Announced at the Cup O’ Joe Panel is Young Avengers: Afterparty, a two-issue jam comic which’ll see Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie welcome in a number of other creators for some stories and dancing. Also, some of these stories will feature PIXIE!
Issue #14 will start this two-issue run, as Young Avengers heads from 2013 into 2014. If the cover is anything to judge by, it looks like the cast will be joined by characters including the New X-Men, Power Pack, Avengers Academy and Runaways. Well – the ones Dennis Hopeless hasn’t gotten his hands on, anyway.
As you can see from the cover, Pixie is one of the characters who’ll be showing up. Now I don’t know about you, but I wonder who Pixie will be interacting with. Will she go dancing with Kate Bishop, or teach Ms America some new Welsh swears? Will she make out with Marvel Boy, or go get cocktails with Wiccan? Or – and this is something I’ve been thinking on carefully for at least five minutes – will she spray everyone with hallucinogenic party drugs and initiate a mass crazed rave through the streets of New York?
Also joining the series will be a staggering array of guest creators, including Emma Vieceli, Becky Cloonan, Joe Quinones, Christian Ward and Ming Doyle.
Let your brains process that one for a while. That’s phenomenal.
Now. This does look slightly ominous for the future of the series, as this could well be construed as a finale issue which wraps everything up. The sales on the series have been decent enough but Gillen and McKelvie do have prior arrangement they have to get to at some point, and Gillen has been taking on a number of other projects alongside this title.
Initial interviews suggested that he had a fixed ‘first ‘year’ for the series, and hadn’t decided if he’d personally be continuing beyond it. The new CBR interview reinforces this, with Gillen saying:
We’ve done what we wanted to do. I think that’s the best way of putting it. “Young Avengers” feels similar to Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker’s “Immortal Iron Fist in that this is a 15-issue statement. It can be collected in three trades and maybe even one big omnibus. It will be a way we saw of doing super hero comics in 2013.
But! Jamie McKelvie, noticing this, has now written regarding the series:
@petefrasermusic “it’s cancelled??” No guys, read the words.
— Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) July 19, 2013