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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #4: Review

Jan 2011
Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung

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4 stars

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #4 Review by (November 7, 2012)
Dr Doom and Scarlet Witch were both brought up as gypsies, which is probably initially why Doom was sympathetic to her plea. A more truthful history of Wanda's children isn't so compatible with the idea that they could have been reincarnated as Wiccan and Speed. And that's apart from the probable Marvel time dating problem. Wanda and the android Vision couldn't have children naturally, so she conceived them by magic in the 1st Vision & Scarlet Witch mini-series. But then it turned out that their 'souls' were fragments of Mephisto, who took them back in Avengers West Coast #52. Iron Lad has just come from Avengers :Children's Crusade Young Avengers Special. He has spent his time since leaving YA in opposing the schemes of multiple versions of his older self Kang. In the Special he finds one Kang in the future allied with the grown-up YA. Wiccan isn't there. Hawkeye and Speed are having a child. Cassie Lang is called Stinger (as in A-Next in Spider-Girl's timeline), and is involved with Kang (the grown-up version of her old boyfriend Iron Lad). She broke up with Vision, who has purged himself of emotions. Hulkling has taken his father's role as Captain Marvel. Patriot married Samantha Wilson and their son Steve has taken the name Bucky. Samantha wears a Falcon-like costume and her maiden name is Wilson, so Wikipedia says she's the daughter of the current Falcon Sam Wilson. This YA tell Iron Lad that the Avengers are going to kill Billy and Wanda in Latveria. Then the rest of the YA will have to go on the run through the timestreams, righting wrongs as they find them. Unless Iron Lad goes back in time and stops them. After Iron Lad leaves (in a chair rather like that of Metron of the New Gods), grown-up Billy reveals himself in the robes of Dr Strange, and with a helmet like one Thor used to wear. We don't necessarily know the real story behind the Kang/YA alliance. But the YA seem happy that Iron Lad's actions will turn him into Kang the Conqu

Oops! I overfilled the Comments box again. It should end with:- But the YA seem happy that Iron Lad's actions will turn him into Kang the Conqueror, and result in the death of the Avengers. I'll revisit this at the end of the series, to see if any of it comes true.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #4 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Last issue Wiccan sneaked into Dr Doom's castle in Latveria and found his 'mother' Wanda Maximoff, who appears to have forgotten that she is Scarlet Witch and is about to marry Victor von Doom. But then Doom found them, and he's not happy.

Wiccan's magic holds of Doom's attack as Billy tries to tell Wanda about her marriage to Vision and her dead sons Thomas and William. But Doom's blasts break through as he is about to reveal that the boys aren't as dead as she thought. Wanda is horrified at what Victor has done to the boy. But she still loves and trusts him.

Wanda's father Magneto, her brother Quicksilver, and the rest of the Young Avengers are getting ready to invade the castle to rescue Wiccan and Wanda. Magneto intends to provide a distraction, but that may not be necessary. The castle is surrounded by flying craft (presumably guests for tomorrow's wedding, and possibly some of them spacecraft), and now Wonder Man pops up. Unbeknownst to them Wonder Man has also been secretly followed by the Avengers, in the shape of Captain America, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Ms Marvel and Spider-Man.

Dr Doom transfers the stricken Wiccan to a cell. But he heals him with magic. He claims that Wanda's powers have gone as well as her memory. And it's best for everyone if she doesn't get them back.

He says that Wanda came to him asking for help for her gypsy people, and they fell in love. Doom also says that he knows that the Avengers think Wanda is dangerous, and that they are beginning to think Billy is too. He offers Wiccan asylum. But adds that if Billy doesn't accept the offer, then he will be kept prisoner.

Doom also drops the bombshell that while he was healing the boy he magically removed his power as well.

Outside, Magneto has started his diversion by bashing some of the flying craft together. Quicksilver divides the YA into teams. He and Speed will vibrate through doors and open them from the inside to let the others in. Patriot and Stature will accompany himself, while Hawkeye and Hulkling will go with Speed. Vision will phase in alone and disrupt the security system.

But before they can put this plan into action, Wonder Man and the Avengers drop in.

Billy is trying to use his magic power to restore his magic power, when Wanda pops in wearing her wedding dress. She's worried about this new side of Victor she's seen, and wants Billy to tell her more about the 'truth'. Wiccan agrees, but only if she helps him escape from the castle.

On the way out he tells her again about her marriage and children. But Master Pandemonium took the boys' souls for his master Mephisto. Scarlet Witch blamed the Avengers, and destroyed the team, killing 3 members. He also explains how the Young Avengers were formed, and how he found his 'twin' Tommy (Speed). But once again events stop Billy from broaching the idea that he and Tommy are Wanda's sons resurrected.

They reach the outside to find Magneto fighting Dr Doom, and everyone else battling Doombots. And one last character joins the fray as Wolverine attacks Wanda meaning to kill her. Powerless Wiccan tries to hold him off, but Logan blames her for the Mutant Decimation as well as for Avengers Disassembled. He may say he wants to kill her as a potential future threat, but it's really for revenge.

But something does stop Logan. A blast from YA founder Iron Lad.

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)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)

(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), Iron Lad, Patriot (Elijah Bradley), Speed (Tommy Shepherd), Stature, Vision (Jonas), Wiccan (Billy Kaplan).

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