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Young Avengers #1

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 23, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 7
8.7Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Legacy isn't a dirty word... but it's an irrelevant one. It's not important what our parents did. It matters what WE do. Someone has to save the world. You're someone. Do the math. The critically acclaimed team of Gillen/McKelvie/Wilson (with added Norton Sauce) decide to reinvent the teen superhero comic for the 21st century, uniting Wiccan, Hulkling and Hawkeye with Loki, Marvel Boy and Ms. America. No pressure. Young Avengers is as NOW! as the air in your lungs, and twice as vital. It's the book that knows Hyperbole is the BEST! THING! EVER!

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - Richard Dessler Jan 23, 2013

    Between Gillen's stellar bibliography and an outstanding first issue, I've instantly been hooked. I can only recommend that you all follow Kate Bishop's advice when she said, "Everyone should try it." If you should follow that profound, sage-like advice, may I suggest picking up the sweet Brian Lee O'Malley variant cover? More Scott Pilgrim is never a bad thing! I'd also highly recommend listening to Be My Baby by the Ronettes while reading this issue. Noh-Varr knows how to pick a good tune! Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 23, 2013

    As they've stated in many an interview, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have not recreated the magic that made Alan Heinberg and Jim Cheung's Young Avengers so amazing. Instead, they've evolved the idea (in Gillen's own words) from "being sixteen to being eighteen." While that's only a two year difference, in the life of a person that age, that's all the difference in the world, and Young Avengers #1 captures this sentiment perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Jan 25, 2013

    This is an issue that's explicitly poppy, in terms of its energy and influences, and it captures all that's good about pop culture, pop music or pop soda. Sweet, smart, well-produced with a bubbly energy, right after I read it, I wanted to read another issue. The heroes in Young Avengers are emotional (as teenagers are), but they are heroes " this makes it a good tonic for those concerned with overwhelming doom and gloom in their comics. Big adventure with an emotional core is the essence of classic Marvel storytelling, and Gillen and McKelvie and everyone else absolutely nails it here. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jan 26, 2013

    So, if you're one of those readers who complain that they have seen it all before and that mainstream comics have become predictable, you owe it to yourself to experience Young Avengers. This is the book that will define the craft for generations to come, and Marvel deserves credit for seeing the potential the creative team has with these characters. Gillen and McKelvie are clearly worthy of the legacy that is Young Avengers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - ChrisDeneen Jan 24, 2013

    This issue is quite frankly amazing. Gillen once again delivers us what no other could. The pace of the story and its somewhat chaotic setup work perfectly on every level. The art is great and suits the book quite well. There was one small thing that bugged me it seemed like many of the characters faces were stuck in these kind of overly emotive expressions. It just seemed weird for them to constantly look shocked or surprised. All of that aside I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. I wouldnt presume to guess what master plan Gillen has in mind for the series but I have no doubt it will be great. Read Full Review

  • 10
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jan 24, 2013

    Gillen did a really good job with characterizations(Although Wiccan and Hulkling could turn down the drama just a bit) and I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jan 24, 2013

    There's such passion and even conviction in what Gillen and McKelvie are doing on this book. It's easy feel the love and care on these pages, which is something mainstream comics don't have nearly enough of. With books like "Young Avengers" leading the pack, Marvel NOW! is shaping up to be one hell of an interesting line. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jan 24, 2013

    Young Avengers demonstrates great character work and plot movement injust 20 pages, while juggling multiple characters. I wish we got alittle more Loki and Hawkeye time, but lets save that for the nextissue. For now, enjoy Marvels latest hit, because its really good. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outer Realm Comics - Kieran_Frost Jan 24, 2013

    It's a masterpiece. It really is; and anyone who doesn't at-least try the first issue will be missing out on one of the most unique mainstream superhero comics I've ever read. This is something very special. DO NOT miss out on this comic, DO NOT let it fall by the wayside like the criminally short (but brilliant) "Captain Britain and MI:13" and DO NOT trade-wait. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - George Marston Jan 22, 2013

    Teenagers and superheroics go hand in hand, because the energy and pretense of youth so perfectly echo those of costumed crimefighting, and Gillen, McKelvie, Norton, and Wilson have truly captured something about that feeling without sacrificing either side of the coin. Make no mistake, this isn't Young Avengers a la Heinberg and Cheung, but it also shouldn't be. Teenagers grow and change, and like the rest of us, these ones are struggling to live up to the potential and trust that they earned when they were younger. There are almost too many parallels between that concept and Young Avengers, but let's just say it's a match made in heaven. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    Geek Smash - Andrea Shockling Jan 23, 2013

    And I would be remiss if I didn't mention a bit more about Jamie McKelvie's equally awesome artwork. He's gotten a lot of attention lately, and rightfully so. He's working with Mike Norton like on the "Point One" issue, and with Matt Wilson again on colors. Whatever system they have for themselves seems to be working " the style is crisp and consistent and the colors look lovely. The book feels"dare I say"hip and modern without trying too hard, and the simple graphic backgrounds are a nice balance to McKelvie's figures. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Jan 24, 2013

    You should buy “Young Avengers.” Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Jan 23, 2013

    Young Avengers is at a disadvantage before it even got published, though. Part of the reason for Marvel NOW! is to create good jumping on points for new readers, but how many of them are going to willingly try a team of heroes they've never heard of? If I fancied a guess, not many, but what do I know. If you're reading this, consider yourself a new reader, and want to start reading quality comics and not just comics with your favorite hero in them. Young Avengers is as good a place as any to start. It has a good ensemble of characters, a wonderful message, and great artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Jan 24, 2013

    If you bought the awesomeBryan Lee O'Malley variant cover, which is awesome by the way you open it up to some beautiful work byJamieMcKelvie & Matthew Wilson. Noh-Varr dancing has to be a personal favourite without a doubt.When you roll all the things that it accomplishes, as not only a new #1 but as a comic book in general it makes the wait for #2 seem that much further away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jan 27, 2013

    Young Avengers is teeming with energy. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are one of the most talented creator teams in comics right now, and it looks like they'll be laying it all down on the page in the issues to come. Add in some of the most genuine characters and inter-character relationships that you'll find in comic books, and it's hard to think of any reason to be missing out on this title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 26, 2013

    I wasn't floored by this issue - the characters are mighty thin so far - but it's enough of a hook that I'll be back for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jan 29, 2013

    If there's one complaint to make, it's that this issue feels a little bitty. The opening scene doesn't gel very well with the rest of the book, especially since it goes entirely unresolved. But given the strength of Gillen's characterisation, and McKelvie's absolutely spectacular artwork, it's easy to say that Young Avengers is off to a stellar start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Jan 23, 2013

    Artist Jamie McKelvie, with Mike Norton, is a great choice here. His style lends to the soap operatic nature of the story with very easygoing lines and good articulation of the expressions. When the action does pop up he uses a very architectural composition to the panels. It's a smart way to add energy where his pencils might not. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Jan 23, 2013

    Kieron Gillen's story alone was good but combined with Jamie McKelvie's and Mike Norton's art work and a $2.99 price point it just makes the book that much better to run through. I highly recommend Young Avengers #1 as I am locked in for Young Avengers #2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio Jan 26, 2013

    I was definitely not disappointed when I came to the end of the issue. If there's anything that I'm disappointed about it's that I have to wait a whole month until the next one. I love a good teen hero book, and I get the vibe from the first issue that this will be a good one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 23, 2013

    Young Avengers snaps its fingers to the drama of teenage life one moment and starts head-banging to raucous superhero action the next. It's cool and hip and relatable without trying too hard, and what's cooler and hipper than a feisty Latina, two gay teens in a longterm relationship, and knocking boots in space? Like any rock concert, it might go off-beat every now and then, but it's a pretty great time regardless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Jan 28, 2013

    Artistically, the book shines as well. Like I said earlier, artists Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton have a classic and kinetic style that can also handle strong emotive moments. The spreads are particularly exciting and visually stand-out (like a spread should). Sometimes characters can get strange looking, but overall the art is exactly what this book needs. The book moves quickly when it should, exciting readers, and can make you ponder and linger too. Gillens pacing is perfectly accentuated by the beats of the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 2, 2013

    This was a very good issue, and I still have high hopes for this series. The issue itself was far from perfect, but it was a great start, and makes it easy for brand new readers to like this series. I would highly recommend this issue, and am extremely looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 24, 2013

    There's a lot of flash and glam going on in this series, surpassing even what you've seen in promotions, but there's signs of a real story percolating underneath it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jan 25, 2013

    Gillen has said that he wants this series to show the transformative period between the (roughly) 16-year-olds of Heinberg's run, and the 18-year-olds he depicts here, on the cusp of adult responsibility. The arc subtitle, “Style > Substance,” feels like an ironic commentary on the power of that transition, because there's just as much emotional truth underneath as there is super-powered fun on the surface. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 22, 2013

    The Young Avengers are back...sort of. Kieron Gillen takes over and shows the characters are allowed to change a little. It's a natural development and it's great to see Gillen add his own spin rather than try to deliver more of what we've seen in the past with the characters. McKelvie and Norton add to this by giving this series a separate feel from past stories. One of the things you'll notice is the expression and emotion on each character's face. This issue is setting up the series but there are some big developments that happen. It's not completely clear where the story will go from here but that's part of the fun. We're off to a great start and you'll definitely want to stick around to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 23, 2013

    Still, Young Avengers #1 is fun for the most part, and it should get better once it finds its footing. It's just unfortunate that the first issue in the new era isn't really any kind of knockout. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Jan 23, 2013

    So far I think what will make readers keep coming back to YA is their love of the characters. The one action scene that happened was a two-page spread, while Billy and Teddy’s emotional back and forth got four pages. Maybe the action picks up later on, but based on first issue, this is what I’m getting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Jan 24, 2013

    One the other hand the creative team does a great job giving these characters feelings and making them feel real. As a forty year old male I probably am not the target audience for this type of book based on teenagers in love but when I was done I was curious enough to probably check out the next issue or two to see how it goes. As it stands, I recommend new readers swing by the Wikipedia page for the group, that is what I did and it gave me a much greater understanding of the characters backgrounds which I found to be really useful in reading the title. Long time fans of the group will probably find much to enjoy in the book and if I were such a fan it would easily have gotten another star to the rating. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jan 25, 2013

    Anyway while not the greatest first issue I've ever read, Young Avengers 1 does a good job of setting the stage and letting you know who the characters are. That said, I thought some of it felt a little forced, but over all it was enjoyable and it should be an interesting series. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Jan 25, 2013

    Even though this issue was a slow start. I think this series has potential. I am very excited to see where these old and new characters go. If you liked the style of the story I would continue reading and see where this series takes us. Pick this up! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 27, 2013

    This is all a little too much too fast for my liking. I barley know half of these characters. Unless you specifically read Journey Into Mysteryfor the past year (which I didn't), you won't know why Loki is a kid. And Miss America Chavez was only introduced in some obscure, unpopular mini-series that went nowhere. So I don't see how anybody should have any idea who she is or why she would try and stop Kid Loki. I also don't know why Hulkling and Wiccan have promised to not be superheroes. And why would Kate Bishop hook up with Marvel Boy all of a sudden? No effort is taken to introduce any of these character for new readers, and I'm pretty much a new reader. This series may be wonderfully drawn, but Gillen is already throwing these random characters at me and putting them into wild adventures without helping me to understand who they are or why I should care. Read Full Review

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