voice in the back of your head tells you it's ok to kill people.
Oh and let's just throw this on the fire: your boyfriend is about to be brought to trial because of you while a monster is running around killing people.
It makes a gal not want to get out of bed.
The characters were solid and the secondary characters were fun and felt real. I really enjoyed having more Maya and Noami in this book. I'm iffy with Cassandra (view spoiler)[ that shit she pulled at the end of the book annoyed me (hide spoiler)] and I can live without Pamela. On top of that, Colby looks like fun. I'm glad we met him. He's like that little brother that you want to punch and/or hug.
I would like more of Mick and Janet in a relationship, I like them together but it would be nice to see them with a little more talk-talk between them and a little less rip-roaring sessy times. Why? Because while sessy times are fun for everyone, a real relationship is also communication and doing things outside of the bedroom. If I don't see that happen it's hard for me to believe that the relationship is real.
The plot itself was interesting though at times it felt like there were too many things going on at once but it was all summed up nicely and the ending left us with an interesting little twist.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I got this omnibus after begging and begging my mother for it. I think I was in my early teens. See, I had 'borrowed' the second and third Donovan booI got this omnibus after begging and begging my mother for it. I think I was in my early teens. See, I had 'borrowed' the second and third Donovan books from my mother (without her knowing of course) and hadn't read the first one yet and couldn't find it anywhere , she got it for me for Christmas and it was the best gift I got that year.
This is also the series that made me want to write something other than teen horror stories :)...more
Anyhoo. Though this book took me awhile to read, it had
What? I'm so sad. So confused. So....bereft.
How could you end it like that Ms. Pang!? How!!!!
Anyhoo. Though this book took me awhile to read, it had nothing to do with the story or the actual writing. I was just busy. I point this out to anyone who actually pays attention to how long it takes someone to read a book.
So while I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book, I did enjoy that the reader was sort of dropped into this world and learned along with Abby. For the pieces of information that we didn't know (and that Abby did) the story was compelling enough to follow until you got the answers.
I liked Abby. She was spunky and flawed. She has physical and emotional problems and it doesn't seem to diminish her drive. She's quippy and dogged and some of the things that come out of her mouth, have definitely come out of mine. So, that's a bonus. The Relatability factor.
(view spoiler)[ Even her discovering that she's a Keystone and that she is a Dreamer was interesting and not forced and it didn't feel like the heavy hand of the author. It happened naturally and the explanations all made sense. Going back and reading the Brystion scene at the very beginning made a whole lot more sense to me. (hide spoiler)]
Brystion, well, he's just sex on a stick. :) I love his personality and his creation and situation actually draws sympathy. You grow fond of Ion and his smug, sarcastic, confidence.
(view spoiler)[ Even his betrayal. The whole entire time I kept thinking, this has to be a mistake. This has to be a mistake. Tell me that the author is going to introduce him as a double agent and that he really didn't betray Abby like we though. Sigh. Though I was wrong, I'm glad it didn't go down like that because it would have been a cop out and I would've lost respect for the writing and the characters. (hide spoiler)].
He was a good foil to Robert, who was just a nutjob whom I hated pretty much the whole book. Whatever softer side there was supposed to be I didn't see it. I hope he mellows out toward Abby in the next book otherwise I'm going to be rooting for a ton of bricks to land on his head.
I love the Unicorn! Phineas is the stock-sidekick furry magical animal character but one with panache! He's a freakin' pervy Unicorn, that's the best kind of character to dream up because no one expects that. Just like the Spanish Inquisition.
The relationship. Was hot. Steamy, sensual and just plain nice. It wasn't too much, it wasn't too little it was jusssst right. I say this as a person who tends not to like Incubus/Succubus stories or characters. In this instance, I was glad to be proven wrong in my dislike. Brystion is a very caring, insecure and sexy mo-fo. Abby is brash, guarded and just the right kind of strong. BUT (view spoiler)[ However, when Abby 'dreamed' the rape. I felt for him. I was so sad! Then the final scene....why did he have to go? Tell me he'll be back. Please?! And Abby being stubborn about it drove me bonkers. You love, you do what you must. Why Brystion left, why he didn't try to work it out and why he sort of still hangs around - at the Hallows with varying TouchStones- is beyond me. I wasn't expecting him to be a brooding poet and just hang out in the shadowy corners of Abby's Heart (I mean, he's gotta feed), I don't get why he didn't stick it out. I mean, I know it's a wound to think that the one you love will not only imagine that you will rape and cut them, but to not accept you - I get it. But it's worth working out. I liked them together man, they were fun!!! They're better not be a Talliver triangle because that won't fly with me. (hide spoiler)]
This isn't your standard Urban Fantasy Romance. It's also a boon for nerds. Alice in Wonderland quotes, WOW jokes, a Rilo Kiley reference....sweet. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ok. So I think we all know right that I have a special spot in my reader's heart for Toby and Tybalt, Spike & the Luidaeg, May & Lily.
HoweverOk. So I think we all know right that I have a special spot in my reader's heart for Toby and Tybalt, Spike & the Luidaeg, May & Lily.
However, Toby was a bit prickly in this book, perhaps as a contract to May, and was bordering on unlikeable for good portions of this book.
While there was a lot of Tybalt (yay!), there was also a lot of Connor (who I find whiny and weak. Cute but reminds me of the green guy from the Merry Gentry series).
Also, there was some sadness in this series. I have to give McGuire credit for taking a huge risk with a fan favorite and Toby supporter.
May, wow, I love her now. I thought I liked her but I love her.
Now- plot wise.
There was more of a mystery than the previous book but since this was a personal mystery it was less bumbling Toby "look here, here's a thing, may be a clue but I don't know."
(view spoiler)[ my only issue was with the cup. I mean, why didn't she get it to Walther sooner? It might have also cut down on her own poisoning as well as Tybalt's court. That was poor human and Fae investigating).
Also, I'm really not seeing Toby at fault for most of the things she's been blamed for. Like, yes, she didn't catch on fast enough to save Luna and Rayseline but it's not her fault she was changed into a freakin' fish. It wasn't her fault that Ross died and it sure as hell wasn't her fault that EveningRose died. She's a hero which means that she's not a thinker. I'm sure she is a decent human P.I. but she should stop applying that to Fae ways.
Herakles, a fine hero but he wasn't a scholar. Theseus, a little smarter but again, he was no Plato. Arthur, a hero but had great great help. October Christine Daye, always rushes into danger to save those that need to be saved, will put her life before others and risk her neck for those that might not need to be saved. She's no Miss Marple.
So besides getting to Walther sooner and not covering her ass better, Toby was better than the previous three books.
Also, can I just say that while the Tybalt and Toby kiss was orchestrated by Tybalt, it made me oh so very happy, I especially loved Toby's response to it. Not to mention, when she was sick, Tybalt's comments and his gentleness....*sigh*. There were a lot of hugs in this too! While I like Connor, he can never be Tybalt. He's too weak.
Oh, can I also just add that I knew that May would end up surviving for the exact same technicality that happened, although I didn't predict Amandine. And Rayseline, yep, called that bitch a bitch before shit hit the fan. I hope Toby gets a chance to kick her ass once she controls her boosted powers.
Also, yay for Julie sort of getting over her grudge. Like I said, not Toby's fault that Ross died.
Anyway, I'm hoping for more Tybalt in the next book but something about the title One Salt Sea tells me it's gonna be Connor heavy. Maybe May should get with Connor and we can call the whole thing even?
There was enough Tybalt in here to make me very happy. Too much Connor and not enough Luidaeg.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I don't know exactly what to write here. I know that overall I enjoyed the book well enough to rate it a Goodreads three. I know that I'm excited t3.7
I don't know exactly what to write here. I know that overall I enjoyed the book well enough to rate it a Goodreads three. I know that I'm excited to find out what happens next in the world of the Tarrabotti/Maccon's. I'm curious what will happen to Biffy and Akeldama and hell, even Felicity is interesting enough to follow.
There was something missing from this book. Some spark, some thing that I can't put my finger on. I was confused during this book, which never happens in Carriger's other works. There was a moment when Alexia was referring to herself in the third person, which I know was deliberate upon re-read, and I understood what the author was trying to do - on my third re-read, but I'm sure there was a better way to illustrate the notion.
Some things that bugged me:
Akeldama (view spoiler)[ while he is a good character and has that touch of annoying and delightful, in this book, he reached his peak of Nonsensical character only around for plot point. I didn't care about him at the beginning and if he used one more italic I was sure that I was going to scream. If Alexia can't handle Ivy's prattling, how in the hell can she deal with Akeldama's? (view spoiler)[ Also, he is going to be the adopted father of Prudence? I don't know if I trust him enough for that. I can only imagine what kind of silly little girl he's going to help raise (hide spoiler)] Plus he is tormenting poor Biffy! He should just cut him loose! (hide spoiler)]
The first half of the book It had nothing to do with the second half, or at least, had so very little to do with the second half. If the latter part of the book was the meal, then the first half was that bit of parsley that you enjoy looking at but don't really need. I enjoyed finding out more about Conall's past and delving deeper into Lyall's character and it was amusing to watch Alexia toddle to and fro but it would have made an excellent short story. There was very little connecting the first part to the second part. Two different mysteries and neither one had anything to do with each other = short story collection.
Biffy Just eat him already
Felicity see the above
Things that were very good
Akeldama though I have my qualms with this character I still enjoy him. He is sly and the master of deception (and karate*) and I love how he and Alexia interact. In fact, I love how he interacts with everyone because behind every "dandelion" or "cream drop" he is calculating and filing away information. He allows Alexia in enough that the readers get to see a different side of him then say, Conall. (view spoiler)[ when he had to wrestle Biffy you really get to see a softer, merciful, side of him. Also, when Alexia asks if it Akeldama that should be pitied instead of Lyall I gasped (hide spoiler)]. He can be a bastard but a subtle and loveable one.
Lyall we saw a different side of him in this book and I appreciate how it was done (view spoiler)[ when he showed Alexia her father's journal, there was another gasping moment. I had no idea about those two! (hide spoiler)].
Conall Again, another character that we saw the softer side of. It was well done and welcome, considering how much I wanted to shoot him in the last book (view spoiler)[ when he comes back from tending to Biffy and cries in Alexia's back, I wanted to reach through the pages and hug him (hide spoiler)]
Alexia's pregnancy was handled in the typical Alexia way which made you laugh but also made you groan. At some points, you just want someone to slip her some laudanum so that she can rest. The relationship between Conall and his pack was a bit of good fun to watch unfold.
As I'm writing this, I realize that this book is more about secondary characters and their growth as well as what their issues are doing to Alexia but it's not really about Alexia, per se.
This is the weakest book in the series in terms of plot development but the strongest in terms of fleshing and growing the secondary characters.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Really a 3.7. Enjoyable but a little confusing at times, so you need to reread a few panels but other than that interesting and fast paced. Gaiman didReally a 3.7. Enjoyable but a little confusing at times, so you need to reread a few panels but other than that interesting and fast paced. Gaiman did a good job with Kirby. Interesting to see some of the West Coast Avengers ...more