West Coast Avengers

All Your Canceled Faves Are Back in Marvel’s West Coast Avengers

America Chavez, Gwenpool and more ride again
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In the world of comics, no one is ever truly dead. Our favorite heroes have overcome death, insanity, the loss of their powers, and even the biggest threat of all: series cancellation. Marvel has announced that it’s bringing back several canceled faves in the new series West Coast Avengers, written by Kelly Thompson (Hawkeye, Jem and the Holograms) with art from Stefano Caselli (Avengers: The Initiative, Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways).

The new series features Clint Barton/Hawkeye relocating to Los Angeles, where he mentors a young group of heroes that includes America Chavez/Miss America, Kate Bishop/Hawkeye, Kate’s non-powered boyfriend Johnny, Quentin Quire/Kid Omega, and Gwen Poole/Gwenpool. Instead of crashing at a swanky tower or ivy-covered boarding school, the new team will find financial support in the most LA of ways: by starring in a reality TV show.

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Thompson said of the team, “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. 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.’”

This new team-up brings back the beloved characters from canceled series Gwenpool, America, Hawkeye, and Generation X. Though these series were lauded for their POC and queer representation, Marvel ended up canceling them at the end of 2017. In a bitterly ironic turn, all three Marvel series nominated for GLAAD Media Awards this year were canceled, including America, Iceman, and the winner Black Panther: World of Wakanda.

West Coast Avengers hits stores on August 22.

(via io9, image: Marvel)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.