Yeah, a BIG part of it was Clint I think. They also had a very stable line up for a good amount of time, and that allowed the team to develop a certain Chemistry.
I definatley would be tough to ever recapture that, especially in the Ultimate Universe.
WAckos had Wanda and Jan while Eackos had Dr Druid.... is there really anyone who preferred the Dr Druid team to the Jan/Wanda team? If so please burn them until they die
I also liked quite a lot the Whacos rougue gallery. Master Pandemonium had a lot of potential, but Milgrom drew him kind of silly with the evacuating limbs. I prefered when Byrne transformed him into a real "abode of demons". Demonicus and the Pacific Overlords were awsome, and a perfect, very different feel for the WCA's own Masters of Evil. Dominus was also cool, but he was a one time deal. Roy Thomas really seemed determined to enlarge the WCA's rogues gallery, with the Night Shift, Death Web and the Bogatyri, Russia's own version of the FF (these guys really deserved to be used more). But my absolute favorites were probably the Hangman's Lethal Legion. They sure were a scary bunch.
I also do agree that it won't be something easy to recapture in the serious Ultimate Universe.
They just need to A) Focus of the Faculty B) make Hawkeye Hank's second in command of the Academy and C) give Tigra some of her old fun loving persona back.
That way you get the "rules are rules" guy (Hank) offset by the "make it up as you go along" guy(Hawk).
As it is now the team/faculty is Hank, Hawk, Tigra, Quicksilver and Herc (as of AA #28).
Persona wise that's a stiff, a law and order type, a daredevil, a misanthrope and a braggart under the same roof.
They really couldn't order pizza without it turning to comedy gold.
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I like how Roy Thomas brought the mephisto/satannus rivalry from his dr.strange run to the west coast avengers.
I have the entire run because I was a BIG Avengers fan back in the day. It always felt like a money grab to place all those D listers together and calling them Avengers but it did have a few bright spots like the Byrne run. The Artwork was average. I was never a Milgrom fan. Even Sinnotts inks couldn't make it better for me.
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I always thought of Hawkeye as a bad leader. He's a good guy to have on the team but too much of a hotheaded wiseguy to lead people. The Ironman was Rhody for the beginning and everywhere I've seen Tigra , she's been a poor Avenger.
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