I'm amongst the many admirers of Mr. Gillens work on Journey into Mystery, so I'll be on-board for this one (even though the very concept of a "young avengers" title still raises my hackles a bit. I just have to keep remembering that I liked Heinberg's YA, loved Gage's AA, and like Gillen's work generally, then I calm back down..). As to the prospect of a long-term teen book, I think that even with the continuity-lite, sliding-timescale, nu-MU, a teen book, by the very nature of it's protagonists age is an ephemeral concept. "Adulthood" can conceivably stretch 30 years with a protagonist looking pretty much the same, teen stuff has an in-universe 5-7 year shelf life, if you want to have any attempt at time moving on. Look how they aged Bucky to be not a boy or even teen, but a young man, to see how it tends to get dealt with. Sooner or later, you hit the "graduation day" stage, and it's all downhill from there in the sense that you are no longer doing teen-superheroes, you are doing young-adult-superheroes past that point. The only ways round it are to effectively suspend the passage of time, have little or no continuity, or to shuffle in younger replacements every few years (see DC's Teen Titans over the last 10 years).
Another set-back for a long-standing teen book is that the MU isn't really set up for that type of hero. Ever since Lee turned the teen sidekick trope on it's ear with Spidey, teen heroes have either had to grow up mighty fast or end up retired or dead.
There's also not much tradition, legacy, or call for a sustained teen hero team within the MU, made worse by the New Warriors' involvement with the initial destruction that lead to Civil War.
New Mutants may count as the longest running/surviving teen hero book, but I think that is the exception to the Marvel rule, given they were mutants and the whole 'hunted and hated' mantra that made sure the kids got into certain conflict.
Post by Marvel Boy on Jan 27, 2013 12:23:58 GMT -5
Okay, read #1.
Again, this is my first introduction, reading of these characters so I have no idea how faithful or consistent Gillen is towards their portrayal.
That being said, Billy and Teddy's relationship seems strong and solid, Miss America Chavez is a bit of mystery, Kid Loki was full of mischief, Kate and Noh-Varr being attacked by Skrulls and a bit of cliffhanger at the end.
I liked it, may have loved it if I'd been more familiar with the characters and their history.