I have become obsessed with Young Avengers, due in no small part to the characters of Wiccan and Hulkling. Writer Allan Heinberg and artist Jimmy Cheung bring the goods when it comes to these groundbreaking characters, but many artists have developed an affinity for them as well and have drawn their own versions. It comes as no surprise to me that two mainstream comic book superheroes have developed such a large fan base, as heroic gay male characters (especially ones in a relationship) are scarce. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but Wiccan and Hulkling are leading the charge for change. Above, Kame Urashima draws a particularly starstruck Hulkling and Wiccan. I found Urashima on deviant ART in addition to many awesome artists who have created work featuring these Young Avengers.
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.
The Scarlet Witch is one of my favorite Marvel Super-Heroes and I am so excited about her return being written by the creator of the Young Avengers Allan Heinberg and drawn by Jim Cheung! I am in a highly excited state of anticipation for this story!
Wolfsbane returns to X-Factor! There’s gonna be drama! ‘Nuff said!
Wolverine must complete a task set forth in Nightcrawler’s will. I am curious at to what it might be. Ought to be interesting (RIP Kurt).
Uh oh. Are Emma and Namor gonna get together? It is a fascinating prospect and could shake up the X-Men leadership status quo.
Words cannot express how amped I am to read Milo Manara‘s adaptation of a Chris Claremont script featuring the women of the X.
I am loving the New Mutants title and am excited about what’s next on the horizon for Xavier’s gifted youngsters. Part nostalgia for sure, but also very fresh and current in relation to what’s going on in the X-titles. The X-Men are in it deep these days and the New Mutants are front and center. Good stuff.
The junior X-Men get their own Forever title! I am so excited about Selene being featured in this title! She’s my favorite Hellfire Club member and one of my favorite Marvel baddies! I look forward to her leadership of the New Mutants! This cover by Bill Sienkiewicz is amazing!
Another cover variant of New Mutants Forever #1 (by Al Rio).
What’s this? Spider-Man is not a mutant! So true, but I couldn’t pass up sharing this amazing cover from Amazing Spider-Man #641 with you, dear reader! What an inventive use of color and negative space!
That’s right, dear reader! Time waits for no mutant and I am yet again a year older come the morning of September 8th! As you can see from this amazing flyer designed by the inimitable James Sime (with dazzling art from the illustrious Aaron Lopresti), the festivities are going to be grand! In honor of my birthday, I am going to list a few things that make me happy, in no particular order or importance! Longtime readers will notice a few things that I have previously touched upon in past posts, but I have tried to make it interesting for everyone, including me! Let us begin!
Two great tastes that go great together! Well, your mileage may vary, but I love Sean Cassidy and like his daughter, Siryn, I simply will NOT believe that he is dead. Like all the X-Men who have died and come back, I am waiting for him to return. And when we ask “Wait! Weren’t you dead?” He can say, “Yes, but I got better!” Just like Colossus, Jean Grey, Psylocke, et al.
Lorna Dane, let me count the ways I love you! 1. You have green hair and that is so cool. 2. You wear a skull on your chest for no apparent reason (starting a trend that Mystique would pick up much later). 3. You control magnetism and are so much hotter than that old husk of a terrorist Magneto (and it doesn’t matter to me if you are his daughter or not). 4. You get possessed a lot! 5. This cover sold me. End of story.
One is a Young Avenger and the other is a Runaway. One is gay and the other is Goth. Both are spellcasters. So they’re kind of like me divided into two people. Why isn’t there a Marvel Team Up book featuring them? Make it so, Marvel! Better yet, let me write it!
Promethea is penned majestically by the magical genius Alan Moore and illustrated by the incomparable J. H. Williams III and is my favorite comic of all time! Fantasy, adventure, character study, magickal tome, experimental storytelling, heroic legacy, myth, muse and map of the subconscious all rolled into one! This is the kind of work that brings light and inspiration into a oftentimes depressing and dark reality. You are the divinity you are seeking! You are the spark of life of inspiration for the world, your community– and most importantly– your self! Promethea is proof of all of this!