Young Avengers #2 Review

Previously in Young Avengers:

  • Hulkling moonlight as a superhero against Wiccan’s wishes (oops)
  • Loki is still being hounded by Miss America (she is one aggressive chica)
  • Kate Bishop & Marvel Boy have sex….and are then attacked by Skrulls (there are easier ways to get a woman to leave)
  • Wiccan, brings back Hulking’s mom in an attempt to help him feel better…but she goes psycho-bitch and assimilates his parents (eh, “the road to hell…” and all that)

How will these crazy kids deal with these crazy new cirumstances? ( I assume with lots of blogging and angst)

Here is the summary from Marvel:

Has Wiccan made a horrible mistake that comes back to bite everyone on their communal posteriors? Spoilers: Yes.Does this guest star the Uncanny Avengers? Spoilers: Also Yes. A figure from Loki’s past emerges. Friend? Foe? What will it be? Spoilers: It’s Foe. And much more from Marvel’s most critically acclaimed book. Yes, we’re saying it’s critically acclaimed and it’s not even out yet. We are very bad.

Teddy’s mom has gone all stepford and has brainwashed Billy’s parents, the people outside, AND the Avengers. After being sent to some weird…white box dimension, they are saved by everyone’s favorite mischief maker Loki and escape to a diner to figure out their next move…which results in a pretty bad situation for the little Asgardian.

Kieron Gillen’s story is a bit of an odd one that seems to fall apart towards the end, as a lot of confusing things start to happen: How did Loki know where they were? How did Teddy’s mom brainwash everyone in one night? and How did Bill & Ted (EXCELLENT *guitar riff*) come to their decision regarding Loki? It becomes a bit hard to follow, but the humor (like the whole relationship between Loki & the diner attendant) and terror (the Avengers being controlled) of it does keep one hanging in there even if these 3 were the only ones in this issue.

Jamie McKelvie’s art is pretty good, especially when it complimented by Matthew Wilson’s eye melting colors. The panels flow nicely and help to tell the story. The “white box” dimension pages were also well done for something with not that much color. It almost seems as like the characters were breaking the 4th wall as they tried to find a way back to Earth. The Avengers are also well detailed in this issue and the colors are varied quite nicely.

While not as strong as it’s 1st issue (mostly due to the whole cast not being in it) YA is still an enjoyable read and nice pick up for fans of the original series. The art alone is enough to give this issue a buy.

3.5/5

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