Style > Substance

Style > Substance

Comic Book - 2013
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The critically acclaimed team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie reinvent the teen super hero comic for the 21st century, uniting Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate 'Hawkeye' Bishop with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy and Ms. America. No pressure, right? As a figure from Loki's past emerges, Wiccan makes a horrible mistake that comes back to haunt the team. Collecting: Young Avengers 1-5, Marvel Point One Vol . 2 (Young Avengers story )
Publisher: New York : Marvel Worldwide, c2013.
ISBN: 9780785167082
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. --
Additional Contributors: Norton, Mike
Mckelvie, Jamie

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rebekahgordon1 Jul 12, 2014

This book is just good fun. Marvel has lucked out with their tumblr-ready, fresh-faced, youth-conscious, stylish books, and Young Avengers definitely led the pack on that. What even is the plot? Can anyone really tell you? Does anyone really care? It looks good (good lord can Mckelvie draw. I defy you to not fall in love with America and Kate, just for example), it's enjoyable, what are you waiting for?

forbesrachel Jun 02, 2014

It's not easy being a hero when you are a teenager. Alien enemies, and the weight of responsibility left by your parents' presence is too much, not to mention all the regular emotional problems that normally occurs too. Without the wisdom of age, the young avengers end up in quite a bit of trouble. After Wiccan inadvertently releases an extradimensional monster that wants to eat their power-filled souls upon the realm, the group must reassemble to take on the most terrifying set of enemies of all...their parents. These fake families, believe they are doing what is best for their children, even though they are constructs working for this new enemy.

Like the subtitle suggests, this is style over substance. The story needs to be fleshed out quite a bit, however an interesting set of characters saves it from needing to do so immediately. The art on the other hand is worthy of note. Bright, dramatic colours give a fresh look. For those looking for something different, the artist likes to experiment with his panels in key scenes. In one instance he uses a map to showcase all the movements, numbering each moment to match to one of the panels around it, that give a more detailed close-up. Even with a decent word-count it has fast-paced feel. The balanced approach between action and the typical life will appeal to a new generation of comic readers, who value believable, emotional characters.

Several of these kids just want to live their own life, but with the hero gene in their blood, they can't stay away for long. Between romance, self-discovery, and their responsibility, these teens have a rough time ahead.

KateHillier Apr 24, 2014

Our heroes are forced to come together after disbanding when Wiccan tries to make his boyfriend, Hulkling, happy by resurrecting his dead mother. This ends up to not be Hulkling's mother but a parent controlling parasite. So our heroes must reunite to fight every teenager's arch nemesis: their parents.

This is a snappy and flashy looking comic. The title is style>substance and that is almost literally true. The reintroduction of everyone is great, with just enough mystery to hopefully be explored in later volumes

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lokiskywalker
Feb 15, 2014

If you have any love in your heart for Marvel comics or Phonogram, read this book. Just...read this book. You won't regret it.

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RagnarH
Oct 29, 2013

Incredibly fun, tying together a great cast of under-used characters, the artwork uses imaginative angles. I'd read this again in a heartbeat.

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Feb 17, 2015

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