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Review – West Coast Avengers #8 (Marvel Comics)

West Coast Avengers #8
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Summary

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Gang Hyuk Lim
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Eduard Petrovich
Graphic Designer: Carlos Lao
Editor: Alanna Smith
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: February 27th, 2019

The West Coast Avengers go undercover in West Coast Avengers #8. Or rather, they try to. Turns out it’s easier said than done when you’ve done nothing but try to make your presence known lately.

 

West Coast Avengers #8 Has the Team Going Undercover

The West Coast Avengers may be a newly formed team, and they may not work too great with each other yet, but that certainly hasn’t curbed their enthusiasm any. They’re still as determined as ever to fight crime. Even if that means they have to go undercover. For those new to the series, West Coast Avengers is sort of exactly what it sounds like. A team of Avengers set up on the West Coast. They don’t have funding to rival the standard Avengers team, and they had some trouble wrangling enough people to make a team…They are, however, excellent at entertaining their readers. West Coast Avengers #8 has the team in an all-new situation. They’re split into three segments, and it’s hard to say how well that it’s going to work out in the long run. At least their cameramen are safely at home…

Writing

West Coast Avengers #8 (Marvel Comics) cover by Eduard Petrovich
West Coast Avengers #8 (Marvel Comics) cover by Eduard Petrovich

Kelly Thompson is the master of comedic timing and combining it with an actual plot. West Coast Avengers #8 is hilarious and intense all wrapped into one. There’s a strong plot holding up the core of this series, but it never seems to take away from the more comical moments in this story.

This issue starts out on the more absurd side of things. Not that this is even remotely surprising, since it starts out with a focus on Gwenpool. The issue does get more serious as time goes on, however. A potentially lethal situation has been brought to their attention, and it’s not like they can ignore it. Most of this issue was a buildup for a bigger plot, though there is a reveal at the end that gives us a pretty good idea of what is actually going on here. Because of this balance, it never did end up feeling rushed.

Most of the characters were given a chance to shine in this issue. We’re reminded here that some of the silliest-appearing characters are actually quite capable. The characters that didn’t get a moment will probably get one in the next issue, though it is worth noting that their abilities were never in question, so it probably wasn’t quite as needed.

Art

The art style slightly changed between this issue and the last. While it’s still fantastic, it was slightly jarring. Changes mid-series can be odd like that. West Coast Avengers #8 brings us characters that are still easy to identify, but some of them still feel somewhat…different. The most notable change is in Gwenpool. She seems like she’s almost drawn in a more serious manner, with more attention to her detailing and the like. America also looks slightly different, but it’s less jarring.

The expressions in this issue were priceless at times, especially when they were trying to be serious, but dramatically failing to do so. Those were some of the highlights here, but there are others as well.

Gang Hyuk Lim is the new artist, though I’m not sure if it’s just for this issue, or a longer-term thing. I love their style, so I’m okay with it either way. They did everything for this issue, minus the lettering, which was done by VC’s Joe Caramagna.

Conclusion

West Coast Avengers #8 did a great job of balancing the humor and the plot. It set up for a longer-running plot (being at minimum two issues long), and also reminded us why some of these characters are a part of the team, despite their…distractions at times. This series has consistently amused me; it’s funny but it also isn’t shallow. There’s always an actual plot to be had, even if it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s the perfect escape, and honestly is a nice change of pace from some of the more serious series out there.


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