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Young Avengers
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Promotional art for Young Avengers Special #1
by Jim Cheung
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Young Avengers #1 (April, 2005)
Created by Allan Heinberg
Jim Cheung
In-story information
Base(s) An abandoned warehouse which formerly housed Bishop Publishing
Member(s) Current Roster
Hawkeye
Hulkling
Patriot
Speed
Stature
Wiccan
Vision
Former Members
Iron Lad

Young Avengers is an American comic book series written by Allan Heinberg and published by Marvel Comics. It follows the a group of young superheroes, each of whom patterns himself or herself after a member of the long-established Marvel superhero team the Avengers.

Marvel's 1940s forerunner, Timely Comics, had an unrelated character, Young Avenger, who debuted in USA Comics #1 (Aug. 1941).[1]

Contents

Fictional biography

Young Avengers follows the events of the "Avengers Disassembled" storyline. The four founding members of the team were gathered together as a result of the Vision's plan for the reformation of the Avengers in the event the team disbanded. In the series, newspapers refer to the young heroes as "super-powered fanboys" and label them the "Young Avengers," a name the team members initially disliked but which stuck nonetheless.

Members

Original members

The Vision's contingency plan for reforming the Avengers in an emergency hints that each of the four original team members brought together by Iron Lad has a significant tie to an existing Avengers member or the team's history:

  • Hulkling (resembling Captain Marvel and the Hulk) is Teddy Altman. He is a shape-shifter who also possesses enhanced strength and healing. He is the son of Kree hero Captain Mar-Vell and the Skrull princess Anelle; he is a Kree-Skrull hybrid.
  • Iron Lad (resembling Iron Man) is the young man who will one day become Kang the Conqueror. He is armed with a neuro-kinetic suit given to him by Kang the Conqueror (of the future) that responds to mental commands.
  • Patriot (resembling Captain America). Initially he had no inherent powers, obtaining enchanced abilities through drug use. Patriot was revealed to be the grandson of super-soldier Isaiah Bradley and claimed to have gotten his powers through a blood transfusion from his grandfather, though it was later revealed to be a lie. However, he eventually did receive his grandfather's powers through a blood transfusion. His original costume resembled that of Bucky Barnes.
  • Wiccan (formerly Asgardian; patterned after the Scarlet Witch and Thor) is Billy Kaplan, who may be the son of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision. Billy uses magic for various effects, such as casting spells for flight, lightning generation, and locating people, and activates these spells by repeating the intended effect out loud. Thomas Shepherd (Speed) may be his twin brother, and the reincarnation of the twins that the Scarlet Witch lost.

Later members

  • Hawkeye (a combination of the original Hawkeye/Mockingbird/Swordsman), whose real name is Kate Bishop, is a civilian who forcibly introduced herself into the Young Avengers, saving them from a botched rescue. While Kate has no inherent powers, she is competent with a bow and arrow as well as a sword. She later adopted the codename Hawkeye with the blessing of Captain America, who bestowed to her the original Hawkeye's bow and arrows as a gift.
  • Speed (patterned after Quicksilver) is Thomas Shepherd, a boy the team rescued from imprisonment. He may be the son of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision, and thus the twin brother of Wiccan. Though he was part of the Vision's contingency plan, he was not an original team member. He is a speedster who can also accelerate atomic matter as well as destabilize it.
  • Stature (patterned after Ant-Man/Giant-Man) is Cassie Lang, daughter of the late Scott Lang. She has the power to change size at will. Initially planning on running to Los Angeles to join the Runaways before learning of the group's existence, she instead tracked down the Young Avengers along with Kate, convincing them to allow them membership.
  • The Vision (a combination of Iron Lad and the original Vision) Iron Lad uploaded Vision's "operating system" into his armor to execute the android's contingency plan. After Iron Lad was forced to leave the team, he activated the software, causing his armor to become a new version of the Vision — albeit one with none of the memories or life experience of his predecessor.

List of members

Character Real name Joined in Notes
Iron Lad Nathaniel Richards Young Avengers #1 Founder; left team to become Kang.
Hulkling Theodore "Teddy" Altman Young Avengers #1 Chosen by Nathaniel as one of the original members.
Patriot Elijah "Eli" Bradley Young Avengers #1 Chosen by Nathaniel as one of the original members.
Wiccan William "Billy" Kaplan Young Avengers #1 Chosen by Nathaniel as one of the original members.
Stature Cassandra Lang Young Avengers #2 Daughter of former Ant-Man, Scott Lang. Left team during Civil War to join The Initiative but later returned after Secret Invasion. She has dual membership with Mighty Avengers.
Hawkeye Kate Bishop
Speed Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd Young Avengers #12 Located by Vision to join the Young Avengers and rescue Hulkling.
Vision Based on the Iron Lad tech, contains both the Vision's programming and Nathan's emotions. Left the team after Secret Invasion, but returned with Cassandra Lang. He has dual membership with The Mighty Avengers.

Recurring characters

Storylines

Issues 1-12 and Young Avengers Special

In "Sidekicks" (issues #1-#6), reporters Jessica Jones (a former teen superhero known as Jewel) and Kat Farrell of The Daily Bugle and heroes Captain America and Iron Man investigate a new group of teenage heroes. The story is set in the time between the "Avengers Disassembled" storyline and the beginning of New Avengers. The team defeats Kang the Conqueror, still Captain America and Iron Man take away their gear and refuse to train the team without their parents' consent. Despite the heroes' warnings, the team continues with a new headquarters, new costumes, and new names.

In "Secret Identities" (issues #7-#8), the Young Avengers must decide how much to tell their parents after the members decide to continue acting publicly. None of their parents find out. During a fight with Mr. Hyde in Young Avengers #8, Wiccan discovers Eli abusing MGH a drug that gives people powers for short periods of time in order to appear to have superpowers. Eli confesses that he deceived the Vision who meant to recruit his missing uncle Josiah in order to join the team. Overwhelmed with emotion, he quits the team.

In Young Avengers Special #1, Jessica Jones interviews the Young Avengers about their pasts at the insistence of Kat Farrell. Cassie Lang had a troubled home life, especially after her father died. She and her mother constantly fought and she hated her mom's new boyfriend. Had the Young Avengers not formed, Cassie planned to join the Runaways. Teddy Altman abused his shapeshifting powers to hang out with a more popular kid. He realized that he had gone too far when his "friend" tried to force him to steal artifacts from the destroyed Avengers Mansion. Billy Kaplan had a problem with being accepted. He met the Scarlet Witch, who explained that being different isn't bad. Kate Bishop was attacked in a park. Eli Bradley took the Mutant Growth Hormone because he felt powerless against some thugs and wanted to prove that his grandfather truly was the black Captain America.

In "Family Matters" (issues #9-#12), K'Lrt the Super-Skrull tries to take Teddy to the Skrull homeworld. K'Lrt reveals that Mrs. Altman is not Teddy's mother and kills her. In the aftermath, K'Lrt kidnaps Teddy. The Vision offers to locate more "Young Avengers" using his prior incarnation's contingency plan. The Young Avengers break Thomas Shepherd out of a superhuman prison and recruit him. Tommy can move at superhuman speed and accelerate matter, destabilizing it enough to cause an explosion. The Super-Skrull tells Teddy of his true origin as the son of the Kree hero Captain Marvel and the Skrull princess Anelle. He then claims that Tommy and Billy are the Scarlet Witch and Vision's lost twin sons. Billy believes him but Tommy does not. Kree and Skrull combat forces arrive and fight each other and the Young Avengers until Teddy, realizing his importance to both sides, calls for a ceasefire. The Avengers intervene and a Kree warrior fires at Captain America. Patriot intervenes and is gravely wounded. Hulkling and K'Lrt end the fighting by secretly shapeshifting into each other's forms. Captain America and K'Lrt, disguised as Hulkling, broker a shared custody between the races.

At a hospital, Eli's grandfather donates his blood to Eli. Captain America again tells the Young Avengers to stop what they're doing. Kate blames their trouble on the Avengers for not training them. The Young Avengers repair the statues of fallen Avengers at Avengers Mansion. Eli now has superpowers as a result of the blood transfusion. Kate receives Hawkeye's bow and quiver from Captain America, and she takes the mantle of Hawkeye. Tommy arrives in costume and calls himself Speed.

Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways

In Civil War #2, the members of Young Avengers are captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. for not complying with the registration act. Captain America and the Falcon help them escape. Once in Captain America's secret base, the Young Avengers join the resistance movement called Secret Avengers. In issue #3, the team follows Captain America into a trap set by Iron Man. Wiccan, along with Cloak, is knocked out via tranquilizers while the rest of the Young Avengers joins the fight against Iron Man and the pro-registration heroes. Stature leaves the resistance after Goliath is killed by a clone of Thor and the Secret Avengers are forced to retreat from battle leaving Wiccan behind. However, shortly afterwards Stature registers and begins superhero training. The remainder of the team remained with Captain America. Stature is seen alongside Iron Man and the rest of the "pro-reg" group during the final battle between registered and rebel heroes. Deadpool is commissioned as a "hero hunter" in the war and frequently remarks how he'd like to capture "those nubile Young Avengers".

With the surrender of Captain America, the rest of the Young Avengers are granted amnesty in exchange for registration. All the members except Hawkeye and Patriot registered, and began training at Camp Hammond. In the last issue of the Fallen Son crossover, when the funeral of Captain America takes place at Washington D.C., all of the Young Avengers are seen, wearing their Super Hero outfits, and are even mentioned by name by the Falcon, while delivering the ceremonial speech. This suggests another amnesty was offered to Hawkeye, Patriot and Speed, who had stayed in the resistance after the end of the Civil War, alongside the New Avengers.

In She-Hulk #21 it was revealed that the Hulking and Wiccan that joined the Initiative were actually a pair of interdimensional travelers known as "Alphas" whereas the actual Hulkling and Wiccan were shocked at the discovery that they had registered. Hawkeye, Patriot, and Speed, remain unregistered.[2]

Young Avengers Presents

Patriot
Eli returns to his home in the Bronx to discover that Bucky had visited his grandfather Isaiah Bradley.[2] Hoping to talk to him, Patriot and Hawkeye, with the assistance of a portal spell from Wiccan, track Bucky down to an A.I.M. base.[2] After aiding Bucky against the A.I.M. MODOCs (Military Organisms Designed Only for Combat), Patriot follows him to Steve Rogers' old apartment and shares his concerns losing faith in the country. Bucky explains to Eli that America is an idea used for good or ill, but one with value to it and something worth defending against all threat, inspiring the younger hero once more.[2]

Hulkling
After seeing footage of Mar-Vell's return in Times Square, Teddy immediately goes and speaks to the legendary hero, telling him that he is his son.[3] Unfortunately, Captain Marvel, rather shocked by the news, leaves Teddy to consider what he has learned. Meeting Mar-Vell after stopping some bank robbers, they discuss Teddy's childhood.[3] While Captain Marvel is exceptionally proud of Teddy for becoming an Avenger, he confesses that he will not be able to stay forever, as the survival of the time stream depends on him eventually returning back to the past and dying from cancer. This Captain Marvel eventually turned out to be a Skrull sleeper agent in place for the Secret Invasion[3]

Wiccan and Speed
Wiccan and Speed begin searching for the Scarlet Witch, whom they believe to be their mother, to learn more about their past and history. They check Genosha and Wundagore Mountain before meeting Master Pandemonium in the Scarlet Witch's old residence in New Jersey. He chooses not to fight them after discovering who their mother is, and advises them to end their search and embrace their present lives.

Vision
Vision tracks down Stature to Camp Hammond where she is training to be an Initiative hero. After confronting her, the two talk about their relationship and who the Vision is. The Vision reveals that after Civil War, he traveled around the world posing as different people, living many different lives, ultimately culminating in a better understanding of who "he" is. He asserts that he is his own person, not the memories of Iron Lad, confessing his love to Cassie, and states that he wishes to now be called Jonas. Cassie demonstrates that she is unsure but is willing to reciprocate his feelings.[4]

Stature
Stature accidentally injures her stepfather while stopping a super villain. Her guilt causes her to shrink and the other Young Avengers attempt to snap her out of it before she shrinks into non-existence. She comes to terms with the responsibilities and risks of her position as part of the Young Avengers and the Initiative, reasoning that her stepfather also understands the risks of life as a policeman.

Hawkeye
Hawkeye feels uncomfortable about her growing relationship with Patriot and meanwhile is being tested by Clint Barton, the original Hawkeye. Kate and Clint make a bet that results in Kate returning her bow and her name to the original Hawkeye. Clint tries to advocate for the Young Avengers by offering the assistance of the Secret Avengers. Speed takes Kate out on a date and they break into the Secret Avengers hideout to retrieve the bow. Kate reaffirms her position as Hawkeye and co-leader of the Young Avengers, with Clint's approval, and also reaffirms her feelings toward Patriot, asking him to be patient with her.

Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers

The Young Avengers are currently teamed up again with the Runaways in a Secret Invasion tie-in.[5] The Young Avengers are the first to respond to the Skrull invasion in Manhattan, New York. They are quickly defeated, though Xavin manages to rescue Hulkling. The leaders of the Skrull invasion intend to assassinate Hulking, for fear that his identity as Dorrek VIII would diminish their authority. During the confrontation between the Young Avengers, Runaways, and the invading Skrulls, Xavin is forced to confront her former mentor, Commander Chrell, reluctantly killing him to save the Young Avengers and Runaways.[6]

Dark Reign: Young Avengers

The front cover of Dark‎ Reign: Young Avengers #1. Clockwise from the top: Enchantress, Egghead, Executioner, Melter, Big Zero and Coat of Arms.

Stature and Vision join the reformed Mighty Avengers while having joint membership with the Young Avengers.[7]

Cassandra Lang and Vision later invite their fellow Young Avengers to the Mighty Avengers' headquarters to look for "Scarlet Witch" and prove that she isn't what she seems. When Cassandra has Wiccan teleport "Scarlet Witch to them," Loki appears in his Scarlet Witch disguise just as Ronin ambushes "Scarlet Witch."[8]

Dark Reign: Young Avengers is a limited series written by Paul Cornell,[9][10] with artist Mark Brooks,[11] which introduces a new group of powered teens calling themselves the Young Avengers, but controlled by Norman Osborn.[12] The new team is a twisted version of the Young Avengers, much like the Dark Avengers are to the original Avengers. The Young Avengers confront them, agreeing to field test the new teens for membership into their group. The final decision by the Young Avengers to only allow a select few into their ranks results in a battle where Osborn's team of Dark Avengers are ultimately involved. The Young Avengers manage to defeat both Osborn's team and their teenage counterparts, causing Osborn to withdraw and the others to stand down. Escaping, the new team dub themselves the Young Masters (a play on the name of an older villain team, the Masters of Evil).

The current members of the new team are:

  • Melter – can cause objects to melt, he is the team leader.
  • Enchantress – She claims to be an Asgardian, and is Melter's girlfriend and uses magic.
  • Executioner – a vigilante with no super-powers. The son of Princess Python.[13]
  • Big Zero – A Neo-Nazi who can alter her size and who is in relationship with Egghead.
  • Coat of Arms – A swordswoman with six arms
  • Egghead – a robot who wants to understand humanity.

Siege

Following the attack of Asgard, Steve Rogers calls on the Young Avengers to aid in the help of Asgard against Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers and Initiative.[14]

Future

Heinberg has said that the teenage Kang will show up, but he will not be Iron Lad anymore. He will be part of a love triangle with Vision and Cassie.[15]

Young Avengers was plagued by delays in 2005 and 2006 and its third arc was cut by two issues, ending early in June 2006. Heinberg announced at the 2007 Bristol Comic Con that when the series returns, he will be mainly plotting the series with a co-writer taking on most of the writing load. He also said that Jim Cheung will return as the artist.[citation needed] Joe Quesada has also confirmed that Heinberg and Chueng are currently at work with a story that heavily revolves around the team when Secret Invasion concludes.[16]

The Young Avengers will be appearing in another mini-series "Avengers: Children's Crusade" written by Heinberg, which is slated to be released bi-monthly starting in July 2010.[17]. The title is to involve the Scarlet Witch.[18]

Other versions

What If?: 2008

For the 2008 series of What If, a story which sees the Runaways become the Young Avengers ran as a back-up story though all five issues.[19] The five-part back-up feature illustrates what would've happened if Iron Lad never finds out about the Avengers Fail-Safe Program. Instead, he recruits the Runaways, forcing them to be an actual super-hero team with costumes. It was written by C.B. Cebulski, and drawn by Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante.[20]

Awards

Bibliography

  • Young Avengers #1-12, Special #1
  • Civil War:Young Avengers and Runaways #1-4
  • Young Avengers Presents #1-6
  • Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1-3
  • Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1-5

Collected editions

The stories have been collected into a number of volumes:

Title Material collected Date Released ISBN
Volume 1: Sidekicks Premiere HC Young Avengers #1-6 February 2006 ISBN 0-7851-1470-X
Volume 1: Sidekicks TPB Young Avengers #1-6 May 2006 ISBN 0-7851-2018-1
Volume 2: Family Matters Premiere HC Young Avengers #7-12, Young Avengers Special November 2006 ISBN 0-7851-2021-1
Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #1-4 May 2007 ISBN 0-7851-2317-2
Volume 2: Family Matters TPB Young Avengers #7-12, Young Avengers Special May 2007 ISBN 0-7851-1754-7
Young Avengers HC Young Avengers #1-12, Young Avengers Special #1 February 2008 ISBN 0-7851-3033-0
Young Avengers Presents TPB Young Avengers Presents #1-6 October 2008 ISBN 0-7851-2975-8
Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers TPB Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1-3 March 2009 ISBN 0-7851-3266-X
Dark Reign: Young Avengers TPB Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1-5 January 2010 ISBN 0-7851-3909-5

Footnotes

  1. ^ Grand Comics Database: USA Comics #1
  2. ^ a b c d Young Avengers Presents #1
  3. ^ a b c Young Avengers Presents #2
  4. ^ VISION QUEST: Cornell talks Young Avengers Presents, Comic Book Resources, April 23, 2008
  5. ^ Richard George (March 13, 2008). "Exclusive Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers Interview". IGN. http://comics.ign.com/articles/859/859389p1.html. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  6. ^ Brian Micheal Bendis (w), Leinil Yu (p,i). Secret Invasion 1 (1 - 3) (April, May 2008), Marvel
  7. ^ Revealing the (New) Mighty Avengers, Jesse Schedeen
  8. ^ Mighty Avengers #28
  9. ^ NYCC: Cornell Talks “Dark Reign: Young Avengers”, Comic Book Resources, February 7, 2009
  10. ^ NYCC '09 - Paul Cornell on Dark Reign: Young Avengers, Newsarama, February 7, 2009
  11. ^ Mark Brooks: Designing the Young Masters, Newsarama, February 20, 2009
  12. ^ Stevens, Tim (2009-02-06). "The Young Avengers discover a world after Osborn in DARK REIGN: YOUNG AVENGERS". Marvel.com. http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.6809.NYCC_~apos~09~colon~_Dark_Reign~colon~_Young_Avengers. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  13. ^ Dark Reign: Young Avengers #2
  14. ^ Siege # 2
  15. ^ Interview at AvengersForever.com
  16. ^ Quesada, Joe (2008-08-15). "MyCup o' Joe Week 20". Marvel.com. http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.4524.MyCup_o~apos~_Joe_Week_20. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  17. ^ Doran, Michael (28 October 2009). "Marvel Sr. Sales VP Talks Event Fatigue, MARVEL WOMEN, More". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/091028-gabriel-diamond.html. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  18. ^ Phegley, Kiel (12 October 2009). "Inside Diamond's Retailer Summit!". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=23293. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  19. ^ Beard, Jim (2008-06-27). "WW Chicago 08: What If? 2008". Marvel. http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.4044.WW_Chicago_08~colon~_What_If%3F_2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  20. ^ George, Richard (2008-06-28). "What If? Returns in 2008". IGN. http://uk.comics.ign.com/articles/885/885113p1.html. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  21. ^ Melrose, Kevin (2006-06-16). "Young Avengers wins GLAAD award". Newsarama. http://blog.newsarama.com/2006/06/16/young-avengers-wins-glaad-award/. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  22. ^ "2006 Harvey Award Nominees". HarveyAwards.com. 2008-07-18. http://www.harveyawards.org/awards_2006nom.html. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 

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From Wikiquote

Young Avengers is a superhero comic book published by Marvel Comics, as part of Marvel Next. Written by Allan Heinberg.

Contents

Sidekicks

Issue 1

J. Jonah Jameson: Who the #*&% are the Young Avengers?

[The Young Avengers have just crashed through the window of a church.]
Iron Lad: Hulkling, what did I say about coming in through the rose window?
Hulkling: Patriot told me to.
Patriot: I did not! I suggested it.

[Kate Bishop just saved the Young Avengers]
Kate Bishop: Don't bother to thank me or anything.
Patriot: For what? I don't need a rescue! Especially not from a --
Kate Bishop: You will if you finish that sentence.

[The Young Avengers leave the church surrounded by press.]
Kat Farrel: Young Avengers? Kat Farrel, Daily Bugle.
Hulkling: "Young Avengers"?
Kat Farrel: What? You don't like the name?
Asgardian: It's a little on the nose, don't you think?

Hulkling: According to the Bugle, we're the Young Avengers.
Asgardian: Okay, before we call her, we have to come up with a better name.

Issue 2


Nurse: Who the #*$% are the Young Avengers?

Kate Bishop: Are you a... Young Avenger too?
Cassie Lang: Nope. But I'm gonna be.

Iron Lad: I'm supposed to become Kang. In the future.
Jessica Jones: Is this a time travel thing? 'Cause I hate time travel things.
Iron Man: If it's Kang, it's a time travel thing.
Jessica Jones: See, that's why I hate Kang. That and the conquering. His mask is weird too.
Captain America: It's more of a helmet, actually.

[After Hulkling was stabbed with a knife.]
Asgardian: You okay?
Hulkling: Yeah. Almost healed...
Patriot: The Incredible Hulkling.
Hulkling: That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.
Patriot: Tell me about it. I just got shot in the chest.

Asgardian: So who are these guys?
Patriot: Dealers. I caught 'em selling MGH in the park.
Hulkling: At the risk of sounding dangerously unhip, what's MGH?

Hulkling: So what do we do with the dealers?
Patriot: Leave 'em here, I guess.
Asgardian: With a note saying, "From your friendly neighborhood Young Avengers"? Because that'll stand up in court.
Patriot: You got a better idea?
Asgardian: Gee, let me check my super hero manual. Oh, wait, it's in my other tights.

Patriot: How old are you?
Cassie Lang: Fifteen.
Patriot: No, seriously, how old are you?
Cassie Lang: Seriously, I'm fifteen. In June.

Issue 3


Kate Bishop: Patriot? You're going to be hearing this a lot, but let me be the first to say it (pointing at Captain America) "Why can't you be more like him?"

[Growing man has split into several smaller robots]
Asgardian: Okay, this completely violates Growing Man continuity.
Iron Lad: What do we do?
Hulkling: We're fanboys, aren't we? So, we collect them all.

Issue 4

Patriot: Hulkling, break it down.
Hulkling: How?
Patriot: I though you had super strength.
Hulkling: I thought you had super strength.

Kang: If I don't return young Kang to his proper place in the timestream...
Captain America: Then he'll never become Kang the Conqueror.
Iron Man: And you will cease to exist.
Jessica Jones: Yeah, I'm not seeing the downside.

[After Kate reveals her makeshift costume made of Avengers members' weapons.]
Patriot: Who are you supposed to be? Hawkingbird?

Iron Lad: I came to the Avengers for help, Captain. I won't make that mistake again.

Iron Man: Hulkling, get off!
Hulkling: I'm afraid I can't do that, sir.
Iron Man: In that case... I hope you can fly.

Issue 5

Patriot: Kate's right.
Kate Bishop: I'm sorry, did Patriot just admit that I'm--
Cassie: Yep

[Iron Lad takes off his armor and stands there in nothing but a tank top and apparently boxer shorts]:
Iron Lad: Without my armor, I'm powerless...
Cassie: We'll protect you.
Iron Lad: ...And a little underdressed.
Asgardian: Want my cape?
Iron Lad: Thanks, but it's the not-wearing-pants that concerns me.

[Kate fires an arrow at Kang.]
Hulkling: Quick question? Have you ever used one of those before?
Kate Bishop: Every summer at Interlochen National Music Camp. I also play the cello.

Vision: I am... VISION.

Issue 6

[Before stepping through the portal to return to his own era.]
Iron Lad: I just want you guys to know... I loved being a Young Avenger.

Kate Bishop: We can't just stop because Captain America thinks we're too young.
Cassie Lang: What about our parents?
Hulkling: My mom would kill me.
Asgardian: My mom would institutionalize me. My dad would kill me.

Kate Bishop: What can Cap and Iron Man really do to us?
Cassie Lang: They can't take away our powers.
Kate Bishop: Those of us that have powers.
Cassie Lang: And they can't arrest us, because we haven't broken any laws.
Kate Bishop: Yet.

Kate Bishop: So Billy, about your new codename.
Asgardian: Why do I need a new codename?
Kate Bishop: Because you're not an asgardian, you're a warlock. Plus, you need a name that won't become a national joke when the press finds out about you and Teddy.
Asgardian: I definitely need a new codename.

Kate Bishop: Stature and I were thinking--
Hulkling: Wait, who?
Cassie Lang: That's my new codename... Stature.
Asgardian: And mine is?
Kate Bishop: Wiccan.
Asgardian: Wiccan... I don't hate it.

Asgardian: So we're just going to come right out and tell our parents we're super heroes?
Hulkling: Might as well. We're gonna have to come out to them at some point.
Kate Bishop: The thing is, even if we do tell our parents...
Cassie Lang: ... It doesn't mean Cap and Iron Man are going to approve.
Patriot: They're not going to approve... but since when has that ever stopped us?

Secret Identities

Issue 7

News Broadcast: Police confirmed that the teen heroes apprehended the masked criminal known as the Shocker, before recovering over two million dollars in cash.
Spider-Man: Making the Shocker look like an idiot. Which -- granted -- isn't tough, but it is always entertaining.

Rebecca Kaplan: Billy Kaplan, if you don't get in here right now and eat breakfast with your family, you run the risk of developing antisocial behaviors, scoring lower on standardized tests, and not getting into the college of your choice.
Jeff Kaplan: Honey, don't tell him that.
Rebecca Kaplan: It's true. There've been studies.

Hulkling: Well, your parents are in a good mood.
Wiccan: Annoying, isn't it?
Hulkling: Which means you haven't told them yet.
Wiccan: And ruin a perfectly annoying good mood?

Wiccan: Mom? Dad? There's something you should know. And it might be hard to deal with at first, but--
Rebecca Kaplan: It's okay, Honey. We know. We've always known.
Jeff Kaplan: I didn't. Your mother had to tell me.
Rebecca Kaplan: And what you have to know is, we love you, we're proud of you... (grabs Billy and Teddy in a hug) And we're just so happy you boys found each other.
Jeff Kaplan: Welcome to the family, Ted. Now how do you want those eggs?

Hulkling: You come out to your folks yet?
Stature: Almost. You?
Hulkling: Nope. But Billy did.
Wiccan: Yeah... just not in the way I intended to.
Kate Bishop: Uh-oh.
Wiccan: The good news is my parents think Teddy's the perfect son-in-law.
Stature: That's amazing.
Wiccan: That bad news is that Captain America is gonna show up and tell them he's also a shape shifter.
Hulkling: And that their son is a practicing witch.
Wiccan: Warlock.
Hulkling: Whatever.

[Regarding Patriot.]
Wiccan: You think he told his grandma the truth and she--?
Kate Bishop: What? Locked him in his room? Eli's a super-soldier. Even if his grandma wanted to stop him. There's nothing she can do.
Wiccan: She can make him feel guilty.
Kate Bishop: Except that.
Wiccan: And grandma guilt is the worst.

[Regarding Hulkling and Wiccan]
Stature: They're lucky. No matter what happens, they have each other. And you have Eli.
Kate Bishop: What?!?
Stature: I was just saying...
Kate Bishop: I DO NOT have Eli. All we do is fight.
Stature: Gee, why do you think THAT is?

Issue 8

Patriot: Can you take me back in time so I can maybe... fix all this?
Vision: I can take you to the meeting room so you can fix all this.

Patriot: When Iron Lad told me he was in trouble -- that he needed a super-soldier -- I lied and told him he'd found one. And then I did what I had to do to become one.

Family Matters

Issue 9

Hulkling: Excuse me sir, but that purse...? (stretches arm to grab purse snatcher) ...it doesn't really go with your shoes.

Kate Bishop: Can I ask a terrible question?
Hulkling: "How do I know my mom's not a skrull?"
Kate Bishop: That's the one.
Hulkling: Because she's my mom. She sells real estate, she does pilates, she's not a skrull.
Kate Bishop: What about your dad?
Hulkling: He died before I was born, cancer.
Kate Bishop: I'm sorry.
Hulkling: But my mom said he was a good guy.

Issue 10


Jarvis: The Super-Skrull...?
Wiccan: He kidnapped Teddy, murdered Teddy's mom, and destroyed my parents' apartment. My mom is freaking.

Vision: What if I could locate more?
Patriot: More Avengers?
Vision: No... more Young Avengers.

Vision: Thomas Shepherd. Sixteen years old. Springfield, New Jersey.
Patriot: What's his speciality?
Vision: According to the Avengers fail-safe program, he's a speedster.
Wiccan: What's he gonna do? Outrun the Super-Skrull? Who's next on the list?
Vision: Thomas can also use his speed to accelerate and destabilize atomic matter.
Wiccan: What does that even mean?
Kate Bishop: It means he can blow stuff up.
Wiccan: Let's go get him.

Stature: Eli says you have Iron Lad's... brain patterns... his memories... but you're not Iron Lad. Are you?
Vision: He and I have much in common, but... no.

Patriot: Vision, what were you thinking?
Kate Bishop: Eli, relax. It's just juvi.
Patriot: "Just juvi"?
Vision: You wanted someone powerful.
Patriot: I wanted a Young Avenger. Not a Young Master of Evil.

Wiccan: Why is Thomas here?
Vision: He accidentally vaporised his school.
Patriot: Accidentally?
Vision: According to his attorneys.

[Wiccan and Thomas share a strong resemblance.]
Stature: Woah... you guys could be... twins.
Thomas Shepherd: Wait... I know you. The Young Avengers. You're the shape-shifter, right?
Stature: No, his boyfriend's the shape-shifter. He's the warlock.
Wiccan: Witch, actually. "Warlock" means "Oath-Breaker." It's not a nice word.

Thomas Shepherd: They've kept me locked up for months... testing me... probing me... trying to turn me into a living weapon. Well, congratulations officers... it worked.

Patriot: We didn't come here to free a super-powered teenage terrorist. We're here to rescue a superhero. So, what's it going to be?

Hulkling: Billy?
Thomas Shepherd: Nope. Do we really look that much alike?

[Regarding Hulkling.]
Kree Warrior: It's alright, child. The Super-Skrull will not harm you -- or anyone -- ever again. The Kree army protects its own... and you are one of us.

Issue 11

Kate: [About unconscious Kree] What do we do with them?
Wiccan: I could try a teleportation spell, but with so many people...
Thomas Shepherd: Can I make a suggestion?
Kate: You're not vaporizing them, Tommy
Thomas Shepherd: Damn.

Wiccan: Why do I bother. He never listens.
Hulkling: I heard that.
Wiccan: Oh, sure. NOW he listens.

Hulkling: HOLD YOUR FIRE!
Wiccan: They're not listening. A trait which I now realise is obviously genetic on both sides.
Hulkling: I am the son of the Kree Captain Mar-Vell and the Skrull princess Anelle...
Wiccan: ...Which unfortunately rhymes...
Hulkling: ...and I urge you to cease fire, so we can settle this without bloodshed!
(Fight breaks up, everyone looks in Hulkling's direction.)
Hulkling: Wow...it worked. I can't believe it. I guess it just goes to show you what can happen if you reach out and--
Wiccan: Um...Ted?
(Iron Man, Spider-Woman and the Sentry fly past Hulkling; they are the center of attention.)
Iron Man: It's alright kids, we'll take it from here.

(Captain America cradles Patriot's critically-injured body, while three-sided fight breaks out around them)
Captain America: Don't worry, everything's going to be all right.

Issue 12

Thomas Shepherd: I thought avengers weren't supposed to Kill.
Wolverine: Relax junior. They're SKRULLS. They grow back. Eventually
Thomas Shepherd: in that case.. (see SKRULL explosioned)
Wolverine: You're sick, kid. I like it.

Speed: Just so I know: are we going to stand here and bicker all day or are we going to go fight the bad guys?
Stature: Usually we manage to do both at the same time. We're good like that.

Young Avengers Special

Stature: You're not my father.
Blake: No, your father was a convicted felon--
Stature: Shut up! My father paid his debt to society and became a hero!

Hulkling: If you think about it... there's no such thing as normal. Normal doesn't exist. Every single person on the planet is entirely different from every other person on the planet. Which means you can be average. You can be typical. But kids don't end up killing themselves -- or taking guns to school -- because they want to be typical. They want to be normal. More then anything. And until very recently... so did I.

Scarlet Witch: You're bleeding.
Wiccan: Sorry. I thought it stopped.
Scarlet Witch: What happened?
Wiccan: I kinda got punched in the face. Repeatedly.
Scarlet Witch: Why?
Wiccan: Because I'm... different.
Scarlet Witch: A mutant?
Wiccan: I wish.
Scarlet Witch: No, you don't, believe me. Being a mutant only makes people want to punch you more.

Jessica Jones: So, what do I tell Kat Farrel?
Wiccan: She's going to do the story anyway, right? We might as well give her the real story.
Jessica Jones: I have to warn you: she'll probably ask if the rumors about you guys are true.
Hulkling: Should we tell her?
Jessica Jones: That's up to you.
Hulkling: Did you talk to the press when you were a super hero Ms. Jones?
Jessica Jones: Nope. But you guys are more together at sixteen than I ever was so...
Wiccan: What do you think?
Hulkling: Why not? Besides... why should Northstar have all the fun?

Kate Bishop: Life is short... and it doesn't matter how good your grades are -- or how many hours you put in at the soup kitchen... you're not safe. Bad things happen. Things you can't control. Things that have nothing to do with you. And they will destroy you if you let them. Or you can try to learn from them... so that next time, you'll be prepared. So that -- even if you never feel safe again -- you can do your best to make sure that what happned to you never happens to anyone else. And if you're very lucky... you won't have to do it alone.

Patriot: I didn't take steroids because I wanted to be a hero, Ms. Jones. I took them because I was ashamed.

Patriot: I reached for the pills in my pocket... but it was over before I could take one. The black Captain America is no myth. He's my grandfather. And I wanted to be just like him. I wanted to carry on his legacy...

Luke Cage: So, when our baby girl wants to be a Young Avenger, you'll be okay with that?
Jessica Jones: At this point, I want to be a Young Avenger.

Civil War: Runaways/Young Avengers

Issue 1

Hulkling: What'd he say?
Wiccan: "No." And I don't think he's changing his mind... He had that look on his face.
Speed: (pointing at Patriot)Oh, like that look?

Wiccan: IwillfindThePrideskidsIwillfindThePrideskids-
Speed: Hey, do you really have to do that every time you cast a spell?
Hulkling: Do you really have to complain every time he casts a spell?

Molly Hayes: Why do you Avengers keep trying to hurt us?!
Wiccan: What- no! We're the Young Avengers!
Molly Hayes: You don't look very "young" to me!
Speed: Well, yeah. What are you, like, eight?
Molly Hayes: I'm twelve, jerk! And I'm a mutant with super-strength... so that's like being thirteen at least!

Issue 2


Xavin: What are you guys, blind?! I'm a super-skrull in training from tarnax VII! I don't even look like the great Kl'Rt!
Hulkling: Yeah, well I don't like to be un-P.C... but you all look alike to us!

Wiccan: Wait. You're dating a Skrull?!
Karolina Dean: K-Kind of... You got a problem with that?!
Wiccan: N-No! Hnn... I kind of am too...

Speed: Look, here's the deal. We've got a super-soldier, a giant girl, a robot from the 30th century, a Skrull/Kree super-soldier, Billy (who, yeah, is kind of lame, but can cast spells), an Olympic class archer and martial artist, and... me. And really, me's all you need. So tell me, whattayou got that makes you think you shouldn't just give up?

Hawkeye: We're the Young Avengers...
Nico Minoru: Wait, like deputies?

Nico Minoru: (to Vision) Well, if it isn't the not-so-friendly ghost!

Patriot & Hawkeye are arguing with Chase Stein & Nico Minoru, when everyone is distracted by a large explosion.
Speed: Uh... She made me.
Molly Hayes: Guys! Tommy can make rocks blow up!

Xavin: I apologize for my outburst earlier. We skrulls are not known for our patience.
Wiccan: Shhh. You don't have to tell me. Teddy's half Skrull himself... All of him's impatient, though.

Issue 3

Chase: The time to be runaways is over... it's time to do some avenging.

Issue 4


(The group breaks into a prison, using a creature summoned by Nico's magic)
Nico: 'Prodigium Effodio' - What does that mean again?
Vision: Excavating monster. It's latin.
Nico: Damn. How much time did you spend in the library?
Vision: I am a library.

The Warden is disecting Hulkling in stocks, realizing that his shifting biomass means he will continue to heal and protect himself, while Wiccan, also in stocks, is forced to watch.

Warden: It just means I get to cut and cut and cut for days on end and he won't die.
Wiccan: IwanthimtogotosleepIwanthimtogotosleep
Warden: And you get to watch. Isn't that grand?
Wiccan: Iwanthimtogotosleep...
Warden: Come now... surely you have something to say to me.
Wiccan: (in tears) I want you to die.

Hulkling: The Young Avengers don't kill...
Xavin: Your own team-mate wanted this insect dead just minutes ago!
Wiccan: I thought he was going to kill Teddy... That wasn't me talking. God, I hope that wasn't me...

Nico: We'll leave the Avenging to you guys.
Patriot: And what about you? You're just going to walk away?
Nico: Take my advice. When the world goes crazy you run...You Runaway.

Young Avengers Presents

Speed and Wiccan

Speed: [Referring to The Hulkling and Wiccan] You Guys are getting pretty hot and heavy, huh? Watch it, bro; remember what they say about mixed marriages...They never work.

Wiccan My name is Billy Kaplan and it's official: I have the coolest boyfriend ever.

Hulkling: Hey--
Wiccan: Yeah?
Hulkling: --I like you. A lot. I'm glad you weren't gone long.
Wiccan: My name is Billy Kaplan...and right now, right at this moment in time, in history, there's no past, there's no future, there's just this. And it's magic.

Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers

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