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Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Written by Arion on Tuesday, January 07 2014 and posted in Blog
Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
You are only as young as you feel. And it is true, in many ways, age is a state of the mind. It has been quite rejuvenating, at least for me, to read Young Avengers every month for the past year. I even sent a letter to Kieron Gillen trying to explain my excitement and joy (the letter was printed on YA # 4, ‘nuff said). There was certainly something very special about this title, something as strong as a heartbeat and as a rhythmic as the best songs. 

Yes, Young Avengers is Marvel’s finest title of 2013, but it’s also the best in the industry. It has received plenty of recognitions, chief amongst them the prestigious Arion’s Achievement Award for Best Ongoing Series of the year. But seriously, even without medals and laurels, I’m sure you would absolutely love Young Avengers.  

“You are as old as you feel” explains Loki, and Marvel Boy makes a very pertinent intervention. “It’s a truth I’ve seen in many worlds and people: the young worried they’re too old”. I’ve shared with my friends the same concern, the fear of getting older. Soon I’ll be 30, and I think that I no longer have the right to consider myself young. 

Kate Bishop is worried (just like I am). She says she’s 21, what happens if in the intergenerational battle she ends up teaming with Mother, the demon from a parallel dimension? If it’s grownups versus kids, is she the former or the latter? Loki and Marvel Boy convince her that she is young. Totally, absolutely. And it’s very reassuring to admit that, even if I’m getting closer to a change of digits (from twenty-something to thirty-something), I would still fight alongside Wiccan, Hulkling, Marvel Boy and Loki.
Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Kid Loki / Loki de niño

Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Teen Loki / Loki de adolescente
Were you afraid of the future? Did you ever stop to consider what it would mean to stop being a teenager and becoming an adult? In order to defeat Mother, Loki must dispose of his child persona, if he is to gain enough power he must turn into a teenager warrior. And thanks to Wiccan’s magic and an arcane ritual involving candles, Kid Loki is annihilated and Teen Loki finally walks amongst men. 

Although he is the god of mischief and the supreme master of lies, there was something very endearing about Loki’s childhood innocence and enthusiasm. Once the child is gone, the Young Avengers lose a fundamental part of their spirit as a group.

In “Stage Nervous Breakdown”, the battle is near. And Prodigy has summoned every teenaged hero of the Marvel universe. Hundreds of underage adventurers reunite under the same banner. It’s time for youths to vanquish their elderly foes. 

Jamie McKelvie’s art is superb. From the splash page that includes a prepubescent Loki to the amazing panel that shows Loki as a teenager deity. Despite the dramatic events there is always room for humor (a good example would be Marvel Boy “getting caught” by Kate Bishop watching something inappropriate on his holographic screen). And watching the faces of over 50 juvenile heroes in the same page is –surprisingly– a visual delight. 
Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Marvel Boy “getting caught” / Marvel Boy con las "manos en la masa"

Eres tan joven como te sientes. Y también es cierto que la edad es un estado de la mente. Ha sido bastante rejuvenecedor, al menos para mí, leer "Young Avengers" todos los meses durante el año que acaba de pasar. Incluso le envié una carta a Kieron Gillen, intentando explicar mi emoción y mi alegría (por cierto, la carta fue publicada en el # 4). Había ciertamente algo muy especial en esta colección, algo tan fuerte como el latido de un corazón y tan rítmico como las mejores canciones.

Sí, "Young Avengers" es el mejor título Marvel del 2013, pero también es uno de los mejores de la industria. Ha recibido muchos reconocimientos, algunos muy preciados como el Arion’s Achievement Award a mejor serie mensual. Pero en serio, incluso sin medallas ni laureles, estoy seguro que todos quedarían encantados con "Young Avengers".  

“Eres tan viejo como te sientes” explica Loki, y Marvel Boy interviene de manera muy pertinente. “Es una verdad que he visto en muchos mundos y personas: los jóvenes se preocupan de haber envejecido demasiado”. He compartido con mis amigos la misma preocupación, el miedo de envejecer. Pronto, tendré 30 años, y creo que ya no tengo el derecho de considerarme joven.

Young Avengers # 11 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Over 50 young heroes / Más de 50 héroes juveniles
Kate Bishop está preocupada (igual que yo). Ella dice que tiene 21, ¿qué pasaría si en la batalla intergeneracional ella termina aliándose con Madre, el demonio de una dimensión paralela? Si se trata de adultos versus chiquillos, ¿ella es lo primero o lo segundo? Loki y Marvel Boy la convencen de que es joven. Total y absolutamente. Y es muy reconfortante admitir que, incluso si es que estoy próximo a un cambio de dígitos (de 20 tantos a 30 tantos), aun así pelearía al lado de Wiccan, Hulkling, Marvel Boy y Loki.

¿Le tenían miedo al futuro? ¿Alguna vez consideraron lo que significaría dejar de ser un adolescente y convertirse en un adulto? Para derrotar a Madre, Loki debe deshacerse de su identidad de niño, si ha de ganar suficiente poder debe convertirse en un guerrero adolescente. Y gracias a la magia de Wiccan y a un arcano ritual con velas, el Loki niño es aniquilado y el Loki adolescente finalmente surge.

Aunque es el dios de la travesura y el amo supremo de las mentiras, había algo encantador en el entusiasmo y en la inocencia infantil de Loki. Ahora que el niño ya no existe, los Jóvenes Vengadores pierden una parte fundamental de su espíritu como grupo.

En “Ataque de nervios escénicos”, la batalla se aproxima. Y Prodigy convoca a todos los héroes adolescentes del universo Marvel. Cientos de aventureros menores de edad se reúnen bajo un mismo estandarte. Es hora de que los jóvenes venzan a sus envejecidos enemigos.

El arte de Jamie McKelvie es soberbio. Desde la página que incluye a un Loki pre-pubescente hasta el asombroso panel que muestra a Loki como una deidad adolescente. A pesar de los eventos dramáticos siempre hay espacio para el humor (un buen ejemplo sería Marvel Boy atrapado con las "manos en la masa" por Kate Bishop mientras ve algo inapropiado en su pantalla holográfica). Y mirar las caras de más de 50 héroes juveniles en la misma página es –sorprendentemente– una delicia visual. 

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