After defeating Kang the Conqueror, the superhero civil war, the secret invasion, and participating in the siege of Asgard; you would think that the Young Avengers would get some respect from the older superheroes, but to the Avengers, they are still just kids. After an attack in which Wiccan loses control of his witch-like powers, the Avengers decide to have him tested. They do not want another Scarlet Witch disaster.
Having learned the truth about the Scarlet Witch’s meltdown, Wiccan insists that if she knows that he and Speed (a white haired speedster who looks just like Wiccan) are alive the Scarlet Witch would not be crazy anymore. Though skeptical, the rest of the Young Avengers decide to help Wiccan with his mission.
Heinberg really knows these characters and cares about them. The relationship between Wiccan and his boyfriend Hulkling is one of the most well written homosexual relationships in comic books today. The Young Avengers are each unique in their backstory and personality. Their dynamic is engaging and interesting to read. Sadly, this issue only gives a taste of what this team is like, but it might not be enough. New readers might not become intrigued enough to continue with the miniseries.
The artwork is good. Jim Cheung’s panels are crisp and expressive. There is something that did not work. The fact that the uniform that Steve Rogers is wearing is his old Captain America costume is confusing. As of right now Steve Rogers in not Captain America and his partner Bucky’s costume is noticeably different thus creating confusion as to when this story takes place.
The Young Avengers has been a consistently well done series about teenaged superheroes. This new miniseries has potential, especially in answering whether or not Wiccan and Speed are the Scarlet Witch’s twin sons. Give this series a chance and you shouldn’t be let down.
Writer: Allan Heinberg
Penciler: Jim Cheung
Inkers: Mark Morales with Jim Cheung
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Assoc. Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Editor-in-Chief: Joe Quesada
Published by Marvel Comics
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