Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1
Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally) - but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City! Between trying to make rent and dodging bullets, Patsy barely has time to deal with her mother's exploitative romance comics about Patsy's past resurfacing, much less how they start to interfere with her work and dating life. As she goes from living a double life to a triple, what the hell is Patsy Walker supposed to do? There'll be friendship and burgers, monsters and rent checks and a ghost from the past with questionable motives! Comics' most flexible heroine has been a provisional Avenger, a Defender, Satan's daughter-in-law and a dead woman–but she's never been anything like this!Collecting: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! 1-6

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1 Details

TitlePatsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 5th, 2016
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302900359
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel, Graphic Novels Comics, Fiction

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1 Review

  • Red Panda
    January 1, 1970
    Oof. I've always been a HUGE fan of Hellcat, so I was totally stoked when I heard she was getting her own book again. Then I read it. Ugh.While I can totally appreciate what Kate Leth is doing here, combining the original Patsy Walker books with Patsy's more recent (relatively speaking) adventures as Hellcat, it's just not for me.It's just too darned cutesy. Sickeningly saccharine. I wouldn't mind so much if this was aimed at kids; I'm a firm believer that there aren't enough comicbooks specific Oof. I've always been a HUGE fan of Hellcat, so I was totally stoked when I heard she was getting her own book again. Then I read it. Ugh.While I can totally appreciate what Kate Leth is doing here, combining the original Patsy Walker books with Patsy's more recent (relatively speaking) adventures as Hellcat, it's just not for me.It's just too darned cutesy. Sickeningly saccharine. I wouldn't mind so much if this was aimed at kids; I'm a firm believer that there aren't enough comicbooks specifically for kids; but it's not. It's aimed at hipster millennials who are too 'hip' to read superhero books unironically. Just typing that made this old school comicbook fan feel a little bit sick.Anyway, this book does what it does well, I'm just sad to say that a book about one of my favourite characters isn't for me. Buggeration.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    Like Squirrel Girl? You'll probably like Patsy Walker, too. It has a similar, silly sense of humor, though I just didn't love it quite as much as I love Squirrel Girl.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    almost too cutesy for me, reads like an even more saccharine version of squirrel girl (which i enjoy don't get me wrong!), so I was going to drop it but then they intro jessica jones on the last page so they got me. they got me.
  • Heatherblakely
    January 1, 1970
    Compilation of my reviews of the individual issues, with the newest on top: 6. (Technically done with this volume now) What happened to Williams? This art is cute but a little too cute--when I started reading I assumed I was looking at childhood Patsy playing, not adult Patsy working. I liked the story in this one, but again, I felt like I was reading about kids. (Also Jen called Patsy "babe" and my gaydar pinged.)5. So many strong women! I love Jen, and I love all the female friendships in this Compilation of my reviews of the individual issues, with the newest on top: 6. (Technically done with this volume now) What happened to Williams? This art is cute but a little too cute--when I started reading I assumed I was looking at childhood Patsy playing, not adult Patsy working. I liked the story in this one, but again, I felt like I was reading about kids. (Also Jen called Patsy "babe" and my gaydar pinged.)5. So many strong women! I love Jen, and I love all the female friendships in this. (Dumb question--is this Valkyrie the same Valkyrie that Tessa Thompson is playing in Thor?)4. THE TATTOO ARTIST IS SO CUTE. I like that we're getting a stronger plot, but I also would love to read about the gang just hanging around. 3. I don't have it??2. I LOVED this because it was good but also because my two favorite girls are in it and also I cried at seeing how everyone was in Patsy's phone with emoticons but I also was not completely sober (read in January 2016)1. First of all, I'd just like to say that I went into an actual comic store to buy this, and I didn't burst into flames or get quizzed or anything (yes, I was worried about both of those things, and what actually happened is no one bothered me and the girl at the register complimented my piercings, which is one of the easiest ways to get me in your corner). So ten points to Ravenclaw for me supporting local businesses, hooray. This issue is really fun. It's not too serious, there's no brooding, there's not really even a villain. It's mainly background info, which I needed, and an introduction to the characters, which I also needed. There are references to Wicked and Harry Potter and some other things, and there are great little details everywhere--Patsy's in a gay bookstore and reading a book called Butts: Volume IX, there's a queer female couple in a bar, stuff like that. I'm slightly biased because cats are my shtick, but I loved this. I laughed out loud multiple times. It's great. Plus, the writer, artist, and color artist are all female. Hooray! ALSO YOU CAN SEND IN PICTURES OF YOUR CATS AND THEY MIGHT PRINT THEM, SO I MAY DO THAT. ^..^ meowEDIT: Also, look, she's hanging out with my homegirls, America Chavez and Kate Bishop. (read in January 2016)
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  • Larakaa
    January 1, 1970
    ah, this was really something special. I really like how the depiction of patsy/Hellcat changes with her mood. From classic heroine to cute chibi and more. It has a kind of light and positive feeling but isn't too ridiculous. The supporting cast is great and very likeable. Also: great bisexual representation! woohoo!
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  • Peter Derk
    January 1, 1970
    Look through the reviews, you'll see the word "cutesy" pop up a lot. And they're not wrong. If you've got a reader who's into Moongirl or maybe those Batgirl comics that were aimed at a younger audience, they'll probably like this one. But if those are on the younger side, you might take a pass.Which is too bad because I like the setup. I like where it's going, I like the whole thing where Patsy Walker's mom based some romance books on her. I liked how the moment was handled when a superpowered Look through the reviews, you'll see the word "cutesy" pop up a lot. And they're not wrong. If you've got a reader who's into Moongirl or maybe those Batgirl comics that were aimed at a younger audience, they'll probably like this one. But if those are on the younger side, you might take a pass.Which is too bad because I like the setup. I like where it's going, I like the whole thing where Patsy Walker's mom based some romance books on her. I liked how the moment was handled when a superpowered newbie is being "tempted" into joining a villain, and I like how that resolves itself. Just because someone hasn't fought superpower battles doesn't make them a moron. But it's three stars for me. Fun, but not Squirrel Girl fun. Okay, and let's get into the one stupid fanboy thing that I found confusing in this book. I normally don't like to argue about the in-comic logic, but screw it: Why would you, Patsy Walker, get a tattoo of Hellcat, your secret superhero identity? On your shoulder? Winking as if to say, "Yep, I'm her! Don't tell, kay?"That seems like a really terrible idea. It's like Clark Kent wearing red and blue around the office all the time, or Bruce Wayne wearing those warm winter hats that look like animal heads with the pointed ears. Why invite the speculation? Patsy Walker and Hellcat are both conspicuously in the same place at the same time, and they both have flowing red hair. They're both famous-ish (Patsy Walker perhaps more so than Hellcat). I'm starting to think Patsy Walker WANTS to get caught. Also, it just occurred to me that Luke Cage probably can't get a tattoo, right? Because he has impenetrable skin? I haven't been sleeping well. Coincidence? Coincidence that I haven't been sleeping well and have been thinking about whether fictional characters should get tattoos? Doubtful.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know why but I probably never would have picked this up, if I hadn't seen it while browsing through the comics on Prime Reading. Now, I just wanna spend all my money on things Hellcat.I seriously loved this. The artwork was super great. I loved the characters. I loved the stories. It's just super fun to read and I had such a great time with this. It's also kinda adorable. I LOVE IT.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    so sick of cutesy comics. I get it Disney owns Marvel now but I am not a 12 yr old girl and really do not find drama laden books fun.
  • Chessa
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I kind of sort of hated the jarring art shift in the last issue (#6), I'm giving this a 4.5 but rounding up. I super loved this! Patsy is just such an awesome earnest person - she's trying to do the right thing, even though it's not coming easy. Loved the art in issues 1-5 and all the rad cameos from other comics - I've never actually considered reading Howard the Duck before, but now I'm kind of wondering...(my only experience is the terrible 80s movie).I laughed out loud a LOT. Lov Even though I kind of sort of hated the jarring art shift in the last issue (#6), I'm giving this a 4.5 but rounding up. I super loved this! Patsy is just such an awesome earnest person - she's trying to do the right thing, even though it's not coming easy. Loved the art in issues 1-5 and all the rad cameos from other comics - I've never actually considered reading Howard the Duck before, but now I'm kind of wondering...(my only experience is the terrible 80s movie).I laughed out loud a LOT. Loved Ian and Tom and of course Jen (She-Hulk). Excited to see more of Jessica Jones!All this to say, I just bought volume 2 and can't wait to dive in.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Patsy Walker is trying to get her life back together in NYC. She's decided to stay away from the big super battles and focus on helping the little guys so to speak. She fights and then helps out some people with very minor super powers as she struggles through a bunch of dead end jobs. Kate Leth does a wonderful job of incorporating the Patsy Walker romance comics of the Timely comics era. They are now comics Patsy's mom wrote about her and her friends when she was a teenager. The Good: Kate Let Patsy Walker is trying to get her life back together in NYC. She's decided to stay away from the big super battles and focus on helping the little guys so to speak. She fights and then helps out some people with very minor super powers as she struggles through a bunch of dead end jobs. Kate Leth does a wonderful job of incorporating the Patsy Walker romance comics of the Timely comics era. They are now comics Patsy's mom wrote about her and her friends when she was a teenager. The Good: Kate Leth and Brittney Walker take everything that's wrong with Squirrel Girl and gets it write with Hellcat. The book is funny, cutesy, and full of heart with art that is perfect for this kind of book.The Bad: That fill in art for issue 6 was brutally bad. It pretty much ruined the issue.The Ugly: Brittney Williams draws Howard the Duck like he's Howard the Seagull. Get that beak right, woman!
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  • Nadja
    January 1, 1970
    Fun quick read. Loved the artwork and all the characters. All that sass! ^_^
  • Kenny
    January 1, 1970
    Love it.
  • Cheese
    January 1, 1970
    Decent but not great, I'd like to know more about her origin, but I think all these new marvel now girl hero books are aimed at a younger female crowd, not really as good as I thought it would be.
  • Lila (Hardcover Haven)
    January 1, 1970
    very, very cute! i have a new superheroine to adore now!
  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    I randomly saw this comic while checking out the comic book section at my local bookstore and I was immediately intrigued - first by the art an then also by the title (the title of this volume is first of the many puns you will come across while reading this comic because there are puns everywhere and I love it). I wasn't familiar at all with the older Patsy Walker comics, but I shall definitely give them a go after discovering this gem. Of course, you don't actually need any previous knowledge I randomly saw this comic while checking out the comic book section at my local bookstore and I was immediately intrigued - first by the art an then also by the title (the title of this volume is first of the many puns you will come across while reading this comic because there are puns everywhere and I love it). I wasn't familiar at all with the older Patsy Walker comics, but I shall definitely give them a go after discovering this gem. Of course, you don't actually need any previous knowledge to get through this comic since it's probably geared more towards new readers, although I'm sure there are some sneaky references that only older fans will get (I may be wrong though).So, Patsy Walker is just your average - nope, not average at all, she fights crime as Hellcat, which is her superhero alias, and all the while she also struggles to pay rent in Brooklyn (I'm still not sure how exactly she manges to pay rent, but ok I'll let that slide). She sort of gets laid-off at her current job, which means she has to face the cruel reality of trying to make a living in NYC. However, she doesn't have to worry about that for long since she's extremely likeable and has a really amazing group of friends (I mean, She-Hulk is like her BFF!). So she then somehow manages to get a job in retail (obviously not for long as she gets fired literally on the first day), which she probably could've kept for longer, but her superhero senses and an old 'friend' from her childhood sort of get in the way. I did already mention that she's extremely likeable and makes friends with everyone (she ends up being roomies with a guy who robbed a truck lol), which is not really a bad thing and all in all it's a very cute comic with full of girl power and horrible yet amazing puns. Exactly what one needs in life.I'd recommend this to everyone so pls GO READ IT RIGH NAO lol.P.S. At times you could definitely see that the art was very manga-inspired (especially in the extra short story at the end), which went well with the overall style and the characters, but I still think they could've toned that down a little. Because sometimes I really had the feeline (hah, see what I did there?) that I was reading a manga and not a Marvel comic. Anyway, just wanted to add that.
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  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was lush.
  • kels
    January 1, 1970
    It's super cute. Yep. Adorable, bright, fun, sweet. I really like the art style - very animated and poppy. Things I loved about this: diverse cast, awesome female friendships, queer representation that isn't ooohed and aahhed over. Even the background felt super vibrant and natural, instead of that typical flat-white we often see in comics. So why only the three stars? Well, the thing is this: I feel like Marvel is churning out interchangeable female headliners, all sassy and quirky and silly an It's super cute. Yep. Adorable, bright, fun, sweet. I really like the art style - very animated and poppy. Things I loved about this: diverse cast, awesome female friendships, queer representation that isn't ooohed and aahhed over. Even the background felt super vibrant and natural, instead of that typical flat-white we often see in comics. So why only the three stars? Well, the thing is this: I feel like Marvel is churning out interchangeable female headliners, all sassy and quirky and silly and adorable. You could replace Hellcat with Gwenpool or Squirrel Girl, and have the exact same story. And they're all so damned cute and friendly. It's like they've decided that *this* is what women want to see from comics - super cutesy Manic Pixie Dream Girl superheroes who save the world by making friends. And I don't - I want realistic, three-dimensional characters who are interesting, flawed, ugly, raw, exciting, vulnerable, powerful. I'm not twelve anymore; I want superheroes with depth. And Hellcat just doesn't deliver for me.
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  • Skip
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was awful. Let's chalk it up to I'm not the intended audience. The issues in the book and the dialogue were juvenile. And, the employment service for super heroes is hardly a novel concept. In fact, the only thing I liked was the author's choice to feature openly gay characters, which is refreshing for this genre.
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  • Alexandra Calaway
    January 1, 1970
    My cat's full name is now Nimona Louise Hellcat. ALSO - the fan letters in the back with all the cats reading Hellcat? OMG. ADORBS.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, outside of the Jessica Jones Netflix series, I have basically no exposure to Patsy Walker as herself or Hellcat. I wasn't sure what I would think of this, but it seemed interesting, and I've liked some of Kate Leth's webcomics, so I was prepared to give it a try. I'm so glad I did.This was so much fun! The art was extremely cute, and I mean that in the best possible way. The characters were charming, fun, and easy to connect with. The sense of humour was great. The story was fun, but I Honestly, outside of the Jessica Jones Netflix series, I have basically no exposure to Patsy Walker as herself or Hellcat. I wasn't sure what I would think of this, but it seemed interesting, and I've liked some of Kate Leth's webcomics, so I was prepared to give it a try. I'm so glad I did.This was so much fun! The art was extremely cute, and I mean that in the best possible way. The characters were charming, fun, and easy to connect with. The sense of humour was great. The story was fun, but I was genuinely interested in the outcome--and there was enough left open to have me putting volume two on hold at the library right away. I loved seeing some guest appearances from some of my favourite Marvel characters from the last couple years, like Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck. I also loved the bi and gay rep!I know there are people who are tired of comics that are "too cutesy" and such, but I can't get enough of the cute. I'm tired of superhero comics that take themselves too seriously, especially since those seem to be the ones that are a bitch to follow if I haven't already read a hundred issues of the comic beforehand. If you're looking for a good time, look no further. This is a ton of fun, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. I look forward to reading volume two.
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  • Grey Winters
    January 1, 1970
    I had read some stories featuring Hellcat, thanks largely to West Coast Avengers and Avengers stories that I read growing up. Those stories were by far more serious than this collection. This takes a comedic look at her life as a superhero, but also as a person trying to survive. Overall, the story is enjoyable and the side characters are interesting and add some strength to the comedy side of things. It also has a strong postive message of people can change and even though they may do something I had read some stories featuring Hellcat, thanks largely to West Coast Avengers and Avengers stories that I read growing up. Those stories were by far more serious than this collection. This takes a comedic look at her life as a superhero, but also as a person trying to survive. Overall, the story is enjoyable and the side characters are interesting and add some strength to the comedy side of things. It also has a strong postive message of people can change and even though they may do something bad they are still redeemable. If you are a serious comic fan this won't be for you, but if you don't mind seeing superheroes being somewhat goofy this will be a most enjoyable read. I found myself laughing and smiling throughout it.
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  • Sean O
    January 1, 1970
    I actually enjoyed this series. The first five issues was a complete arc which had a very good artist, which transitioned from cartoony to soap-opera-y. (The last issue had a seriously flawed artist, which managed to tell a story, but in a style that did nothing for me.)I thought the first arc was really good. It introduced all the main characters, and did it in a fun breezy style. Patsy Walker is Hellcat, and she's a kind, fun, and rather ditzy person who just happens to be a superhero.I really I actually enjoyed this series. The first five issues was a complete arc which had a very good artist, which transitioned from cartoony to soap-opera-y. (The last issue had a seriously flawed artist, which managed to tell a story, but in a style that did nothing for me.)I thought the first arc was really good. It introduced all the main characters, and did it in a fun breezy style. Patsy Walker is Hellcat, and she's a kind, fun, and rather ditzy person who just happens to be a superhero.I really liked it. It wasn't super-serious, but it didn't have to be.
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Super-clean-cut book, easy to put in the "get kids hooked on comics" category. Love me a cover with 9 great comics heroes:Super-fun with the silly friends' moments:
  • Jessamyn Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    Uplifting and funny in the same vein as Ryan North's Squirrel Girl.
  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Omg this is so fun and adorable and bouncy and of course it was cancelled prematurely.
  • LynnDee (The Library Lush)
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this enough that I will try the next volume, but I felt like I needed to know more of the back story to fully understand some parts of it.
  • ✨annabelle✨
    January 1, 1970
    This comic series is diverse, fun, and colourful. 5/5 and is now one of my fav comic series.
  • Gary Butler
    January 1, 1970
    69th book read in 2017.Number 118 out of 633 on my all time book list. The best way to describe this book is cute and witty.
  • Artemis
    January 1, 1970
    A cute superhero comic. I'm finding that Marvel is good at meta jokes and making fun of itself and other properties.As is common with recent comic book reboots that I decide to pick up, I'd never heard of the titular hero beforehand. I only thought, "Hey, it's another female-led superhero comic, might as well see what the fuss is about." 'Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!' does contain references to the backstory and history of Patsy, but reading up everything about them isn't essential. This new ad A cute superhero comic. I'm finding that Marvel is good at meta jokes and making fun of itself and other properties.As is common with recent comic book reboots that I decide to pick up, I'd never heard of the titular hero beforehand. I only thought, "Hey, it's another female-led superhero comic, might as well see what the fuss is about." 'Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!' does contain references to the backstory and history of Patsy, but reading up everything about them isn't essential. This new adventure of hers is fresh and funny, with OTT moments similar to Marvel's other superheroine solo series, 'The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl' (Squirrel Girl makes a cameo appearance here as well as other heroines, who don't do any crime fighting, sadly, but are Hellcat's friends). Bonus points for the 'Wicked' reference in the first issue.Patsy Walker is a fun, lovely redheaded young woman with a hard past (putting it extremely lightly) she wants to leave behind. She will fight crime as Hellcat, and help society in others ways by working to start a temp agency for meta-humans who don't want to become superheroes or villains - just use their gifts for normal office work and such. Young people are counting on her - to believe in them, for a villain from Hellcat's rogues gallery is also recruiting meta-humans, for her own nefarious purposes. This comic holds a nostalgia value similar to the classic 'Archie' comics, with butt-kicking supers in the mix. The vibrant colours - the cartoony art style- is its biggest highlight. If you like art, action, humour and character dynamics reminiscent of shows like 'Kim Possible', 'Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!' is a must-read.There are queer characters, who are not in relationships yet, and their sexuality isn't their entire reason for existing. Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk, is here as Patsy's best friend, ex-boss and lawyer. Valkyrie is another really cool heroine in the comic (another cameo is Howard the Duck, unsurprisingly). The main villainess, an Asgardian sorceress named Casiolena, is so over-the-top and silly she's hilarious. She'd fit perfectly in a parody cartoon.Flaws include the lack of conclusions to side plots, such as the relationship between Tom Hale and Ian Soo leading nowhere (Patsy's own love life is rendered unimportant, thankfully). And did Doctor Strange need to be in this, too? What lasting effect did he have? None, overall. I think he was just included because of the release of his blockbuster movie, like how years ago the Guardians of the Galaxy popped up everywhere in the wake of their movie's release and success. It was for promotional material. Where are the Guardians now, anyway? I wouldn't know since I'm not an avid Marvel reader, but I hope you get my point.The last issue is super cute and fun. The manga-style artwork pays homage to Rumiko Takahashi, and the characters are chibis. It manages to continue the story somewhat, another plus.So for something light and energetic, with barely any cat-related puns for an action-packed comedy about a cat-themed superhero, 'Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Volume 1: Hooked On A Feline' (okay, that pun is bad) is for you. Abundant with genuinely strong women, including Hellcat herself who believes in the good in people and their capability to change things for the better, this comic is a colourful, highbrow show of friendship.Final Score: 3.5/5
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  • Elisa The-Bookie-Monster
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun! Very similar humor to The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl so if you like that you'll probably like this too. I especially loved chapter 6 because the art was done by Natasha Allegri who is the creator of Bee and Puppycat
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