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Young Avengers #15, the final issue of Gillen’s and McKelvie’s run, left me feeling like this:
So in this review, we bid farewell to the only superher0 team book I was still reading, and give the creative team the accolades they deserve for the series, as well as this final issue.
The first vignette in this issue, finally absolves Marvel Boy, and rounds out his characer in an important way. Throughout so much of the series, Noh-Varr came off as a bearded, light-hearted tool, until he wronged Kate Bishop. With the help of Becky Cloonan’s magnificent artwork and Jordie Bellaire’s colors, Marvel Boy’s farewell may be the most touching of the final issue.
Cloonan’s attention to detail and her nuanced facial expressions combined with the Gillen’s writing, give Noh-Varr the redemption he may not deserve, but we decide to give him anyway.
Of course redemption, or at least resolution, is the theme of the issue. Prodigy, and Loki get a small dose of this. Gillen’s work with Loki throughout Young Avengers has done well to set up the character for the upcoming Loki: Agent of Asgard series.
Loki’s antics drove the drama and action of Young Avengers, being both the cause and solution to the majority of trouble. Gillen’s deft writing shines through the character of Loki – something Journey into Mystery fans have known for awhile. The self-understanding that this fifteen issue series have brought to Loki flare through his quips to Prodigy:
“I’m in a different role now. I have to play the part I wrote myself into. I killed an innocent boy, who was myself. I’ve done worse, though less existentially traumatic… I’m a story I just have to be the best story I can be”
The character development of Wiccan, Hulkling, Miss America, Marvel Boy, Prodigy and Hawkeye have been one of the most fascinating developments of the series to follow. . While at times I shared the lament of Kate Bishop, “Am I the only person on the team who’s straight?” the number of queer characters in the book was a nice escape from typical supe team. Never once in the run did the characters’ sexuality and relationships feel contrived, and the ensuing drama felt natural for a team composed of teenagers. Queer or straight, the relationships were well-developed and more believable than many I have encountered in fictional settings.
There are many elements that made this run of Young Avengers great, and with Jamie McKelvie’s art, stories of kissing and sexual exploration, and breakfast, the last few pages of Younger Avengers #15 emote the snark of the entire run. The story-telling, art, and universe building in Young Avengers has been some of the best I’ve read since getting into comics – which makes saying goodbye that much harder. As a critic, it is often my job to find fault with the works I write about; however, the tears this final issue invoked clouded my objectivity as well as my eyesight. In the end, I refuse to find anything wrong with this issue or the series. So, kudos to the entire creative team involved in Young Avengers, and finally….