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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.
The art, on the other hand, is consistently great. While faces can look a little same-y here and there, Cheung's art maintains a top-notch level of quality.
In a way, this series ended up being a lot like Fear Itself. A good beginning and amazing art dragged down by a steady decline in writing quality and excessive decompression.
On the plus side, the art here is gorgeous and beautifully detailed. The artistic team - pencilers Jim Cheung, Alan Davis, and Olivier Coipel; inkers Mark Morales and Mark Farmer; colorists Justin Ponsor and Javier Rodriquez - do an excellent job for the most part, filling each page and frame with such beautiful depictions (my one minor complaint is that half the time Hulkling ends up looking like he's wearing lipstick) and backgrounds that one can almost - almost - forget about the lack of anything else.
But for some reason Allan Heinberg, who did all of the writing and hence must bear all of the blame for it, seems to have largely just been going through the motions here.Read more ›
As you can imagine the Avengers, X-Men, and more would have a significant interest in finding her. Some (many?) want her dead, others want her brought to justice, and still others want her restored. This is what "The Children's Crusade" deals with but the focus is largely on one more group of heroes, the Young Avengers, specifically two of their members: Speed and Wiccan, twins who may be the children of the Scarlet Witch. Wiccan, in particular, wants to find out the truth and save his mom if he can. And find her he does and this sets off a chain of events that involves a ton of heroes from the aforementioned groups and Doc Doom. The art and coloring by Jim Cheung and Justin Ponsor is usually gorgeous. Cheung's characters are symmetrically lovely to look at, consistently proportioned, and always the center of the picture. Cheung often elects not to draw in backgrounds but when he does they are solid pieces that maintain a feel, and he really likes to do splash pages and panels. Personally I think that the Scarlet Witch has never looked more attractive than she has in this series (this is an event series and not a spin-off weaved throughout different books). But one criticism of Cheung's art is that he doesn't let his characters overly emote.Read more ›
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I gotta say, I was not impressed by the art or the plot undertones of The Children's Crusade at all.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by e.b. wormwood
Loved the art style from start to finish. The story was not bad eitherPublished 4 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 10 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 14 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 15 months ago by Cin Cam