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West Coast Avengers #10: Review

Apr 2019
Kelly Thompson, Moy R

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4 stars

West Coast Avengers #10 Review by (May 5, 2019)
I thought half-vampire/Daywalker(/Dhampir) were the same things in the Marvel Universe. So Eleanor Bishop biting America Chavez to prove that her blood wouldn't turn vampires into Daywalkers was a stupid idea because she already *is* 1. And anyway they're underground so there would be no immediate proof.

Despite what Kate thinks they really have been cancelled and this is the last issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

West Coast Avengers #10 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Noh-Varr has led most of the West Coast Avengers to investigate the Temple Of The Shifting Sun cult, who turned out to be vampires and captured them. They are especially interested in America Chavez who they believe is the Chosen One whose blood will make them Daywalkers, able to survive in sunlight. Meanwhile Gwenpool (and her pet land shark Jeff), Kid Omega and the newly-empowered Ramone Watts have sneaked in with Kate Bishop's supposed-to-be-dead mother to rescue them. However during the fight Eleanor Bishop revealed vamp fangs which she sank into to neck of drugged America.

Kate knocks her mom away, and Eleanor launches into an explanation. She's a half-vampire, which is why she's pretended to be dead for a long time. She's allied with Madame Masque who promised her a cure, and that's why they've been working with the cult. But she bit America to defuse the current situation by proving that Chavez wasn't the promised cure. Kate doesn't believe her.

Meanwhile the battle continues to rage. The other Hawkeye (Clint Barton) calls Kate back to action. (Noh-Varr has given him a spare collapsible Kree Composite Soul Bow like hers.) Quentin Quire is shooting a psi-gun while trying to figure out how to switch off vampire brains. Fuse is fighting back-to-back with his sister Ramone in her new vibranium armour (which she discovers can generate a vibranium blade). Marvel Boy combines 2 guns with acrobatic kicks (courtesy of his cockroach DNA). Gwen Poole is also fighting back-to-back with her voracious land shark. She calls boyfriend Quentin for assistance and he provides psionic stepping discs for her to launch herself and Jeff from.

Eleanor is still trying to convince Kate of her motives. She explains that America looks like the person in the vampires' prophesies. She also claims that her husband Derek killed her (ie turned her into a half-vampire?), and now he's working with the villainous Masque (as seen in #7). But Kate points out that *Eleanor* is working with Masque too. And she leaves to rejoin the fight.

Both Hawkeye's are now using Kree bows. Ramone rushes to the side of her girlfriend America, who's starting to come round. She mentally asks Quentin whether the foe are humans or demons. He replies demons and she tells him to telekinetically shove the good guys to the ground. When he's done that she moves the vibranium from her arms and legs and uses it to send pointy tendrils from her body armour - with which she skewers all the vampires and pins them to the ceiling. Everyone including America (and Jeff the land shark) is impressed.

Ramone is stuck holding the vampires in place so America works on a plan to relieve her. The team free the vampires' unconscious human prisoners and America provides a star portal to a nearby hospital. She gets Kid Omega to telekinetically transport them through. As usual he complains about the rest of the team using him to do things like protect them in TK force bubbles. She asks why he doesn't bask in the knowledge that he has the most useful power in the team. He zaps back that she's a "teleporting taxicab that can punch stuff". She asks why he always acts so bad. He says he's the best there is at what he does, including being the worst.

Now America can do something about the vampires. She creates a giant portal on the ground and gets Ramone to drop the vamps through it. The team follow and find themselves in a world of giant shrimps, which Kate says America has mentioned many times before. Then Quire TK's them all back through the portal to the vampires' dungeon. They find Kate's mother gone (but she's watching from hiding and crying).

Back home they find that their HQ is finally ready. America won't let any of them forget that she's a 'chosen one'. They head in to record interviews with their Reality TV team.

Clint-Hawkeye thanks them for getting the building finished, and they ask him awkward questions about the mission. Jeff sits on Quentin's lap while he and Gwen say they're going to try to improve their relationship by actually being nice to each other. Johnny says Ramone has adopted the codename Alloy. He denies that there's anything between Noh-Varr and his girlfriend Kate, but comments that Noh is pretty hot. Noh-Varr says he respects Johnny and Kate's relationship, but Fuse is hot. America and Ramone start kissing and the TV crew leave them to it. The crew tell Kate that her boyfriend and her ex fancy each other. She's flabbergasted and wonders out loud if she's *ever* dated anyone straight. The rest of the team chorus "No".

In a final scene, which even includes Bridgette the dragon outside the window, Quentin uses TK to spin the land shark around, and Gwen pretends to think Jeff has developed tornado powers. Kate opens the mail and finds a letter from Dutch Oven (would-be member rejected in #1) saying he can get them cancelled. She doesn't believe that can ever happen ...

Moy R
Triona Farrell
Gang-Hyuk Lim (Cover Penciler)
Gang-Hyuk Lim (Cover Inker)
Gang-Hyuk Lim (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Alanna Smith. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Kate Bishop)

(Clint Barton)
Marvel Boy
Marvel Boy

Ms. America
Ms. America

(America Chavez)

Plus: Eleanor Bishop, Fuse (Johnny Watts), Gwenpool (Gwen Poole), Kid Omega (Quentin Quire), Ramone Watts.

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