West Coast Avengers #6 Review

Written by: Kelly Thompson
Art by: Daniele Di Nicuolo, Triona Farrell, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 19, 2018

I mentioned recently that West Coast Avengers is one of my top five Fresh Start books and it’s because of the team. Kelly Thompson has taken a cast of characters from a handful of canceled books, thrown them together and made it work. Yea, I’ve seen a certain group of people online who want to make this book out to be the downfall of western civilization, but it makes me smile and that’s pretty much the reason I read comics. It’s also why I love milkshakes and they seem to be against those as well. Oh well, here is my review for West Coast Avengers #6 and by the way, my favorite milkshake is chocolate…or vanilla…or strawberry…

The issue opens up in the “saddest old amusement park ever” with a pretty cool bunch of supervillains gathered to do…well, super villainy, of course. It did make me sad to see M.O.D.O.K. now that the “K” no longer is for kissing, but I’ll get over it one day.

The bad guys and gals have most of the West Coast Avengers captured in cages hanging over a shark tank and while this could be straight out of Austin Powers (do the sharks have lasers?), Madame Masque makes it quite clear they are not to kill anyone.

The big thing I’ve been waiting for since the last issue’s cliffhanger, however, is Kate and her mother. You know…her long-dead mother! We get to that and as far as Kelly Tompson is telling us, it’s all on the up and up.

The bulk of the issue boils down to the captured members of the team working together, regaining a bit of their powers when they really need to and talking (yelling!) to each other like they have throughout the whole series. That may not seem like much, but if you are a fan of this series then you know it’s plenty.

The issue ends with Kate being the hero we all know she is, more land sharks (!) and another crazy cliffhanger that points to the baddies (and Kelly Thompson) just messing with poor Ms. Bishop.

This issue fits in nicely with the rest of the series in that it’s not just what happens in these twenty-some pages, but the continued growth of the team as they interact with each other. It just happens that this time it’s in a supervillain death trap. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to become attached to a group of characters as if they were friends because, after six issues, that’s how I feel about them.

Daniele Di Nicuolo is a big reason I love this book as well. He has a big cast here and draws every one of them great. The action scenes are easy to follow and while there is a lot of craziness going on, the art plays it all pretty straight which plays well against a lot of the shenanigans going on.

Final Thoughts:

This book is in my personal wheelhouse so unless something goes really wrong, I am going to at least like most issues. Nothing goes wrong here and I enjoyed mostly everything Thompson and Di Nicuolo are dishing out. Yea, I want to know what the baddies are actually up to and wish that “K” still stood for kissing, but that’s what will keep me coming back next issue. Plus land sharks!

9.0/10

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