I could probably just end this review there, but I'll continue. This issue does what it promises, as the Young Avengers and their friends take stock of the events of this series so far and try to figure out how the pieces of their lives all fit together now.
The Billy/David/Teddy triangle (not surprisingly) has the happiest resolution: Billy and David make a certain amount of peace and Billy tells Teddy that he couldn't have invented him because he couldn't have dreamed that he could love anyone as much as he does Teddy. (Awww.)
Unfortunately, the Kate and Noh-Varr story doesn't have anywhere near as happy of a resolution. In fact, it might actually become its own triangle, given the surprise appearance of Tommy, who interrupts a quiet moment between Kate and Noh-Varr and delivers Kate her New Year's kiss. Tommy's presence goes unexplained, but I'm sure that we'll learn more next issue.
Overall, this issue feels valedictory, as, no doubt, will the next one. In fact, I'm starting to feel like Gillen has done something really remarkable with this series, namely, make you realize that we might not need the Young Avengers anymore. Maybe they're just Avengers now. I'm not saying that they're adults, but this 15-issue season, as Gillen calls it, has left them different. They can't go back to who they were, so it raises all sorts of questions about where they're going. I can't wait to see.
**** (four of five stars)
Also, for posterity's sake, here's a copy of the playlist that Kieron Gillen recommends for this issue: