The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide on collecting Avengers West Coast comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting Avengers: A Definitive Guide. Last updated July 2016 with titles scheduled for release through July 2017.
The Avengers had the best kind of problem in the early 80s, whether your perspective was from within comic book continuity or behind the scenes: there were just too many darn Avengers!
The Avengers had gradually shifted its focus from Marvel’s major heroes who anchored their own books (like Iron Man and Captain America) to a roster of characters that needed a team book to thrive. That meant plenty of fan favorite characters would be left out during any given run. .
The best solution was to follow a trend set by Spider-Man and just recently by Chris Claremont’s X-Men: launch a second Avengers book!
West Coast Avengers launched with Hawkeye as a central focus. He was chief amongst those team-based, fan-favorite characters, hot off of his own limited series. Hawkeye was initially joined by his wife, Mockingbird, Tigra, and West Coast natives Wonder Man and Rhodey Rhodes as Iron Man.
From a story perspective, the central conceit of the book was that America was a big country, and the NYC-based team couldn’t always be responsive to threats across the nation. In practice, it allowed writers like Steve Engelhart, John Byrne, and Roy Thomas to tell big stories that still focused on character history and personalities. Byrne, in particular, used it to dig deeply into the story of Scarlet Witch.
As comics became more entrenched in extreme, violent themes, the relative staid Avengers team was disassembled in favor of an Iron Man lead Force Works. Despite a flashy launch with a pop-up cover, Force Works never caught fire like the similarly themed X-Force, and was cancelled as part of the line-wide removal of Avengers in 1996 as they headed off to the Heroes Reborn pocket universe in the wake of Onslaught.
- West Coast Avengers Limited Series (1984)
- West Coast Avengers (1985 – 1989)
- Avengers West Coast (1989 – 1994)
- Force Works (1994 – 1996)
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#1-4: West Coast Avengers Assemble (ISBN 0785162232)
Collects the issues surrounding the launch of Avengers West Coast – Avengers #250, Iron Man Annual 7, and the 1984 West Coast Avengers four-issue limited series – as well as scattered plot pages from other Avengers issues. Also available in hardcover and below in Omnibus, Vol. 1.
Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1-4
This 1982 mini-series also acts as a pre-cursor to some of the themes in West Coast Avengers, though it is not a direct prequel. Also collects Giant-Size Avengers #4
In oversized format…
#1-16: West Coast Avengers Omnibus, Vol. 1 Oversized Hardcover (ISBN 0785167455)
Collects West Coast Avengers (1984) #1-4; Iron Man Annual 7; Avengers (1963) #250; West Coast Avengers (1985) #1-16; Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985) #1-2; Avengers Annual (1967) 15; West Coast Avengers Annual 1; material from Avengers (1963) #239, 243-244, 246; material from Avengers West Coast 100.
#17-41: West Coast Avengers Omnibus, Vol. 2 Oversized Hardcover (ISBN 0785167471)
Collects West Coast Avengers (1985) #17-41, West Coast Avengers Annual 2-3, Avengers Annual (1967) #16, Fantastic Four (1961) #19, and Dr. Strange (1974) #53.
#42-62: Avengers by John Byrne Omnibus Oversized Hardcover
Collects West Coast Avengers (1985) #42-46; Avengers West Coast #47-62, Annual 4; Avengers (1963) #305-318, Annual 18
In standard-size format…
#1-9: West Coast Avengers: Family Ties (ISBN 078516216X)
Also collects the first two-issues of a year-long The Vision and The Scarlet Witch maxi-series. That series, in turn is collected in a TPB that includes West Coast Avengers #2. Also available as a Marvel Premier Classic hardcover (ISBN 0785155007)
Avengers: Vision & The Scarlet Witch – A Year in the Life
Collects the 12-issue maxi-series that ran alongside West Coast Avengers, as well as WCA #2.
#10-16: West Coast Avengers: Sins of the Past (ISBN 0785167498)
Marvel Premier Classic HC. Also collects West Coast Avengers Annual #1 and Avengers Annual #15. Also available as a Marvel Premiere Classic hardcover (ISBN 0785159002).
#15: Women of Marvel, Vol. 2 (ISBN 0785127089)
This Tigra-centric issue is collected alongside Avengers #83, Spider-Woman #10, Uncanny X-Men #168, 189, 201 & 218, Vision and the Scarlet Witch #12, and lead stories from Strange Tales (1987) #10-11.
#17-24: West Coast Avengers: Lost in Space and Time (ISBN 0785162216)
Marvel Premier Classic HC. Also collects Fantastic Four (1961) 19 & Dr. Strange (1974) 53.
#21: Avengers: The Many Faces of Henry Pym (ISBN 0785162062)
Collects key issues of Dr. Henry Pym, who has been Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, and even The Wasp! Collects Tales of Suspense (1959) #27, #35, and #49; Avengers (1963) #28 and #59-60; West Coast Avengers (1985) #21; Avengers Annual 2001; and Secret Invasion Requiem.
#31-41: Not collected in standard size
#42-50: Avengers West Coast: Vision Quest (ISBN 0785117741)
Doubles as John Byrne Visionaries, Vol. 1. Collects the story as it continues to the retitled series, staring in issue #47. Reprinted in 2015.
#47-62: Collected in John Byrne omnibus, above
#51-57: Avengers West Coast: Darker Than Scarlet (ISBN 0785130276)
Doubles as John Byrne Visionaries, Vol. 2. Also collects #60-62.
#53-55: Acts of Vengeance Omnibus Oversized Hardcover (ISBN 0785144641)
Collects issues from around the Marvel Universe that participated in the villain-centric Acts of Vengeance theme. From the Avengers Universe that included Avengers #311-313 and Annual 19, Avengers Spotlight (1989) #26-29, Avengers West Coast (1989) #53-55, Captain America (1968) #365-367, Iron Man (1968) #251-252, and Thor (1966) #411-413.
#56 & Annual 4: Atlantis Attacks Omnibus Hardcover (ISBN 0785144922)
Presents the Marvel-wide Atlantis Attacks event in chronological order, which includes excerpting back-up stories into their own separate sequence. Collects Silver Surfer Annual #2, Iron Man Annual #10, Marvel Comics Presents #26, Uncanny X-Men Annual #13, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23, Punisher Annual #2, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9, Daredevil Annual #4, Avengers Annual #18, New Mutants #76, Annual #5, X-Factor Annual #4, Web of Spider-Man Annual #5, Avengers West Coast #56, Annual #4, Thor Annual #14, and Fantastic Four Annual #22.
#58-59: Avengers West Coast: Along Came a Spider-Woman (ISBN 0785162321)
Also collects #63-75.
#60-62: Collected in Darker Than Scarlet, above. #61 also collected in Legion of the Unliving.
#63-75: in Along Came a Spider-Woman, above.
#76-79: Not collected
#80-81: Avengers: Galactic Storm, Vol. 1 (ISBN 0785120440)
Collects the first half of the crossover from Avengers #345-346, Avengers West Coast (1989) #80-81, Captain America (1968) #398-399, Iron Man (1968) #278, Quasar (1989) #32-33, Thor (1966) #445, and Wonder Man (1991) #7-8.
#82: Avengers: Galactic Storm, Vol. 2 (ISBN 0785120459)
Collects the second half of the crossover from Avengers #347, Avengers West Coast (1989) #82, Captain America (1968) #400-401, Iron Man (1968) #279, Quasar (1989) #34-36, Thor (1966) #446, Wonder Man (1991) #9, and What If…? (1989) #55-56.
#83-88: Not collected
#89-91: Avengers: Ultron Unbound
Also collects Annual 8 and Vision #1-4. This is an early placement of Annual 8, which should fall after #95.
#92-100: Avengers: The Death of Mockingbird
Avengers West Coast 92-100, 102; Spider-woman (1993) 1-4; Material From Marvel Comics Presents (1988) 143-144
After #95 & Annual 8: U.S. Agent #1-4
After #97: Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective #1-4: Avengers: The Big Three
Collects Captain America (1968) #176; Avengers (1963) #150-151, 215-216, 224; Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective #1-4; Avengers (1998) #21; and Thor (1998) #81
#101: Avengers/X-Men: Bloodties Hardcover (ISBN 0785101039)
Collects Avengers #368-369, Avengers West Coast #101, X-Men #26, Uncanny X-Men #307, & Black Knight: Exodus. Previously available in an out-of-print softcover sans the Black Knight one-shot as Avengers/X-Men: Bloodties (ISBN 0785101039).
Spider-Woman #1-4: Collected above
Scarlet Witch #1-4: Scarlet Witch by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Collects Scarlet Witch #1-4 plus supplemental material, including Avengers Origins: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and material from Marvel Team-Up #125, Solo Avengers #5, Marvel Comics Presents #60-63 & 143-144, and Mystic Arcana: Scarlet Witch.
#102: Collected above. The core cast of Avengers West Coast continues in Force Works.
Hawkeye, Vol. 2 #1-4: Hawkeye: Earth’s Mightiest Marksmen
Collects Hawkeye (1994) 1-4; Hawkeye: Earth’s Mightiest Marksman; and material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #159-161
Force worked for New Mutants when they changed from a 100-issue, 80s-flavored, X-Men spinoff team to the more aggressive X-Force in 1991, so why not try it on The Avengers’ own spinoff? Force Works was meant to be a more proactive version of the West Coast Avengers, but at this relatively late stage in the 90s comics boom it just came off as extreme with its weird outfits, overeager inks, and added fifth-color printing.
#1-15: Avengers/Iron Man: Force Works
Collects Force Works 1-11, 12, 13-15, Ashcan Edition; Century: Distant Sons 1; Material From Iron Man/Force Works Collectors’ Preview
#6-7: Iron Man / War Machine: Hands of the Mandarin
Hands of the Mandarin crossover to Iron Man #311-312, War Machine #9-10, and Marvel Comics Presents #169-172.
#16-22: Avengers: The Crossing Oversized Hardcover (ISBN 0785162038)
Part of “The Crossing” story arc, which crossed over to include Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man (1996) #1, Avengers: The Crossing (1995) #1, Avengers: Timeslide (1996) #1, Avengers #390-395, Force Works (1994) #16-20, Iron Man (1968) #319-325, and War Machine (1994) #20-23.
After the conclusion of Force Works Iron Man and Scarlet Witch briefly appear in Avengers (1963) while it wound down during the Onslaught linewide crossover. Afterwards they both moved on to the Heroes Reborn universe.
Jessica Drew reappears as Spider-Woman in the Heroes Reborn universe.
War Machine next appears in the 1998 post-Reborn relaunch of Iron Man.
US Agent does not appear in another ongoing for some time, though he makes sporadic appearances in Thunderbolts and has his own 2001 limited series.