Young Avengers is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics about a team of adolescent superheroes with connections to some of Marvel's classic heroes, i.e. Teddy Altman (Hulkling) is the Young Avengers equivalent of Bruce Banner (Hulk) and Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) is the Young Avengers equivalent of Clint Barton (also Hawkeye, though sometimes called Hawkguy by fans of Kate).
The Young Avengers originally featured in a twelve issue run by by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, and later appeared in several crossover series, including the Civil War and The Children's Crusade events, before being relaunched in a new series by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie.
- Young Avengers Vol 1 (issues #1-12, plus Young Avengers Special #1), by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung
- Young Avengers: The Children's Crusade, by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung
- Young Avengers Vol 2 (issues #1-15), by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Both the original series and the relaunch series by Kieron Gillen have won the award for Outstanding Comic Book at the GLAAD Media Awards due to their inclusion of multiple prominent LGBT characters.
- Teddy Altman (Hulking) and Billy Kaplan (Wiccan) are in a romantic relationship with each other. They shared their first kiss (on the page) in Young Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9.
- David Alleyne (Prodigy) and Kid Loki are confirmed bisexual either in the comics or by the writers.
- America Chavez (Miss America) is lesbian.
- Although his sexuality is unconfirmed, Noh-Varr has experimented with men.
- The sexuality of Kate Bishop (Hawkeye) and Tommy Shepherd (Speed) has also been questioned either in comics or by fans.
Although not as active as the main Avengers fandom, the Young Avengers are nevertheless popular with fans, with numerous pieces of fanart and fanfiction dedicated to them. The most popular ship tagged on the fanfiction archive An Archive of Our Own is the canon slash pairing of Teddy Altman/Billy Kaplan. America Chavez/Kate Bishop is a popular femslash ship.
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