WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for West Coast Avengers #2 by Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli, on sale now.
If there’s one thing everyone can agree on in West Coast Avengers #2, it is that B.R.O.D.O.K., a tall and fit man with a big head who introduced himself as a “Bio-Robotic Organism Designed Overwhelmingly for Kissing,” is actually M.O.D.O.K., an angry floating head of a supervillain whose acronymic name breaks down to “Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.”
B.R.O.D.O.K. introduced himself at the end of West Coast Avengers #1 as the answer to the titular team’s most pressing problem — an enormous, enraged Tigra hellbent on trashing Los Angeles. The West Coast Avengers did everything in their power to stop Tigra’s advances nonlethally, but it’s no use. Only B.R.O.D.O.K. can quell the hero’s rage. The sophomore issue reveals that all B.R.O.D.O.K. needs to do to calm Tigra is… just kind of casually walk up to her. Tigra then recedes into the sea like some kind of enormous, fur-covered kaiju.
If anyone was on the fence about B.R.O.D.O.K. being M.O.D.O.K., that should clear things right up. Everyone on Kate Bishop’s West Coast Avengers team agrees, and their concerns are only validated when B.R.O.D.O.K. recounts his origin story. Who is B.R.O.D.O.K. according to B.R.O.D.O.K.? Well, it turns out there’s more to the kissing robot than meets the eye. In fact, there’s a very good chance that he has been preying on woman superheroes in the Marvel Universe for at least the past two months, with Tigra being just one of his victims.
When Kate (Hawkeye) and Clint Barton (the other Hawkeye) witness B.R.O.D.O.K.’s sway over the giant Tigra, their Avenger senses immediately start tingling. Something isn’t right here, but at that point B.R.O.D.O.K. hasn’t shown any outward signs of supervillain aggression, and, as the old adage goes, it’s better to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Kate invites B.R.O.D.O.K. (along with the rest of the West Coast Avengers) back to their headquarters for a post-battle hangout. There, B.R.O.D.O.K. launches into his harrowing origin story. It’s played for laughs, but there’s a sinister undertone to the whole thing.
According to B.R.O.D.O.K., he first came to Los Angeles about two months ago looking for love. Romanticism doesn’t pay the bills, though, so he opened Advanced Image Mechanics to help people find their “most perfect selves.” B.R.O.D.O.K. being B.R.O.D.O.K., he mixed business with pleasure, seemingly trying to woo his patients with little success. B.R.O.D.O.K.’s soulmate eluded him, but he never stopped looking. He went on countless dates and was even on one when he stumbled upon the West Coast Avengers trying to subdue Tigra. He saw his chance and leapt into action, becoming a “true American hero.”
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