Young Avengers #1; Kieron Gillen & Jaime McKelvie
A couple of weeks ago, the first issue of the new Young Avengers was released and proceeded to quickly sell out just about everywhere (there's a second print in the pipeline), but this past Wednesday, here at Alternate Reality Comics, we got some more first prints in. The year isn't even two months old and already Young Avengers is getting some of the best reviews for any superhero comic debut since last year's also excellent Hawkeye.
The Young Avengers was created back in 2005 by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung and was a comic that had many people looking forward to every issue. Unfortunately, Young Avengers as written and drawn by Heinberg and Cheung was often late, but they were worth the wait and I know I speak for many when I say that I'm glad that Marvel didn't just put other writers and artists on this title to make it come out more often. Sadly, presently, the collections of the Young Avengers are out of print because Marvel is horrible about keeping even their best titles in print, but hopefully they'll go back to press on these books (I suspect they will with the popularity of the new series).
Do you need to read the previous Young Avengers stories to enjoy this newest Young Avengers comic? No! Yes, you'd have a better understanding of the characters, but I believe that anyone who reads the first issue of Gillen & McKlevie's Young Avengers will enjoy this issue onto itself and will look forward to figuring out these characters back story as this new creative team (Gillen wrote Journey Into Mystery previously and they both worked on the alternative comic fave, Phonogram). And Young Avengers is one of the few superhero comics that doesn't rely on you reading several other series to enjoy. Need I say that Young Avengers is a huge money back guarantee title at Alternate Reality Comics! And as an extra bonus for those of you who read Ich Liebe Comics and my facebook page, I've got copies of Marvel Now! Point One 47 page one shot that launched this new era of Marvel for only $2.99 (regular price $5.99)!! This one shot has a new Young Avengers story by Gillen & McKelvie, a new Nova story (first issue of Nova come out 2/20), a new Guardians of the Galaxy story (first issue on sale 2/27), a new FF story by Fraction & Allred, and many other stories that kick started Marvel Now!