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Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, the Young Avengers are a superhero team featuring numerous adolescents with powers, costumes, and codenames inspired by classic Avengers members.

The newspapers labeled those young heroes the “Young Avengers”, a name that they didn’t like, but better than Avenger babies or Avengers sidekicks.

Here is the official synopsis: When the original Avengers disband, costumed teens Patriot, Asgardian, Hulkling, Iron Lad, Hawkeye, and Stature unite to fill the gap. Their first order of business: surviving the wrath of Kang the Conqueror! Second? Weathering the disapproval of the adult Avengers! But when their teammate Billy’s magical powers spiral out of control, the Young Avengers set out to find the one person who might help: the Scarlet Witch, who might be Billy’s mother…and whose own uncontrollable powers caused the Avengers’ dissolution! Once the young heroes find her, nothing will ever be the same!

Since their formation in 2005, the Young Avengers had only two runs, but some members are now popular characters in the Marvel Universe.

What to read before Young Avengers?

There is no prior reading for Young Avengers, as their adventures are self-contained, but it’s the perfect place to indicate that the series follows the events of the 2004–2005 Avengers Disassembled storyline (check out the Reading Order). 

Young Avengers Reading Order

Young Avengers Vol. 1 (2005-2011)

There is a new group of teenage superheroes in town, founded by Nathaniel Richards aka Iron Lad. He recruits Hulkling (Theodore “Teddy” Altman), Patriot (Elijah “Eli” Bradley), Wiccan (William “Billy” Kaplan), while Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) forcibly introduced herself. They are soon joined by Stature (Cassandra Lang), Vision (Jonas), and Speed (Thomas “Tommy” Shepherd).

Also collected in:

  • Young Avengers by Heinberg & Cheung Omnibus
    Collects Young Avengers (2005) #1-12, Young Avengers Special (2005), Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways (2006) #1-4, Young Avengers Presents (2008) #1-6, Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers (2008) #1-3, Dark Reign: Young Avengers (2009) #1-5, Siege: Young Avengers (2010) #1, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (2010) #1-9, Avengers: The Children’s Crusade – Young Avengers (2011) #1, Young Avengers (2005) #1 Director’s Cut, And Material From Uncanny X-Men (1981) #526.
  • Young Avengers: The Complete Collection by Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung (also soon available in Omnibus)
    Collects Young Avengers #01-12.; Young Avengers Special

Following the twelve issues run and before the relaunch, the Young Avengers appear in several Marvel crossover series and a few other little stories.

Young Avengers Vol. 2 (2013)

Wiccan, Hulkling, and Hawkeye are back for the new run, with Noh-Varr (Marvel Boy), America Chavez (Miss America), and Loki.

Before jumping into this new adventure, you can learn more about the new team members with those optional titles:

The Young Avengers assemble under Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie for three trade paperbacks (or a fifteen-issue run).

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What to read after Young Avengers?

Since then, the Young Avengers have been disbanded — at least, for the moment. You can read the exploits of our young superheroes in other titles.

Last Updated on March 23, 2023.

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