By Jim Beard
This June, heroism's no longer just for adults, the kids can play too, as writer Sean McKeever unlocks the door on the newest clubhouse for the teen scene: the Young Allies!
But who makes up the Young Allies? Why, none other than some of Marvel's most popular and unique heroes: Nomad, Araña, Gravity and Firestar, along with newcomer
The writer explains further of the characters and YOUNG ALLIES #1:
"On the outset of the story, Nomad and Araña are the only ones who know each other and work together, as we're currently exploring in the CAPTAIN AMERICA bonus serial. But when the Bastards of Evil launch an attack on Manhattan's financial district, Gravity, Firestar and
"Gravity, as we'll see in AGE OF HEROES #2, has already had some exposure to the Bastards and their chaotic, amoral ways. In the wake of the FIRESTAR one-shot, Firestar's found a new perspective on life that figures into things as well. And
McKeever also notes that the way in which the group works together and their outlook on their historic name will become very apparent sooner than later.
"What we have here are three tiers of character interaction," he explains. "On one level, you've got the three teenagers-Nomad, Araña and
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"Back when I was first putting the NOMAD limited series together, one of the comics I picked up for research on the character was Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley's HEROES REBORN: YOUNG ALLIES special. Of course, the history of the name goes back much further, to the days of [World War II] when Marvel-then Timely-had the sidekicks of Captain America and the original
But before readers draw the conclusion that YOUNG ALLIES stands as typical team action, McKeever's got a few words for them.
"As for this third iteration [of the name], I tend not to think of it as a 'team' so much as 'young allies'," the writer notes. "That is to say that they're an assemblage of young heroes who share particular convictions and who find a group of young villains who are diametrically opposed to those convictions."
And, oh, what villains. The Bastards of Evil may just be one of the most unique explosions of badness in the Marvel Universe yet.
"The Bastards are the unwanted offspring of super villains, each of them with a new twist on their parents' powers," McKeever reveals. "They started out committing smaller crimes and atrocities in smaller cities, posting videos of their evil deeds on their offshore website. Again, as we'll see in June's AGE OF HEROES #2, things start to ramp up when one of the Bastards-Warhead, the son of Radioactive Man-goes up against his first super hero, Gravity.
"So when they finally make their big splash in New York City, and the Young Allies intervene and these two groups get a whiff of each other, both sides realize that they're fighting for nothing less than the very soul of a generation. And so while the Young Allies are hunting down the Bastards of Evil after the first issue, you better believe the Bastards are concocting their own plans to bring down the Allies."
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