The main story resumes and the main characters return to Young Avengers and once again I find myself deeply annoyed by this book.
Once again, I’ll preface all of this by saying that maybe it’s just me and I’m too old for this book, but the tone of this book is just so cringe-worthy too me. It’s trying way too hard to be hip and young and to appeal to Tumblr-fans, when what it should be trying at is having more than just surface-level cool, and actually telling deeper stories. It gets the closest to actually doing that when Gillen decides to revisit the idea that maybe Wiccan is altering reality to make Hulkling fall in love with him. I love this idea and how it fucks with the heads of their fans and ‘shippers’. It’s so dark and twisted, and it makes two characters I had no time for before into something very interesting.
I also liked the Skifflepuffles, they were funny, and although Marvel Boy’s Earth-Fanboyisms are a little annoying, they are amusing.
The thing that keeps me from dropping this book is the artwork from Jamie McKelvie, which is just amazing. I love how much he experiments with his layouts here, those two pages with the panels in the shape of Prodigy’s head? Genius. And whilst the Instagram page made me wretch, I do appreciate the idea behind it.
Maybe I am too old, maybe I need to start using Instagram and having feels and shipping things, but I don’t think I can. Sigh, I want to like this book, I do, Gillen and McKelvie’s Phonogram is one of my favourite comics ever, I’m so disillusioned.