Young Avengers #14

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Annie Wu, Emma Vieceli, Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 18, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 8
8.1Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

•  We gather in a night club, and have a string of connected and overlapping stories starring our cast. It's a completely and unprecedented approach to a story in comics history. There are no parallels. We refuse to accept it.
• Team Young Avengers are joined by an all-start cast of some people we really like. Each individual section gets one individual artist. It's a metaphor, probably.
•  It's been one hell of a year. In two episodes, one before and one after the new year, the Young Avengers get resolution. You guys do as well.

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Dec 19, 2013

    Finally, Annie Wu handles the last portion of the issue which serves as an excellent epitaph to theotherrelationship of the run. When I mentioned this issue finally making "Young Avengers" feel like "Phonogram," this vignette was the sequence that clinched it. Someone facing an ex, turning them down, growing up themselves, and facing an element that's seemingly come out of nowhere only to surrender to the power of music (which if the playlist is to be believed is Nelly's "Getting Hot in Here"?) Yeah, this is "Phonogram." Not just "Phonogram," but also one of the most iconic moments in the series that Wu renders masterfully. The Young Avengers dancing their cares away and yeah there's still stuff to be explained and yeah there's still plenty of problems to be had but in this moment, none of that matters. All that does is the music. All that ever mattered was the music. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    IGN - Melissa Grey Dec 19, 2013

    On a happier note, Billy and Teddy have sorted out their difficulties, and their chapter is a bit like a punch to the heart, albeit one you'll enjoy. Noticeably absent, however, is Loki, who took his leave at the end of the last issue. Everyone seems to have found their footing save him. Loki is both within and without, and here, amidst the revelry and the self-discovery, his absence speaks louder than words. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jay Mattson Dec 23, 2013

    Young Avengers #14 is a great issue that does a fantastic job starting the denouement of the entire series. As I've said in past reviews, Gillen and McKelvie's Young Avengers isn't for everyone, but if you pay enough attention, and reread a few times to make sure you understand, this is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable series of 2013. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Dec 18, 2013

    Gillen and McKelvie and the various batch of artists contributing give this afterparty the life that it deserves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 26, 2013

    A solid issue in its own right, but one that also exposes many of the defects of the series as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Dec 27, 2013

    Only one issue remains, but it almost feels pointless to review this issue alone. Bringing the saga of the Young Avengers to a close in style, Kieron Gillen and his friends are telling one long story split into multiple smaller ones, so the conclusion to this issue feels more like a commercial break than a cliffhanger, and I'm glad that the resolution of the issue will be in my hands in only a few short weeks as opposed to a month. Assuming that the final issue is as solid as this penultimate one, it's safe to say that Young Avengers will be going out the same way it has continued for the past 14 issues " at the height of comics quality, and first to read on my pile every week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Roderick Ruth Dec 20, 2013

    If you have been a fan of this series, you can relish in this and rejoice. Kieron Gillen even has a recommended playlist for music at the party (which I must admit isn't bad really, in terms of “party music”) to kick off the celebration motif of this issue. So pull up your skirt or roll up those sleeves and get ready to dance with this issue because the next one might be all tears. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Dec 20, 2013

    The final story drawn by Annie Wu and colored by Jordie Bellaire is focused on Kate. Wu's graceful curved lines and flair for composition pair well with Bellaire's saturated warm colors. Bellaire's pairing of teal with primrose red is a great combination, and Wu draws a particularly attractive Noh-varr, who is slouching about with headphones about his neck with a physique like a young god in a Baroque painting. Kate and Noh-varr's post-breakup chat is bittersweet but well-done. Their emotions a little overwrought, but it all works, because they are young and the whole sequence feels like a pop song. One suspects this is exactly what Gillen intended, especially since he provides an Afterparty playlist on the letters page. The full-page spread on the last moment is a pitch-perfect party moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio Dec 21, 2013

    I gotta say, I am not ready for this book to be over. It's been a great year that was just topped off by getting an excellent ongoing series featuring my favorite team. I hope that the last issue does them justice. But if this issue (or the whole run for that matter) is any indication, I should be able to close the book and feel something resembling satisfaction. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 19, 2013

    The day has already been won but Kieron Gillen and company have a little bit left in the Young Avengers tank. With sort of an art-jam approach, the epilogue shows us where the characters stand with each other following the final battle Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Dec 19, 2013

    This seriously curtailed my enjoyment of the issue for me. Heres hoping that the regular team is back in place for the finale, because a book this good deserves to have one of the major components for its success front and centre. Read Full Review

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