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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #2: Review

Sep 2010
Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung

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4 stars

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #2 Review by (October 30, 2012)
The High Evolutionary is only seen in the background of the twins' birth, and isn't mentioned by name here. But he has a long Marvel history starting with Thor #134, and being heavily involved in the origin of Adam Warlock, as well as that of Wanda and Pietro, and of Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew). As his name suggests his thing was evolving animals to intelligence, including Bova the cow who looked after the twins for a while. He evolved himself into a non-corporeal being, but later de-evolved himself to human again. During the extended publication of this story he appears in Silver Surfer and the (not an abbreviation) FF series. Wundagore Mountain was also the prison of the demon Chthon. It was his influence that made Scarlet Witch capable of using actual magic, as opposed to the hexes that were her mutant power. He too has affected large swathes of Marvel history, on the occult side, largely via his creation the book of Darkhold. Before showing up in Av#186 he was seen in Modred the Mystic tales in Marvel Chillers. Appropriately he was last seen in Mighty Avengers #21-23 where Loki was impersonating Wanda. Last time they met Magneto tried to kill Pietro. This refers to the event in House of M. But in fact Magneto *did* kill him, but Wanda resurrected him when she dissolved the House of M reality. Since then Quicksilver had his own mini-series Son of M, and then joined the (not so) Mighty Avengers for Dark Reign (getting involved with (Loki as) Wanda and Chthon). During this period he reverted to the original green colour of his costume, and claimed (untruthfully) that his past bad actions were due to a Skrull imposter.

Wiccan and Speed visited Transia in Young Avengers Presents #3. Hawkeye and Patriot are a couple, although the rest of the team know it more than they themselves do. They spent most of the time bickering over the leadership. They went on an abortive date in YAP#6, but ending in a kiss. But Kate initially didn't like it when Eli kissed her again when they were trapped underground in Siege: YA. Stature originally shared an attraction with Iron Lad. When he left in YA#6 he left behind his armour to be this version of the Vision. But Vision also inherited some of Iron Lad's personality, and he and Stature have become an item since. There have been 3 different origin stories for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Originally they were just mutant children of the gypsy Django Maximoff from Transia. In Giant-Size Avengers #1 the WWII hero Whizzer claimed they were his children with Miss America, who died in childbirth in the High Evolutionary's HQ on Mount Wundagore in Transia. Distraught Whizzer left them there, and they were given in adoption to the Maximoffs. But then in Avengers #186 and Uncanny X-Men #125 we learnt that they were actually the children of Magneto's wife Magda, who fled to Wundagore from her husband, and didn't live long after giving birth. The conflicting stories were resolved as the twins being presented to Whizzer as his own to assuage the grief of losing his wife. Miss America's actual child was stillborn.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #2 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Last issue Magneto found the Young Avengers. He wants to take Speed and Wiccan to Transia to find their 'mother' Scarlet Witch, his daughter. Wiccan says they'd already looked there. His boyfriend Hulkling (along with Stature and Vision) tries to stop Magneto abducting the twins, but Wiccan breaks free of Magneto's forcefield anyway. Hawkeye and Patriot don't want to help a known terrorist, but Wiccan insists that Magneto take the whole team or none.

The question becomes irrelevant as Avengers (Captain America (Steve Rogers), Iron Man, Luke Cage, Ms Marvel, Spider-Man and Wolverine) arrive to stop Magneto. They don't want Wanda found because they're afraid of what she might do. Wolverine in particular says he'll kill her, and Wiccan too if he gets in the way.

While the other YA defend Magneto (who probably doesn't need it), Wiccan uses magic to whisk them (and Magneto) to Wundagore Mountain in Transia, where Scarlet Witch was born. Wolverine isn't too concerned. He suggests the Avengers let the YA find the Witch, and then they can grab her.

Wiccan disguises the troop in civilian clothes, based on the Von Trapp family from the Sound of Music. Including Vision as a nun. As they walk along 2 couples show their bonds of affection:- Hawkeye and Patriot, and Stature and Vision.

They reach the grave of Magneto's wife Magda, and he gives them a potted origin of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Magda left Erik (Magneto) when he used his power to kill their persecutors. He didn't know she was pregnant, and she gave birth to the twins in the High Evolutionary's castle on the mountain. She died, and Pietro and Wanda were raised by gypsies Django and Marya Maximoff. Later Magneto saved them from a mob, and recruited them into his Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants, without knowing who they were. But they soon abandoned him and his cause, and joined the Avengers.

Wiccan senses Wanda's possible presence in the nearby village, and Speed dashes off to search. Until he runs into Quicksilver. Magneto and the YA follow, but Pietro runs off carrying Wiccan.

Billy doesn't use his magic to escape, because he wants to persuade Quicksilver to join their search for his sister. But there's no love lost between Pietro and his father. (Last time they met Magneto tried to kill him). So Pietro makes a counter-offer, that the 2 of them go look for Wanda, without the rest.

But just then Speed catches up with them. He's miffed that his 'uncle' didn't kidnap him too. And seems mainly concerned with proving that he's the faster.

Magneto tries to stop them from a distance with his magnetic power. Quicksilver drops Wiccan and speeds back to throw wooden stakes at his father and the YA. They miss or are stopped, but 1 hits a passing village female who looks just like Wanda. (She's wearing a red hooded cloak and carrying a basket of red apples. Just which fairy tale is she in?!)

The stake pierces her body and exposes her as a robot. Vision recognises it as a Doombot, and the assembled cast jump to the conclusion that the real Scarlet Witch is a prisoner of Dr Doom.

Jim Cheung
Jim Cheung
Justin Ponsor
Jim Cheung (Cover Penciler)
Jim Cheung (Cover Inker)
Justin Ponsor (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Cory Petit.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Clint Barton)

(Teddy Altman)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)
Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel

(Carol Danvers)

(Pietro Maximoff)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

(Peter Parker)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Patriot (Elijah Bradley), Speed (Tommy Shepherd), Stature, Vision (Jonas), Wiccan (Billy Kaplan).

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