Okay, I knew, just knew that I was going to be getting hold of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers series coming to a comic shop near you this very month.
But everything I’ve seen about it thus far simply fills me with happiness. It really looks like the sort of book I can get behind and love. Hawkeye and Young Avengers? Two monthly Marvel books I’m reading…. this hasn’t happened for years!
“He’s also hot.
Ever since our work on Phonogram, Jamie have strove to make our comics – for want of a better phrase – slash-fic-able. If you’re working in certain heroic fantasy genres, that’s part of the emotional churn. And that part is what loses the sort of person who thinks by Jamie redesigning Ms. Marvel’s costume he’s destroying the “sex-cake”.
(Oh man. Someone really did say Jamie had removed the icing from the sex-cake. Sometimes all you can do is blink when doing this gig. Blink so hard you hope your eyes open on some kind of better world. I digress.)
Anyway – point being: characters being sexy is cool but objectification in the process is bullshit. An inability to see the difference is a fundamental weakness. My wife’s in the next room watching Lord of the Rings, and I guarantee she’s thinking sexy thoughts about Aragorn. But that works without anything which annihilates him as a character, y’know? The readers mind will latch upon this stuff.
That’s how Jamie and me work.
Oh, Noh-Varr. You are the sex-cake.”
Cover and the first three pages via Jamie McKelvie.