When Young Avengers came back for Marvel NOW! back in January 2013, I wasn’t expecting the series to be this amazing! The new roster and the main story arc really set the standard for other teenaged hero comic books. Young Avengers #13 marked the conclusion of the year long story arc and it was quite satisfying.
I know that Marvel is LBGT inclusive when it comes to comic books but the ending was still surprising. As the grownups, including the Avengers, aren’t of any help because of the universal threat by the name ‘Mother’, the Young Avengers call their teenaged friends to battle. I was happy to see Transonic in one of the panels. I missed her since the Generation Hope days. As the kids fight on Earth, the YA are fighting Mother in her dimension. It turns out that Leah is actually Loki’s guilty conscience. I really liked Loki’s character development throughout the series. Do I trust him? No. But I do know that he cares for the YA even if he’s manipulating the team most of the way.
As the fight continues, we see the team members battle external as well as internal conflicts. Kate and Noh-Varr call off their relationship and Miss America and Loki come to some sort of mutual understating for each other. However, it’s Wiccan’s and Hulkling’s relationship that deserve a mention. Both boys have been dealing with relationship problems since the start of the series. But in the end, it was the love they shared for each other that helped Billy defeat Mother. Yes, apparently the whole Marvel Universe was saved because of the love between two teenaged male heroes, Wiccan and Hulking. Not only that, Marvel also gave us a gay character that’s very powerful (I wanted to add ‘very’ several times). Turns out that Billy is actually the Demiurge and he will give birth to the past, present, and the future of magic. Talk about power! The panel that showed Billy trying out his powers for the first time was impressive.
In the end, YA #13 was a satisfying conclusion to a story arc and it showed that love conquers all, regardless of gender. I am really excited to read the next issue. Loki seems to have left the team (but you know he will be back) and I think the rest will try to save Tommy (Speed) who is still missing.
What did you think of the issue? Please share in the comments.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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