Young Avengers - Volume 1: Sidekicks (Anglais) Broché – 19 avril 2006
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4 nouveaux héros sont apparus à New York : Iron Lad, Hulkling, Patriot et Asgardian. J. Jonah Jameson dépêche Jessica Jones pour savoir qui sont ces adolescents, qu'une collègue surnomme vite les Young Avengers. Il est vrai que la ressemblance est troublante. Outre leur jeune âge, Iron Lad ressemble à Iron Man, Hulkling (comme son nom l'indique) à Hulk, Patriot à Captain America (version Steve Rogers) et Asgardian (comme son nom l'indique aussi) à Thor. Et quand Kang fait son apparition au milieu des vestiges du manoir des Avengers (détruit dans Avengers Disassembled), seuls les Young Avengers pourront sauver Captain America et Iron Man.
Je ne vois pas de point de départ plus catastrophique pour une nouvelle série : prendre un groupe de jeunes qui sont des décalques de héros établis. Ah, si, il y a pire : les plonger dans une histoire de paradoxe temporel où il est plus facile de se prendre les pieds dans le tapis de la logique que de construire quelque chose de solide. Et puis, on peut également inclure dans l'histoire les héros d'origine pour faire ressortir à quel point les nouveaux ne sont que de pâles copies.
Allan Heinberg n'a eu peur de rien : il a exactement cumulé tous ces écueils dans son histoire. Et contre toute attente, le résultat tient la route. Le secret ?Lire la suite ›
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After the events of Avengers Disassembled, Iron Man and Captain America were forced to disband the popular superteam. Ant-Man/Scott Lang, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, and The Vision were all killed, the Scarlet Witch lost her mind and caused massive destruction, both physically and emotionally, to the team, and Tony Stark (Iron Man) was forced to step down as the Secretary of Defense, and the mansion was destroyed. But before the New Avengers could start up, a quartet of teenage superheroes were spotted disguised as members of the Avengers. Patriot/Eli Bradley is dressed as Captain America's sidekick Bucky, Hulkling/Teddy Altman obviously looks like the Incredible Hulk, Asgardian/Billy Kaplan models himself after Thor, and Iron Lad/Nathaniel Richards wears a suit of advanced armor, similar to that of Iron Man.
The series begins with a great line from Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson asking reporters Kat Farrell and Jessica Jones (pregnant with Luke Cage's baby) who the Young Avengers are (the name was chosen by Farrell, and is fairly disliked by the teens). JJJ orders them to find out who they are and what they are up to. Furthermore, once Captain America and Iron Man learn about the teen group, they are also interested in finding them... so that they can stop them.
Meanwhile, the Young Avengers are having trouble adjusting into the roles of heroes. They try to help diffuse a hostage situation at a wedding, but they end up getting saved themselves by Kate Bishop, one of the bridesmaids. Later, Iron Lad tries to warn the others that the time-travelling supervillain Kang the Conqueror is coming for them (though if you know a lot about the Marvel universe, I've given away the ending to the first issue already). As it turns out, Iron Lad found files in the remnants of The Vision for a contingency plan in case the Avengers ever disband, and it brought the four would-be heroes together. Eventually, Cassie Lang, the daughter of the late Ant-Man, and Kate Bishop find their way to the destroyed Avengers Mansion to sign up with the Young Avengers. Although, Cap, Iron Man, and Jessica have already found the kids, and try to dissuade them from being heroes. Eventually, Kang does show up, and the Young Avengers are forced to fight when the adult Avengers get incapacitated.
While the series may seem contrived, it really isn't. Heinberg's plot and dialogue are very good, as is the art. While the story synopsis I am giving in this review is minimal, I am trying to keep from spoiling too much, and the repurcussions of Kang's actions are amazing. Also, some people may be turned off by the fact that this is a book about teenagers, but you shouldn't let that stop you. While media about teens (whether it be movies, television, or books) has been polluted by some really terrible offerings, this is one of the great offerings. Strangely, this and another book about a group of teenage heroes are two of my favorite comics currently on the shelves (the other being Runaways, which is even better than this, so check it out too!).
I guess the one drawback I found is that not all of the Young Avengers have fully developed personalities. Hulkling and Asgardian don't really have distinctive personalities, but by the end of the book, we can see them developing. Fortunately, the other characters are well developed. Patriot is headstrong, Cassie and Iron Lad are idealists, and Kate is a tough girl with definite leadership potential. So even though not all of the characters have been fleshed out yet, don't let that stop you from picking up this book.
Overall, this is an excellent offering from Marvel. Pretty much everything about it is top-notch and shouldn't be written off. This first story arc is good, and from what I hear, it only gets better from here.
A Loyal Fan.
This first arc, titled "Sidekicks" (something of a misappelation in my opinion, since the characters are not sidekicks, unlike, say, the original Teen Titans), is just about the perfect origin arc for a superteam. Heinberg effortlessly weaves old continuity into his story in fascinating ways, carrying on from the fallout of AD better than Bendis ever did. The Young Avengers first appear in New York, consisting of four heroes whose appearances are modelled on Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk; understandably alarmed, the real Captain America and Iron Man investigate, bringing along reporter and former superhero Jessica Jones (another Bendis creation); and two girls, Cassie Lang (daughter of the deceased Ant-Man II) and Kate Bishop (daughter of a rich family, and the only character without a connection to an existing hero) decide to look for the team, and insist on joining. Hanging over all this is the impending arrival of Kang the Conqueror, arguably the worst foe in the history of the Avengers (he physically conquered the world once, and blew up Washington, although that's rarely mentioned, since it's largely been ignored since). I won't get into much detail on the plot (other reviewers have already done so, and, in any event, it's better to discover these things for oneself), but sufficed to say that by the story's end the team will have gone through the ringer, and come out both triumphant and sorrowful.
Heinberg's writing is brilliant; witty, dramatic, poignant, and insightful; he takes basic character types and brings them to life. He is matched by Jim Cheung on art, whose beautiful work (albeit with a somewhat limited array of facial types) brings the characters and their world to vivid life. The only flaw on the part of each is how slow they are, but that's not a problem in trade (although it will be when you become addicted to the series, as I did, and are then confronted with the paucity of published adventures for this team).
I give this my highest recommendation.