West Coast Avengers #2

wca 2

 

Written by Kelly Thompson

Art by Stefano Caselli

The Story So Far:

Kate Bishop has assembled a new West Coast Avengers team to combat the rising wave of super crime on the…well, the west coast.  To get funding for her new team, Kate agrees to let a film crew follow them around.  The team is put to the test when Tigra shows up…but she’s giant.  And mad.  And doesn’t seem to recognize Clint Barton.  Kate is just about to let Quentin Quire shut down Tigra’s brain when a new hero appears: B.R.O.D.O.K.!

Spoilerific Review:

The issue opens with the battle against Tigra, which is not going as well as it could.  B.R.O.D.O.K. offers to help and flies up to Tigra while the team watches and discusses how B.R.O.D.O.K. is obviously M.O.D.O.K. in disguise.  Everyone is in agreement that this is the case, even Fuse, who has no idea who M.O.D.O.K. is.  Quire notes that B.R.O.D.O.K. has mental blocks in place, which are very similar to the ones that Tigra has in place.  Meanwhile B.R.O.D.O.K. (man, that is a pain to type out each time) manages to convince Tigra to leave, which she does.  Kate, invites B.R.O.D.O.K. back to the WCA’s HQ, where Pizza Dog is waiting!  He doesn’t do anything else, I just love Pizza Dog, and feel like he should get a shout out.

At the HQ, the team grills B.R.O.D.O.K. about who he is and where he came from.  He claims to be the owner of “Advance Image Mechanics”, a company that plays into the self-image conscious west coast population “realize their most perfect selves”.  B.R.O.D.O.K. discovered that, after many not-dates looking for a soulmate, his true calling was to become a hero and when he sees the West Coast Avengers battling Tigra, he decides to make that dream a reality.

The team is skeptical, and decides to split up, with America, Quire, and Gwenpool babysitting B.R.O.D.O.K. while Kate and Clint go investigate his AIM facility and see if they can find out how B.R.O.D.O.K. is controlling Tigra.  The team staying behind watch “Weekend at Bernie’s 2” with B.R.O.D.O.K. and the Hawkeyes set out on their mission.

While at the AIM facility, Kate and Clint find only patient files written in code before they trip an alarm and have to vacate the premises, but not before a joke about how Kate’s super hero costume doesn’t have pockets.

Back at the HQ, Quentin and Gwen are in a heated argument about whether they should watch the original Weekend At Bernie’s.  Quire doesn’t think it will do any good, and Gwen thinks that it will clear up questions she has about the motivations of the sequel.  They end up making out, even though they claim to hate each other, which sends the rest of the team out of the room.

Kate and Clint arrive, as B.R.O.D.O.K. is getting ready to leave, but Kate, thinking that they need to keep an eye on him, offers him a bunk at the HQ.  She orders Clint to stand watch first.

Early in the morning, B.R.O.D.O.K. snoops around the headquarters and finds his files in one of the desks, which pushes him over the edge to villain-dom, claiming he has been betrayed.  He calls his “Pretties” to him, which are revealed to be…Giant Size Tigra and some other, shadowed, large figures, as the issue ends.

What Works:

The humor, for the most part, still drives the story.  If you’re looking for a brooding, dark, dissection of what it is to be a hero, or how a team is going to work together, you should probably look elsewhere.  This is not the book for that.  B.R.O.D.O.K. is annoying, but he’s meant to be.

Kate as the leader.  She’s come into her own in recent years, and this is the culmination of that character growth.  Though she is good at second guessing herself, she’s an effective leader with good instincts.

Pizza Dog!  That is all.

The Gwen/Quire love-hate thing.  Ok.  Like I said last issue, I really don’t like Gwenpool.  Or Deadpool.  But giving me a character like Quentin who obviously feels the same way…but obviously doesn’t.  That?  That is classic comedy.  I wasn’t expecting it, and I kind of love it.  Highlight of the issue for me.  Since I felt the same way about Gwenpool that Kid Omega did, and he’s really got the hots for her, what does that say about me?

Who are the “Pretties”?!  Two if the outlines kind of look like Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Can’t tell for sure, and the others are too vague to know.  I’m definitely looking forward to the next issue!

What Doesn’t Work:

Some of the humor, like the “no pockets” joke, seem played out.  I’ve seen enough memes and so on shared around social media that the “women’s pants don’t have pockets” joke is literally becoming a trope now.  And I realize it’s a real thing, but it’s treated as a joke, which makes it tired.  It feels cheap when held up to the earned humor in the other areas of the issue.

B.R.O.D.O.K. mostly because his head is so big.  And because his name is hard to type so often.

Overall, a really solid issue.  Comedy and action, which is always good.  Solid writing for the most part, and a personal revelation along the way.

Rating 4/5

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