Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #1 Review

The Young Avengers return in an epic, bi-monthly Marvel maxi-series 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? This self-contained Marvel maxi-series reintroduces and redefines the Young Avengers and the Scarlet Witch for the Heroic Age and is essential reading for any Avengers fan.

 

Summary

The Young Avengers battle the sons of the Serpent. The Avengers arrive to assist but one of the villains detonates a Nuke. Wiccan manages to contain the blast and render everyone except the heroes comatose. The Avengers then become very concerned about how much power Wiccan possesses and his similarity to the Scarlet Witch. The Avengers try to keep Wiccan in their care but he storms off. Captain America discloses his identity to his parents before Wiccan agrees to stay with the Avengers. At Avengers HQ Wiccan Is joined by Hulkling but before they can protest the Young Avengers break them out. Here Wiccan’s grandfather Magneto enters the fray.

What I thought!

I loved the art and covers along with the wholly accessible nature of the story. We get a recap of House Of M, Avengers Disassembled, the Scarlet Witch, M-day and a neat introduction to every member of our team.  What’s more impressive is that this takes place within the first thirteen pages of the book. The book also had a healthy dose of emotion as Cassie Lang wished her father was still alive while Wiccan and Speed have family issues that clearly need to be resolved.

On the down side because of all the explaining what takes place the first half reads like a comic from 1990; it was full of exposition which may put off more modern comic readers.

Black Heroes: Patriot

Still very enjoyable though exposition heavy 3.5/5

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