The GeeksverseAvengers: The Children’s Crusade #9

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #9
Published on Friday, March 9, 2012 by

18 months in the making. Was this worth it?


Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Allan Heinberg
Penciled by: Jim Cheung
Inked by: Mark Morales
Colored by: Justin Ponsor
Lettered by: VC's Cory Petit
Cover by: Jim Cheung w/ Justin Ponsor
Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
Editor: Tom Brevoort

It’s been 18 months and the last issue of this book has finally come out.

I said way back when, that because it was going to take so long to get published and the Marvel Universe would be such a different place, this book would feel out of sync, out of place. And it does.

I remember reading an interview, I believe it was with Tom Brevoort, where he said that having Steve Rogers as Captain America alongside Iron Man (this was when Bucky was still Cap and Steve was Commander Rogers and still hadn’t made up with Tony Stark) was a decision they had made because they wanted this creative team on the book and the bimonthly schedule was the only way to do it.

It turned out that having Steve Rogers as Cap wasn’t the only thing that ended up making this not work. Wonder Man was misplaced and that one sentence at the end doesn’t help the series at all. His appearance, considering his current stance against the Avengers, makes no sense. The X-Men; with Wolverine, Cyclops, Rogue, etc.., makes no sense since they’ve split and aren’t getting along with eachother.

So much about this doesn’t work with the current, or even the past MU, that it makes this book feel like an elsewheres type of story. All everything ends up doesn’t help either.

We really needed to wait two months for this? This issue is all epilogue. There’s no final battle. It all wraps up too neatly. And it all wraps up in such a way that every door is left open. The Young Avengers could completely retire and disappear from the MU or they could come back in a new series.

And really, the Young Avengers in an MU that has Avengers Academy, doesn’t work. Why wouldn’t the YA join the Avengers Academy? Why would the Avengers be okay with this group of young kids wandering around but not others?

The older/adult Vision is back, so they had to get rid of the younger version and the way they did that was a cop-out.

This is really a let down after the build-up. All that fighting between the Avengers, X-Men and Young Avengers and at the end of the day they all just say “seeya” and move on? Cyclops and the X-Men folded too easily. The Avengers give in to the Young Avengers too easily.

It’s all too easy. Disappointing end to a series that never was able to fit in to begin with.

By the way, I think Kate Bishop should at least come back, but with a different codename.

The art was by Jimmy Cheung and there is nothing bad to say about it. I’ve always been a big Cheung fan and he’s only gotten better. Find this guy some regular monthly work pronto.

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #9 receives:
3 out of 5

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