Kate Bishop, A.K.A. Hawkeye, has a few major challenges on her hands: saving the world, leading a brand-new team, and oh, yeah — surviving an interview with Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night talk show. That’s right! The West Coast Avengers are making their superhero debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in issue #4, which hits shelves on Nov. 21.
To celebrate, David Nakayama created a special Jimmy Kimmel variant cover for the issue, which is written by Kelly Thompson and features interior art by Stefano Caselli.
“We wanted the new West Coast Avengers to be able to debut to the rest of the Marvel Universe in a big, bombastic way—and what’s a better place for a team that’s courting the LA limelight to debut than Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Or, at least, the Marvel U equivalent!),” said series editor Alanna Smith, per a press release from Marvel Entertainment.
Hawkeye and her team’s ability to come together will be tested during their appearance on Kimmel’s show, when they attempt to convince the TV audience that they’re the ones who will absolutely save the day. From an interior preview of the interview, it looks like that may be a Herculean task.
Fun fact: this is not Hawkeye’s first time on TV. Smith notes: “This is actually Hawkeye’s second time in the hot seat of a famous talk show—he went on Late Night with David Letterman in AVENGERS #239, an appearance which we’ve paid homage to with our Jimmy Kimmel variant cover!”
You can request a copy of Nakayama’s variant cover of West Coast Avengers #4 with code SEP188220 from your local comic store. Final order cut-off is Monday, Oct. 29, so don’t wait!
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bustle, The Mary Sue, SheKnows, The Tempest, Rogues Portal, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is also the co-creator of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat women and non-binary creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Rhode Island with her spouse and cats.