Editor's Note: Siege: Young Avengers arrives in stores tomorrow, April 14.
"Underneath it All"
While I wouldn't say any of the Siege One-Shots released this week are great, Siege: Loki is at least interesting (particularly if you're a Thor reader), while Siege: Captain America is utterly devoid of purpose. Siege: Young Avengers falls squarely in between the others when it comes to quality and intention.
With Stature and Vision out doing their Mighty Avenger thang, McKeever chooses to concentrate on the rest of the team, splitting the narrative up into three threads. In the first, Wiccan and Hulkling run into the Wrecking Crew, and at the same time, Patriot and Hawkeye find themselves trapped beneath the rubble of Asgard. While all that's going on, Speedster is pushing himself to his limits to save as many people from the destruction as possible.
McKeever's characterizations are pretty good, and we gain some insight into why Wiccan originally called himself Asgardian and mimicked Thor's powers. Sure, it's not the greatest reason, or even that emotionally resonant, but at least it shows McKeever's interested in the characters and what motivates them.
Not being that up to date on the Young Avengers, I'm not sure if the interaction between Patriot and Hawkeye is something that's been previously established or if this is a new twist, but one way or the other, it works. There's also a nice, if predictable, moment between Speedster and Ronin/Clint that helps provide some purpose to that narrative line.
So, if you're a fan of the Young Avengers and miss having them around, this is another decent little appearance that should help to sate your appetite until Allan Heinberg returns with the promised new mini-series later this year.
Asrar's art is stylish, doing a nice job of capturing both the energy of the conflicts and the devastation of Asgard's fall. He doesn't worry about realism and instead concentrates on making these super heroes look like super heroes. The villains are suitably threatening and the action utilizes the settings in a way that none of the other One-Shots released this week do.
While the other Siege releases might have visual moments that shine brighter than Siege: Young Avengers, neither of them is as consistently effective.
In fact, Asrar does a very good job of making this feel like a natural continuation of the Young Avengers' story. McKeever's writing also maintains the quality I expect from a Young Avengers project. The only real drawback is that there isn't much reason for this comic to exist, other than to keep our Young Avengers appetites whetted.
But at least it does that well. And for that, it's definitely worth a look.
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