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    Young Avengers # 14 - Gillen, McKelvie, Vieceli, Ward Wu

    When the effervescence of youth erupts there is only one suitable solution: Party like there is no tomorrow! And that’s exactly what the Young Avengers do after saving the universe. They throw the biggest ‘we saved the universe and it’s New Year’ party ever. But it’s not just a simple annual tradition; they are alive and they are celebrating that. It’s both exultant and scary to realize how fleeting life can be for these youngsters, who face not only the cruelest villains but also their own insecurities and fears.

    As Kieron Gillen affirms “This is a book about the end of the universe”; but unlike most Marvel (or DC) books, here the biggest threat comes from within: we are our worst enemies. Gillen’s run is characterized by “using the characters' emotional lives as a solution to the problem”. And after one year of groundbreaking stories and unexpected plot twists, all things have fallen into place.

    “Resolution part 1” gives us a glimpse of New Year’s Eve. And in a few pages we understand the relevance of “romantic love and how it affects people, and responsibility, both in terms of growing up and being a hero”. The Young Avengers set up on a long journey at the beginning of the series, and only now do they have the time to take a breath and process what has happened to them. Loki is gone. And without him, his lies have lost all meaning. Hulkling no longer believes he was ‘wished into existence’ by Wiccan’s reality altering powers. When Billy and Teddy are dancing together, the wizard tells his boyfriend that he needn’t worry: “I could never dream you up Teddy. I could never have imagined loving anyone like I love you”.  
    Young Avengers # 14 - Gillen, McKelvie, Vieceli, Ward Wu
    Jamie McKelvie: the party begins / Jamie McKelvie: la fiesta comienza

    Nevertheless, love’s victory is never guaranteed. “Love fails because the other person is in love with the reality of an earlier love, to the point where they almost don't care about anything else. Marvel Boy dumps Kate for the idea of an old girlfriend that doesn't really exist”. And a relationship that started in the first issue of this series comes to a bitter end during this final chapter. 
    Young Avengers # 14 - Gillen, McKelvie, Vieceli, Ward Wu
    Emma Vieceli: young heroes in love / jóvenes héroes enamorados

    The after party sequences are beautifully illustrated by Jamie McKelvie (his double page spread is magnificent); the moment of intimacy between Billy and Teddy is aptly depicted by Emma Vieceli; Christian Ward is responsible for the colorful sequences dedicated to Ms. America; and at last, but certainly not least, Annie Wu draws Kate Bishop pages. Immediately after breaking up with Marvel Boy, Kate decides to dance with Tommy Shepherd (AKA Speed).

    Wu’s final splash page is admirable for two reasons: because it faithfully captures the youthfulness and pure joy of the kids; and because it’s also a wonderful homage to Bryan Lee O’Malley’s variant cover for Young Avengers # 1. In this prophetic cover, published 1 year ago, Kate Bishop is dancing with Tommy, while Teddy tenderly touches Billy. At midnight, the young heroes are as happy as they should be. There are only two missing characters here: Marvel Boy –who probably regrets having ruined his relationship with Kate– and Loki –neither a child, nor an adult, the god of lies is now destined to become an agent of Asgard. 

    “This is how we think comics could be in this genre in 2013. Take what you like and leave what you don't. And enough of it worked to make me happy with it”, has expressed Gillen. But honestly, I can’t think of a single aspect or element about this book that I haven’t loved, except for the fact that it is ending. But I respect Gillen’s decision, he “did manage to do a big pop statement comic at a major comics publisher to enormous acclaim”. And that certainly deserves a standing ovation. 
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    Young Avengers # 14 - Gillen, McKelvie, Vieceli, Ward Wu
    Annie Wu: Kate Bishop and Marvel Boy break up /
    Kate Bishop y Marvel Boy rompen

    Cuando la efervescencia de la juventud estalla hay una solución adecuada: una juerga absoluta. Y eso es exactamente lo que hacen los Jóvenes Vengadores después de salvar el universo. Con una gran fiesta, ellos celebran el año nuevo y también haber salvado el universo. Pero no es una simple tradición anual; ellos están vivos y eso es lo que celebran. Es exultante pero también terrorífico observar lo fugaces que pueden ser las vidas de estos jovencitos quienes no sólo se enfrentan a crueles villanos sino también a sus propias inseguridades y miedos. 

    Tal como afirma Kieron Gillen “Esta es una serie sobre el fin del universo”; pero a diferencia de la mayoría de títulos de Marvel (o DC), aquí la amenaza más grande viene de adentro: nosotros somos nuestros peores enemigos. La etapa de Gillen está caracterizada por “usar las vidas emocionales de los personajes como una solución al problema”. Y después de un año de historias innovadoras y giros argumentales inesperados, todo cae en su sitio.

    “Resolución parte 1” nos da un vistazo a la noche de año nuevo. Y en pocas páginas entendemos la relevancia del “amor romántico y cómo afecta a la gente, y la responsabilidad, en términos de crecer y ser un héroe”. Los Jóvenes Vengadores se embarcaron en una travesía al inicio de la serie, y recién ahora tienen tiempo de tomar aliento y procesar lo que les ha pasado. Loki se ha ido. Y sin él, sus mentiras han perdido todo significado. Hulkling ya no cree que fue 'creado' por los poderes alteradores de la realidad de Wiccan. Cuando Billy y Teddy bailan juntos, el hechicero le dice a su enamorado que no necesita preocuparse: “Nunca podría inventarte en mis sueños, Teddy. Nunca podría haber imaginado amar a alguien tanto como te amo a ti”.  


    Young Avengers # 14 - Gillen, McKelvie, Vieceli, Ward Wu
    Wonderful homage to Bryan Lee O’Malley's cover /
    maravilloso homenaje a la portada de de Bryan Lee O’Malley
    No obstante, la victoria del amor nunca está garantizada. “El amor fracasa porque la otra persona está enamorada con la realidad de un primer amor, al punto que casi no les importa ninguna otra cosa. Marvel Boy rechaza a Kate por la idea de una antigua enamorada que no existe realmente”. Y una relación que empezó en el primer número de la serie llega a su amargo final durante este último capítulo. 

    Las secuencias de la fiesta están hermosamente ilustradas por Jamie McKelvie (su página doble es magnífica); el momento de intimidad entre Billy y Teddy está apropiadamente retratado por Emma Vieceli; Christian Ward es el responsable de las coloridas secuencias dedicadas a Ms. America; y por último, Annie Wu dibuja las páginas de Kate Bishop. Inmediatamente después de romper con Marvel Boy, Kate decide bailar con Tommy Shepherd (Speed).

    La página final de Wu es admirable por dos razones: porque captura fielmente la juventud y el goce total de los chiquillos: y porque también es un maravilloso homenaje a la portada variante de Bryan Lee O’Malley para Young Avengers # 1. En esta profética portada, publicada hace 1 año, Kate Bishop está bailando con Tommy, mientras que Teddy acaricia a Billy tiernamente. A la medianoche, los jóvenes héroes están tan felices como deberían. Sólo faltan dos personajes: Marvel Boy –que probablemente se arrepienta por haber arruinado su relación con Kate– y Loki –ya no es un niño pero tampoco un adulto, el dios de las mentiras está destinado a convertirse en un agente de Asgard. 

    “Así es como pensamos que podrían ser los cómics en este género, en el 2013. Toma lo que te guste y deja lo que no te guste. Y buena parte de ello funcionó para hacerme feliz”, ha expresado Gillen. Pero honestamente, no puedo pensar en un sólo aspecto o elemento de la colección que no me haya encantado, excepto por el hecho de que está terminando. Pero respeto la decisión de Gillen, quien se las “arregló para hacer una gran declaración pop de cómic en una gran editorial de cómics, con una enorme aclamación”. Y ciertamente eso merece que aplaudamos de pie.

    Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/01/young-avengers-14-gillen-mckelvie.html

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