This was probably my favourite issue of this series so far, and hey, it didn’t have any of the actual Young Avengers in it! Maybe my problem is not that Gillen is writing the book too much for Tumblr fans, and I just hate the characters! That would be a relief. Nah, I think the thing is that, because this issue doesn’t use fan-favourites like Kid Loki and Hulking and Wiccan, Gillen isn’t trying too hard to please those fans and the book feels a lot less self-conscious and fun. The fact that Speed was always the least popular Young Avenger and that nobody gives a crap about Prodigy means they can be actual characters and not just fodder for ‘gif-able moments’ or shit like that. I mean, there was only one cringe-worthy moment in this issue, and it came from a character speaking over IM.
This issue follows Speed and Prodigy as they work in dead-end jobs for some kind of shady company. I would have liked for Gillen to have explained who exactly they are working for here, what kind of company provides tech-support for evil Ninjas? I think it might have been better if they it was just a normal company, not one involved in superhero nonsense. I am very intrigued as to what the deal is with the Patriot Costume that is this issue’s villain. From interviews I know that Gillen wanted to use Patriot but was told someone else was, so what’s going on here? It was certainly a shock to see that costume show up.
The art for this issue comes from Kate Brown, who I’m not familiar with, but she does an excellent job at following up the awesomeness that McKelvie has been dishing out on a monthly basis. I particularly liked the double page spread showing how Speed works at super-speed, that was very effective. I like that both McKelvie and now Brown are not really traditional superhero artists. I may complain about this book’s tone, but it’s one that needs a fresh, edgy, indie look, and they provide it.
So, I enjoyed this issue, and I look forward to seeing where it goes, will Prodigy join up with the actual team? Will I find that team to be less insufferable now? I don’t know!