Her first appearance is Avengers 162. She basically stays with the team from then till 210.
Her history after what I discribed is basically rebuilt/destroyed repeat ad nauseum. See Wikpedia
On the one hand she basically a Vision clone: Bride/son of Ultron programmed with The Wasp/Wonder Man's personality. On the other she's really got a lot of potential as she's basically a blank slate that you could do something with.
Finally finished my Thing run. 1-10 are the best of it to be honest, and the last couple of parts of Ben Grimm Space Ranger are very good,. The rest of it - especially after he returns to earth - not so good.
The Avengers Annuals were a mixed bag. 10s good, nice art, decent story, important overall. 11's just a knockabout with the Defenders, 12 looks good but didn't do it for me. Enjoyed 13 - Dikto/Byrne art and a Stern story concerning all the stuff the Banner Hulk's left behind.
While flicking through Jocasta's extensive Wikipedia entry, I came across this superb spot of badassery from everybody's fourth-favourite Nextwaver, Machine Man: "Ultron nevertheless survived until Machine Man reached down his throat to tear out vital circuitry."
Apparently Fin Fang Foom wasn't the first engine of destruction Machine Man has killed by leaping down its throat and tearing out its heart. Hardcore.
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon
I was summoned to the back issues today when I realised there's just a 10 issue gap between the Hulk Byrne Visionaries and the Peter David Visionaries. Just a few clicks later and they were winging their way from eBay to me.
So..... Mantlo's Hulk run. Liked the stuff around 290 - excelent run of issues. Dreaded the deterioration in the Hulks condition, but felt the exile to the crossroads was lacking something,.... very reminiscent of the Thing being marooned on Battleworld. Almost every issue presses the reset button at the end. 2/3 of the way through Bill channges the Hulk's companion - why ? I got the feeling he didn't know where it was going or how he was going to get the Hulk home again - fortunately the Beyonder shows up.
Buying backwards now, but if anyone's local back issue stock has 293, 284, 275 or 274 I need them !
Jocasta, you say? So what does she actually do except lie in bits? That's the only state I've ever seen her in except for in Machine Man 2020 where she was an elderly Sunset Bain's butler or something.-Nick
My recent back issue aquisitions have given me the tail end of Roger Stern's Avengers run. It's distinctly off the boil from his earlier stuff, especially the magic run from c 250 - 277 (end of the Under Siege story) Having said that his stuff is distinctly better than the material that follows backing up Roger's decision to leave because he couldn't follow through on Mark G's plan for the title in the run up to 300. I'm not sure who came up with the idea of Reed & Sue Richards as Avengers but it just doesn't work, while Gilgamesh is almost a Thor/Hercules crossbreed here. Could have been so much better.
Having run out of cash I'm now turning to my own back issue box to fuel my old Marvel lust and have dug out some West Coast Avengers. This'll probably end with me having bought the 35 issues I'm missing ....
A word for West Coast Avengers 17-24. A time travel epic taking in the Wild West and Ancient Egypt showing a grasp of Marvel history by showing previous trips to these eras and guest starring the Two Gun Kid, Rawhide Kid, Phatom Rider, Doctor Strange, the FF and Rama Tut. Wonderful mad splash pages showing the same number of time lines as the part of the story you've reached.
You want to read this, it's good stuff. One of Steve Englehart's best works