West Coast Avengers #1

Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Stefano Caselli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 22, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 43
8.4Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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HAWKEYE (KATE BISHOP). HAWKEYE (CLINT BARTON). A guy named FUSE. Never have they ever been called "the big three" of...anything. And now here they are, reunited for, okay, well, it's only the second time ever. Thank god they also brought AMERICA CHAVEZ, GWENPOOL and KID OMEGA. Wait. What? That's right, it's the new West Coast Avengers, son. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world because BIG things are headed for the West Coast.

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Aug 22, 2018

    No matter how high your expectations are for an irreverent Thompson/Caselli funnybook, West Coast Avengers #1 exceeds them. It combines a bundle of awesome flavours - peanut butter and chocolate and pink and Nextwave and more - in a way that's positively delicious. If you like your comics with rich servings of humour and absurdity and heart, this will be a feast to remember. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 23, 2018

    This book is fantastic on every front and a must read for anyone who enjoys a good superhero comedy series in the same vein as Justice League International. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Danielle Lemos Sep 10, 2018

    West Coast Avengers #1 is a can't miss book. The team behind this really hit it out of the park and I am excited to read every single issue. Kelly Thompson continues to have a deft hand at creating a dissonance between comedy and danger which makes for a great reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Aug 22, 2018

    WEST COAST AVENGERS #1 is a fantastic debut, with a ton of fun and ridiculous adventures to keep you entertained from page one. Land sharks and giant former superheroes may not be for every reader, but Kelly Thompson manages to make this story an incredibly meaningful read as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Aug 24, 2018

    West Coast Avengers is one of those comic books that should come to mind when we think about what makes superhero comics so great. It is fun, adventurous, and looks great to boot. Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli are a match made in heaven, and this series should be on everyone's pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Brandon Masters Aug 28, 2018

    While the scope of the comic is obviously as far from the cosmic stakes the Avengers have taken in recent years, Marvel potentially has a AAA comic crafted from some of the more bizarre characters available. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    411Mania - Stephen Gustafson Aug 30, 2018

    Summer might be coming to a close but West Coast Avengers looks to be heating things up. Can't recommend enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Aug 23, 2018

    West Coast Avengers wastes no time establishing itself as the most fun you can have reading a Marvel comic. There's so much charm, character, heart and hilarity oozing out of each page. It's impossible not to smile the entire time you read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Aug 22, 2018

    As for that Caselli-Avengers thing I mentioned earlier? Look him up. You have a search engine nearby and you've read this review. If you don't know Caselli by now, give West Coast Avengers #1 a go and then dig into his back catalog. There's some fun stuff out there. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 22, 2018

    West Coast Avengers deserves to be on your pull list, even if you didn't have a lot of faith in the roster right away. Thompson and Caselli will make you a true believer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 22, 2018

    West Coast Avengers #1 is a joyride through superhero chaos and good intentions in California. The team is fantastic and has a good personality balance, Thompson, Caselli, and Farrell are firing on all cylinders, and the resulting comic earns a strong recommendation as a result. Give this one a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 24, 2018

    In recent years, Marvel Comics has had several strong comedy titles in their lineup (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Howard the Duck, and Max Bemis'Worst X-Man Evercome to mind), but Kelly Thompson, Stefano Caselli, and Triona Farrell bring the funny to a team superhero book inWest Coast Avengers. It also continues the fantastic arc that Thompson has crafted for Kate Bishop over the past two years and providing a new home for the madcap antics of Gwenpool, the goofiness and salt of the earth earnestness of Clint Barton, the laconic punching of America Chavez (Hopefully, she isn't relegated to team chauffeur.), and the pompous edginess and untapped potential of Quentin Quire. In one issue, a team with an interesting dynamic has been assembled as well as a bad guy that fits the tone of the book so all in all, West Coast Avengers #1 is a win. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi Aug 24, 2018

    West Coast Avengers is a weird, wild, rollicking ride that combines the nuttiness of Nextwave with the indelible character moments of Young Avengers. If spinoff books have to exist, they could do a heck of a lot worse than this! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Alyssa Jackson Aug 22, 2018

    This book is pure fun. It's got great action, quips, romance, and sharks stampeding down Venice Boulevard. What more do you need? Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 26, 2018

    It's a bit of a shaky start, but if you're looking for a book that balances heroism with humor, this should fill the bill. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Reed Hinckley-Barnes Aug 23, 2018

    "West Coast Avengers" #1 is funny, action packed team book that is definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 27, 2018

    West Coast Avengers #1 was an excellent start to the latest member to the Avengers franchise. Kelly Thompson did a great job making every member of the West Coast Avengers likable in their own way. The addition of the reality TV-style interviews gave the story an fun hook that is unique to the West Coast Avengers. Along with Stefano Caselli's great artwork, West Coast Avengers #1 is a comic I highly recommend picking up if your a Marvel fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 27, 2018

    A nice setup for a new team of heroes, featuring a couple of my favorites, strong art and a clever conceit. I'm all in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Aug 22, 2018

    West Coast Avengers #1 embraces the oddball and comedic status of its cast within Marvel Comics, but that doesn't stop it from providing one of the best team debuts from the publisher this year either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost Aug 22, 2018

    I had a great time reading it and, even though the ending was a bit wonky, am excited to see what the next installment of the tale has in store. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 25, 2018

    This is a fun, enjoyable start for the new West Coast Avengers, but the writing keeps getting in its own way a lot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 22, 2018

    With a lot of humor, the team has created a comic that while it has familiar aspects, the package is a lot of fun and will hopefully put a smile on your face and get you to laugh a bit. It all feels organic for everyone and enough is presented to make a reader check out what's next. The personality clashes alone will do that. While not completely original, this is a team to watch out for and feels like it's a worthy new addition of a classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Aug 23, 2018

    If you're looking for a more insular book than Avengers, one that's going to walk you outside the characters you're familiar with, than West Coast Avengers is definitely one worth getting in at the start of. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Matthew David Clarke Aug 31, 2018

    A pretty good book that is unfortunately undermined by trying and failing to be funny. Currently difficult to recommend but as the books problems are mainly in one area the next issue could be much better. Ill check it out, I mean, its my job, right? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 5, 2018

    The first issue offers wacky action as the heroes save the Los Angeles beaches from land sharks and discover a former member has outgrown them (literally). I'm not sure if there's enough to bring me back for issue #2. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.2
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Sep 10, 2018

    Odd toneFlat humorStrange team line-upUnderdeveloped secondary characters Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Aug 27, 2018

    I would only recommend West Coast Avengers #1 to die-hard fans of the various niche characters on this roster or to die-hard fans of Kelly Thompson. For everyone else? Save your hard-earned money for the myriad of far superior super hero team titles that Marvel and DC are publishing. Read Full Review

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