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Avengers: The Children's Crusade Hardcover – March 28, 2012
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This volume is absolutely relevant as it finally brings closure to what we could call the "Scarlet Witch Saga" that Brian Bendis started way back in 2004 with Avengers: Disassembled, was then expanded by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung in the Young Avengers series, and continued by Bendis in House Of M (as well as in New Avengers #26, a stand alone issue dealing with Wanda Maximoff and Hawkeye). So if you are interested in The Children's Crusade, you should be familiarized with those stories, as this book is a culmination of them. You don't necessarily need to read them all, but at least be well aware of what transpires in them as they are essential background.
Now, though this book is not a crossover (thank God), it's actually an EVENT in all the positive sense of the concept, as it assembles an enormous cast including the Avengers, New Avengers, Young Avengers, X-Men, X-Factor, Dr. Doom, Magneto, Kang The Conqueror as well as some ex-Avengers that I won't name in order to not spoil anything.Read more ›
It's important too. Marvel's always been a bit shy about showing gay male characters, but Teddy and Billy are handled magnificently. For gay male characters in a mainsteam comic book, this is a watershed moment. As for the heart of the story regarding the Scarlet Witch, I won't reveal any spoilers. I'll just say, all the questions about her from the past few years are addressed and answered in a terrific adventure starring everybody from the Uncanny X-men, the New Avengers, the Young Avengers, Spider-man and a few other guest stars.
It falls under the "Avengers" heading but in all honesty it really should be under the Young Avengers' name since they are at the center of the story. The entire thing is told from Wiccan/Billy Kaplan's perspective, and the team is the one constant throughout the tale. But it heavily relies on other characters, so fans not familiar with this team shouldn't feel left out, especially those of the Scarlet Witch and Magneto. I guess, since it's made clear that the Young Avengers are more than deserving of the title of Avenger, it's a nice nod to how influential the team can be to the Marvel Universe too, because it's made clear that they are.
It's really worth the buy. I got it here very reasonably priced, and I have to say that the artwork is top notch. Most of it is done by the same guy who is responsible for initial Young Avengers volume (which is another reason why their name should be on there ), which is needless to say is excellent through and through. Allen Heinberg also wrote that too, and his story here is impactful not on the Marvel Universe but on the reader as well.Read more ›
The premise of this book is a solid hook. Wiccan still struggles with his powers, and the authors do not shy away from showing that the Avengers and X-Men fear that he may become as powerful, and as unstable, as Wanda. However, his team supports him and with the unexpected help of Magneto, they sneak off to find her anyway. It wouldn't be much of a story if they didn't find her, but some interesting revelations arise from the mission that shake up the status quo and cause these young heroes to have to deal with unexpected tragedy as well. Wanda doesn't remember who she is, but someone does - Dr. Doom. And what will the X-Men and Avengers do with Wanda now that she has been found?
One weakness I found in the book was continuity. The first YA collection followed directly from House of M. After the Avengers disbanded, these heroes decided to take up the mantle. The first two thirds of this story flow like they stem directly from there. However, Wiccan actually announces on the opening page that all this takes place after Civil War and Siege, but it's difficult to piece together what was happening with this group of young heroes during those events. In short, these kids don't act like they've been through four Marvel events.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gotta say, I was not impressed by the art or the plot undertones of The Children's Crusade at all.. Read morePublished 6 months ago by e.b. wormwood
Loved the art style from start to finish. The story was not bad eitherPublished 7 months ago by Shirlece
I loved every minute of it. Totally ate it up. Some people complain that it is light on story while being heavy on number of characters, and in a way this is true, though I think... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Christian Krueger
This volume is good, but not excellent like the first and third run of Young Avengers. I still highly recommend reading it though, because it's so essential for events in the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by David Bishop
I really enjoyed this. I like Wiccan a lot so I liked seeing this story. It's a little bit confusing in parts but I love the art. It's crisp and I like how the characters look. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cin Cam