Kang The Conqueror (2021) #2 by Collin Kelly

Kang The Conqueror (2021) #2 (of 5)Kang The Conqueror (2021) #2 by Collin Kelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is fascinating, truly fascinating. You’ve got to wonder, is this the origin of Kang or an origin of Kang? This gives us a Kang who becomes Iron Lad, but almost certainly not the same Kang who became the Iron Lad from Young Avengers. Which, perhaps, isn’t surprising, as Kang is all about variants.

I suspect, however, that this story isn’t going to have a happy ending, and may well loop back to where it began, with Kang travelling back in time to try and set his younger self on the right path and avoid the mistakes he made. An attempt, that we’ll know, is doomed to failure. You see, Kang is both literally and figuratively his own worst enemy.

This is a clever and engaging series, steeped in the history of the Marvel Universe, referencing continuity without ever feeling bogged down by it. It doesn’t feel like it’s trying to create one whole narrative out of Kang’s convoluted history, but instead weave together a tale made of elements from every version of Kang.

The art is also excellent, making this series, so far at least, a real treat.

If you enjoyed the MCU’s first taste of Kang in the Loki series on Disney+, do yourself a favour and try this series out.

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