Young Avengers is one of my favourite stories in comics.
Okay, I admit that I'm a nerd(/geek/whatever). I have a massive comics collection, and an alarming level of knowledge about what has happened to Spiderman in the last 20 years. Can you believe what they are doing with Captain Marvel right now?
Does this even make sense?
But if you were to say 'Ben, I kind of like words and pictures together, but the shared ongoing universes of comics are too big and complex. Where do I start?', well, if you said all that, I would press Young Avengers (2013-2013) into your hands, and here's why.
It's short (and self-contained!) When the Kieron Gillen started this series, he knew it would run for one year, finish the story it wanted to tell, and then stop. The major plots all wrap up, and you don't need to track down ten wikipedia entries to understand anything.
It's fun (and so are the characters) With a young adult audience in mind, Marvel avoids making this comic about darkness and soul-searching and great personal tragedy. The dialogue is always a delight to read. And it never takes itself too seriously.
It's clever (in both plot and execution) If you're in to saying this story would be very hard to do if it weren't a comic, this is a great example. The writer and artists really take advantage with some cool visuals.
Oh, what's it actually about?
Well, two gay superheroes accidentally invite an interdimensional parasite into the world that can possess their parents and wants to consume our world. Then they team up with Loki (sort of a villain), Miss America (who can kick so powerfully it can open holes between dimensions) and Kate Bishop (Hawkeye, but cooler than the movie one). They also have some teen drama, and nobody trusts Loki because he is the god of lies, which makes Loki kind of sad.