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Avengers: The Children's Crusade (Young Avengers Children's Crusade)

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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  2,836 ratings  ·  142 reviews
The Young Avengers return in an epic saga by series creators Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung. When Wiccan's reality-altering powers begin to rival those of the Scarlet Witch, the young hero sets out on a quest to find her that spans the Marvel Universe and pits Wiccan against both the Avengers and the Young Avengers. But will Wiccan's desire to solve the mystery of his paren ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published March 28th 2012 by Marvel
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4th out of 66 books — 18 voters
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Jeff
In a cartoon, when someone rolls a perfectly round snowball downhill, the snowball ends up huge with rocks, trees and skiers all collected within and sticking out at odd angles. This storyline is a lot like a little snowball. What starts as a fairly simple story – two members of the Young Avengers, Wiccan and Speed* believe that they are the sons of the Scarlet Witch and with Magneto’s help hope to find her.

This is where you start pulling twigs, rocks, broken limbs and torsos out of the big snow
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Mike
A little stiff as a storyteller, that Heinberg. He's got that annoying old-school habit of trotting each member of a guest-starring team-up out to get their one line wedged in, then they disappear off stage right again. The guest stars do their cameo, then slink off again to regain their dignity after slumming in a book of lesser wonders.

Sad really - I didn't know anything about this mini-series when it first came out, and yet it's filling in a major missing piece of the puzzle of the 21st-centu
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Sesana
I have no idea why I picked this up. I've never read Young Avengers. Most of the characters I don't know at all, and haven't seen in any other titles that I can remember. I wasn't particularly invested in the Scarlet Witch storyline after House of M. And yet here I am, reading it anyway. Surprisingly, it was actually pretty good. I'm sure I would have gotten more out of it, much more, if I'd been invested in the cast of Young Avengers. But I liked what I saw here, and I believed their motivation ...more
Cait Grace
I liked this a lot. Even though I had a LITTLE trouble with 16-year-old remakes of the old avengers. What?! I don't like change. I like the Avengers for the ORIGINALS. (I even struggle with remakes of the movies sometimes...although I'm okay with the new Hulk...but I digress.) So the comic is basically about the Avengers remakes as teens as they find The Scarlet Witch (who is possibly two of the whippersnappers mother.)

It's a HUGE comic and sometimes I felt it dragged on and on and on. Gah. The
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David
Utterly brilliant. A fine example of the best that Marvel has to offer. Instant classic and essential reading for all Marvel fans. This is super-hero comics at the top of the game. Touching and heartbreaking writing. Superb artwork.

Every Marvel fan simply must read this book.
Aaron
An interesting, moderately important storyline affecting pretty much the entire Marvel Universe, which went oddly unspoken about at the time of its release. This is essentially the followup to the Avengers: Disassembled and House of M storylines from years ago, as well as just generally an important event in the X-Men side of things. Or, it should've been.

While the story unfolds in a gradual and ultimately pretty epic style, it never really feels as important as it portends to be. This has the f
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Nikki
Children's Crusade is pretty awesome. It's not exactly a pure Young Avengers comic -- it's definitely a crossover comic -- but it does feature quite a lot of Billy being awesome, supported by the other Young Avengers, and a fair bit of Teddy being awesome. It also features their first (I think) on-page kiss, and is generally more blatant about their relationship than the other comics so far. There's some awesome dialogue, and some lovely funny geeky bits about Billy and Teddy.

It also pulls in th
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***Dave Hill
Collects the 9-issue miniseries and accompanying couple of issues, focusing on the Young Avengers and two of their members -- Wiccan and Speed -- who want to confirm if they are really the lost children of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision.

But the Scarlet Witch is missing, and given her role in the "No More Mutants" genocide of mutantkind, some of the people also looking for her may have another agenda than a family reunion ... the Avengers ...the X-Men ... Magneto ... and Doctor Doom.

A great,
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Anthony
I love the characters Allan Heinberg created for The Young Avengers, and the way their personalities have come together over the years since the characters were first introduced. Even the most infuriating member of the team, Patriot, still interests me, and of course I think the Wiccan-Hulking duo is a much-needed fairly visible pairing for gay teens (they're committed to each other, they're not ashamed to show their love for each other, and they're not promiscuous. They're also not stereotypes) ...more
Martin
"The Children's Crusade" is an event book, of sorts, and contrary to a lot of other event books, the story is FUN, flows organically and has true, lasting repercussions on the Marvel Universe - and not a single tie-in issue! Yay! There's some real character growth, a few deaths (of course! - but some unexpected ones) and, by the end of the book, a new status quo - at least, for the Young Avengers team.

I am under the impression that this mini-series was not given the exposure it so rightly deserv
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Shannon Appelcline
I’ve been waiting five years for Heinberg to come back and complete the story that he alluded to in his original Young Avengers run. Sorry to say, I was disappointed by the results. Oh, the plot itself is good enough: everything that could be hoped for given its foreshadowing. The problem is that it doesn’t contain surprises like the original series did (other than the somewhat gratuitous deaths at the end to make it “important”). The characters just don’t have the zest they did either. Instead, ...more
Jamil
there's are essays to be written on this comic (The Young Avengers as fan, wish-fulfillment heroes; Crossovers as super-hero/super-villain slash-fiction; Patriot's portrayal as indicative of fandom's inability to embrace african-american heroes) but I'm too bored to write them.
Mely
Read in issues.

... Okay, that ending was approximately an order of magnitude suckier than the rest of the series. Maybe multiple orders of magnitude.
Gene

This is really a two-star collection of comics, but I gave it an extra star because of the gay teen relationship between Wiccan (Billy) and Hulkling (Teddy) more or less at center stage.

Although I don't read much contemporary costumed heroes comics -- I get bored with the endless retcon reinvention and the constant deaths and rebirths -- I was seeing so much Billy/Teddy slash shipping yaoi (or whatever the term is) online that I had to check out the source and witness the relationship that the g
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B.C.
Jul 26, 2013 B.C. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Ok, so if I didn’t need to read another book to win a free book in my library’s summer reading program, I probably would not have picked this up. But…I did.
This was kind of a hodge podge, a who’s who in the Marvel world. It had a kind of old school feel with every hero and villain announcing their name within their first dialogue bubble. Things were resolved without anything actually happening and the good guy who became a bad guy is not actually the bud guy but an innocent victim being manipula
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William Axtell
This one amazing story and I cannot recommend it enough! The artwork is absolutely beautiful and breathtakingly detailed but that is only the least important of many excellent things. The most important thing is that IT MATTERS! For X-Men, Avengers and the entire Marvel Universe, this story is of tremendous importance, as it deals with the search for the Scarlet Witch and what to do with her when they do, along with a dangerous threat posed by Dr. Doom. But the story in a strange way is more foc ...more
Emma
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Jared Millet
As much as I've enjoyed Brian Bendis's run on Avengers, what he did to the Scarlet Witch in Avengers Disassembled was a crime. Not that I've ever been a big Scarlet Witch fan, but having her powers change from "jinxing" to "Beyonder-style reality altering" with no explanation, then having her pull a Dark Phoenix with no slow character arc leading up to it, came across as nothing but a cheap stunt for shock value.

Children's Crusade goes a long way to correcting that, much the same way that Green
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Trevor

Though Siege was sold as the finale of the multi-year epic Marvel story started with Avengers Disassembled, this book serves as a fitting post-script to the whole thing, finally diving more into what drove Scarlet Witch to her actions that day. The book also reintroduces her back into the Marvel Universe, in a way that feels perfectly appropriate given her actions and how various characters feel about her. Like every big Marvel epic lately, The Children's Crusade features both big deaths (at le
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Jenna
A high 3, 3.75? Enjoyable to see even more House of M fallout and to actually make that connection between Wiccan, Scarlet Witch, and Magneto. Oh, and Speed. Now I think I'll have to look for more young Avengers. It was also nice to see Magneto being a super-power again, after all this post-Phoenix Five business.

Nice, clean drawing style!
Angel Gardner-Kocher
I really enjoyed Young Avengers Style > Substance and kind of wish that this book was more about the Young Avengers than it was. The Young Avengers drive the story as Wiccan and Speed search for the Scarlet Witch, but along the way the X-Men and the Avengers get involved and everything gets, well, complicated. That being said, it's quite an enjoyable ride, lots of plot twists and nicely paced, with decent character development as well. The artwork is top notch. I think one of the reasons that ...more
Osvaldo
Cheung's art is gorgeous for the most part, but this collection is mired in the most ponderous parts of Avengers/Marvel Universe continuity - House of M, Civil War, Avengers Dissembled - whatever. Yawn. In a way it is trying to wrap up and plug the consequences of those "events" - and that is its biggest problem. It is a whole lot that might be best told in one issue, and misses its opportunity to develop the Young Avengers characters into the cool and interesting ones that they currently hint a ...more
Nicolo Yu
Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung end their Young Avengers saga by bringing to a full circle their concept of teen heroes inspired by the Avengers legend that began in the aftermath of Brian Bendis' Avengers Disassembled. In this ten-part miniseries, Heinberg seeked to redeem Wanda Maximoff, the reality altering chaos mage Scarlet Witch; whose nervous breakdown precipitated Disassembled. It was an appropriate story to tell and developed organically. After all, two of the Young Avengers, the mage Wic ...more
Kathleen
Despite having two loving, biological parents, Billy goes looking for the Scarlet Witch who he believes is his mother, and who no one has heard from since that whole House of M misunderstanding.

Everyone fights everyone else, with minor emotional payoffs, but Jim Cheung's art is so pretty that nothing else matters.
Colton
I thoroughly enjoyed the resolution between Wiccan and Wanda (finally we get a solid answer on his heritage!) and of course loved the dynamic between Teddy and Billy. The two are probably some of my favorite comic characters, and the reason I snapped up all of the YA material I could find. However, I'm forced to give the collection 3-stars because of the inclusion of the YA one-shot, which I can't rate on it's own and which makes little sense following the end of the event--the attitudes of the ...more
Courtney
Yeah.. Loving the Billy/Teddy thing. Awwww.

Now that that's out of the way, really the thing that comes to mind time and again while reading anything with the YA: It's kind of sad that these teenagers are so often the voice of reason. All the older superheroes have been in the superheroing business for so long and have gotten caught up in the politics of "good guys/bad guys" and "so-and-so did a bad thing, we've gotta get revenge!" that no one over the age of 22 seems to see things objectively an
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Julie
A confusing blend of made-up marvel comic mythology and teenage nonsense. But then there's the Scarlet Witch and twins, so I have to like it. Because I've recently decided that I'm going to change my name to Wanda Maximoff and I will be the Scarlet Witch when I grow up.
Becky
Here's my problem when trying to decide if I like this book: the simple answer is no I don't. I'm sick of this crap, and it's only gotten worse. I'm sick of Scott behaving like a douche, I'm sick of all the "it's Wanda's fault" "no it isn't" "let's kill her" "let's hide her" "let's just kill each other and save us some time."


BUT
this book does a pretty good job of showing just WHY all of that stuff is stupid. I have been saying this for a while now, the books about the kids are good because they
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Jon Arnold
This story’s got two aims at heart – firstly to bring the first Young Avengers run to a conclusion and secondly to resolve the story of what happened to the Scarlet Witch after the Avengers Disassembled/House of M storyline. The big problem here is that it can’t decide quite which of those it wants to be. It starts as a Young Avengers tale but they’re quickly overwhelmed by the introduction of the Avengers, the X-Men and Doctor Doom. Even if you try and focus on the younger team and give them a ...more
Rebecca
Avengers: The Children's Crusade brings the Young Avengers, the Avengers, and the X-Men together as Billy Kaplan/Wiccan searches for his maybe-mother, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, and tries to right the wrongs she's done to mutant-kind. This fast paced comic collection confronts the ideas of family, friendship, destiny, and justice through the eyes of teenagers who just want to do the right thing. Cheung's art is gorgeous and really brings Heinberg's words and the characters to life. The story ...more
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“Dear Teddy, you are without a doubt the best boyfriend in the world. You're kind. You're generous. You threaten to maim people for me. -- Billy” 4 likes
“Billy: Oh, my God. I just walked out on the Avengers.
Tommy: Why is that a bad thing? Earth's mightiest heroes are afraid of you. That's how powerful you are. By walking out, you probably earned their respect. Even I'm hating you a little less than usual.
Billy: Thanks, Tommy. That means a lot.”
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