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Avengers: The Children’s Crusade

03/21/2012

It’s been a long, long wait, but it’s finally here – Avengers: The Children’s Crusade. As anyone who follows my blog is aware, the Young Avengers are my favorite superteam. And while they don’t have a regular series, I devour any issue that features them. So when the Children’s Crusade finally came to a close last month, I knew that the graphic novel would soon be on the shelves. All release dates  that I originally found slated it for the end of March/start of April, but I pleasantly surprised when I got an email from Amazon telling me that it was available to ship March 14th.

I bought the first four issues waaaay back in October (I think) as a collected special but I’ve been in a media blackout since then because I wanted to read the rest of the story as a whole. And I was not disappointed. I don’t want to ruin the story for anyone who has yet to read it because I think everyone should read it (whether you’re a Young Avenger’s fan or not). The hardcover features not only the entire 9-issue run of the story arc but the tie-in stories from Uncanny X-Men #526 (which reveals Magneto’s discovery of his grandchildren) and Avengers: The Children’s Crusade – Young Avengers #1 (the return of Iron Lad and real first mission of the Young Avengers).

The art work is stunning as usual and it’s going to warrant a second reading because I was so distracted by the gorgeous images that it was hard to take in the story. Actually, that’s not fair. The story was so engrossing that at some points it was hard to concentrate on the art.I mean, look at this:

or this…

Yeah, that happens. Marvel if you are reading this (which I highly doubt) why are you teasing us and not giving us a regular Young Avengers series?

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