Thursday, September 5, 2013

Young Avengers #7 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Nothing has me more concerned in comics than the possibility that Billy is subconsciously making Teddy love him other than the possibility that Billy isn’t subconsciously making Teddy love him but Teddy won’t be able to get passed worrying that he is.  Every since Loki mentioned that the likelihood of a gay, handsome Skrull prince rescuing Billy from his boring life was extremely low for everyone without reality-warping powers, it’s all I can think about every time I see them together, an obsession that Teddy also unfortunately shares.  Enough of that, though.  It’s too depressing.

Jamie McKelvie continues to do awesome, amazing things on this title.  Using the Tumblr format to recap the last three months was genius and I think that it really firmly establishes him as the most inventive artist out there right now, even more than Capullo on “Batman.”  Of course, it helps when he gets to work with the stories that Gillen hands him.  This series is best when it shows the kids having normal lives, like going to a Dazzler concert on the far side of the Moon or taunting the Norse God of Mischief over the use of the word “smooching.”  (OK, normal lives for them.)  Gillen doesn’t just focus on the bonds that Billy, Kate, and Teddy have to one another.  Here, we see how well Noh-Varr is integrating into the group, urging Teddy to talk to Billy, and how poorly Miss America is, as everyone realizes how little they know about her when she summons a dimensional portal.

Returning to Noh-Varr for a moment, he really is the break-out character of this series so far.  Everyone else had pretty firmly established personalities coming into this title, but Noh-Varr was pretty much a blank slate.  Gillen has infused him with so much life – from his love of girl bands to his relationship with Kate – that it’s hard to believe how boring he was under Bendis.  He often drives the funnier moments of this series (such as Kate and his “Pancakes?/Pancakes.” exchange), but, as previously mentioned, he also provides a certain older-brother stability that the Young Avengers have always lacked.  This series lives and breathes by its detailed character-studies and team-dynamic depictions and Noh-Varr’s character, in and of itself in addition to its interaction with the other characters, shows that Gillen totally gets that.

That said, the plot also isn’t half-bad.  I’m glad that Gillen is making us wait to get to the bottom of Speed’s disappearance and a chase through the multiverse brings the two plot lines that we've seen so far on this series together rather nicely.  The addition of Prodigy’s deductive abilities should keep Loki on his toes and I can’t wait to get to the bottom of this mysterious (and seriously creepy) villain.  Great, great stuff.

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