A little while ago, I learned that writer Kelly Thompson’s WEST COAST AVENGERS would be ending with WEST COAST AVENGERS #10. Which baffles me, because this book is just too damn good to get cancelled this early on. But, alas, here we are.

Kelly Thompson has poured so much heart into this series. It sucks to know WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 is her final outing with this team, at least for now. But, as fun as this finale issue is, I’m not so sure it’s the cleanest closer I’ve ever read.

Joining Thompson for this conclusion is artist Moy R., with colorist Tríona Farrell. This issue makes me wonder why Moy didn’t get to work on any previous issues; his style perfectly fits the series.

Closing Out the Series with WEST COAST AVENGERS #10

So, apparently, Kate’s mother is half vampire, because reasons. Kind of like Blade, I guess. While Kate’s having a hard time contemplating that, the rest of the team are fighting the rest of the vampires. Kate and her mother have an all-too brief conversation, which essentially ends with Kate telling her mother to leave her alone.

WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 page 6. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

With Kate briefly back in the fight, Ramone couples her own powers with Quentin’s and America’s to quickly dispatch the rest of the vampires. The team dumps them all in a world that is completely made of shrimp. That’s not an exaggeration. It’s a real thing.

With the vampire cult dealt with, the team returns to their new, completed headquarters, which looks incredible. They all say a final few words to their recording crew before Kate reminisces on all the good they’ve done, and will hopefully continue to do. That is, until Thompson throws in a passing joke about the series being cancelled. Which, in truth, is kind of funny.

A Shaky Finish?

You know, for a conclusion issue, WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 moves pretty quick.

It seems pretty clear to me that Thompson didn’t want to end this series. It shows in the way this issue reads. This feels like an ending that was slapped together last minute because she didn’t think she’d be ending the series anytime soon. What could have been a sentimental goodbye to a really fun series feels like a letdown because this obviously should not have been the end.

What we get is fun, but it fails to deliver anything truly meaningful. The feud between Kate and her mother is sloppily wrapped up, if you could even call it that. It still feels like a loose thread, it’s that messy of a clean-up job. There are also still the lingering threads of the West Coast Masters of Evil, and Kate having to deal with her father, but I guess we won’t get to see any of that now.

WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 page 10. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 succeeds in its usage of the rest of the team, however. This is the first issue where I think I enjoyed what every single character put forth. Ramone and America are the highlight of this issue. This is the most genuine their relationship has felt. Also, Ramone is a total badass, and I’m really pissed we’re not going to be able to see more of her showing off her crazy new powers.

The final pages, where all the characters are doing their final interviews, act as a fairly decent send off for the series. Thompson has a lot of fun teasing things the characters could maybe get into in the future. But, unfortunately, that’s all it is: a tease.

Strong Art for a Weak Finisher

On the upside, WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 looks outstanding. Moy and Farrell deliver a wide range of tones and intensity here. Again, I really don’t know why Moy wasn’t featured in any earlier issues. His style is akin to Gang Hyuk Lim’s, which I loved.

Part of why Ramone gets to shine so brightly is because Moy makes her look extremely badass. Though her exact powerset is still uncertain, there’s no doubt that Ramone has potential. She’s apparently going by the name Alloy, which I dig. And the way she kicks ass in WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 gives me hope for her character down the line.

The early action sequences all look fantastic. The brighter tones Farrell uses for flying energy arrows and Ramone’s powers strike out well against the darker backgrounds. And then, of course, there’s the shrimp world…

WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 page 17. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Yeah, I really don’t know what to make of that. Bottom line, though, is that even though the story for WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 is uneasy, the art does a good job trying to make up for it.

Sad to Say Goodbye

Knowing that this series is ending upsets me. There was so much more for these characters to see and do. I can only imagine the fun adventures Thompson had planned. Alas, we won’t get enjoy any of that now. Oh well. At least we’ve got 10 highly entertaining issues to look back on.

Thompson does her best to close out her series with WEST COAST AVENGERS #10. But it’s so obvious she didn’t want to end the series that this finale feels rather lackluster. However, I don’t think it’s appropriate to blame her for the weak story; she didn’t want to write this, so it seems somewhat understandable that she maybe didn’t give it her all. Still, what we get is still mostly enjoyable, at least towards the end.

Moy R. and Tríona Farrell make this bittersweet conclusion more enjoyable, thanks to their wonderful pages. These two bring a spritely aesthetic to the series, and I love it. Unfortunately, we won’t really get to see much more of it.

Is this the end of the West Coast Avengers? For now, it is. But I have full confidence we’ll be seeing this team sometime in the near future. They’re too damn awesome for Marvel to just throw by the wayside.

I’d just like to give a quick thanks to Kelly Thompson for writing this series. I had a lot of fun reading and reviewing this one. What I said way back when still stands true: this was the most fun book Marvel has put out in a long while. I look forward to reading whatever book Thompson has in store for us next.

WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 by Kelly Thompson, Moy R., and Tríona Farrell
WEST COAST AVENGERS #10 brings an end to what was arguably one of the most fun books Marvel has put out in a long time. It's a bit of a lackluster conclusion, since Thompson clearly didn't want to end this series, but what we get isn't completely disappointing. The art stands out very well against this somewhat sad ending.
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