Young Avengers #2 Review


Young Avengers #2

Written by Kieron Gillen

Art by Jamie McKelvie w/ Mike Norton

Color by Matthew Wilson

Review by Joey Braccino

You know how I know Young Avengers is the hippest book on the stands right now? Three reasons:

1)    The recap page is a clever Tumblr mock-up called “yamblr.” #somanyfeels

2)    Billy Kaplan is rockin the most wicked side-swept bangs this side of alterna-comics.

3)    The title placard has a conversation with itself.

D)    Said conversation uses the word “Manichean.” #FTW

I could get into a bunch of other reasons why Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers is the freshest comic coming out of the House of Ideas right now, but then I’d be spoiling all the fun. I will say that Gillen’s post-modernist, über-meta storytelling and Jamie McKelvie’s hyper-realism mesh together like chips and guacamole on a Sunday morning. The things that happen in this book are unlike anything that will happen in any other mainstream superhero comic this week, no matter how Body-Snatchery or Minimalistically Surreal those other books might aspire to be.

Oh yeah, and here’s another list—this time of things that Jamie McKelvie (w/ Mike Norton and colors by Matthew Wilson) draws stupendously:

1)    Things that splatter

2)    Bacon

3)    Billy Kaplan’s aforementioned side-swept bangs

D)    Panels & Gutters

&)    The Scarlet Witch #fierce


Buy it. Young Avengers #2 focuses specifically on Billy and Teddy after last issue’s shocking cliffhanger. The story that follows runs the gamut from superheroics to bacon and eggs to post-modernist imprisonment. Oh yeah, and Kid Loki. Oh yeah yeah, and Marvel’s version of the Quality Café. Oh yeah yeah yeah… I don’t have anything for that one; I just wanted to say get a Yeah Yeah Yeahs joke in this review. #CheckItOut #hashtag



Joey Braccino took his BA in English and turned it into an Ed.M. in English Education. Currently, he brings comics back in a big way all day every day to the classroom. In addition to proselytizing the good word of comics to this nation’s under-aged…

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