Sunday, April 15, 2012

Avengers: The Children's Crusade Written by Allan Heinberg. Art by Jim Cheung, Olivier Coipel and Alan Davis

Avengers: The Children's Crusade is a series of comics that have been released over the last two years from Marvel Comics.  The hardcover collected edition was released at the end of March.  I happened across a copy at a book signing for another author and HAD to pick it up while I was at the book store.  Here's the Goodreads blurb:

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 parentage be his salvation or his undoing? With three words, the Scarlet Witch changed the world forever...and now with her return, nothing will ever be the same for the Marvel Universe. This self-contained Marvel event reintroduces and redefines the Young Avengers and the Scarlet Witch for the Heroic Age, and is essential reading for any Avengers fan.



Avengers: The Children's Crusade #12 © Marvel Comics 
I have to honest, in general, I don't read or support Marvel comics.  I think that the majority of their titles are uninteresting and their track record for GLBT characters is pretty awful.  I know DC isn't much better but they just lack the characters entirely while Marvel routinely tortures and kills them.  BUT the Young Avengers title has actually won a GLAAD award in 2006.  Young Avengers isn't the most mainstream of the comic titles from Marvel but it is the only one I read.  Children's Crusade has beautiful art.  This picture to the left is from the last comic in the limited series.  Billy and Teddy (Wiccan and Hulking) finally kiss after 7 years as Young Avengers.  It's something long overdue as straight characters get to kiss (and much more) in tons of comics.  I read this book over the course of a day because I could not put it down.  I really enjoy Billy and Teddy's characters.  Tommy can be a bit grating and the others are for some reason just not as endearing as Billy and Teddy.  The story follows Wiccan/Billy in his quest to find his mother, The Scarlet Witch.  He works with Magneto and the Young Avengers to find her and help her fix her incantation that rocked the world of mutants years earlier.  I also liked seeing Quicksilver interact with Billy and Tommy because Marvel speedsters remind me of DC speedsters and the Flash is one of my favorites.  I wish that Tommy would have gotten more attention from his new family and that he hadn't been treated as secondary to Billy.  Overall, this series has been amazing and this collected edition is worth the money.  I really hope that the Young Avengers will be brought into the mainstream comics series now that this limited series has ended.  The only detractor for me was the very end.  It was more than a bit confusing... but time travel usually is.  I just hope it was pointing to a future with more Young Avengers.

You can add the collected edition to your Goodreads by clicking here.  You can also find the individual comics on My Comic Shop.  This collected edition earns 5 Fairies for being a lovely book about some awesome characters.

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