I’ve been kind of down on Young Avengers up until now, ranting and raving about how it’s trying too hard to please it’s Tumblr-fans (and no, it wasn’t me who wrote the letter in this issue’s column, but I agree with it 100%), and I’ve mostly been right, but for some reason, this issue clicked with me a lot more than most of the others did.
Perhaps it’s because Gillen kept the plot moving at a quicker pace and didn’t use as much cutesy dialogue, I don’t know. It may be because I’m a sucker for Alternate Universes and this had loads of them. It may also be just because the music reference here was to someone I personally love and someone who most Tumblr-teens have no clue about in the amazing Gram Parsons. I am that shallow, if you reference Gram, I’m more inclined to like you. I guess that’s the big problem with this series, Gillen is hyper-focused on appealing to younger fans, and it runs the risk of excluding people like me (and I’m not even old, I’m 24). When that hyper-focus goes away, then things improve. I dunno, I’m rambling.
I suppose the main reason I liked this issue was the ending, where STUFF FUCKING HAPPENS. Like the team being split up, and Loki running into Leah, who, whilst I haven’t read Journey Into Mystery, I know to be important, and also dead. Plus… Prodigy kissed Hulkling! This was a great moment, it was a surprise, because I don’t think Prodigy was ‘out’ as a gay character before, and I particularly liked it because I fucking hate Wiccan and love anything that fucks with his boring romance. I’ve already talked about how much I love the idea of Wiccan secretly manipulating Hulkling into loving him, and I like this even more. Seriously, Teddy, dumb the mopey little idiot and get with Prodigy, he’s smart and cool and wears awesome goggles! I suppose you should also say… multi-racial gay love triangle, comics are reaching the 21st century!
Jamie McKelvie’s art was fantastic once again, I particularly love the stuff set in ‘Mother’s’ home universe, with all of the panel borders, that was great stuff. And the creepy mouth-faced Oubliette The Exterminatrix’s were awesome.
So yeah, I liked this issue of Young Avengers the best, maybe it is just the Gram reference, maybe it actually is getting better, I don’t know. What I do know is that no comic makes me question my brain as much as this one, which has to be a good thing. Right?