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review 2017-04-14 05:01
Young Avengers, Volume 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen
Young Avengers - Volume 1: Style > Substance (Marvel Now) (Young Avengers Graphic Novels) - 'Jamie McKelvie','Kieron Gillen'

The way I stumbled upon this comic is interesting. I first heard about it on BookTube. I heard that it was a great comic so I always kept my eyes open for it. I saw it at the library the other day and decided to bring it home. Then, earlier today, I saw a post about Young Avengers on Tumblr and it piqued my interest. I decided to pick it up and read it. And I did. And I absolutely LOVE everything about this manga.

 

The story follows America, Loki, Wiccan, Hulkling, Hawkeye, and Noh-Varr in trying to set time and space right. I know that doesn't make much sense but I literally can't tell you anything about the story without giving away major plot points. I can say that the story starts off with Wiccan trying to help his boyfriend, Hulkling, feel at ease with their current situation and Loki trying to prevent the worst from happening. It's such an engaging story! I read it a lot faster than I normally read comics because I just HAD to find out what was going on!

 

The artwork is beautiful! I have no complaints about it whatsoever. The colors are vibrant, the character designs are amazing, and the backgroud is breathtaking! I love the art so much!

 

The characters are incredible! This is the first time I've read anything that had America Chavez in it and she is one of my newest favorite hero. She's badass and sassy. I still don't know much about her but I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about her. Loki is so precious. He's a bit of a butt but I love him anyway. He's the perfect blend of hero and villain that I can't help but be drawn to him. Hawkeye and Noh-Varr are not in this much, but what we do get to see of them is good. They are in a relationship and it's a happy and healthy one and that's always a plus in my book!

 

Speaking of characters being in a happy and healthy relationship, Wiccan and Hulkling are just absolutely lovely. This volume focused on their relationship quite a bit and I loved that it's a positive portrayal of a homosexual relationship. I felt the entire story was done respectfully towards them. They are two people in love trying to help each other out when the world is crashing before them. I adore how loving, caring, and supportive they are to each other. It's such a good relationship that my feels just cannot handle! Ah~ 

 

In fact, I love this comic a lot for its diversity. As I've said, there's a positive homosexual relationship and America is a queer Latina who kicks ass! Reading about her in this comic has me quite excited for the current run of America that's being written by Gabby Rivera. I have the first two issues and I cannot wait to read them next! I need more badass queer ladies in my life!

 

Another thing I want to mention before I wrap up this review/gush-fest is how mental illness is portrayed. Billy, (a.k.a. Wiccan) suffers from anxiety and depression. Within the comic, we see a bit of that being touched on. I know from that post on Tumblr that it's something he has struggled with for a long time. I don't know how it's going to be handle in later issues, but in this one, I feel that they handled it well. Obviously, there needs to be more conversations on the topic of mental health, but as an introduction to who Billy is and what he is going through, I think the writers did a good job.

 

In all, I love this comic. It's engaging, fun, interesting, inclusive, diverse, positive, and informative. It's bringing positive awareness for the Queer community and for anyone suffering from a mental illness. I really like what this comic is doing for its characters and audience. I also love that they are adding an extra layer to who Loki is as a character (people are so hard on him). The love between Wiccan and Hulkling is adorable. And America Chavez is awesome. Seriously, if you love Marvel comics then you should definitely pick this one up! It's a great read! However, this does come with a slight trigger warning for attempted suicide. Please keep that in mind before picking this up.

 

Other than that, I hope you end up enjoying this comic. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series the moment I get the chance to!

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review 2016-09-12 16:02
Young Avengers Vol. 1: Style > Substance - Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
Young Avengers Vol. 1: Style > Substance - Kieron Gillen,Jamie McKelvie

I utterly failed to note on Volume 2, that I quite like the Young Avengers. No doubt it was good to start out with the parental conflict. I don't know how any of these characters got to this point, but I don't much care, either. It's a random group of superheroes/gods/mutants in their teens or twenties, mostly orphaned, well-intentioned, still figuring out how to work together to save reality as we know it, and also, dating. The struggle is real.

 

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review 2016-09-12 15:52
Young Avengers, Vol. 2: Alternative Cultures - Kate Brown, Kieron Gillen
Young Avengers, Vol. 2: Alternative Cultures - Kate Brown,Kieron Gillen

Natasha brought home Young Avengers, I brought home Lumberjanes, and after we finished, we swapped. Sunday afternoons in fall the Spouse watches football. We went to the library and stopped for Slush Puppies at the Quickie Mart, because even though we're into September the actual temps are still in the nineties, and the heat index is over a hundred. I hate the heat. But I love spending a Sunday afternoon on the den couch with a kid, reading and sharing. Teach your children to read early and often: you'll have twice as many books around to enjoy, some thoughtfully pre-screened.

 

Library copy

 

A word about blogkeeping:having gotten so hideously behind in my reviewing, I'm now taking things off my Currently Reading list, and posting based on how easy it is to do so. I'll probably end up not actually writing any kind of review for a lot of stuff, just to get it listed with the date completed, because my Reading Challenge is being met, it just doesn't count because I have more than a hundred books I've finished, but not posted.

 

 

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review 2016-03-11 00:00
Young Avengers Megaband: Helden, Hormone und Hexerei
Young Avengers Megaband: Helden, Hormone... Young Avengers Megaband: Helden, Hormone und Hexerei - Kieron Gillen Mich in die Geschichte reinzufinden war zwischendurch schwierig und die Hauptbösewichtin fand ich einfach aaaanstrengend, aber… omg! Es hat ziemlich witzige Dialoge, ist schön gezeichnet (Galaxydude, du Hübschchen), hat fast nur canon-queere Hauptcharaktere (von denen einer explizit sagt, dass er bi ist)… Awwww! :3
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review 2015-10-02 18:19
So, maybe I'm just being cranky today...
Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers - Christopher Yost,Takeshi Miyazawa

But why are all these tie-ins kinda... sucky.   (I'm sick, by the way, so thus the cranky.  My throat?   So sore.)   Still, this was making me roll my eyes yesterday night.   The writing actually started out intriguing me, and quickly got to cringe-worthy cheesiness.   Also, the art was... okay.  Nothing spectacular, but at least decent. 

 

That being said, one star for not totally sucking, and one star for Young Avengers Vision.   And Victor.   

 

Hopefully moving onto something better.

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