I Want to Break Free (West Coast Avengers #3 Review)

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Color Artist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Stefano Caselli & Nolan Woodard
Variant Cover: Sujin Jo
Graphic Designer: Carlos Lao
Editor: Alanna Smith

In this Issue:

B.R.O.D.O.K. has unleashed a horde of giant monster women to wreak havoc on Los Angeles after Kate and Clint found out he’s responsible for Tigra being a 200-foot tall giant. The team comes together to keep the damage down to a minimum and find a way to undo whatever mind-control B.R.O.D.O.K. implanted in her. A B-plot to this Quentin Quire navigating his feelings towards Gwenpool, which is left expectedly unresolved by the final page.

My Thoughts:

West Coast Avengers #3 is decidedly the best of the series at the moment. It very much feels like the midpoint to a story arc. Plot points are getting resolved in narratively satisfying ways as well as leaving some for future issues to handle. I appreciated that this issue pointed out that love can be indecisive, as witnessed with Quentin becoming silent in response to the reporter asking if he liked Gwen. There is also appreciation to be had in seeing Kate tear down B.R.O.D.O.K.’s worldview and him shrugging off the revelation to re-embrace his villainous nature.

Stefano Caselli and Triona Farrell continue to bring their A-game when it comes to the art here. I can feel America’s punches or the emotions of the characters. Everything feels honest and true and not out of place. This is certain to be a treat for fans of the series and of the individual characters, especially Tigra.

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Danielle Lemos

Danielle Lemos

West Coast Avengers #3 is an absolute must pick-up. It'll help you feel good during a dark time. I can't recommend enough reading this series. It has given me so much joy since the beginning. Issues can be found at your local LCS or through Comixology, with trades likely coming soon. As individual series go, I believe this will be among the top 5 in 2018 for me.
  • Kelly Thompson's command of narrative flow is top-notch here, the issue is well-connected thematically, the artwork and colors by Stefano Caselli and Triona Farrell are perfect, Joe Caramagna is a wonderful letterer, Carlos Lao's graphic design shine through the most here.

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