By Ali Colluccio
I haven’t quite managed to pull myself out of my comics malaise. Wednesday rolled around and I was still kinda like, “BUT I DON’T WANNAAAAAAAAAA” when it came time to go to the shop. I was even worse when it came to reading them. Basically I read “Young Avengers” and said to myself, “Yup! It ain’t getting any better than this this week. I’mma go back to watching Lizzie Bennet Diaries.” Truth be told, dear reader, there’s still a lot of unread comics on my stack this week. But here we go.
OK. I will try my best not to pick this every time it comes out. But full disclosure: I am embarking on what promises to be a long and torrid love affair with “Young Avengers.” And I really don’t care what you think.
Remember last week I was talking about “Saga” and how I love that it was a book about hope. That’s kind of the same reason I love “Young Avengers.” It has this brilliantly hopeful, optimistic, and forward-thinking feel to it. “Young Avengers” is the comic of the future. It’s a comic for the next generation of comic lovers. Simply put, it’s ahead of its time. And you can try to keep up with it or you can get left behind in a cloud of dust.
This week’s issue treated us to the more formal introduction of Miss America Chavez–who is pretty much the most bad-ass lady in the history of ever. Seriously. I luuurve her. The plot of this arc is simple enough: After a spell gone wrong by Billy (Wiccan) and some meddling from Kid Loki, the parents of the New Young Avengers have gone a bit evil. Also, Kate (Hawkeye) and Mar-Vell are fighting Skrulls off-panel in what is probably the best morning after ever.
Also, Kid Loki describes himself as “I’m Tyrion!”
If you couldn’t tell from the title, “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” is the fictional video blog of snarky grad student Lizzie Bennet and her various family misadventures. Basically it’s the entirety of “Pride and Prejudice” but with a couple modern twists.
I had heard a lot of good things about the series over the past few months and decided to check it out while I was stuck home with the Plague over the weekend. I got so hooked that I ended up watching all of the episodes by Sunday afternoon. Luckily for me, the final two episodes came out this Monday and Thursday. I’m not sure what I would have done if I had to wait longer for them to come out. This show is like crack, yo.
If you weren’t already watching this charming and witty web series, all 100 episodes are on YouTube for you to watch at your leisure (and you really, really should check it out). There also may be DVDs coming out soon thanks to Kickstarter.
Remember that episode of the Justice League cartoon when Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern are turned unto kids? This web comic is kinda like that, only even more adorable. “JL8” is a full cast of Justice Leaguers as 8-year olds. It’s more comic strip than comic book and the art is classically cartoony. But what makes “JL8” so great (see what I did there?) is the characters are spot on. Yale Stewart really gets into these kids heads; not only do they read like their superhero counterparts, they read like real 8-year olds. The “acting” is also perfect. There’s a moment when J’onn J’onnz discovers Oreos and the look on his face is just priceless.
Alright, cats and kittens! I’m going to spend my weekend making fake house sigils on the “Game of Thrones” website. Be cool to each other!