REVIEW: ‘The Avant Guards,’ Issue #4

Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Avant-Guards #4, which is published by BOOM! Studios, is written by Carly Usdin, illustrated by Noah Hayes, colored by Rebecca Nalty, and lettered by Ed Dukeshire. Having just won their first game, Liv throws a party to celebrate. She’s working up the courage to ask Charlie out on a date. But not everything goes as planned when she sees her ex-girlfriend Nicole talking with someone. Liv tries her best to just brush off her jealousy since she’s planning to ask Charlie out but has a hard time when her friends bring up their relationship.

After such an action-packed issue, this seems like the best way to carry the story forward. I’m sure there will be more issues that show the Avant-Guards facing off against other teams, but I’m glad that aspect of the series doesn’t dominate over the possible relationship blossoming between Liv and Charlie. Their interactions are well written, which will definitely have readers turning their pages to see if anything does happen between them. It’s always great when a writer is able to make their work such a page-turner.

It was great to see more of Liv and get more on her relationship with Nicole. It was established that they had dated before, but Liv seemed like she didn’t want to talk about it. Even though she’s teased about how romantic she is by Nicole and the rest of the people at the party, it shows what kind of person Liv is. She cares about people but realizes that she came on too strong, which ultimately ruined things with Nicole. She recognizes what she could’ve done better but is still holding on to some old feelings. Overall, it shows that Liv is human. This shows me that the writer cares for her characters and wants to make them seem as relatable as possible.

From “The Avant Guards” #4 – Carly Usdin (Writer), Noah Hayes (Artist), Rebeca Nalty (Colorist), and Ed Dukeshire (Letterer).

Even though Liv still has some feelings for Nicole, it’s clear that she does want to move on. In the second half of the comic, Liv’s conversation with Charlie shows that she’s ready to move on. It shows how difficult it is for someone to pick themselves up after the end of a relationship. It’s even more powerful since it shows relationship representation for the LGBTQ community. It’s incredible to see this kind of stories being told in comics.

I had a fantastic time reading this issue. It focuses on character development and finds ways for readers to care about it. The dynamic of this blossoming relationship is handled well and many readers could definitely relate to it. Since the series focuses on LGBTQ characters, it shows that stories that are centered around members of the community matter enough to be told. It gives me hope that telling stories like these will continue to be accepted and praised. This is a comic series I wholeheartedly recommend.

The Avant Guards #4 is available now wherever comic books are sold.

The Avant-Guards #4


It focuses on character development and finds ways for readers to care about it.