The History of the Young Avengers
As ‘Empyre’ wraps on Marvel Unlimited, we run down where this team started and where they are now.
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With EMPYRE #6 and EMPYRE: AFTERMATH AVENGERS #1, the Kree/Skrull saga that gave Hulkling and Captain Marvel serious promotions wraps in full. With the Cotati’s Celestial Messiah Quoi no longer a contender in the game of thrones, Emperor Dorrek VIII is now cleared to rule the cosmos with a steady head and a clear conscience. With (now) royal husband Wiccan by his side.
The Young Avengers met at a wedding and it all “ends” at a wedding. But what looks like a finale is just a new beginning…
We run down the chronological history of the Young Avengers, from first meetings, first headlines, first bouts of interdimensional parasites, and even first loves. Read these key issues on Marvel Unlimited now.
FIRST APPEARANCE: YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #1
Who are the Young Avengers? Screenwriter Allan Heinberg and artist Jim Cheung introduce the next generation’s Avengers in this origin run. When a mysterious group of teen heroes assemble as Earth’s Mightiest, they immediately grip the attention of their adult counterparts... and reporter Jessica Jones. The series that introduced Kate Bishop: Hawkeye, Wiccan, Patriot, Hulkling, and Cassie Lang.
Want more backstory on individual team members including their ties to the Avengers? We recommend the YOUNG AVENGERS SPECIAL (2005) #1, an exposé by reporters Jessica Jones and Kat Farrell, or YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS (2008).
These teen super-teams may have started out on opposite sides during CIVIL WAR, but the attack and near capture of the Runaways led the Young Avengers to gain some new friends. Quickly. Alliances and allegiances are forever shifted in this fast paced tie-in series!
THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE: AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE (2010) #1
The fan-favorite story arc that saw Wiccan and Hulkling go “official” official!
When his mystic abilities spiraled out of control, Wiccan set out to find the one person who may have been able to help—his purported mother Scarlet Witch. The Avengers and X-Men co-star in this super-powered coming-of-age.
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STYLE > SUBSTANCE: YOUNG AVENGERS (2013) #1
New to comics? Look no further than this excellent entry point series told in the madcap manner of Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson. The Young Avengers are reunited and revamped in this stylish run that introduced team members Kid Loki, Prodigy, and America Chavez.
When they weren’t fighting an interdimensional reality-altering parasite called “Mother,” this team was taking on teen spirit.
KATE BISHOP GOES WEST: HAWKEYE (2016) #1
Kate Bishop fans, this is your run.
While she did co-star with mentor Clint Barton in HAWKEYE (2012) and ALL-NEW HAWKEYE (2015), Kate Bishop went solo and headed to that other coast in this Los Angeles-set detective series. And when Kate showed up, the city got a new guardian angel. Now, all she needs is a customer.
WHO IS AMERICA?: AMERICA (2017) #1
She’s beauty and she’s grace. She’ll punch you in the face. Or possibly into another dimension.
A standout from the Young Avengers’ 2013 roster, America Chavez positively crackles in her first solo series which touches on superhuman college, new romance, the history of Planeta Fuertona, and the last remaining survivors of America’s dimensionally-disparate family.
And, what’s a Young Avengers spinoff series without guest-starring Young Avengers?!
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WEST COAST AVENGERS REDUX: WEST COAST AVENGERS (2018) #1
Best friends in battle and in life, Kate Bishop and America Chavez continue their West Coast adventures in this wild run written by Kelly Thompson (DEADPOOL). Best of all, Gwenpool and Kid Omega are added to the mix for an extra dose of snark and sarcasm. Shark-punching/wrangling, giant-sized Tigra, and the introduction of B.R.O.D.O.K. Need we say more?
EMPEROR HULKLING: EMPYRE (2020) #1
The lives of two Young Avengers, Wiccan and Hulkling, are overhauled overnight in this cosmic epic starring the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. Teddy Altman takes the throne as a space emperor to a united Kree/Skrull alliance, fulfilling his birthright as the son of Kree warrior Mar-Vell and Skrull princess Anelle. And, it doesn’t take long for Teddy’s loyalties to be challenged by his War Council and beyond.
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As for the future of the Young Avengers? We do know that Hulkling and Wiccan won’t be enjoying their honeymoon anytime soon! Read KING IN BLACK #1, in comic shops now, to see the big, bad threat your Young Avengers favorites will be dealing with next.
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