Friday, January 10, 2014

Young Avengers Vol. 1: Style > Substance Review

Young Avengers Volume 1 is an amazingly fun comic brought to us by the team of Keiron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, the team behind the Phonogram series as well as the previous run on Journey into Mystery. This is the first adventure of our team of Hulking, Wiccan, Kate “Hawkeye” Bishop, Kid Loki, Marvel Boy and Miss America. The writing of this book is extremely crisp and does an amazing job bringing the team together and setting the stage for more amazing adventures. 

What I like most about this book is the interactions between the characters, between Hulking and Wiccan’s relationship as well as Hawkeye and Marvel Boy’s budding romance and everyone’s general mistrust of Kid Loki we get some great teenage angst. It’s like a lighter version of One Tree Hill, you know the first few seasons when they were in high school before the time skip, with superheroes. 

My personal favorite is Kid Loki, I loved the way Gillen wrote him in Journey into Mystery and he continues the playfully deceitful and trickiness here that he mastered in that previous series, I seriously suggest you guys go to your local comic stores and pick them up if you can.

The art here is simply amazing, the facial expressions are great for the characterization, I would buy a whole comic of Mckelvie drawing Miss America scowling at Kid Loki, and issue number four has one of the best and most fun splash pages I’ve seen in a pretty long while. The fluidity of the motion of the page was like Mckelvie was conducting an orchestra with his pencils and I can say that that is worth the price of the book alone. I’m a huge fan of this team and their run on this series will be at the top of my to read pile.

Post by Sam
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