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Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie

Written by Arion on Friday, November 08 2013 and posted in Blog
Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
For most people, Mother’s Day is a happy occasion, albeit slightly smeared by the corporate interests of the greeting cards industry. For the Young Avengers, on the other hand, Mother’s Day is the most miserable moment of the year. 

Mother, the inter-dimensional demon accidentally summoned by Billy (Wiccan) is still at large. And that means the Young Avengers are still in danger. One of my favorite pages shows just how ferocious this devilish woman can be: she devours a caption. I love the way in which Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have pushed the boundaries of the fourth wall, and this is a clever example of the narrative style they have developed in earlier issues. 

Gillen finally starts showing us that Loki isn’t the sweet kid we thought he was (although, seriously, how sweet can the god of mischief be?). He has been plotting all along. Poisoning the mind of Billy and making Teddy (Hulkling) feel insecure about his boyfriend. By effectively ruining the loving relationship between these two boys, Loki is manipulating Billy’s existence, just enough so that his destiny as the galaxy’s mightiest demiurge might be fulfilled. “Imagine all realities as a deck of cards, and you with the hands born to shuffle”, says Thor’s brother.

The conversation between Loki and the demoniac Mother is especially revealing. But Leah’s presence is also an interesting turn of events. Now, I must confess I have never read Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery, but I understand is one of Marvel’s best series of recent years, and I think I understand why. The mystery between Leah of Hel and Loki of Asgard was fully explored in Journey Into Mystery, but it’s also present in these pages.
Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Mother, inter-dimensional demon / Madre, demonio inter-dimensional

Now Leah has deceived Teddy. She has convinced him that he needs a “special group therapy”. And when Teddy agrees to be a part of one of these highly unorthodox counseling sessions, he runs into an old acquaintance of Ms. America, three Marvel Boy’s ex-girlfriends (a Kree female, a human girl and Oubliette, the Exterminatrix) and the evil Patriot that kidnapped Speed in issue # 6. Teddy realizes he has willingly walked into a trap, and what is worse, after weeks of being weakened by Leah’s powerful magical enchantments, he can no longer break free. 

Every month, the first book I read is Young Avengers. I’m always very excited to find out what has happened. And every month there is a great cliffhanger that leaves me completely surprised. And then I impatiently wait an entire month to read the next issue. This time, however, not only the cliffhanger was unexpected but the whole poker game, there isn’t one card that trumps the other but rather a combination of cards that will turn any reader into a compulsive gambler. I’m already betting on what might be some of the possible outcomes.

Of course, the end of the second volume of Young Avengers wouldn’t have been as impressive without the superb art of Jamie McKelvie. Through his immaculate and symbolic designs, McKelvie blurs gender lines and mocks male superiority. Perhaps this is made evident in one particular moment of rage, in which Teddy turns into Hulkling and literally rips off not only his t-shirt (as the original Hulk always did) but also his pants (luckily for him, beneath his regular clothes he’s wearing his unstable molecules costume, so nudity is avoided). McKelvie’s drawings also play on contemporary anxieties about sexual expression (and repression).


Did you miss my previous posts about Young Avengers? Worry not, my friends, and check out the following links:

Volume 1

Volume 2

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Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Loki manipulate Billy's mind / Loki manipula la mente de Billy

Para la mayoría de las personas, el día de la madre es una ocasión feliz, aunque ligeramente mancillada por los intereses corporativos de la industria de tarjetas de saludos. Para los Jóvenes Vengadores, por el contrario, el día de la madre es el momento más miserable del año.

Madre, el demonio inter-dimensional invocado accidentalmente por Billy (Wiccan) sigue en libertad. Y eso significa que los Jóvenes Vengadores aún están en peligro. Una de mis páginas favoritas muestra qué tan feroz es esta diabólica mujer: ella devora un cuadro de texto. Me encanta la manera en la que Kieron Gillen y Jamie McKelvie han empujado las fronteras de realidad y ficción, y este es un ejemplo muy astuto del estilo narrativo que han desarrollado en números anteriores.

Gillen finalmente empieza a mostrarnos que Loki no es el dulce niño que habíamos pensado que era (aunque, en serio, ¿qué tan dulce puede ser el dios de los engaños?). Él ha estado conspirando todo este tiempo. Envenenando la mente de Billy y haciendo que Teddy (Hulkling) se sienta inseguro con su enamorado. Al arruinar la relación entre estos dos chicos, Loki está manipulando la existencia de Billy, lo suficiente para que se cumpla su destino como el más poderosos demiurgo de la galaxia. “Imagina todas esas realidades como un mazo de cartas, y a ti como las manos nacidas para barajarlas”, dice el hermano de Thor.
Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Group therapy / terapia grupal
La conversación entre Loki y la demoniaca Madre es especialmente reveladora. Pero la presencia de Leah es también un giro interesante. Debo confesar que nunca he leído Journey Into Mystery de Gillen, pero entiendo que es una de las mejores series de Marvel de los últimos años, y creo que sé por qué. El misterio entre Leah de Hel y Loki de Asgard fue explorado por completo en Journey Into Mystery, pero también está presente en estas páginas.
Young Avengers # 10 - Kieron Gillen Jamie McKelvie
Hulking rips off his pants / Hulkling destroza sus pantalones

Leah ha engañado a Teddy. Ella lo ha convencido de que necesita una "terapia grupal especial". Y cuando Teddy acepta ser parte de estas sesiones tan poco ortodoxas, se encuentra con un viejo conocido de Ms. America, con tres ex-enamoradas de Marvel Boy (una hembra Kree, una chica humana y Oubliette, la Exterminatrix) y con el malvado Patriot que secuestró a Speed en el número 6. Teddy se da cuenta de que caído voluntariamente en una emboscada, y lo que es peor, después de semanas de ser debilitado por los poderosos hechizos de Leah, ya no es capaz de huir.

Cada mes, lo primero que leo es Jóvenes Vengadores. Siempre me emociona saber qué ha pasado. Y todos los meses quedo impaciente por saber qué sucederá en la próxima entrega. Y hay que esperar todo un mes. Esta vez, sin embargo, no sólo la última escena fue inesperada sino todo el juego de póker; no hay una carta que le gane a las demás sino, más bien, una combinación de cartas que convertirán a todos los lectores en apostadores compulsivos. Yo ya estoy apostando sobre cuáles podrían ser algunos de los desenlaces posibles.

Por supuesto, el final del segundo volumen de los Jóvenes Vengadores no habría sido tan impresionante sin el soberbio arte de Jamie McKelvie. A través de sus diseños inmaculados y simbólicos, McKelvie difumina las líneas de género y se burla de la superioridad masculina. Tal vez esto se hace evidente en un particular momento de ira, en el que Teddy se convierte en Hulkling y literalmente destroza no sólo su camiseta (tal como siempre pasaba con el Hulk original) sino también sus pantalones (afortunadamente para él, debajo de sus ropas está usando su uniforme de moléculas inestables, así que la desnudez logra evitarse). Los dibujos de McKelvie también juegan con las ansiedades contemporáneas en relación a la expresión (y represión) sexual.

¿Se perdieron los posts anteriores de Jóvenes Vengadores? No se preocupen, amigos míos, y revisen los siguientes links:

Volumen 1

Volumen 2


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