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Review – West Coast Avengers #10 (Marvel Comics)

West Coast Avengers #10 (Marvel Comics) cover(detail) by Gang Hyuk Lim
West Coast Avengers #10
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Summary

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Moy R.
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Gang Hyuk Lim
Graphic Designer: Carlos Lao
Maturity Rating: T+
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 17th, 2019

The final issue of the West Coast Avengers is here. West Coast Avengers #10 concludes the current plot and says goodbye.

 

Get Ready to Say Goodbye in West Coast Avengers #10

It’s sad to say it, but the West Coast Avengers is coming to an early end. Thankfully the creative team involved knew that it was coming, so they were able to complete the current arc and give us a chance to say goodbye. West Coast Avengers #10 concludes the current plot arc, and the series as a whole. There’s always a chance the series could come back—you never know. But at least we’re not going to get stuck with any eternal cliffhangers.

It’s worth noting that there is a note at the end of the issue written by Kelly Thompson. This was her way of thanking fans and of saying goodbye. It’s worth reading, even if it will make fans a little sad at the same time. Thanks for always fighting, Kelly Thompson!

Writing

West Coast Avengers #10 (Marvel Comics) cover by Gang Hyuk Lim
West Coast Avengers #10 (Marvel Comics) cover by Gang Hyuk Lim

West Coast Avengers #10 had a lot to wrap up, and not a whole lot of time to work with. Still, this issue never actually ends up feeling rushed. In fact, it sort of read like it was a couple of different issues, with all of the information that was carefully snuck in. Kelly Thompson was the writer for the final issue of the series, and she did successfully conclude the vampire plot arc that the West Coast Avengers have been dealing with. And oh so much more.

Hawkeye, and by that I mean Kate Bishop, has hinted a few times now that there’s a lot more going on with her family than meets the eye. Believe it or not, but West Coast Avengers covers a bit of that, with this issue directly confronting some of it. It was unexpected and emotional, and something I hope will get resolved in Kate’s next appearance (wherever that will be).

Along with the serious moments are all of the funny moments that we’ve come to expect from the series. I think these moments were critical in helping us to say goodbye to the series. In a way it really was the best sendoff we could have hoped for. Every character got a moment here, though perhaps some more than others. Iconic moments in the series were brought up again, as were some running jokes for characters like Kate, who have had their own series in the past.

While it is sad to see this humorous series go, at least it was able to go off on a good note. And the team was able to actually say goodbye, instead of abruptly ending.

Art

Moy R. and Triona Farrell were the artists for West Coast Avengers #10. You can tell that they had a lot of fun working on some of the scenes in this issue. The amount of variety likely helped keep their creative minds engaged as well. There’s a dramatic monologue sequence, fight scenes, superpowers to highlight, and then the weird that always occurs around people like Gwenpool. In short, a lot of different things happened in this issue for the artists to portray. But they did it, and they did it well. And yes, for those out there wondering if Quentin found an excuse to change his shirt again, he did. And it was perfect in so many ways. Though my favorite will always be the one he was wearing at the beginning of this issue, for obvious reasons.

Conclusion

If a series has to end, and sadly that was the case here, it’s always best when it gets the chance to properly wrap up. There’s nothing worse than a perpetual cliffhanger in a series. Thankfully, West Coast Avengers saw it coming, and Kelly Thompson was able to write a proper send-off for our quirky crew. West Coast Avengers #10 quickly wrapped up the current plot, giving us time to see how all of the characters were after the fact, and giving us a bit of a chance to say goodbye. It may have been a little sappy and silly, but honestly, that really is perfect for these characters.

There was a lot to love about this series, so I am honestly really upset to see it end (as made obvious by the fact that I’ve said that at least three times in this review). It was fun and different, plus it brought one of my favorite characters back to the brightly-colored pages. There’s a lot that I’ll remember from this series, and a lot to be grateful for as well. Like the creation of a new ship, which ultimately became one of my favorites (which was totally unexpected). Quinpool for life!


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Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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