We're probably as excited about Young Avengers as we are about any of the titles launching as part of the Marvel NOW! initiative. Not only does the series reunite Phonogram collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, it teams Young Avengers mainstays like Hulking, Wiccan and Kate Bishop with Miss America, Marvel Boy and fan favorite Kid Loki -- at least for starters.
"... What I want to do in Young Avengers is build a kind of larger metastructure that you can use to explore any part of the teen-leaning Marvel Universe outside the traditional doctrines of the larger government side heroes," Gillen told Comic Book Resources in October. "I have a real strong vision for 12 issues. I have no idea if I'll be staying on after that or going, but I have 12 definitive, brilliant issues, or maybe 13. After that Young Avengers will be set up as a device where you can go to any of the Marvel Universe locales where teen heroes live and work like the West Coast with the Runaways or the Jean Grey School. It's a very wide ranging book in that way. For me it's super heroism as a metaphor for talent and deciding what you want to do with it. There's a line in my original proposal for this that the original Young Avengers book was kind of about being 16. This book is about being 18."
Although we still have to wait a few weeks for the debut of Young Avengers -- Jan. 23, to be exact -- Marvel has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at Issue 2, due to arrive Feb. 27:
YOUNG AVENGERS #2KIERON GILLEN (W) • JAMIE MCKELVIE (A/C)Variant Cover by STEPHANIE HANS• Has Wiccan made a horrible mistake that comes back to bite everyone on their communal posteriors? Spoilers: Yes.• Does this guest star the Uncanny Avengers? Spoilers: Also Yes.• A figure from Loki’s past emerges. Friend? Foe? What will it be? Spoilers: It’s Foe.• And much more from Marvel’s most critically acclaimed book. Yes, we’re saying it’s critically acclaimed and it’s not even out yet. We are very bad.32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99