I just can’t shake the feeling that Young Avengers is trying way too hard to be cool. I enjoy it, but at times I cringe at Gillen’s attempts to directly court the teenage, Tumblr audience. I think Gillen is a fantastic writer, but I think he’s writing this book too much for people other than himself.
That said, there was one truly fantastic scene in this issue, the one where Loki raises the possibility that Billy used his powers to make Hulkling fall in love with him. This is a brilliant idea, even if it is just Loki fucking with people. I have said many many times that I find the characters of Hulkling and Wiccan to be exceedingly dull, but this gives them much more depth. It was boring for them to be perfect elf-twinks in total love with each other and designed only for fan-fic, here there is conflict and a lot of sinister undertones. I can’t wait to see how it all shakes out, if what Loki says is true, then woah, Wiccan is now actually interesting.
This issue also contains some of the best artwork of Jamie McKelvie’s career, seriously, the layouts in this book are insane. That two-page diagram-esque fight scene was brilliant and innovative, I’ve never seen anything like it in a superhero comic. I may find this title annoying at times, but fuck me, McKelvie is awesome.