The Wrath Of B.R.O.D.O.K In West Coast Avengers #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The West Coast Avengers are rudely awakened by the return of giant Tigra. She is followed closely by B.R.O.D.O.K and five more giant women. The West Coast Avengers rally to stop this threat, but Kate Bishop soon realizes that the other monster women are also innocent people experimented upon by B.R.O.D.O.K. With the help of America Chavez, Kate returns to B.R.O.D.O.K’s hideout to find a way to stop these women without hurting them. The rest of the Avengers must hold the monster women off until Kate is finished.

West Coast Avengers #3 cover by Stefano Caselli and Nolan Woodard
West Coast Avengers #3 cover by Stefano Caselli and Nolan Woodard

West Coast Avengers has been just about the perfect balance of comedy and superhero action in these past three issues. Kelly Thompson has put together an exceedingly strange team of heroes and given them near-perfect chemistry to match.

This issue finds them dealing with a full-scale crisis in the form of the aforementioned monster women and a rampaging B.R.O.D.O.K.

This allows us to see America unleashing her full strength, Kid Omega to be really smug, and Clint Barton to show that resourcefulness that arises every once in a while.

There is also a fairly sweet moment between Kate and Fuse that was pretty cute.The strange and budding relationship between Quentin Quire and Gwenpool is a strangely endearing to watch develop too, and the fact that Quire is struggling to cope with his feelings in a believable way gives it more authenticity.

West Coast Avengers #3 art by Stefano Caselli, Triona Farrell, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
West Coast Avengers #3 art by Stefano Caselli, Triona Farrell, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Stefano Caselli brings it all together with some stellar artwork. The monster designs look quite good, the expressions and emotionality see on characters’ faces is solid, and the action scenes flow well. Motion and impact looks quite good too. Triona Farrell’s color art is wonderfully vibrant and adds a lot of energy to the visuals.

West Coast Avengers #3 is another strong issue for this newly-returned team book. The characters continue to charm and impress, the action is strong, and the pacing is tight and compelling. This one definitely earns a recommendation. Pick this one up.

West Coast Avengers #3 comes to us from writer Kelly Thompson, artist Stefano Caselli, color artist Triona Farrell, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Stefano Caselli with Nolan Woodard, and variant cover artist Sujin Jo.

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