Avengers Academy (2010-2012) recently wrapped up and since we'll be seeing some of the team in the new NOW! title Avengers Arena (the first issue of which leaked online today and officially comes out later this week), I recently read the Christos Cage-penned book featuring powered kids at risk of becoming villains after suffering at the hands of Norman Osborn.
I really liked it, though the reaction to the revelation that fame-hungry electrokinetic Brandon Sharpe (Striker) is gay reminded me why I have a policy against reading 'fan' letters. The kids really grew on me, but the real surprise for me was how attached I grew to the faculty. The Academy's main teachers are Hank Pym (Giant Man), Greer Grant (Tigra), Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver), and later on Clint Barton (Hawkeye). Sometimes guest teachers show up for special lessons, like hand-to-hand combat with Danny Rand (Iron Fist) and Steve Rogers (Captain America), and very special appearances from Valkyrie and Hercules.
|Val = the best.|
So after a crash course in feminist theory from Brunnhilde herself, the kids also get a glistening, oily history lesson from Herc.
|"Burn the sight before you into thy memory fore'er!"|
So referee Jocasta takes them off the field and puts them in a time out:
|IT MADE THEIR HAIR STAND UP I nearly died laughing, seriously.|
But it works out okay for him in the end:
|They are making out behind the fucking bleaches like a couple of teenagers, I'm so done with these so-called 'adults'|
Like I said, I liked it. The characters grew on me and the stories were compelling. The art was great, and holy crap look at all the queer couples and characters of colour I'm so proud of this book for being a step in the right direction for diversity in comics:
|Sure, sure Pietro. It's not like you're a big softie at heart or nothin'.|
|I DIDN'T DO IT TO BE NICE I JUST FELT LIKE IT OKAY|
|Finesse is usually so unlikeable but this broke my heart.|