This was an awesome read. The idea of the Champions getting together to mourn Tasha was great!
I didn't find Laynia "butch" at all. Bitchy? Yeah, but only at first and she quickly noted her own attitude and chilled for the rest of the book. This might actually be my favourite appearance of her. It was perhaps the most normal we've ever seen her, or at least in ages.
The first issue Laynia and Tasha appeared together would be Champions v1 #7. It's Laynia's first appearance, and only a small flashback in Hulk has ever showed Laynia's life before this. We've been told a lot of stuff about her past, but never seen it.
Herc/Tasha: Avengers v1 #38, maybe?
Johnny/Tasha: Pretty sure it's Champions v1 #1.
Warren/Tasha: Champions v1 #1, I believe.
I'm sure the new direction of Bobby's life could use some liquid courage help.
Don't see a problem with Reyes' cameo.
The Champions were always Los Angeles-based, hence their real full name: Champions of Los Angeles. The Aerie (in Colorado, mostly, but early an appearance says New Mexico) was the Defenders' HQ, and it hadn't even appeared during the Champions' time. The Champions series ran from 1975-1978 (beginning), and a few later appearances stretched into 1979. The Aerie first appeared in a Hulk book near the end of 1978. Until Defenders, the Aerie was where Warren went for downtime.
I don't think it was ever suggested there was just one Sentinel. Even early, Leti is talking about getting "these bad boys (plural) to walk around."
My favourite issue of the week.