You see, Kireon Gillen has written a great many comics, with many of them being quite stellar, but it was quite possibly one of his first works, "Phonogram: Rue Britannia," and its sequel, "Phonogram: The Singles Club," that rank among his finest pieces. It took Gillen's familiarity with and love of popular culture (mainly music) and created a world where music itself was a magical element that people could wield. It had these amazing original ideas that built off of people's familiarity with music, 90's rock music in particular, and was both not too heavy-handed in its utilization of pop-culture, but created a perfect balance of newness and things we know and love. Gillen is sort of doing the same thing with Young Avengers but in a different way.
|The Young Avengers talk about "Game of Thrones"|
Perhaps one reason this series has reminded me of Phonogram other than its methodology is that the art is provided by none other than Gillen's collaborator on those books, Jaime Mckelvie. All of those factors make this feel like a third-helping of Phonogram, just with super-powers instead of magic-music. Plus, there is a scene where Marvel Boy talks about how much he loves earth-music in the first issue too, as if the comic is giving us a little wink.
Regardless of how much you do or do not know about the Marvel Universe, you can read "Young Avengers" and still understand everything that is going on, while also enjoying the stellar artwork. Between the clever-but-not-overdone use of popular culture, great writing that makes us care about the characters, and good ol' super-heroics, this incarnation of "Young Avengers" is spectacular. Don't let the fact this is another of half-a-dozen or so "Avengers" comics make you scared to pick this up, the series stands very well on its own, independent of any current or past comics. Folk should definitely make sure to get back-issues of this comic or the trade which will collect these first five issues along with a little prologue story that happened in a comic called "Marvel NOW Point One" which wasn't too good except for the Young Avengers bit. Really, read this! Now, I will leave you with another amazing page from issue #1 that takes place right after that quiet scene with Kate and Marvel Boy talking about music:
5 out of 5 stars.