And our second review of the evening is going to be none other than the second issue of Young Avengers. I loved the first issue. A lot. Here's hoping Kieron Gillen can keep up the great work with the second issue.
Young Avengers #2
Summary: Wiccan and Hulkling head downstairs and find Hulkling's mother happily cooking for Wiccan's parents. Wiccan and Hulkling rapidly realize something was wrong with Hulkling's mom, as she's starting to give off a crazy June Cleaver type of vibe. Wiccan realizes that Hulkling's mother had done something to his parents and tries to send her back from whence she came, but Wiccan is still wiped out from bringing Hulkling's mother over and she easily stops him. Next Hulkling tries to stop her, but can't put a dent in her, so Hulkling collects Wiccan and beats a hasty retreat. The two head to Avengers Mansion and ask the Uncanny Avengers for help, but Hulkling's crazy mother has beaten them there and has seemingly taken over the Avengers as she had done to Wiccan's folks(!). Wiccan's parents collect the two and toss them into some sort of extra-dimensional prison. Luckily for Wiccan, Loki breaks in and rescues him, breaking Hulkling out of his prison as well. The trio head to a diner and after some discussion, Wiccan and Hulkling seemingly decide that Loki was the problem(wait, what?!) and head to Asgardia to ask the Asgardians for help. This issue ends with a Frost Giant coming out of Asgardia to take possession of Loki for his real father, Laufey.
Thoughts: Yep, I think I have a new favorite series. Gillen is hitting all the right notes here, and I am loving this series. Now, it wasn't all perfect, but I did enjoy this issue thoroughly. My biggest gripe would be Wiccan and Hulkling apparently deciding that Loki was the problem... I'm not sure how they came to that conclusion... Maybe because Hulkling noticed Loki on his roof when the spell was cast the prior night? Maybe it's simply that they figure Loki HAS to be behind this since he IS Loki? Other than my mild confusion regarding Hulking and Wiccan's decision(and the lack of Kate and Noh-Varr!), I have zero complaints here. Great stuff!
Score: 9 out of 10.
I LOVE Loki's dialogue in this series...