The first issue of Young Avengers was rather creative. It had a music video fight scene, which somehow worked even in comic form. It had a fair amount of action, great artwork and a lot of humour. At the same time, the pacing felt a bit uneven. Yet as good as it was, I didn’t really like it that much.
This issue is pretty much the same. It focuses mostly on the story of Wiccan and Hulkling, kicking off right where the last issue left off. Wiccan brought Hulkling’s mother back from another dimension, but something wasn’t quite right with her. To avoid spoilers as much as possible, let’s just say that things get weird. It’s a fun comic, and every turn of the page brings an unexpected plot movement. The only real problem is that Miss America, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) and Marvel Boy are barely even mentioned in this comic.
It’s already clear that this series can easily move in unexpected directions fast, which makes it all the more fascinating. The art is great too, from characters’ confused looks to the environmental detail as the villain starts warping everything around her. It’s a fairly colourful comic too, from the 80’s style diner to Asgardia (basically Asgard on Earth). There’s one page in particular that’s mostly white, with the characters climbing on boxed rooms that looks especially neat. The art is easily just as imaginative as the main comic itself; you can tell that both writer Kieron Gillan and artists Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton are having fun creating this book.
As good as this comic is though, it’s not really my kind of comic. It feels as though it’s written for typical teenagers and young adults; a type of person I never really identified with. While I’m sure this will please fans of the Young Avengers, I’ve never really enjoyed that kind of entertainment. It’s a great comic, but I don’t like it.
Young Avengers 2 is energetic, fun and full of weird twists and turns (yet it’s never confusing or hard to follow). If you like the Young Avengers, or are interested in a fun comic about young adult superheroes, you should check this out. Personally I doubt I’ll stick with this series, but I wish it well.