The West Coast Avengers (I still don't like the switch to calling them "Avengers West") was the first team book I ever read. It was my book from when I was about 8 years old or so, til it ended when I was graduating from high school. And this was the first storyline of theirs that I read and got hooked on.
I ordered this to see if it was as good as I remembered...and I wasn't disappointed. It was even better.
Not only does it feature some truly magnificent battles/fight sequences, but this is where Henry Pym finally began to redeem himself, the definitive Mockingbird story that set up everything that happened/went down with her and Hawkeye and still has ramifications today, Moon Knight becoming an Avenger, the change of Firebird to Espirita, and so much more. The whole spread throughout time effect is done brilliantly by Englehart, the art pops in what-to me-is the best way to do comic art-detailed clean lines in colors that truly pop.
I loved this book and am very grateful they finally collected it. And while I appreciate them putting in the FF and Doctor Strange stories that take place during it, showing how they effected the Avengers and the Avengers effected them, I wish they had also included WCA #25 so we can see how Wonder Man realizes that he truly needs to stay in the WCA. But that's a small quibble. This book to me, shows everything that was great about Marvel in the 80s. The West Coast Avengers is the most underrated book in the Marvel canon to me. Things that happened in that series effect the Marvel Universe even today. Having this collection is truly a joy.