The Young Avengers take time out of The Siege of Asgard to tweet and update their facebook statuses.
Siege: Young Avengers #1
Written by Sean McKeever
Illustrated by Mahmund A. Asrar
I am one of those people that wish that he had self-control when it comes to comics. I walk into my LCS during any event and roll my eyes at all the tie-ins and wonder why the "Big Two" always seem to feel the need to flood the market with one-shots and minis baring the event name with only a tangential connection to main event. How do I know that these books border on useless? Well, I usually end up buying one or two of the one-shots and/or at least one mini. Now, I don't go around being mad at Marvel or DC when I waste my own money, no, that would be too self congratulatory, instead I mope in my own home pining for my lost dollars. The reason I can't cut this cycle is because every once in a while there are some tie-ins completely worth the money, and I have yet to be upset when that tie-in has the words "Young Avengers" in the title.
Siege: Young Avengers #1 is no exception. As with most other Young Avengers books the focus of the story has more to do with the emotions of the characters rather than the action going on around them. From Wiccan’s heartbreak over the destruction of Asgard, including Speed’s (still one of my favorite code-names ever) feelings of uselessness, to Patriot’s cautiousness, this issue to only captures what they initial book was about but also encompasses the sense that these kids are apart of a team that is apart t of the greater Avenger family.
Emotionally, viscerally, and thematically this book was well above expectations. The writing was a magnificent combination of serious, comical, and heartening, while the art maintained an action feel to it even while the characters are at their lowest. And, even though any reader knows that this will end with nothing actually changing, I found myself smiling at the end when the team is back together getting read to rejoin the fight because, after all, “The Avengers Need Us.”
Score – 8/10
Post Script – Marvel, cause I know you are reading this, I am sick and tired of waiting for Allan Heinberg to grace us with his presence again. Time and time again, from Civil War to Secret Invasion and including this one-shot at least three different writers and artists have shown great ability in bringing these characters to life and while I applaud the fact that some of them have been allowed to move on to bigger books, there is no reason that most of the Young Avengers sit on the side lines.