Putting A Stop To B.R.O.D.O.K In West Coast Avengers #4

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Hawkeye Kate Bishop has been turned into a giant hawk by B.R.O.D.O.K. Thankfully, America and Kid Omega are able to free her of the villain’s mind control before she goes on a rampage. After that, Quire, Kate, and Hawkeye Clint Barton focus their efforts on shutting down B.R.O.D.O.K. while the rest of the West Coast Avengers take on the remaining giant monster-women.

West Coast Avengers #4 cover by Stefano Caselli and Nolan Woodard
West Coast Avengers #4 cover by Stefano Caselli and Nolan Woodard

West Coast Avengers #4 may just be the best superhero comedy on the stands right now. Kelly Thompson, with a mixture of creativity, energy, and a touch of humanity, has reimagined the concept of a West Coast Avengers team to be one of the most anarchically lovable things coming out of Marvel right now.

The lineup continues to impress this issue, with a bit more focus being put upon Fuse and his personality. The manner in which the team finally deals with B.R.O.D.O.K. is quite fantastic as well.

As I already implied, there are softer moments in the comic too, and we get to see the all-important heart of the team in how they decide to deal with the various issues before them.

The Jimmy Kimmel Live segment is the one part of the comic that, despite it being a reference to an older Avengers issue wherein the team went on David Letterman, really didn’t gel well for me. It was little too cute, though I’ll admit I’m not a fan of most late night talk. Thankfully, it’s restricted to one page.

West Coast Avengers #4 art by Stefano Caselli, Triona Farrell, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
West Coast Avengers #4 art by Stefano Caselli, Triona Farrell, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Stefano Caselli’s artwork continues to be the right mixture of cartoonish and detailed to suit the comic’s serious and comedic moments. The monster designs are cool too, and, to Caselli’s credit, that really does look like Jimmy Kimmel. Triona Farrell’s color art is bright and energetic too, keeping the tone as upbeat as possible throughout most of the book.

West Coast Avengers #4 is another charming and thoroughly fun installment of Kate’s Avengers team. The comic is fun, fast-moving, and puts a good amount of character work into its tale. This one is definitely worth a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

West Coast Avengers #4 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 artists Humberto Ramos with Edgar Delgado and David Nakayama.

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