We’ve been speculating over it for months now, but the wait finally came to an end today as the news of a new Marvel NOW! title launching in January was confirmed. Young Avengers, written by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie McKelvie will bring the next generation of super heroes together in a pop filled frenzy of action. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Gillen and McKelvie explain that after working together on the indie darling Phonogram series, and a few years of working together here and there at Marvel, they jumped at the chance to come together for this ongoing series.
In the interview, Kieron Gillen talks for a tremendously long time, as he’s wont to do, and reveals that the formation of this next iteration of Young Avengers comes together thanks to Loki (or Kid Loki as we like to call him around here), a character Gillen is very familiar with from his run on Journey Into Mystery. Kid Loki recruits current Young Avengers Hulkling and Wiccan, along with Girl Hawkeye (Kate Bishop, recently seen as Clint Barton’s new sidekick in Hawkeye), Marvel Boy/Noh-Varr and Miss America Chavez as they come together to face an Ultron related foe. McKelvie is able to get a word in edgewise as well, explaining that he’s redesigned several of the characters costumes as well as explaining his work process with co-artist Mike Norton.
As Gillen explains, Young Avengers is going to be a very different book for him and McKelvie than any of their previous work at Marvel, with a very personal bent to it and an ultimate goal, as Gillen explains:
“I’m really going for it. “Young Avengers” isn’t just designed to be my final word on teenage superheroes. It’s almost certainly designed to be my final word on teenagers full stop.”
Check out the cover to Young Avengers #1: