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  • Author's Saving Throw: The series seems to go out of its way to avoid referencing America's solo run. Her current university life is never even alluded to, her personality is brought back down to taciturn than provocative, her Ship Tease with Magdalena and Salgado are dismissed in favor of her new relationship with Ramone Watts, and America explicitly says that she can't travel through time, which is a power she gained in the first arc of her solo.
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  • Awesome Art: While the comic itself is pretty divisive for its style of humour and story, the artwork and character designs are seen as the better elements of the series.
  • Broken Base:
    • The reality TV segments. It has a lot of detractors who found the humour pretty outdated for its time and breaks the flow of the story. On the other hand, it does have its own fair share of fans who found it befitting the comic's style.
    • Kate Bishop's story role. Some liked her being the main character of the series and leading the team due to her well-received Hawkeye run, while others viewed her as getting too much attention. And queer fans claimed that Kate showed an out-of-character tendency in WCA to react negatively to anything gay happening around her.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The baby landshark that Gwenpool adopts in Issue #7 and named “Jeff” became tremendously popular among readers from its first appearance. When Gail Simone held a poll to determine the best comics shark character, it accumulated over 4700 votes, Jeff ultimately coming in 2nd by just 1 percent. And that’s after just one appearance versus his opponent King Shark having been in comics for over 25 years.
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  • Fanfic Fuel: The fact that this team is based in LA and focusing on a power vaccum of supervillains leads to some hoping they'll cross over with the fellow LA-based team, the Runaways.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The reality show angle makes a lot more sense if you consider what Gwen's gimmick is. It's much easier to integrate someone who thinks it's all just a show if there actually ''is'' a show.
    • Gwenpool's relationship with Quentin makes a lot of sense from her perspective since he is everything she has spent her career trying to be, he was only meant to be around for one story but the people at Marvel liked him so much he ended up being used all the time, since Gwen is aware of how important this is to her continued existence she knows how useful it would be if the higher ups associated her with him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There are a number of people who've pointed out the hilarity that Robbie Reyes, being Los Angeles' most prominent superhero as of late, would be a perfect fit for the West Coast Team of the Avengers, but he isn't... because he's actually joining the legit, A-list Avengers.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
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    • This is the series that finally puts both Hawkeyes on the same team, which definitely got some interested on that alone.
    • Similarly, Kate and America being on the team once again after four years had passed since Young Avengers is also appealing.
    • Some fans have also shown interest since Gwenpool is on the team, with several news articles listing her inclusion in their titles, alongside the Hawkeyes.
    • The fact that it's written by Kelly Thompson and drawn by Stefano Caselli, two creators that are well-liked by Marvel fans, is a plus for a lot of people.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Gwenpool has already become one, as previews mention her going through "really interesting relationship developments." People have been speculating these as hints at romance, and began pairing her up with literally everyone on the team. It helps that Gwen herself has a serious case of Hero Worship with nearly every character she meets. The cover for issue #4 even teases one of the most unlikely (Gwen/Quentin).
  • Shipping Goggles: Gwenpool and Quentin Quire was considered the most unlikely pairing to spite the fact that 1) Gwen isn't Gay and neither is Kate, 2) Fuse is dating Kate, and 3) Clint is presumably old enough to be her father.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus is that the book's humor is pretty standard, and the cast is fairly underdeveloped as a team. But there's nothing glaringly wrong with it.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • It's a revival of the classic West Coast Avengers... that only shares one member and the location in common. Many have pointed out the fact that it mainly focuses on younger heroes and involves them being on reality TV makes them more comparable to the New Warriors than the West Coast Avengers.
    • Both Hawkeyes are featured, but Kate is the one that's treated as the "main" while the more well-known and original Clint (the only holdover from the original team) is just joining along for the ride. That hasn't boded well for some, especially when you consider Clint was the leader of that team.
    • America and Quentin are highly divisive additions. The first having a widely-panned solo series that heavily derailed her character, and Quentin having a long history of jerkassery, have not endeared them to many.
  • Unexpected Character: After all these years, did anyone really expect Marvel to revive the West Coast Avengers? Even though most characters are new and the premise is largely different, it's still quite a shock.
  • Win the Crowd: A lot of people were on the fence about the book, due to Gwenpool's history of being badly written outside her own series, the chance that America would be like her solo version self, and the possibility of Quentin getting away with everything again. The first issue dispelled all these qualms, giving us an in-character Gwen, Quentin immediately getting resistance for his behavior, and America not spouting used-only-once catchphrase "Holy menstruation!"


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