Thursday, 6 February 2014

Young Avengers: "Young Avengers" (v2 #12-13)

Writers: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Cover artist: Jamie McKelvie
Collected in:
  • Young Avengers: Mic-Drop at the Edge of Time and Space (Marvel Comics, Apr 1 2014)
  •  Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie Omnibus (Marvel Comics, Dec 16 2014)
  •  #12-13 are available on Comixology and as part of Marvel Unlimited.


Continuity Notes

-        Several teenage heroes cameo in this story, including members of the X-Men, Avengers Academy, Future Foundation, former members of the Runaways, and Skaar, among others, hence the title "Young Avengers".

-        The artwork depicts defoliated trees, which places this issue in late autumn, around October/November.

Pop Culture

-        Loki compares Wiccan as the Demiurge to "Scott Pilgrim at the end of the film." (Or, his binary opposite, Nega-Scott.) Wiccan argues "The book was better." Scott Pilgrim is of course the title character of the manga series  of the same name by Bryan Lee O'Malley, which ran 6 volumes between 2004-2010. It was turned into a film, featuring Michael Cera as Scott, in 2010. O'Malley also provided a variant cover for #1.


Continuity Notes

-        Wiccan and Hulkling get back together, after splitting temporarily in #9.

-        Loki leaves the Young Avengers by the end of this issue.

-        Wiccan travels over time and space in a two-page spread of multiple, unlettered pages from across the course of the series.

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