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Review: West Coast Avengers #1

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.

I’ve loved the runs of the various Hawkeyes that have persisted over the last few years and with West Coast Avengers #1 we get the next logical evolution for not just Kate but Clint as well. With this first issue, writer Kelly Thompson delivers lots of humor and action… and some humorous action. There’s land sharks and a giant… well, not going to spoil that, but much of the issue is bringing the team together as Kate steps up as leader and Clint is kind of there. All of this is with a backdrop of a documentary, or maybe reality show, being filmed along with confessionals. While a lot of the set up isn’t original, Thompson delivers a mix of characters whose personalities have just enough difference to make things interesting yet not derail the overall team and story. They bicker, but more like you would with a brother or sister than you would with someone you really dislike.

The action is solid with an opening that’s full of absurdity yet feels so right for California. The settings, the background characters, and the surprise introduction of a character at the end just feels rather west coast, or at least what I envision it to be beyond the dozen or so times I’ve been.

That’s all helped by artist Stefano Caselli and colors by Triona Farrell whose work combines together to deliver a bright comic that feels like the sun shining down. The use of color really makes it pop and sets the comic apart from its east coast version. The details too such as buildings or plants add to the difference and builds the world that you believe this is California.

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.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Stefano Caselli
Color: Triona Farrell Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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