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Young Avengers: Alternative Culture (Marvel Comics, 2013; #6-10)

The Young Avengers are back, and they’ve taken their show on the road.

  • As Hulkling deals with his anxieties around Wiccan’s reality-altering powers, former allies and enemies crash into the team’s already chaotic lives.
  • This arc’s opening issue follows two former teen heroes working an office job and becoming friends; it is a delight.
  • Then one of them gets pulled out of reality, leading the Young Avengers to stop hopping from town to town and start hopping from universe to universe.
  • Also—you’d better sit down for this one—Loki’s up to something.
  • Come for Kieron Gillen’s Loki snark; stay for the bittersweet existential anxiety he infuses Wiccan and Hulkling’s relationship with.
  • Also stay for Kate Brown, Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton, and Matthew Wilson’s art, which is bright and clean with some cool conceptual moments.

Yes, it's still good.

Collected in

  • Young Avengers, Vol. 2: Alternative Culture (#6-10)
  • Young Avengers by Gillen and McKelvie Omnibus (#1-15)


Writer: Kieron Gillen | Artists: Kate Brown (6), Jamie McKelvie with Mike Norton (7-10) | Colorist: Matthew Wilson | Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles | Covers: JamieMcKelvie & Matthew Wilson | Assistant Editors: Jacob Thomas & Jon Moisan | Editor: Lauren Sankovitch

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