One of the most anticipated debuts from Marvel Comics’ Marvel NOW! publishing initiative was Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s “Young Avengers.” A new take on the series created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, Gillen and McKelvie bring their “Phonograph”-flavored spin to the book, exploring what it’s like to be an 18-year-old with powers in the vast expanse of the Marvel Universe.
Not only have Gillen and McKelvie taken the teen concept in a new direction with “Young Avengers” alumni Kate Bishop (Hawkeye), Hulkling and Wiccan alongside newcomers Miss America Chavez, Noh-Varr and previous “Journey Into Mystery” star Kid Loki, the duo has brought an indie design sensibility to mainstream comics reminiscent of their Image Comics series “Phonogram.”
With “Young Avengers” #1 finally in the hands of eager fans, Gillen and McKelvie joined CBR’s COMMENTARY TRACK to discuss the concepts behind the issue, the process of designing its two-page action sequences, Gillen’s friendly rivalry with “Hawkeye” writer Matt Fraction and tease the tricks up their sleeves as the series moves through its 15-issue first season. Plus, get an exclusive look at Gillen’s script for the first few pages of the debut issue.
Warn: minor spoilers for future issues
Also includes scripts extracts from issue 1, which is something you won’t have seen.