Young Avengers #4 Review

The ragtag crew of Young Avenger’s find themselves caught in Mother’s gooey grasp. Will our angsty heroes be able to make it out alive? Or will they suffer the ultimate time out?

Here is the summary from Marvel:

Kate Bishop finally turns up! A lovely day trip to Central Park for a group of cheery youngsters.LIES! It’s not lovely as they’re being pursued by bad guys and it’s not a day trip as (er) it’s at night. A shameless retcon into Marvel Boy’s history!

Our heroes are trapped in the club with Mother closing in on them, but who should come to their last minute rescue than Hawkeye (girl not guy) and Marvel Boy (who prefers Noh-Varr now). Through the use of some flashy shooting and awesome acrobatics, Noh-Varr saves the group and they make their way to Central Park. Surrounded by Mother’s servants, the kids have little options and it seems their only hope is Loki (oh joy).

Kieron Gillen continues to keep this book as entertaining as possible with his witty writing. The highlights of the book are Noh-Varr & everyones favorite Asgardian Loki. Both of them have a few good moments between, as Noh-Varr is obviously getting more accustomed to Earth culture (as evident when during his rampage through the club he plays “Young Hearts Run Free” on the speakers) and his banter with Kate is extra flirty. Loki, while still micheavious also shows his more cunning side when he starts to plant a seed that Teddy & Billy’s relationship may not be based on the truest of attractions. We also get a nice cameo from Thor & Cap when the kids ship crashes near Avengers mansion and the two completely ignore it (guess the mansion is soundproof). Mother doesn’t say much but her influence is wide as she manages to bring Noh’s parents back to life to hassle the team.

What can be said Jamie McKelvie’s art that hasn’t already been said? The guy is amazing, his actions scenes are fast and dynamic, and he has some of the best layout I have seen in a book. Having lots of things going on at one time, but also managing to have everything be easy to follow. That plus Mike Norton’s vibrant colors definitely make Young Avengers one of the best illustrated books in Marvel’s NOW line.

Young Avengers #4 is another solid entry to a great series. You can say a lot about this book, but you can’t say it isn’t fun. With it’s cast of characters, snappy writing, and spectacular art; this is definitely a book you should be reading. So go NOW!


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