Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's 15-issue run on Marvel Comics' Young Avengers (2013) provides a fun and thoughtful exploration of the contradictions inherent in the transformation from adolescence to adulthood. In doing so it highlights how the comic format and superhero genre provide a means to conceptualize the liminality of identity work and the positional erasure through which the social construction known as "adulthood" coheres. In particular, it tackles the burden of legacy and the fluidity of the identifiable subject. Originally published on the author's blog, The Middle Spaces, this essay is the recipient of the 2019 Gilbert Seldes Prize for Public Scholarship from the Comic Studies Society.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2473-5205
Print ISSN
2473-5191
Pages
pp. 330-342
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-17
Open Access
No
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