[The cover of Young Avengers (2013) #13, featuring the title’s logo in the center above the assembled cast: (clockwise from top) Hulkling, Wiccan, Marvel Boy, Miss America, Hawkeye, and Prodigy. A red Marvel banner at the bottom gives the issue’s title at the left and the list of this issue’s creators at the right.]
Young Avengers is an American comic book published by Marvel. The first run, spearheaded by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, began in 2005 and ran until 2012. In 2013, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie brought the series back, adding some new characters to the group’s roster.
As both Young Avengers series focus on the adventures of some of the teenage heroes of the Marvel universe, several of the stories include such common young adult themes as destiny, young love, and leaving home, but with a unique backdrop of time travel, reality-warping powers, and alien invasions.
Both iterations also feature a diverse cast of characters, but the characters of Wiccan (Billy Kaplan) and Hulkling (Teddy Altman) may be the most famous. As young superheroes in a stable homosexual relationship, these Young Avengers were quickly recognized as role models not just for their heroic deeds in fighting evil, but in being a positive influence for homosexual and/or questioning youth. In fact, both launches of the series have won GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards for Outstanding Comic Books: first in 2008 and again in 2014.
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Now we are slaves, next year may we be free (of self-doubt, of self-hatred, of oppressive relationships, of toxic environments, of physical and emotional abuse, of slavery of the body, slavery of the mind, slavery of the spirit, slavery of the heart, society’s demands and the oppression of others)
Tonight every one of us must ask ourselves - how am I contributing to someone else’s slavery? How can I help them out of chains instead?
Be the exodus.
This post has been brought to you by four cups of wine, one little goat, and tomorrow’s wicked bout of regret.