New Comic Book Day Roundup: December 4, 2013

In this post, from Marvel Comics: Young Avengers #13 and from Vertigo: Fairest #21 and Trillium #5. Talk about some serious déjà vu.

Marvel Comics

Young Avengers 13Young Avengers #13 by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, cover by Jamie McKelvie
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, action, humor
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

There are only two more issues to go in the fabulous yet limited run of Young Avengers. In this issue, the Young Avengers have essentially become the regular Avengers because their adult brethren are currently powerless to stop the forces of evil. Specifically, the YAs “league of exes” or “gang of evil exes” unleashed by Leah as a possible homage to Scott Pilgrim and the alternate dimension evil versions of themselves unleashed by the dastardly Mother. Evil will be destroyed, sexy teen Loki (can I write that?) will open up to the others making the angst and the drama fly and they will defeat evil with the ultimate weapon: love. In the immortal words of Loki, “Oh, ugh. Is love really going to save us all?”

Although despite seemingly winning the day in this issue, we get a tease that this is not yet the end. One because there are two issues to go, and two because there’s more story to tell. And for that matter, I want to read more fake tumblr posts on the YA social media site yamblr, which is full of hilarious hashtags like, “#Avengers don’t assemble” and “#Oblivious adult Cap is unsurprisingly lame”. Plus I’m not ready to say goodbye to the intriguing and inventive panels, particularly in this issue when the past, present in future is laid out before the readers as if it were a comic book. Never stop breaking the fourth wall guys!

Vertigo

Fairest 21Fairest #21 by Sean Williams, illustrated by Meghan Hetrick-Murante, cover by Adam Hughes
Genre: Fiction, fractured fairy-tale, fantasy, drama
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cinderella is back in this exciting new issue of Fairest which does what most of the others issues claimed they would but never did: give us an exciting and in-depth look into the ladies of Fabletown! Seriously, how boring to get a lady-centric comic only to have it focus on boring old male Fables again and again and again? Aladdin? Prince Charming? Blargh. So, many thanks to Sean Williams for giving me and the rest of the audience a break and writing us what we asked for. And I don’t mean sassy shoe-salesman who sell “designs made in mundy sweatshops like all the best high-end footwear retailers.” Although that was a nice addition too.

This story follows assassination attempts on Cinderella (who is busy having an internal monologue after being kidnapped by trolls selling girls into the sex trade) and on Snow White, one of which was by a creepy rat/human ninja-monster hybrid. Who are these animals? What do they want? And what does this have to do with Cinderella’s origin story, in which her Fairy Godmother turned her mice friends into Coachmen confused that their fur had gone missing? We’ll probably know soon enough, because a good mystery is all in a day’s work for everyone’s favorite damsel in distress turned spy super soldier. Welcome back Cin, we missed you.

Trillium 5Trillium #5 by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Jeff Lemire, cover by Jeff Lemire
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, romance, apocalyptic
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

You know, once you figure out the proper way to read Trillium, it’s a lot easier to read Trillium. Jeff Lemire has once again changed the formatting this time around, devoting half of each page to one character’s story. Makes me wonder how this could possibly be printed in trade paperback form. You are instructed to read the top half of the page first (Nika’s story) and then to flip the book around and read the bottom half of the page in reverse order to catch up on what William has been up to. Yet despite reading one story and then the other, a lot of the artwork purposefully matches up, and I will explain why below.

In another twist, our star-crossed lovers have woken to find that they have literally crossed lives Freaky Friday style. Get it star-crossed? Yeah, planet-crossed might not have sounded as good. Unlike the trope in those films however, Nika and William don’t realize they’ve switched lives. To Nika she’s always lived in alternate-history London and William has always been trying to save mankind. They know something is ultimately wrong, but they can’t figure out what or why. However, in a brilliant twist the artwork reveals their true selves to them, and provides a parallel to their similar situations at the same time with mirrored-artwork. Jeff Lemire, you really must stop being so damn smart.

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