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Young Avengers, Volume 1: Style > Substance

(Young Avengers (2013) #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  10,367 ratings  ·  657 reviews
Legacy isn't a dirty word...but it's an irrelevant one. It's not important what our parents did. It matters what WE do. Someone has to save the world. You're someone. Do the math. The critically acclaimed team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie reinvent the teen super hero comic for the 21st century, uniting Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate "Hawkeye" Bishop with Kid Loki, Marvel ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Marvel (first published August 28th 2013)
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Dawn Hyatt You need to read Journey Into Mystery to understand what happened. The old Loki died, evil Loki, King Loki, Loki the murderer whatever you want to cal…moreYou need to read Journey Into Mystery to understand what happened. The old Loki died, evil Loki, King Loki, Loki the murderer whatever you want to call him. Though as is the case with Marvel characters no one is ever really dead. You have his reincarnated self, Kid Loki who was genuinely trying to recreate himself and change into something good and then you have the Echo of murderer Loki, the murder weapon the Echo that King Loki left behind in order to inhabit Kid Loki's body and leech off of his shiny new reputation. This Echo was forced by Kid Loki into the body of a Magpie named he named Ikol. Lying, scheming, and waiting for the perfect opportunity to kill Kid Loki and take over his body. So the Kid Loki that we see in Young Avengers is the old Loki's Echo and the Kid Loki Spirit is Kid Loki, or maybe a manifestation of the Echo's conscience or both. (less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
um i loved this and i just went to find volume 2 of the trade paperback and i can't find it ANYWHERE. i need it. i must find it. IT'S GOTTA BE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE. ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a light, fun, enjoyable read.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anne by: Sesana
Ok, ok, ok! I get it now, guys!

Because I'm me, and my library likes to order books is some wonky order, I had to read Young Avengers, Vol. 2: Alternative Culture, before I read this one.
Big mistake. HUGE! Don't do it.
Volume 2 didn't make me stand up and cheer (possibly because I was missing relevant plot points), but it wasn't awful, either. However, for the life of me, I couldn't figure out why my friends were rating this one so highly.
Aaaaaaand now I know...
Style > Substance is nothing sho
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*3.5 stars

Really interesting setup, and something I want to continue, but a bit more exposition could have been useful. Kind of hard to go into this one with no prior Young Avengers knowledge, which I definitely don't have. But I did super enjoy how diverse this was. Like yes!!!
Sam Quixote
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You know how certain stories feature kids or teens in them because the storyteller somehow thinks that kids/teens won’t identify with the grown-up heroes and need someone relatable? That’s generally bogus – nobody wants to be Tom Cruise’s whiny kids in War of the Worlds, they want to be Tom Cruise. Nobody wants to be Jar Jar Binks or kid Anakin, they want to be Obi-Wan! Young Avengers somehow subverts that rule by making their teen characters the characters teens – and adults! - would want to be ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

Okay so this series was absolutely amazing!! This bunch of characters was such a brilliant mix and they all just worked really well together!

I felt like it represented teenagers in a very accurate light; from game of thrones references to the tumblr style previously section at the start of every issue! They tackled and represented homosexuality, depression, racial diversity etc so so well and I really do
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a really solid first volume of a comic book series. It was easier to follow than probably any other comic I've read, which was nice. It introduced all the characters in a really natural way while still having its own plot. And it alludes to some sort of backstory that I'm intrigued to find out about it the next volumes. If you like Marvel but with a fun twist--the characters are all offspring of the Avengers--then I'd recommend it. Also Loki is great. ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Re-read today for nostalgia reasons.

This is still one of my all time favorite books! I love this team and this is a great re-introduction after the 2005 series. It gives such a great feel for each of the characters. The stuff with Billy is more moving the second time around. While I still don't quite understand why he thought back a version of Teddy would be a good idea he's a teenager. America, Noh-Varr and Kate are kick ass as usual. I really like and miss Kid Loki, to be honest. I really wish
Crystal Starr Light
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bullet Review:

This was a lot of fun. Diverse characters (several women, one Hispanic, and then the most adorable gay couple), witty dialogue, some twists and turns. But mostly, it's the dialogue and the humor that I enjoyed - some of the finer plot points were lost on me.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
The more I think about this series, the more I absolutely hate it. I'm sorry. I know everyone else loved it, but I absolutely hated it.

I started with Heinberg's run of Young Avengers, you know, the original, and fell in love with that. It was absolutely wonderful. There were diverse characters with interesting plot-lines, great chemistry, and so much life to them. It was wonderful. I was so excited to hear it was starting a new, and even that Kid Loki was being added. I was excited. I was so di
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-graphic
Source: Library
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, superhumans
So much fun. I love the Young Avengers in general (though, sadly, we're down a few from the original team) and I've really loved reading Kid Loki. Putting them all in one book, written by Gillen, who is clearly having the time of his life? Near perfection. Now, I didn't have a clue about Miss America, but I think I like her well enough from what I saw here. I'm grateful that Marvel is getting less squeamish about Teddy and Billy's relationship. They were always a cute couple, but they could go s ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this in the monthly floppies but reading this as a digital trade is the ultimate reading experience.

I read this on an iPad on the Marvel app while playing on Spotify the recommended tracks of some key scenes and it was just awesome. The next thing I should do is to pick some recommended reading music from the playlist Kieron Gillen posted on his Tumblr. I have a feeling that would be a whole different reading experience.

If you're a Gillen and McKelvie fan, you should get this.
bee  ❤︎
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
three stars ∗ wow i loved every character and the artwork was fantastic!! i can’t wait to continue this series omg
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Killer opener guys. Kick ass like a rock star. Past the opening credits, this feels nothing like the classic melodrama of "teenage angst" and a lot like a great adventure with young people who are still plenty fine with making a lot of mistakes (as long as it's in pursuit of their own selfish happiness). This I why you bring talented creators to Marvel - keep breathing fresh air into the worn-out stories.

Rather entirely self-aware in the writing Mr. Gillen, and thank God for that. Sometimes we h
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia-books
If you are looking for a graphic novel with queer rep in it read this it's so good ...more
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
This was much better than I expected. We have kickass heroes, it's diverse and we even have my favorite God of mischief. Looking forward to seeing how this continues in later volumes.

Defiantly recommend.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
Style > Substance. At once the title of this story arc, and a pretty good summing up of the series (so far). For while the visuals are eye-popping and the script is witty (and it does try oh-so-hard to be hip), the whole plot feels contrived and just an excuse to, um... assemble this new version of the team. But when you come to think of it, a lot of team books are like that. I guess now I just notice it more. That said, it is my favourite Kieron Gillen-written comic book, and I'm a BIG fan of J ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have always liked the Young Avengers as a team, so I really enjoyed reading this fantastic volume, showcasing (some of) the team. Marvel Boy was totally awesome in this volume, and I can’t wait to see more of him!


I did not find Miss America compelling, however: she was rather one-dimensional from what I’ve seen thus far. This stood out, since the other characters showed more depth, and were a lot more fun. The storyline surrounding Mother, the inter-dimensional parasite, was a little bizarre—h
Eli Seibert
Now this is how you write a teenage superhero team!
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This comic will always have a special place in my heart.
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, comics

I know about the Avengers because of the movies but the Young Avengers? Who the hell are they? Apparently they are Kate Bishop aka. Hawkeye (the second one or whatever, two people with the same name confuses me) and his hot alien (or is it from another Earth? Man, this stuff is hard to keep track off with newcomers like me)boyfriend... friend with benefits... whatever, Loki who suddenly is a teenager (level with me here, I didn't know him before the Thor movie. Btw, I don't like Tom Hiddles
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ya not my cup of coffee... Picked this one up since I heard this series had The Wicked + The Divine team work on it! I like Kieron Gillen's writing in The Wicked + The Divine, but here, I could not really get into the story! Jamie McKelvie's artwork is fantastic as always though! ...more
'What's happening?'
'I'm happening. Famously so.'

This was entirely fun thanks to Kid Loki's shenanigans. He never disappoints and the parents totally creeped me out for a bit there.

America Chavez remains the best ever, Kate Bishop is definitely the superior Hawkeye and Teddy and Billy are just adorable af.
I loved this volume of Young Avengers. Kid Loki is cunning and funny and blends well with the young superheroes. I have a soft spot for Billy, who has an interesting story and strong powers.
I really like this arc.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have no idea whatsoever about these characters' pasts, but what I did understand, I enjoyed, a lot.

Hulkling and Wiccan are so cute.
Cathal Reynolds
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun! And gay! And pretty!
Read this review and more on my blog, uncovered-books.

This was my first Marvel Comic book that I have read that is not either one of the Marvel Movie Preludes or Old Man Logan (which also happened to be the first comic book I ever read). So for my first Marvel Comic, I have no previous reads to base my knowledge off so I went into this not knowing what to expect. After reading it, I am not entirely sure what I got either.

Let’s start with the storyline. We get introduced to a young Loki and Ms Am
True Rating:4.5 (And be grateful!)

I have heard about Young Avengers for quite awhile thanks to television show, movies, and from fellow YouTubers. I have no clue about the individual characters, their super powers, and their parents except the famous ones like Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye and the rest. At first I was apprehensive about reading this book because I did not know if I have to read any series before this but from my understanding and how this is a relaunch series that you can b
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kieron Gillen is a comic book writer and former media journalist.

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