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    Young Avengers # 13 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

    One day, walking down the street, attending classes, going to your office, or simply having fun at a party, you fall in love. It doesn’t matter who you fall in love with. What counts is that suddenly, for one hour, one week or one year you find someone else, someone that inspires you and complements you. You find someone to love. And that’s no easy feat.

    When Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie decided to reinvent Marvel’s most notable juvenile team, they focused exactly on that idea. Finding someone else, and holding on to him or her, for as long as possible, no matter what. And yet, in the pages of “The Kiss and the Make-Up”, Billy Kaplan and Teddy Altman come to a hard and painful realization: they can no longer be a couple. And they break up.

    In subsequent issues, Mother, an inter-dimensional demon reunites an army of –you guessed it alright– former boyfriends and girlfriends of the Young Avengers. In one way or another, the failure of love symbolizes a prophecy of universal doom. 

    And Loki’s mischievous plots provoke the deterioration of Hulkling and Wiccan’s relationship. Finally, Loki admits his treachery and explains how he had been manipulating everyone since the beginning of the series. It’s sad to see that now Kid Loki –and therefore his naïve and innocent aspect– is gone; Teen Loki has no hope of redemption.

    Young Avengers # 13 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
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    When Marvel Boy declares he is more into the bondage-sadomasochism elements embodied by Oubliette, the Exterminatrix –and one of his many ex-girlfriends– Kate Bishop feels betrayed and hurt. Simultaneously, Ms. America can barely stand against his former couple. There are no guarantees when it comes to romance and rejected partners.  

    If Wiccan is to triumph over Mother, he must rely not on hatred or anger but on love. Love and reconciliation. In one truly exciting and touching moment, Prodigy explains to Hulkling what is the nature of love: “A magical power someone else has over you for no reason you can really justify but cascades through you until every cell calls out for his touch”. And so Teddy joins Billy in the ultimate battle. And together, with one passionate kiss, they prove that their love is, indeed, stronger than Loki’s lies and greater than any pan-dimensional demon. 

    In the words of Gillen himself: “Love is the heart of the book. There are two dovetailing romances. One is between Wiccan and Hulkling, and the other is between Marvel Boy and Kate. Wiccan and Hulkling have this moment of transcendent love in issue #13. It's one of the key parts of the issue. It's a moment where they genuinely understand each other and they save the universe. It's an old fashioned, only slightly ironic ‘love will save the world’ kind of beat”.

    “Young Avengers part 2”, is an extraordinary example of an intelligent narrative combined with an outburst of emotions. An unforgettable issue that marks the end of Jamie McKelvie’s run as the main artist (in this case inked by Stephen Thompson and Mike Norton); and he bids us farewell with an offering of breathtakingly beautiful art. 

    McKelvie’s salacious hidden images and ambiguous designs demand to “be read” narratively and conventionally and yet ultimately resist any harmonizing univocal meaning; his elegant approach is the result of a style that simultaneously "tells" and yet aestheticizes. And his unrivaled graphic experimentation is a joy to behold (especially the page of the kiss that saves the universe and the double page spread that shows Wiccan contemplating the complex reality that we, as readers, have experienced in the pages of this brilliant ongoing series).
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    Young Avengers # 13 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
    The kiss that saved the universe / El beso que salvó al universo

    Un día, mientras caminas por la calle, vas a clases, te sientas en tu oficina o simplemente te diviertes en una fiesta, te enamoras. No importa de quién te enamoras. Lo que cuenta es que repentinamente, por una hora, una semana o un año, encuentras a alguien más, alguien que te inspira y te complementa. Encuentras a alguien a quien amar. Y esa no es una hazaña sencilla. 

    Cuando Kieron Gillen y Jamie McKelvie decidieron reinventar al equipo juvenil más  notable de Marvel, se enfocaron exactamente en esa idea. Encontrar a alguien, y no dejar que se vaya, por tanto tiempo como sea posible. Y, no obstante, en las páginas de “El beso y la reconciliación”, Billy Kaplan y Teddy Altman llegan a una dolorosa conclusión: ya no pueden seguir juntos como pareja. Y se separan.

    En capítulos recientes, Madre, un demonio inter-dimensional reúne un ejército de –seguro ya lo adivinaron– ex-enamorados y ex-enamoradas de los Jóvenes Vengadores. De un modo u otro, el fracaso del amor simboliza una profecía de condena universal. 

    Y las intrigas de Loki provocan el deterioro de la relación de Hulkling y Wiccan.  Finalmente, Loki admite su traición y explica cómo había estado manipulando a todos desde el inicio de la serie. Es triste ver que ahora el Loki infantil  –y por lo tanto su aspecto ingenuo e inocente– ya no existe; y el Loki adolescente no tiene esperanzas de redención.
    Young Avengers # 13 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
    Reality can be quite complex / La realidad puede ser muy compleja

    Cuando Marvel Boy declara que lo que busca son los elementos de dominación y sadomasoquismo encarnados por Oubliette, la Exterminatrix –y una de sus muchas ex-enamoradas– Kate Bishop se siente traicionada y herida. Simultáneamente, Ms. America apenas puede enfrentarse a su antigua pareja. No hay garantías cuando se trata de  romance y compañeros rechazados.
    Young Avengers # 13 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
    The victorious Young Avengers / los victoriosos Jóvenes Vengadores

    Si Wiccan ha de vencer a Madre, debe apoyarse no en el odio o en la ira sino en el amor. El amor y la reconciliación. En un momento realmente emocionante y conmovedor, Prodigy le explica a Hulkling cuál es la naturaleza del amor: “Un poder mágico que alguien tiene sobre ti sin ninguna razón que puedas justificar y que cae como una cascada sobre ti hasta que cada célula clama por ese contacto”. Así que Teddy se une a Billy en la batalla definitiva. Y juntos, con un apasionado beso, demuestran que el amor es, de hecho, más fuerte que las mentiras de Loki y más poderoso que cualquier demonio pan-dimensional.

    En las palabras del mismo Gillen: “El amor es el corazón de este título. Hay dos romances entrelazados. Uno es entre Wiccan y Hulkling, y el otro es entre Marvel Boy y Kate. Wiccan y Hulkling tienen este momento de amor transcendental en el antepenúltimo número. Es una de las partes claves de ese cómic. Es un momento en el que ellos se entienden el uno al otro genuinamente y salvan el universo. Es un enfoque un poco de vieja escuela, ligeramente irónico, del tipo ‘el amor salvará al mundo'”.

    “Jóvenes Vengadores parte 2”, es un extraordinario ejemplo de una narrativa inteligente combinada con una explosión de emociones. Un número inolvidable que marca el fin de la etapa de Jamie McKelvie como el artista principal (en este caso entintado por Stephen Thompson y Mike Norton); y su despedida es un ofrecimiento de arte tan hermoso que nos quedamos sin aliento. 

    Las sensacionales imágenes ocultas de McKelvie y sus ambiguos diseños demandan “ser leídos” narrativa y convencionalmente y, no obstante, en última instancia se resisten a un significado armónico y unívoco; su elegante enfoque es el resultado de un estilo que es simultáneamente "narrativo" y estético. Y su incomparable experimentación gráfica es un disfrute para nuestros ojos (en especial la página del beso que salva el universo y la página doble que muestra a Wiccan contemplando la realidad compleja que nosotros, como lectores, hemos experimentado en las páginas de esta brillante serie mensual).

    Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/01/young-avengers-13-kieron-gillen-jamie.html

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