It is my assertion that Young Avengers is the best written super-hero team comic book on the market right now. Fans of the title have had to wait quite a bit for the creators to return (and even now the current title is only a mini-series lasting 9 issues published bi-monthly) but Allan Heinberg has proven he is worth the wait (At least Marvel thinks so). When a title is drawn and written well, I would rather wait as long as it takes than be disappointed by an inferior result. Fortunately, artist Jim Cheung always brings the goods. His collaboration with Heinberg is the modern day equivalent of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and worthy enough to stand on the shoulders of the legacy they maintain. Young Avengers builds on the tapestry of yesteryear with solid stories featuring interesting characters looking toward the future.
I’ve talked a bit about what I love about this group of characters, and my enthusiasm since then has only heightened. Their current starring title, Avengers: Children’s Crusade, doesn’t even have their name in the title, but I think that is just a testament to the endurance of the characters. These kids aren’t just a junior squad trying to be like their heroes anymore. They’ve established themselves so well that they have a place at the table. They are Avengers now.
Heinberg established direct ties to many well known and beloved characters and events from the Marvel Universe when he created the Young Avengers. He also used a tried and true tradition in comics of copying an established formula and then updating it for a modern audience. iFanboy has a great article from June of this year about the origins of the current series. Comic Book Resources has an interview with Heinberg from April about his plans for the series.
Awesome artwork by Jim Cheung featuring Magneto, Quicksilver and the Young Avengers.
Quicksilver confronts Wiccan in this amazing artwork (also by Cheung). The facial expressions are so dynamic that we don’t even need the dialogue to feel the emotions being conveyed here. Solid stuff.
It looks like Wonder Man will be appearing in Children’s Crusade and he’s not too happy about it. Simon has been up and down a bit lately in his characterization. He turned down Avengers membership in the recent pages of the adjectiveless Avengers title, so I am glad to see him in this series. The Wonder Man Message Board has a lot more information about this character.
UPDATED: Comic Book Resources just posted a preview for Avengers: Children’s Crusade #3! Check it out! I am loving the comparison of the Scarlet Witch’s plight to the story of Doctor Doom’s mother. That is some intelligent writing, right there!
Hey, did you know you can follow Allan Heinberg on Twitter? Cheers!