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West Coast Avengers Gives Hawkeye a Really BIG Upgrade

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for West Coast Avengers #3 by Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli, on sale now.

Hawkeye has been a lot of things to a lot of people. Over the years, Clint Barton has been a founding member of the original West Coast Avengers, a rebel with a cause when he adopted the Ronin moniker and even just a normal dude with a cool dog and a weird job. It should come as no surprise, then, that Clint Barton's identity-laden journey is shared by Kate Bishop, also Hawkeye. West Coast Avengers #3 reveals that Kate has taken on a new identity of her own, and it might be the biggest upgrade Hawkeye has ever received.

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The reveal comes right at the end of West Coast Avengers #3, the latest in a series that has followed Kate and Clint's efforts to reassemble the West Coast Avengers in the absence of a notable superhero presence outside of New York City. Their journey has seen them square up against a giant Tigra and, more recently, a legion of Kaiju under the control of B.R.O.D.O.K., a very handsome villain with a big head who is also almost certainly M.O.D.O.K. These Kaiju aren't just savage monsters, though. This issue has established that all of these rampaging beasts were once women who B.R.O.D.O.K. failed at courting, prompting him to turn them into enormous monsters out of spite. Yeah, he's petty like that.

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This is something we initially predicted back when Issue #2 came out, as the final page of that book revealed a dragon overhead, while a prior panel showed a woman in gothic attire conversing with B.R.O.D.O.K. before he made his turn to blatant villainy. That dragon initially made us think of the long-absent Evangeline Whedon, and Issue #3 seems to have proven us right, though we won't know for sure until the embiggening process is successfully reversed. Which is where Kate comes in.

Issue #3 sees Kate venture back to Advanced Image Mechanics to try and figure out a way to undo B.R.O.D.O.K.'s handiwork. Of course, being the evil scientist that he is, B.R.O.D.O.K. is already lying in wait. He gets the jump on Kate and throws her onto a very mad scientist-looking table with the muzzle of a bizarre machine levied right at her. Kate does her best to talk him down, but B.R.O.D.O.K. is going to B.R.O.D.O.K. The villain triggers the mutation machine and something strange starts to happen to Kate.

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While the machine doesn't explicitly turn its superhero victims into monsters (Tigra was just made larger and Evangeline seems to have been stuck in her dragon form), it certainly does the trick for Kate, as she's turned into an enormous hawk (replete with an ear-piercing "skreeee"). B.R.O.D.O.K. dubs his latest creation the Great and Mighty Kate-Hawk, a creature that towers over everyone else in the lab. The most frightening detail is that Kate still clutches her bow, which was also drastically increased in size. There's no telling if she's got the ammo to use it, but if she does then she might soon be spearing Los Angeles with trick arrows.

So, where exactly did B.R.O.D.O.K., almost certainly formerly M.O.D.O.K., come up with the idea to turn women into walking terrors? Well, the reality is that he has done this several times before, all to varying degrees of success. Let's take a trip down Memory Lane and recall all the ways M.O.D.O.K. and his minions have messed with nature as an act of revenge.

NEXT PAGE: This Isn't the First Time M.O.D.O.K. Has Turned Women into Monsters

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