It took more than 20 years, but the West Coast Avengers are finally gracing the pages of their own Marvel comic again.
Marvel announced Thursday that a new West Coast Avengers ongoing series will launch this August from writer Kelly Thompson (Hawkeye, Rogue & Gambit) and artist Stefano Caselli (Avengers), marking the first time the team has had their own series since Avengers West Coast (as the original West Coast Avengers series was then retitled) ended in 1994. Building on Thompson's Hawkeye run, the series will feature Hawkeye Kate Bishop assembling a team in Los Angeles to battle supervillain threats there.
“They all need and want something from being on that team together. Kate needs to help save LA, and she needs help to do that because villains have taken notice that there are no Super Heroes out there," Thompson said in a press release. "I think there’s part of her that misses [being on a team] too. She’s been doing her own thing, on her own, and that’s cool. But she was the one, who, with no powers, was like ‘I’m leading the Young Avengers, I’m the boss.’”
Other members of the team will include Kate's friend and mentor, the original Hawkeye Clint Barton, as well as Gwenpool, the mutant Quentin Quire (aka Kid Omega), and Kate's in "way over his head" boyfriend Johnny. The book will also feature a bit of a Young Avengers reunion, as the team's final member is Miss America herself, America Chavez.
“I think America is the biggest question mark, and I think that’s something we’re excited to explore: Why does she come back to LA?" Thompson said. "Why does she come back to be with Kate? Does she miss [the group dynamic] too? Because America, she likes to play things a little close to the vest.”
The dynamics at play between these particular team members would be entertaining enough, but the new series will also add a new wrinkle to the West Coast Avengers' living situation. Rather than relying on Tony Stark's wealth to fund their LA lifestyle, the team will be living together in a house as part of a reality show, and using the money earned from that to keep the operation going. What could possibly go wrong?
Check out the official synopsis and first-issue cover below.
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.
West Coast Avengers #1 arrives August 22.