Young Avengers #2

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Jamie McKelvie Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 27, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 5
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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.

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Matt Watson Mar 1, 2013

    Gillens popular take on Loki is here in full effect. Charming, funny, and at times strangely vulnerable, the teen trickster is a joy to read. The further adventures of Kid Loki was the main attraction to the book for me, as Im sure it is for many. Im just glad that everything else is written that well. Its a shame we dont see Ms America, Marvel Boy, or Hawkeye (Not HAWKGUY, as the recap page playfully reminds us), but it takes time to build a team, and the story were fed here is more than enough to chew on. Young Avengers is a great example of the best work at Marvel right now. Top-class creators, great characters brilliantly written, and slick, exciting visuals. This book oozes quality. More please! Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Feb 27, 2013

    With only two issues under the series' belt and I'm already going to call it one of the best Marvel has to offer and a book that should not be slept on. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Mar 1, 2013

    It's tough to think of many creative teams that are so well matched for their characters and their potential subject matter. It's clear that Marvel wants a youth book that could potentially reach that “confused adolescence” rather than talk down to a younger crowd. “Young Avengers” is a mature, modern, wry take on the fantasy of superheroes and the idea that these people have lives outside of their costumes. Plus, it's steeped in plenty of Marvel history that we know and love, so there's that. Most importantly, it seems like Gillen & McKelvie are allowed to do pretty much whatever they want to, which is usually what results in the best books. Now it's up to the readers to support that. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Geek Smash - Andrea Shockling Feb 27, 2013

    So it looks like Wiccan and Hulking have their hands full with interdimensional parasites and gods of mischief and the like.The only thing missing in this issue of “Young Avengers” was the rest of the Young Avengers. Nice mention of Kate, but just that. I'm looking forward to getting the band back together soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mar 4, 2013

    But it's not all Twilight Zone and existential terror. There's also Kid Loki to lighten the mood and keep the weirdness going (and remind everybody that this team needs new codenames"badly). And there's Jamie McKelvie's perfect grasp of body language and comic timing to kind of ground everything in "reality" even when there's an inter-dimensional mom-monster warping everybody's perceptions. This is good comics, folks. And I'd like to just give them a little carryover love from the first issue for apparently introducing The Ronettes to a whole segment of comic readers who hadn't had the pleasure before. If that alone ends up being the legacy of Gillen and McKelvie's Young Avengers, then they've earned my undying loyalty. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Mar 5, 2013

    Go out and read Young Avengers for yourself. I could easily sit here for hours and tell you how much I enjoy it. It is a truly individual series that stands apart from all of the other mainstream titles that are available at the moment — possibly because its creative team does not approach it from a mainstream point of view. It is always trying new things, and this leads to an enjoyable reading experience that you won't get anywhere else. We're only two issues in, and already there have been things in this series that I've never seen anywhere else. The collaboration of creators within this series is a match made in comic book heaven, and I hope they continue to take us to new, exciting heights for many issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 27, 2013

    The synergy of these two creators leaps from the page to keep Young Avengers at the top of the pile as far as quality. This is another strong offering and I look forward to digging into issue #3. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Mar 4, 2013

    With the pedigree involved, Young Avengers was always going to be a good book, but the creative team has really gone above and beyond the call of duty, to create something truly stunning"a gripping comic filled with fascinating characters and enticing mysteries. The team wowed audiences with the series debut, and this second issue really cements the series' reputation as one of the best new superhero comics of 2013. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Mar 4, 2013

    Not once is this book mis-stepping and every page shows careful planning and thought to storytelling, the exact opposite of sloppy. McKelvie's work is delightful and I can't really think of anything else to say! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 1, 2013

    My one complaint -- and it's a minor one -- is that occasionally it feels like there's been a slight leap of logic between panels, especially in the second half. I'm still not 100% convinced on why exactly the trio travels to Asgardia, but despite the occasional little rough patch like that, "Young Avengers" #2 is still a lot of fun. And you know what? Fun isn't a good thing, it's a great thing. After all, this is a comic where the recap page is styled like a Tumblr dashboard; everyone involved is in on the entertainment of it all. So long as this book stays as stylish and upbeat as this, I know I'll be sticking around. I'm betting I'm not the only one, either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Kelly Murray Mar 14, 2013

    Still, this issue poises us for what could be an exciting ride, accompanied by humor and heart. It is clear that the creators want the Young Avengers to be relatable, relevant, and fun, and so far they are succeeding. However, whether the series ultimately lives up to these aspirations remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 2, 2013

    Honestly, this is just a personal taste thing, like I said before. I don't have any vested interest in any of these characters or the Young Avengers as a team, so I'm just not going to enjoy the series as much as I would otherwise. But it's a solid comic with good writing and great art, and I have no doubt that a lot of people are going to love it. Sadly, I'm not one of them. But really, it's a good comic, and I was probably harder on the first issue than I should have been. Now, if one of my favorite characters randomly shows up down the line, I'll probably give it another look. But for now, I think I'll be saying goodbye. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio Mar 3, 2013

    Basically, Gillen and McKelvie have captured the essence of the teenage superhero and have bottled it up in this series to share with the masses. I look forward to picking up this book each month because it's easily one of my favorite titles to read right now, let alone one of my favorite 'Avengers' titles on the shelves currently. Anyone who had their doubts about reviving the team in a new series has absolutely nothing to worry about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Mar 3, 2013

    All of the Young Avengers comics up to now have been short mini-series. This is the first time they have an ongoing title. Kieron Gillen's storytelling and Jamie McKelvie's art make a dynamic pair that can captivate new and old fans of the series. With a solid plot and gorgeous design, Young Avengers will be around at Marvel Comics for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Mar 27, 2013

    There is literally no faults to be found here, instead of just relying on their laurels theres the much appreciated stroke of imagination. When Wiccan and Hulkling get thrown into their new rooms to be rescued by Loki and just how creepily beautiful it is when Teddy obliterates his fake mothers head and as it reforms keeps her creepy smile is wonderfully brought together. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 28, 2013

    A solid second issue that has plenty to get you interested, although the signs of greatness remain far on the fringes. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Feb 27, 2013

    It's easy to love this book for moments like the personal connection between the boyfriends and the way Loki makes fun of Wiccan's superhero name, but instances like the massive leap of unexplained logic at the end of the diner scene throw it off beat. This book is just a few practice jam sessions from being as amazing as it strives to be. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 1, 2013

    Loki was probably the highlight of this issue, and the dinner scene, much like last month was great. I'm looking forward to more of the Asgardian. I'll say this though, while not as good as the first issue, this was still a fun read and it's only the middle piece of a bigger story so it works. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Feb 28, 2013

    While not as strong as it's 1st issue (mostly due to the whole cast not being in it) YA is still an enjoyable read and nice pick up for fans of the original series. The art alone is enough to give this issue a buy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 6, 2013

    Although not as good as the previous issue, and slightly disappointing this was still a decent issue. I'm in two minds whether to recommend this issue or not. In hindsight I would recommend this series, as I expect it to be good in the next few issues, and it'd be a shame to miss one issue in the story. Also I felt that the story needed this slow period to help progress the story. On the other hand it'd probably be better to wait till another couple of issues are out, and see what kind of reception they get, but for anyone that bought issue 1 I'd recommend getting this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Feb 27, 2013

    I’m not giving up hope yet. There was a flicker of light for me at the end, in which I was finally starting to feel something for what was happening. (It’s that Loki, he’s a charming bastard). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 27, 2013

    After enjoying the first issue, my hopes may have gotten too high for this one. I really want to enjoy this series but the main focus of the 'villain' didn't quite do it for me. The way Wiccan and Hulkling try dealing with the situation is great even if it doesn't get a chance to go too far. The lack of other characters seen in the first issue makes this second issue of a new series feel like quite a bit is missing. While we can't expect all members of a team book to always be present, there should be more development on the characters for new readers to the series. The art is great and the way the issue ends makes you want to see the next issue. It's just unfortunate we didn't have a little more in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Sean Gonzalez Mar 6, 2013

    deally, I'd like to see Young Avengers do more than bounce a bunch of witty and attractive kids off of each other for the hell of it. The characters Gillen has at his disposal have garnered such rich and interesting backstories in their short lifespans that to market their superficial appeal would be a crime. Then again, I know Marvel's trying to catch the eye of today's youth. I'm just not sure if I'm asking for too much. Read Full Review

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