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Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Written by Arion on Friday, May 17 2013 and posted in Blog

Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
The impossible return of Teddy Altman’s mother is not an isolated incident. In fact, Loki is visited by his father, Laufey, king of the frost giants. Certainly, Laufey died centuries ago at the hands of Odin, but none of this is impediment enough for the dark forces that have been unleashed by Billy Kaplan –Wiccan– as a result of an error in judgment and one of his most powerful spells ever.

Nothing escapes the watch of Heimdal, guardian of the Bifrost, who assesses the Young Avengers predicament. Perhaps Volstagg here is the one with the wisest answer. What wouldn’t he give in order to be young again. “Such high spirits”, he says. Such high spirits indeed… but in this opportunity not even the Nordic gods can help this group of teenagers, at least not directly. 

It’s only thanks to the timely intervention of Ms. America that Laufey is defeated. Wiccan has no idea how to reverse his spell, and the only other expert in the eldritch arts and the arcane is the God of Mischief. But what do you do when you have the power to deceive the mortal eye? What do you do when you can trick other people, make them think what you want them to think? You make fake IDs, of course, not only for yourself but also for all of your underage friends. And that’s how Loki whisks them off to a night club, and manages to order a bottle of Magnum champagne.
Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Laufey versus Loki

Ah, I can only imagine the letters from angry readers complaining about this scene of underage drinking and violation of the law. Curiously, faithful to the original series, the letters column of Young Avengers is already shaping up as the home of some very heated up debates. In this instance, a reader makes a serious complaint about the scene of casual sex between Kate Bishop and Marvel Boy on the first issue of Young Avengers. That’s not very role model-ly of them in his opinion. But as Kieron Gillen explains, even if the book is rated for “teens and up”, the life of a real teenager goes far above and beyond all forms of rating. And Gillen’s intention is to portray the lives of these youngsters not as fictitious and unreal role models, but rather a group of young people messing up and trying to find their way in today’s world. 
Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Loki uses his powers to create fake IDs /
Loki usa sus poderes para crear identificaciones falsas

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have achieved something really special here. There is such a sense of love and admiration for the characters that Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung created not long ago. And clearly, these British authors are having fun with the main text as well as the paratext. Everything from the letters section (by far the most interesting in Marvel Now) to the recap page (instead of a boring synthesis we have a fake twitter and tumblr repartee with pics and tweets that retell with wit and humor the previous events) are clever, entertaining and creative. Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton and Matthew Wilson are the ideal artistic team, and it’s thanks to them that every page is a visual treat, a precious gift to the eye.

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Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
The boys love "Game of Thrones", the girls not so much /
A los chicos les encanta "Game of Thrones", a las chicas no mucho

El imposible regreso de la madre de Teddy Altman no es un incidente aislado. De hecho, Loki es visitado por su padre, Laufey, rey de los gigantes de hielo. Es cierto que Laufey murió hace siglos a manos de Odín, pero nada de esto es impedimento suficiente para las fuerzas oscuras que han sido desatadas por Billy Kaplan –Wiccan– como resultado de un error de juicio y uno de sus más poderosos hechizos.
Nada escapa a la mirada de Heimdal, guardián del Bifrost, quien evalúa el predicamento de los Jóvenes Vengadores. Tal vez aquí Volstagg es el que tiene la más sabia respuesta. Qué no daría por ser joven de nuevo. "Tan elevados espíritus", dice. Tan elevados espíritus, sin duda... pero en esta oportunidad ni siquiera los dioses nórdicos pueden ayudar a este grupo de adolescentes, al menos no directamente. 
Es sólo gracias a la oportuna intervención de Ms. America que Laufey es derrotado. Wiccan no tiene idea de cómo revertir su hechizo, y el único otro experto en las artes místicas y en lo arcano es el dios del embuste. Pero ¿qué es lo que harías si tuvieras el poder de engañar la mirada de los mortales? ¿Qué harías si pudieras mentirle a los demás, hacerlos pensar lo que tú quieres que piensen? Harías identificaciones falsas, por supuesto, no sólo para ti sino también para todos tus amigos menores de edad. Y así es como Loki se los lleva a un bar, y se las arregla para pedir una botella de champagne Magnum.
Young Avengers # 3 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Even colors are part of the battle scene /
Incluso los colores son parte de la escena de batalla

Ah, ya me puedo imaginar las cartas de los furibundos lectores, quejándose de esta escena en la que los menores de edad beben alcohol y violan la ley. Curiosamente, fiel a la serie original, la sección de cartas de "Young Avengers" ya se está perfilando como un espacio para los más acalorados debates. En este caso, un lector se queja seriamente de la escena de sexo casual entre Kate Bishop y Marvel Boy en el primer número de "Young Avengers". En su opinión, ese no puede ser un modelo a imitar. Pero tal como explica Kieron Gillen, incluso si la colección está calificada para "adolescentes y adultos", la vida de un adolescente de verdad va más allá y más lejos que todas las formas de censura. Y la intención de Gillen es retratar las vidas de estos jovencitos, no como ejemplos irreales a seguir, sino más bien como un grupo de jóvenes que meten la pata e intentan encontrar su camino en el mundo de hoy. 

Kieron Gillen y Jamie McKelvie han logrado algo realmente especial aquí. Hay tal sentido de amor y admiración por los personajes que Allan Heinberg y Jim Cheung crearon no hace mucho. Y claramente, estos autores británicos se están divirtiendo con el texto central así como con el paratexto. Todo, desde la sección de cartas (de lejos la más interesante de Marvel Now) hasta la página de resumen (en vez de una aburrida síntesis tenemos una mezcla de twitter y tumblr con fotos y twits que recuentan, con astucia y humor, eventos previos) son interesantes, entretenidos y creativos. Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton y Matthew Wilson son el equipo artístico ideal, y es gracias a ellos que cada página es una recompensa visual, un precioso regalo para el ojo.

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