Jeanne: I am not concerned about our enemy ut now. Laura! You’re—
Laura: I—will be okay.
Jeanne: First we must restore Laura’s powers. She will not survive much longer.
Avengers Academy #35 & 36 by Christos Gage & Andrea Di Vito
GIRLFRIENDS! Even next issue Jeanne will be holding Laura in her arms!
30 Days of Comics // Favorite Marvel Characters
↳ Cessily Kincaid, Jeanne Foucault & Laura Kinney
Jocasta: I realize you feel deep mistrust toward what Jeremy and I are doing. With this, we hope to convince you you’re wrong. But if you prefer, think of it as being there to protect your friends, in the event we plan some betrayal. Unless you are otherwise occupied, of course.
Jeanne: No, Jocasta. We will be there. Since the Academy closed, Laura and I have been seeking other places we might feel at home. It has not gone well. We will see you soon.
Avengers Academy #34 by Christos Gage & Tom Grummett
ღ Jeanne Foucault & Pietro Maximoff
I’ve been thinking. I don’t want you to teach me to be like him anymore…I want you to teach me to be like you.
The main students of Avengers Academy
Laura: Yes, they are young, but they have risked their lives fighting sentinels…Purifiers…any threat that arose. To give mutantkind a future. That future has arrived. To deny them the chance to participate in it—simply because they are young— it is wrong And I will now allow it.
Greer: I’m sorry you feel that way. We feel equally strongly that the Avengers/X-Men conflict is no place for minors.
Jeanne: It’s about a minor. Hope, the girl everyone is chasing, is our age. Furthermore it is illogical to state that the X-Men’s students are equipped to make life-or-death decisions in battle, but not to choose responsibly now. I stand with X-23. With Laura.
Ken: Yeah, I gotta tell you, they seem like good people to me. I don’t wanna be part of keeping them somewhere they don’t wanna be.
Jenny: I think they’re kind of obnoxious. But the truth is, there’s only one reason you guys want them out of this war…because you’re embarrassed by about the whole thing.
Avengers Academy #31
Okay, so I became instantly in love with this issue the moment Jeanne said “I stand with X-23. With Laura”!! And I just love seeing some of the Academy kids come together and also stick up for the X-Kids along with Laura.
Jeanne: But that’s not what’s bothering you. You are trying to decide whether to stand with your current classmates, or your former ones
Laura: I… dislike seeing them held against their will. I understand it’s for their protection. It’s true, if left alone, they would likely endanger themselves. And it is ridiculous to compare it to internment camps or prisons. But still…
Jeanne: The choice is being taken from them.
Laura: Yes. But I am concerned my own emotions and prejudices— having been confined most of my life— are affecting my feelings.
Jeanne: This is not my area of expertise. But perhaps they should.
Laura: Thank you. I don’t know why the others call you cold.
Jeanne: Then I’ve helped you make a decision?
Laura: Not yet.
Avengers Academy #30
So, I’ve been really enjoying the reoccurring theme of choice in Academy, which was very focused on in this issue. From Jenny unsure of whether she should have sex with Ken, even though she’s heavily traumatized by her attempted first-time w/her former bf, but she’s also afraid she might lose Ken if she doesn’t. And Laura lets her know it’s her choice, that if it doesn’t feel right, then she shouldn’t have sex w/him. What truly matters here are her feelings. To Jeanne turning down Humberto & commenting she doesn’t want any of her choices being limited for her. Just because a future turned out a certain way, she won’t let that decide what happens to her. They may have been together in that timeline, and he wants to be with her now, but that doesn’t mean she has to automatically get with him, she has a say on who she dates. And in these panels, Laura’s choice of where to stand in all of this and she ultimately decided based on what she felt was right and wrong. As well as the X-Kids choices being taken away here, that they don’t even get a say in any of this.
And choice was also a huge theme in Marjorie Liu’s solo for Laura and I’m very happy to see Christos Gage continuing that theme with her as well here. Sometimes it’s also glossed over that Laura joining Avengers Academy was actually her personal choice, whereas with the previous teams she’s been on, it wasn’t necessarily her own decision. And I just love that in this book, we are always seeing the kids learning to make their own choices and decisions for themselves on what they feel is right to them, regardless of others. They’re always just growing into better characters.
Avengers: Solo #5
Extremely wordy post below~
I’ve been picking this series up because it featured two of my favorite Academy students. And I’m on/off about liking this short story, moreso I don’t. Striker is written fine himself, but Jeanne, nope. I felt in issue #2, that Jeanne was ooc, like she was making jokes. That’s something she does not do, Jeanne says a lot of funny stuff but what makes it hilarious, is that she’s serious when she’s talks. ie “I’ve constructed flashcards” “A 16yr in a 30yr old boy, I think I’m beginning to understand irony” So yeah, I wasn’t a fan early on of Jim McCann writing her.
I did not like this ending at all. So Jeanne after defeating Alkhema, stole her CPU and cut the feeds so it wouldn’t be seen. But should’ve done it a few seconds earlier, because Hank still finds out, but doesn’t tell her. And here at the end, Jeanne is looking like she’s constructing how to rebuild her or just a robot. Let’s just hope it’s not a mass murdering one, Hank’s her teacher, she should know better. But I’m just gonna take this act, simply relating to her comment back in AA13 to Reptil “But I’m learning so much. Things Dr. Pym and the others won’t teach us. Things we may need to survive. ” Maybe she thinks she’ll need a robot or something. I love that Jeanne does use everything to her advantage and she’s not afraid to do so. And I don’t think for a moment she’s gonna use any of her knowledge for evil purposes. But I feel this ending alludes to that. And that’s not her.
My biggest problem, is that Striker & Finesse were being tested. But really for what? If they would defeat Alkhema correctly, work together well, or loot the place after the battle?! I don’t like they were given a test for whatever purposes and it was just them who were being tested. Especially when Striker, Finesse (and Hazmat) are considered moreso the bad seeds of the Academy kids. But Avengers: Solo takes place between AA20 & 21, which is right after Fear Itself. And by then, they proved themselves heroes and good guys. Especially Jeanne, with her almost valiant sacrifice. And her heroic nature only has grown even more since the latest issue of Avengers Academy. But this makes it seem that the teachers with testing them weren’t any closer to giving the kids some credit, y’know that they aren’t bad and thinking better of them.
But honestly, although i wrote so much. I wouldn’t give too much to this story. With all 5 issues together, it’s about a total of a 25pg story, that I also don’t think most read. I don’t really expect to see anything about it again or have this play out. Especially that Jeanne is mainly under Christos Gage’s pen and she’s heading in a great direction with him writing her. This story was just bothering me.
And on a different note, Idk if it was Jim McCann or Karl Kesel who decided to include Julie is the panel with Striker & Mettle, but she shouldn’t be there, as she didn’t meet them until AA21.
Taking several moments to appreciate how beautiful Mike McKone drew my Jeanne. I love my perfect girl so much!
Members of Avengers Academy: Finesse // Jeanne Foucault
It’s a cliche— young people thinking they know everything. Except I do. Almost. I’d solved the mysteries of the electromagnetic spectrum before I bought my first training bra. Mastered robotics by the time I got my learner’s permit. But people.. they’re like the last foreign language I can’t understand.
So these are the most precious faces I’ve ever seen in my life!
Avengers Academy #23 & 24
Laura/Jeanne friendship is one I’m most interested in seeing developed (though right now Mettle/Laura seem to be getting closer which I’m loving too, I just love Laura making friends!). Anyway about Jeanne/Laura, I can see them being really good for each other. They’re very different characters, but do share some traits in ways they can understand each other. Similar with how they interact with others being very logical & direct. I also think they feel and process their emotions the same way. And sometimes don’t know what to do with those feelings or quite understand them. Both growing up, lived in uncaring environments and were deprived of expressing themselves, they were constantly being used. Emotions and understanding their own feelings are still new to them, and they’re figuring them out now.
I also kinda think Laura and Jeanne are near the same point in their lives where they are just learning to be their own person and they’re finally making their own decisions for themselves. And deciding what they want and who they want to be. I think they’re a great match and they’d have a beautiful friendship and I see them helping one another out a lot.
I also read comments about Jeanne having this competitive nature, and I just haven’t seen it, and it’s neither the type of person she’s grown to be. The thing about Jeanne, that I think many people mistake of her is that she is after being the best, but she’s not. Finesse is after knowledge and she just craves learning more. So I don’t think her and Laura will end up rivals or anything, or Jeanne’s personality would be bad for Laura. Plus so far, Jeanne has been nothing but welcoming to her. Like she offered flashcards she made to help her out! That’s soo funny & sweet! And like Laura, Jeanne is a really good girl too. She’s grown to be selfless and always help her friends and I’d say though she’s more amoral, lately she’s been becoming pretty heroic.
Anyway to end this, love both my favorite ladies very much! I would so love them to become awkward best friends who spend their days hanging out & studying flashcards in trees and training with each other.
And when they become best friends, Remy & Pietro being their personal mentors/father figures can start hanging out which each other too!