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Young Allies: The Next Generation

Sean McKeever unveils Marvel’s latest youth sensations and the kid criminals who hate them in YOUNG ALLIES

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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 Toro! McKeever promises that "when the dust settles at the end of the first issue, these five heroes find themselves without a choice but to further pursue the Bastards of Evil and put an end to their vicious anarchy."

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 Toro also wind up fighting alongside the two girls.

"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 Toro's a sort-of new element in all this, appearing for the first time in YOUNG ALLIES #1."

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 Toro-and then you've got the relatively more seasoned, college-aged pairing of Firestar and Gravity. We'll see those two sets of characters interacting and their relationships either forged or developed further. And

The Young Allies
then you've got the two age groups interacting with each other, which will be a bit of a source of tension. Yes, they all have the same goals, but they also have different levels of experience, in terms of both life and super heroics.

"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 Human Torch-Bucky and Toro-fight alongside one another against the Axis powers."

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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13 comments
Galina
Galina

Anyone else bothered by grey colors in places of blue?Nomad and Gravity costumes and Arana's tatoo?

silentprocess
silentprocess

I said a bad word... But I didn't want to... Marvel made me do it momma, I swear!!

Windblast
Windblast

[quote@silentprocess Yeah, most likely. And I guess bastards of evil makes sense since they are... $#@#@ children.[/quote] Exactly.

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

[quote@Windblast I really doubt the material is going to be "kiddish". If anything it seems like there might be a kind of disfunctional family dynamic. Besides, if it was really going to have "kiddish" material I HIGHLY doubt they'd be going up against a team called "The Bastards of Evil".[/quote] I agree it wouldn't come off kiddish. Following the tone of 'Nomad: Girl Without a World' seems the best indication of how this book will target an audience, to me. That wasn't too deep and dark, but it was serious in delivery even with some humor and an overall simplicity. Nomad/Arana's back up feature in Cap A kept that tone for the most part, so I don't see why this wouldn't with the expanded cast.I wouldn't stake too much on the name 'Bastards of Evil' determining the non-kiddishness though. That name more screams 'statement' (and could be meant to be witty) than it does anything assuring mature themed content, and it translates as the article mentions. These are unwanted (or at least unacknowledged) children which is what one would call bastards-and they are children of 'evil persons'. Also an allusion to the youthful version of the Masters of Evil, of course. Nowadays, not even the worst of aggressors would actually put the word 'evil' in their description as a way to be taken seriously. Few people, even while committing the most heinous of crimes see themselves as evil (Brotherhood of Evil, in hindsight, for instance, would have more realistically been named just the Brotherhood, especially for a revolutionary like Magneto-even if the 'of Evil' part was a popular nickname the public gave it). That kinda thing could've been overlooked as the outright fantasy, clear bad guy, nature of comics back then, but readership is more sophisticated now. These creators would be clear on that and not be taking the 'Bastards of Evil' thing seriously.

boscoe
boscoe

This feels like it will be a great book. They picked great characters that have been around for a while, but also have a lot of development ahead. I love Gravity, Arana, and Nomad. I would have picked up the book for just one of them.This could end up being Marvel's "Teen Titans", but better of course.

silentprocess
silentprocess

Yeah, most likely. And I guess bastards of evil makes sense since they are... bastard children.

Windblast
Windblast

[quote@silentprocess I agree, I think this is going to be great.. My only question is what target audience is this? I'm definitely thinking of picking it up but hope the material is not kiddish because the team has younger hero's on it.Opinions anyone? What else has McKeever written that I may be familiar with?[/quote] I really doubt the material is going to be "kiddish". If anything it seems like there might be a kind of disfunctional family dynamic. Besides, if it was really going to have "kiddish" material I HIGHLY doubt they'd be going up against a team called "The Bastards of Evil".

professorhulk
professorhulk

Now this is what im talking about!!! This is going to be a great boook!!! Take a bunch of character that are young(er) - put them on a team together - set them up against children of villains =awsome!!!! hey i might pick up academy, i might pick up childrens crusade, but this? this is going right on my list!

silentprocess
silentprocess

He wrote plenty of stuff... I'm giving this book a shot... Hope it last longer than the previous series I tried to collect.. Exiles, S.W.O.R.D., Dr. Voodoo....Cancelled comics make me sad..

O_B_Juan
O_B_Juan

This does look like fun! I hope it lasts as long as Generation X did!

BlackSamurai
BlackSamurai

Can't immediately remember what McKeever worked on, but I suggest wikipedia and/or googling him (with the word comic to help zeroing on his works) him since you are online, it should mention some titles in the hits. His name is strong in my mind as worthy to read, but just can't place what titles he was on.Nomad is no surprise for something the name of Young Allies, having been Bucky (and the original Bucky with Toro being part of the original Young Allies). I'm guessing Firestar subbed for a Human Torch in Amazing Friends (tv) so why not sub for the original's sidekick Toro. The homage (intentional?) is not lost on me, but I'd think she'd have the mentor/leader role. Arana's association with Nomad of late explains how this comes about a bit. I really don't think the name Young Allies fits as well as I guess it did back in the WWII days, but more on the trend of "Young-this" and "New-that" I guess. (Hmmmm, such things wouldn't be abandoned after the fact, but I figure Marvel polling people for new book names might not be the worse idea in the future)

silentprocess
silentprocess

I agree, I think this is going to be great.. My only question is what target audience is this? I'm definitely thinking of picking it up but hope the material is not kiddish because the team has younger hero's on it.Opinions anyone? What else has McKeever written that I may be familiar with?

Zajdalen
Zajdalen

Hell yeah! That's what I'm talking about. Some new interesting team which consists of great characters. I'm so glad that Gravity is in there. Arana is also a very good choice. Nomad ? Didn't see that coming. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.