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

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Avengers
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078513638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785136385
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This Collection Edition collects the nine-issue "Avengers: Children's Crusade" title, a pertinent section from Uncanny X-Men #526, and a one-shot "Avengers: Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1" story. In it's entirety, the entire story is great, deserving of 5 stars. It brings in so many different aspects of the Marvel Universe into one story - the Avengers, the Young Avengers, the X-Men, X-Factor, and a few outliers like Doctor Doom - as they reintroduce a game-changing element into the Marvel Universe, the Scarlet Witch.

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.
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I enjoyed the Young Avengers (YA) collection so much I decided to pick up any related titles and Children's Crusade came up as a recommendation. In the collection, it's implied Wiccan and Speed may be the twin sons of the Scarlet Witch and that her reality warping powers caused them to be reborn again. The boys decide they need to find her, only the Avengers think that is a very bad idea.

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.
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