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Come With Me If You Want To Be Awesome: Kieron Gillen's "Young Avengers"

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"Young Avengers" writer Kieron Gillen explains his and artist Jamie McKelvie's approach to reinventing the young adult comics genre by creating the book "everyone else rips off."

In the Marvel Universe, being a teenager is, like, hard, okay? Not only do you have to deal with the predictable melodrama of physical and social changes, but odds are pretty decent you're also contending with a very unpredictable superpower as well. Oh, and you probably have to save the world. A lot. Mostly after you've done something to unintentionally jeopardize the safety of it, like conjuring an evil dead-parent impersonating entity that is ready to suck the life force out of all of your friends -- amiright, Wiccan?

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The balance between creating teenage superheroes that are equally relatable as kids and aspirational as heroes is tricky. Fortunately, Kieron Gillen is all over it in "Young Avengers."

Penciled by Gillen's long time collaborator Jamie McKelvie with support from the ever-prolific Mike Norton, the series follows veteran YA members Wiccan, Hulkling and Hawkeye along with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy and Miss America as they save the world -- currently from themselves. The series is just four issues in, and it's already clear that the creators are assembling something unexpected both in the comic and out, including the upcoming addition of former New X-Man Prodigy to the team's roster and a Tumblr dedicated to the team, featuring issue-specific playlists created by Gillen himself.

"Young Avengers" Issue #5 will be released on May 22. For more YA goodness, check out Gillen's Tumblr at http://kierongillen.tumblr.com. Be sure to check the spoiler policy before you see that which can never be unseen.

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