Reinvented for Marvel NOW!, Young Avengers brings together teen heroes with ties to the company’s highest-profile superheroes, including some familiar faces from previous incarnations of the title as well as a newcomer or two. As a youthful Loki attempts to bring the team back together for unrevealed purposes, the reality-altering Wiccan casts a spell for his boyfriend that goes hideously awry. Now, the teammates must reunite to fend off their own deceased parents, plucked from various realities with violently prohibitive attitudes that would make any teen revolt. Centering on a gay teen-superhero couple, Wiccan and the shape-shifting Hulkling, the book gives each character an engaging personality or, at least, a fun agenda to play out. The story is tightly bound to established continuity, but it flies by, thanks to clever banter and lightning pacing. It also manages to set a creepy tone with its not-quite-right parents and relevant conflicts that teens will find satisfying. McKelvie turns in clean, polished pages with eye-popping character work and shows some real and very welcome imagination with action sequences. Grades 10-12. --Jesse Karp
About the Author
An award-winning critic and journalist, Kieron Gillen has written for organizations such as PC Gamer, The Guardian, Rock Paper Shotgun and Wired before turning his attention to comics. His previous writing credits include the critically lauded Phonogram, Thor, S.W.O.R.D. and Generation Hope. He has relaunched two longstanding Marvel series in Uncanny X-Men and Journey into Mystery.
Jamie McKelvie is a comic-book creator living in London. He first came to most fans' attention with the publication of Phonogram: Rue Britannia and its sequel The Singles Club, along with writer and frequent collaborator Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey into Mystery). He is also the creator of Suburban Glamour. McKelvie has gone on to draw numerous projects for Marvel - including Siege: Loki, Invincible Iron Man, Wolverine, Ultimate Spider-Man, Secret Avengers and Generation Hope.