One of the titles announced at Marvel’s Cup O’ Joe Panel was Young Avengers: After Party, a two-issue jam comic which will see Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie welcome in a number of other creators for some stories and dancing. For a pic of the covers and names of the creators, take the jump.
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie bring back the Marvel’s fan-favorite comic series, Young Avengers, after the departure of its original creators. This new series introduces characters like Loki, Miss America, and Marvel Boy, and features old favorites from the original comic, such as Wiccan, Hulkling, and Hawkeye. The old team is still reeling over the death of fellow teammate, Cassie Lang, and some members have a hard time adjusting to a normal life. However, that all changes when Wiccan brings Hulkling’s adoptive mother back from the dead.
Or – “I’ve Always Been A Sucker For A Good Teenage Heroes Book…”
When Young Avengers #1 came out, I was struck by how much more I liked it than the previous volume of the series (which, to be honest, I liked quite a lot.) Going all the way back to the Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans of my youth, I have enjoyed me some teenage Degrassi superhero melodrama, and this book seems like the one to replace New Warriors in my heart. (Weeeellll, to be honest, it’s replacing Dynamo 5, which replaced Geoff Johns’ Teen Titans which replaced New Warriors, but still…) Will my love affair with Gillen and McKelvie continue? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Or – “Take It From Me, Parents Just Don’t Understand.”
Young Avengers has been kind of an oddball title, but in a very good way, as Gillen & McKelvie have delivered quirky, character-driven teenage action that is nonetheless firmly set in the Marvel Universe. Now that they’ve been able to escape Teddy’s nefarious mom, only to leap straight into the clutches of Loki’s insidious father. Are the Young Avengers doomed before they’ve even fully assembled? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
After Avengers Disassembled, four young heroes emerged from the Marvel Universe. Brought together by a young Kang the Conqueror through the Avengers Fail Safe Program, our heroes faced many obstacles, deaths, and horrible company-wide event miniseries. Recently, after the death of Young Avenger, Cassie Lang, the team called it quits. With a new threat arising, the Young Avengers must assemble once more, because it is a threat they created.
Marvel sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Young Avengers #3 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, that you can check out, after the jump.
Brian Lee O’Malley did a variant cover for the first printing of the new Young Avengers title and it look like he is back at it again providing the cover for the issues reprint.
Young Avengers #1 reunites the creative talents of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, while focusing on the more youthful side of the Marvel Universe in the form of Wiccan, Hulkling, Miss America, Noh-Varr, Kid Loki – you get the picture. So how are the adolescent Avengers getting on? Major Spoilers has the review.
Or – “Roger Daltrey Called: The Kids Are Definitely NOT Alright…”
The first issue of this miniseries came out in 2010, and this penultimate issue is actually dated 2012. While I like the fact that the bi-monthly status allows the creators to work to their usual standards, I’m bothered by the continuity of how this all breaks down. After all, this story began before Schism, before Fear Itself, before Spider-Island, before even the end of the Brightest Day, much less the new DCU. With my notorious tendency to worry about WHEN an issue takes place, I hope that this one is engaging enough to make me forget all that stuff…
Or – “Wanda’s Back!”
Is it just me, or have the last six years made the Marvel Universe a very unsafe place to be if you’re a female Avenger?
Or – “I Kind Of Forgot This Thing Existed…”
Young Avengers was notable for a number of things: Beautiful Jim Cheung art, a well-handled gay couple at the center of the team, treating Iron Man like a complete jerk months before all the other Marvel titles followed suit… But mostly, it was known for lateness. We’re not talking Ms. Mystic-seven-years-between-issues late, but scribe Allan Heinberg’s day job (he’s a screenwriter for Grey’s Anatomy, among other things) kept the issues sporadic. Issue #1 of this book came out in July-ish, and we sold out of #2, causing me to figure I could just wait for a collection rather than fight it. When #4 came in last week, I was surprised, thinking that the series should already be over, but Cheung’s cover drew me in. Since they’re the only lasting thing to come out of Avengers: Disassembled, we get to check in on the kids and see if they’re really alright…
In case you missed Marvel’s last major event — and by last I mean most recent event, and not final event — Secret Invasion is back in a slew of trade paperbacks so you can finally join in on all the talk around the water cooler about the series that lead to the current state of affairs in the Marvel universe with Norman Osborne in charge.
â€œWeâ€™re very appreciative of the unprecedented support from retailers, fans and the press for Secret Invasion,â€ said David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales & Circulation. â€œWith the recent announcement of Secret Invasion Black Panther and Runaways/Young Avengers making the New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers List, we thought this would be a good time to remind fans of the affordable packages we have available for them to catch the stories they might have missed, while also alerting new fans of a way to discover what led to Dark Reign.â€
Sixteen trades are already available, with fifteen more on the way between now and June. Take the jump for the complete list, so you have all the background you need (hint: the Earth wins).