In a nutshell: if you liked the previous one, welcome friend, come and have some more, at times it is even better. If you didn’t, there is plenty of other great books out there too.
Warning! Some medium-rare spoilers.
Now that we are all done with the introductions and set-up of the first volume, the authors decided to really have fun with the characters. The banter between our teenage heroes as they go on their interdimensional road trip is excellent. Their quest to escape the Mother’s clutches takes them across space and multiverse, allowing Norton and McKelvie to have even more fun with the visuals, especially with all the alternative versions of the characters from another dimensions.
New additions to the cast are near perfect as well. Billy’s brother Speed is fun take on a classical super hero speedster and Prodigy brings some cool and calculated stoicism to our group of hotheads, to bad that his abilities reak of narrative convenience, but oh well, it is just some superhero escapism. The rouges gallery also expanded and in the fashion of the Mother, both the Patriot and Leah are unsettling and creepy, if not plain scary.
The intrigue thickens with Loki continuing his mischief and secrets and doubts of other team members spiling out of them. I was really touched by Teddy’s doubt whether he loves Billy out of his free will or due to his reality warping abilities.
Kate Brown’s art on the first issue of this volume, while much different form McKelvie’s manages to match both the tone of the issue about dull regular life of superheroes done with “superheroing” and the rest of the volume. The rest of the art is stellar just like before. The phenomenal instagram page at the beggining of issue two deserves standing ovation.
I really love how this sereies focuses more on the “young” part of Young Avengers. Main antagonist being called the Mother and all the adults being in an endangered if not useless have fresh, altough slightly blunt metaphorical meaning. But the conflict of the young heroes and the legacy they really represent really resonated with me. Being a legacy hero is not that different from facing the expectations that our parents have for us. Can’t we all just do our own thing?
Five out of five dreams worth fighting for.