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Avengers: The Children's Crusade Hardcover – March 28, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Avengers
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078513638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785136385
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Allan Heinberg is an American film screenwriter, who wrote Young Avengers for Marvel Comics, and has been a writer and producer on The Naked Truth, Party of Five, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The O.C., and Grey's Anatomy.

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These quirks aside the story was great.
Dan S.
Trying not to go into spoiler specifics, but the ending fell a little flat to me.
Jasper Patch
Heinberg and Cheung create another great Young Avengers story.
jmudude20

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Marisi on March 14, 2012
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Avengers: The Children's Crusade deals with the proper return of the Scarlet Witch to the Marvel Universe and how the many factions of the superhero community (and villains as well) deal with this. Let's not forget: she single-handedly disassembled the Avengers and decimated the whole mutant species. And of course, this book also brings back the Young Avengers by the same team that created them, that's writer Allan Heinberg and illustrator Jim Cheung, who probably gives us the best work of his career in this volume. To complete the creative team, we get some additional fantastic art by Oliver Coipel (in the Uncanny X-Men #526 prologue) and Alan Davis (in the Children's Crusade: Young Avengers special).

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.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Keith on March 14, 2012
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WOW! I can't believe how good this book was! Heinberg's really topped himself and has come up with a touching, moving and rewarding masterpiece. Every Marvel fan must read this book. This is by far the best volume Marvel's released in years.

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.

Highly Recommended.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MRW on March 27, 2012
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This series started off decently, but it quickly went off the rails. The confusing inclusion of Doctor Doom and a strange timetravel plot lead to this feeling less like a part of the saga of the Scarlet Witch and of the Young Avengers and more like a checklist of things that Heinberg wanted to do while he could.

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.
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As a comic book fan since the 1960's, I have watched Marvel go through many stages. I was an enormous fan of their early years, back when the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers and Spiderman were introduced, and I remained one for a long time, until the quality fell into serious decline around the time the Secret Wars arc was going on. I pretty much quit reading after that, but every now and then I get lured back in whenever someone there shows a bit of originality and/or creativity, which was the case when the Young Avengers appeared on the Marvel scene a few years ago. So I was hopeful about this collection - Avengers: The Children's Crusade - when it came out. Unfortunately, I find that I have again been disappointed. Once again, Marvel has fallen back into their unfortunate fallback approach of throwing originality and character development out the window in favor of cliched "Let's get _everybody_ into the act!" hackneyed story arcs.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Talespinner on May 13, 2012
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While this comic may carry the title of Avengers, this book contains Avengers, Young Avengers and the X-Men! Its a great story, which serves as a lead in to Avengers vs X-Men! If you've read any Avengers or X-Men titles in the past 3-5 years, this is a must read!
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