Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1
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Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1

Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Brittney Williams Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 23, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 13
8.5Critic Rating
5.9User Rating

PATSY WALKER has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally), but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging (literal) bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother's exploitative romance comics about her childhood resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to a triple, what the Hell is Patsy Walker supposed to do? Raise your (literal) claws for PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT!
Rated T

  • 10
    The Rainbow Hub - Emma Houxbois Dec 24, 2015

    Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat is, true to the character's roots in the romance genre, a book to fall in love with. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Dec 24, 2015

    Squirrel Girl fans may enjoy the tonal similarity ofPatsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! to what they're already reading. However, non-Squirrel Girl readers shouldn't be put off by the superficial kinship. They're quite different titles, andHellcat stands just fine on its own merits. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Dec 24, 2015

    Hellcat #1 has a diverse cast of characters (Fitting for a Brooklyn set comic.), freely flowing art from Brittney Williams , and has a lot of engaging, real life situations plotted by Kate Leth for readers to latch onto. It's about an unemployed ex-superhero/PI/subject of romance comics and her gay roommate, who just learned about his powers and might not have the greatest moral compass, hanging out and figuring out how to get their shit together. It's definitely the most exciting debut issue of All-New, All-Different Marvel thus far. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Dec 26, 2015

    If you like ridiculously cute art, superhero reboots/redesigns, and characters that you can recognize yourself and your friends in, check out Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #1 today! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Dec 28, 2015

    Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat #1 is a near perfect first issue. While not a masterpiece, it's a charming, fast-paced, and consistent comic that will have you coming back for more with the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Dec 24, 2015

    Williams' character structuring, environments, as well as the detail and running gags make this such a joy to read. Also, MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THING is that this is Patsy's character from Jessica Jones in terms of personality, but economically her circumstances are different from that incarnation and from when we last saw her success over in Marvel Divas. I won't stress on what that change is, but for me that made the character more relatable, especially living in New York. It feels like art imitating life superbly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Mair Sierra Dec 30, 2015

    Although this reads as a playful comic book with its art and plot, it's one to take seriously because of its themes. As I mentioned, Hellcat and Telekinian face problems a lot of readers in their mid-twenties, including myself, can find relatable: job hunting, apartment searching, and avoiding all mentions of the past. Somehow, though, Leth, Williams, and Wilson have successfully done it in a way where we can laugh about it as Patsy and as ourselves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Dec 22, 2015

    If you want some Squirrel Girl-esque feels with a character who faces adulthood head on, pick up Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat #1. I enjoyed this issue, especially as my first real exposure to Hellcat besides random longbox issues of the Avengers. This series really has a lot of potential and its a needed reprieve from the tedious effects of events or the more serious tone of other series. Patsy most certainly deserves your time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 28, 2015

    It also should be said that the coloring by Megan Wilson adds a lot to the art. There's a healthy use of bright colors with plenty of pinks and purples throughout and those colors absolutely drew my eyes to them and made me feel happy! Marvel has found a way to make all ages books successful for all ages with Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and now Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!. Let's hope that both of these series find a following and have long and successful runs. I much prefer this take to Marvel's more all ages books from the past, where “all ages” ended up meaning simplified plots that felt really kid-focus to the point of excluding readers teen and up. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Dec 24, 2015

    In conclusion, why are you still reading this? Honestly, you should have stopped reading this review halfway through to go check out “Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!” #1. It's fun, with a unique sense of style in its humour and its art. It takes the long, storied and… kinda weird history of one of Marvel's longest-running characters and embraces it whole-heartedly and builds a story that is a tribute to the character's earliest appearances while staying true to who the character has become. Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Megan Wilson have done a great job of creating a fun, energetic comic that anyone could enjoy while honouring the history of Patsy Walker. What are you waiting for? Go read it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 26, 2015

    Most excitingly, Hellcat is full of plot and character. They've got so many fun ideas going on, all of them swirling around Patsy as a character. Whether she's struggling to make ends meet, making friends with a new 'super-villain', working with She-Hulk and coming up with this neat new business idea, Patsy Walker's weird little life is at the heart of this series. That's very promising. There's a lot going on, and I'm glad that fighting super-villains isn't going to be the main point of this series. Hopefully Leth and Williams can find their own niche with this series. They're off to a very good start already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 22, 2015

    The jokes and quick set up of a very large cast and lots of potential plotlines all work as well as they do largely because of Williams and Wilson's presentation. They make the crayon-colored business presentation pop and the humorously foreboding callbacks to Walker's teenage friends seem actually mysterious. Their delivery of each line and concept is so engaging that it's easy to re-read Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat #1, and wait for #2 to bring the same style and laughter, and the follow through on the premises established here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 27, 2015

    I also like that the series is tying together the character's history and cast. There's a lot of potential here, and I hope this will bring Hellcat into the forefront of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 28, 2015

    Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams and Megan Wilson go for the gusto with this debut issue. They seem just as dedicated as Hellcat to fighting the good fight, and doing it in the most fabulous way possible. Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat may not be for everyone, but for many, it is the breath of butt-kicking fresh air that they have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Dec 23, 2015

    "Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat!" #1 is a fun, fresh take on an undervalued classic, and it's cleverly positioned as a midcard Marvel story that delivers new ideas that could be developed alongside the other corners of the universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 22, 2015

    The comic is hit and miss for me. Overall, I think it'd work better in smaller chunks as a back-up comic, but I also accept that I'm not the audience intended for it. Still, it's cute in many ways and there's a lot of potential here to see the comic stand on its own. So far though, this is more slice of life than superhero antics. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 23, 2015

    Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat! is a decent option for any reader who craves more of the lighthearted silliness of Marvel books like Howard the Duck or The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. But despite the solid supporting cast and characterization, this book doesn't really do anything those other titles don't do better. This first issue moves slowly and has its clunky moments, but hopefully a clearer and more engaging conflict will emerge over time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 22, 2015

    But the thing is, there's little about this first issue of Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat that isn't done better - or more inventively - but Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, a series that's already gotten two #1s this year. There is clearly something different about this one-time model/investigator/superhero/romance star, but right now, the low-level stakes and quirky sense of humor has been done already. And as a result, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat is a surprisingly disappointing debut from a pair of otherwise promising talents. Read Full Review

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