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That Thing That Happened In Young Avengers #8

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

youngavengers8Today is Lynda Carter’s birthday. Happy birthday, Lynda!

Yes, I know it’s her birthday. I know she’s a good and kind person. I know she played Wonder Woman and made every little tyke want to spin just like her as she turned into Wonder Woman. Yes, I know it’s a travesty that Warner Brothers has yet to make a Wonder Woman movie, let alone a second TV series. Yes, I know Wonder Woman deserves a second title and that almost no one knows how to write the character, especially (insert name that rhymes with tryin’ bazzajello) according to some people. And then there’s more talk about Emma and Jean and X-this and X-that. Yes, I like Lynda Carter and Wonder Woman and Emma and Jean, just not to the same degree lots of others seem to like them. I am a little tired though of X-things.

And I want to talk about something else. Something else gay that happened in comics. Today. In Young Avengers #8. Yes, Billy, Teddy, Kate, Loki, Noh-Varr, America (Chavez), and David (Prodigy) are still trying to get back home to good ol’ home, aka Earth 616, stopping for some killer Korean barbeque (that makes me want to eat at Woo Lae Oak again) before traveling to several not nearly so much fun or tasty other dimensions with black hole headed, dominatrix garbed killers in pursuit, followed by a world filled with adorable Pikachu critters reciting demiurge (which is ever such a complicating and curious word that has bad feelz about it) and Loki does a little dance, and then they all quite unintentionally land in the dimension of the thing that claims to be Teddy’s mother. Quick! Jump to another dimension! Oh noes! Teddy and Prodigy don’t make it and the rest end up in a place where they’re confronted by someone Loki done gone and did wrong big time. That won’t be pretty! Speaking of pretty or not, Noh-Varr has a beard. Looks kind of hot. Alas, four color fantasies do not come to life and even if they did, I could be Noh-Varr’s daddy, no, literally, and well, you know they’re all magnets for trouble and I’ve sworn off drama anyway. Oh, yeah. Drama. There will be much of drama to be had. Teddy and Prodigy stranded together in Mother’s dimension. Kieron, I turned the second to last page and was shocked to see that cliffhanger! Totally did not see this coming! Never would have guessed this would happen! Thank you for being able to surprise me! Aw, there is going to be fallout from this! No, I won’t tell you what happened and spoil it for you! Did you want Sixth Sense spoiled for you? Oh wait, you were how old when that movie came out? What about when Talia revealed herself in The Dark Knight Returns? No spoilage still! Go find a copy! You’ll believe a xxxx will mess things up!

Meanwhile, Scott Lobdell did not have Bunker exclaim “Caramba!” over in Teen Titans.

Wiccan & Hulkling Finally Kiss!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The first issue of Young Avengers debuted in April 2005. Gay readers picked up on writer Allan Heinberg’s romantic innuendo between Hulking and Wiccan (formerly Asgardian) and they were soon revealed to by in love. Almost seven years later the boys get their first on panel kiss! I’d have been so peeved if a kiss between the boys didn’t happen before this series ended, especially after Teddy full on kissed a homophobe villain back in one of the first several issues. Thanks to Heinberg, Cheung, Breevort, Alonso, and Quesada – did I leave any one out who might deserve credit? Oh, the cranky guy down the hall in 6B maybe? – for finally making this happen. These boys get more action than Rawhide Kid – and without a mature readers label to boot!

 

Wiccan

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

wiccanBy Mojo Joseph

Billy Kaplan always knew that he was different from other kids, and he had no problem with that. It was them who had a problem with him. In particular, a school bully named John Kessler.

After one such encounter, leaving Billy bruised and bloody, Billy went to sit in his favourite spot to calm down and sort himself out; outside the Avengers Mansion. He was soon asked by a runner if he was okay, as he was bleeding. Replying that he thought it had stopped, he was amazed to see that the runner was in fact Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. The Scarlet Witch, Billy’s favourite Avenger.

She talked with Billy and told him to stand his ground, which Billy seemed to think was a poor plan. She insisted that he did have powers and then proceeded to heal Billy of all visible signs of injury.

Of course, Billy did no such thing. He avoided Kessler quite successfully, until he found the bully had a new victim. Whilst he could never stand up for himself, he certainly could stand up for other people. When Kessler attacked Billy, Billy lashed out and almost killed him with new-found lightening powers. Terrified by what had almost happened, he ran all the way to the Avengers Mansion, which by now was ruined and the team Iron Lad at this time approached him and Billy became the lightning wielding Asgardian.

During the first adventure of the Young Avengers, Billy seemed to be very close and friendly with fellow Young Avenger Hulkling, a.k.a. Teddy Altman. This prompted many fans of the new series to guess that maybe they would prove to be gay, and many slashers had fun creating fan fictions about the couple. The surprise came in issue six when the whole thing was laid to rest. After Iron Lad returned to the future to fulfil his destiny as the villainous Kang the Conqueror, it was revealed that

Teddy and Billy were in a relationship with each other. This led to many happy fans, praising Marvel and write Allan Heinberg for their progressiveness. Since this however, their relationship has not been explored very much, other than to show them to have a happy, snarky banter and to genuinely care and worry about each other.

After the end of the first adventure, along with a new costume, Asgardian was given a new costume, and a new code name given that he was not really Asgardian, it barely represented the scope of Billy’s magical powers, and the national joke it would have become when the press found out about his and Teddy’s relationship (Asgardian = Ass Guardian). So he became known as Wiccan instead, which seems to have prompted Billy into studying the Wiccan faith more deeply.

After having some talks with Jessica Jones, former child hero herself, Teddy and Billy decided to go public with their relationship in order to provide positive role models for all gay teenagers out there. It was also around this time that Billy accidentally outed himself to his parents. He and Teddy were speaking about revealing they were superheroes to their parents, when Billy’s walked in on the conversation and assumed they were talking about coming out of the closet. They already had guessed that Billy was gay, and that Teddy was his lover, and they couldn’t be happier for the two.

When Teddy was kidnapped by the Super-Skrull, Billy became distraught, but strengthened in his resolve to save the boy he loved. They decided eventually to seek out help from another teen indicated to have special powers in the Vision’s protocols, a boy named Tommy, who was incarcerated for ‘accidentally’ blowing up his school. When they went to free the boy, all were shocked to find that he looked exactly like Billy but with blonde hair. After a brief skirmish, they went in search of their
kidnapped team-mate, not having time to figure out this new peculiarity.

After rescuing Teddy and the Super-Skrull from a Kree attack (see Hulkling profile), Vision II revealed the origins of Billy and Tommy. He revealed that they were the reincarnated essences of the children of Wanda Maximoff, William and Tommy. This was more or less what many fans had predicted, and will probably prove as popular with the fans, as the fact that he is technically the son of the Scarlet Witch was with Billy himself, who had a gushing fan-boy reaction. However, Vision II was knocked offline before he could reveal who was the spiritual father of the boys.

Eventually cornered by the Kree contingent, the Skrull Armada and the New Avengers, a stale mate was drawn. Until Captain America stood in Teddy’s defence stating he was to stay on Earth with them. This instigated a conflict, which has yet to be resolved.

Billy has magical abilities which seem to rely on how hard he can imagine the desired action occurring. The limits of these powers have yet to be defined.

Wiccan first appeared (as Asgardian) in Young Avengers #1 and was confirmed gay in issue #6. The Young Avengers operate primarly in New York City.

Please see the entry for Hulkling.

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Hulkling

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

hulklingBy Mojo Joseph

Teddy Altman was always aware that he was different from most other people. He was aware of his shape-changing and super-strength powers from a young age. This led him to become a shy individual for his younger life. Up until the day he took notice of Greg Norris, the high school basketball team captain, from afar.

Arguably, this was Teddy’s first gay crush. Latching onto this image of perfection in his mind at least, he altered his appearance into a more toned, muscular athletic form to fit in with this high school social caste. He quickly became friends with Norris and the team, and presumably became a player on that team.

He grew closer to Greg, and decided to open up to him, and reveal that he had powers. Norris saw instantly that he could exploit Teddy, and their ‘friendship’ consisted of him using Teddy to impersonate famous superheroes to get into parties and score girls.

When news went out of what happened at the Avengers mansion after Wanda Maximoff lost control of her powers and mind and lashed out at them, Teddy was shocked to find his heroes would be disbanding. Norris saw this as a prime opportunity.

Impersonating Tony Stark, Teddy got them into the ruined mansion. It was at this point that Teddy inadvertently revealed he had super-strength, prompting Norris to ponder what else Teddy hadn’t told him. Once inside, Teddy was overcome with hero-worship and admiration and couldn’t believe where he was, no matter what state it was in. Norris, on the other hand, tried to steal priceless mementos to sell on the internet.

It was at this moment that Teddy realised this boy was not his friend and never would be. Disgusted at being used and Norris’s utter disrespect for the fallen heroes of the world, he threatened him to leave the things behind or never get out at all. Norris left, empty handed, branding Teddy a freak.

This was exactly how Teddy felt, and he had spent his whole life trying to fit into something that just wasn’t him. He decided he couldn’t hide anymore, and luckily, this was when Iron Lad found him and offered him a place on the team as Hulkling, which Teddy happily accepted.

It would also have seen that during this time, as well as creating an appearance for himself that resembled a young version of the Hulk, Teddy reverted his natural form to something more like it’s original appearance i.e. not quite so toned, and a little bit more alternative, sporting a number of piercings.

During the first adventure of the Young Avengers, Teddy seemed to be very close and friendly with fellow Young Avenger Asgardian, a.k.a. Billy Kaplan. This prompted many fans of the new series to guess that maybe they would prove to be gay, and many slashers had fun creating fan fictions about the couple. The surprise came in issue six when the whole thing was laid to rest. After Iron Lad returned to the future to fulfil his destiny as the villainous Kang the Conqueror, it was revealed that

Teddy and Billy were in a relationship with each other. This led to many happy fans, praising Marvel and write Allan Heinberg for their progressiveness.

Since this however, their relationship has not been explored very much, other than to show them to have a happy, snarky banter and to genuinelycare and worry about each other.

After the end of the first adventure, along with a new costume, Hulkling adopted a new form, which was more reptilian in appearance and retained his natural blonde hair.

After having some talks with Jessica Jones, former child hero herself, Teddy and Billy decided to go public with their relationship in order to provide positive role models for all gay teenagers out there.

Shortly afterwards, the teens were attacked by the Super-Skrull. The Skrull was after Teddy, claiming that he was in fact a Skrull himself, and that his belief that he was a mutant was something he was ‘programmed’ to believe. After a brief confrontation, the kids, sans Eli a.k.a. Patriot escaped to Billy Kaplan’s house, where they found Teddy’s mother, Susan Altman. Before they could relax for long, however, the house was attacked by the Super-Skrull who held Eli hostage. Teddy agreed to go with him in return for Eli’s release. The Skrull then used a probe to apparently reveal Teddy’s ‘true’ appearance as a Skrull. This had no affect on Teddy, but instead revealed his ‘mother’ to be a Skrull. She lashed out at the Super-Skrull, who retaliated by burning her alive and leaving with Teddy.

In his lair, Super-Skrull began to reveal the origins of Teddy Altman. When Super-Skrull, some time ago, had returned to the Skrull throne world with the Avengers Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Captain Marvel as hostages, he found the then emperor not very pleased, and was soon placed in prison with the hostages. The others were released thanks to the help of Princess

Anelle, who would have become Empress if not for Galactus’s attack on the throne world, where she died. However, some point during this period, she gave birth to a son, that was taken to Earth for protection with a loyal servant. This being Teddy and his ‘mother’.

Teddy was gob smacked, and could hardly believe it to be true. But before he had a chance to accept it, the lair was attacked by a Kree contingent, who claimed that Teddy was in fact one of them.

They revealed Teddy was in fact the son of Kree soldier Captain Marvel, and as such belonged to the Kree army. It was at this point that the Young Avengers with new member Tommy came to rescue Teddy. They left the battle with both Teddy and Super-Skrull, much to Billy’s chagrin. On board a Kree vessel, Super-Skrull revealed that all of it was true; Teddy was in fact the son of Princess Anelle and Captain Marvel.

Eventually cornered by the Kree contingent, the Skrull Armada and the New Avengers, a stale mate was drawn. Until Captain America stood in Teddy’s defence stating he was to stay on Earth with them. This instigated a conflict, which has yet to be resolved. Teddy has yet to grieve for his ‘mother’, as he has had little chance to during this hectic emotional time, but he may soon have time enough, and maybe time to mourn another fallen comrade.

Teddy has shape-changing abilities and enhanced healing ability from his Skrull heritage, and super-strength from his Kree heritage. As the son of Captain Marvel, it was yet to be revealed whether he has any other powers.

Hulkling first appeared in Young Avengers #1 and was confirmed gay in issue #6.  As with many Marvel characters, the Young Avengers are based in New York City.

Please see the entry for Wiccan.

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