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Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (2012) #1 (of 9)

“And you think I have the power to do something like that… Because you believe Tommy and I really are the sons of the Scarlet Witch?”

“Here we go…”

“Tommy has doubts, but how else do you explain a speedster and a witch named “Thomas” and “William” who could be twins?”

What, it’s been months and Tony can’t be bothered to fork a few hundred dollars and have you two DNA tested? You’re going to tell me that at the very least the two of you still haven’t confirmed you’re twins? Or that SHIELD or Tony Stark himself doesn’t have a DNA sample for one of their longest timed members turned most feared mutant on the planet?

No one’s given anyone a paternity test?

But I suppose that level of thinking would also mean like… Tommy and Billy having to think of how weird it is to be on a team with a teenage version of their former kind of dad?

Nevermind, it’s okay, that’d be a weird thing to think about. Leave this giant plot hole in its place instead. 

I do love Billy calling out the Avengers on the hypocrisy of how they handle people though. I always love when heroes get called on these things because it’s like. At least the writer’s can admit that they’re making the characters contrived to justify what they’re doing. And you can feel that way and still love the characters on the receiving end.

Just look at how many Batman reviews I’ve given!


Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (2012) #2 (of 9)

Thank you, Wolverine. I think the young man understands who his allies are now.”

And then I have to turn back around and award points to Magneto. 

Like. If the Avengers actually believed that Magneto’s motivations here were nothing less than nefarious and that there was significant risk to the children that were specifically placed into their care… is viciously attacking them personally going to help anyone’s case here, Bub?

Eh. It’s like I said last issue. Sometimes the Avengers just have to make the wrong decisions… because. 



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Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (2012) #5 (of 9)

“I can’t believe you actually found the Scarlet Witch.

“I am not the Scarlet Witch.”

“This is Wanda Maximoff. She has no memory of the Scarlet Witch and no powers. And neither do I at the moment.”

“Because you didn’t listen to me and tried to take on Doom by yourself?

“That is one way of looking at it. But it means I can’t magic us out of here. We need another way out before Doom and the Avengers—“

What I find so fascinating but also so revealing here, continuing our examination of Billy and Tommy and their different reactions to their origins and so on – is that every time Tommy begins to find more of his footing in the idea of having another family, having somewhere else where he belongs, the more he also feels the need to pull back. His apprehension in being related to Wanda and, by extension, all the baggage that clearly comes with given her past sins and what that means for his own origins, doesn’t feel like a release or better option from his current circumstances.

Back when he was really buying into Erik and Pietro’s possible relation, he could see the positive impact and the new world of possibilities opened up to himself. It just further feeds into the reading that Tommy desperately desires a more positive family, even beyond what the Young Avengers can offer him, but is reluctant in accepting anything without seeing if there are “strings attached.” It’s a skill of self preservation, really. And it’s difficult to tell if that is an instinct born in him or if it’s one that has been learned. 

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (2012) #2 (of 9)

“So. What’s the plan? To outsmart and outfight the Avengers and Magneto at the tender age of, what, fifteen?”


“Kid, I was a teenage super hero, so take it from me..that’s a terrible plan.”

I don’t know what’s more important to point out here, that Teddy got his shirt back or that he mysteriously forgot that Billy can fly.

Either way I actually really like when older Peter reaches out to current teenage superheroes. He has such a unique perspective from the rest of the super hero community and it’s one that Carol shoots right out of the water with a threat immediately. Thanks, Carol. 

Ah, well. At least we have conveniently placed word bubbles. 


The cosplay of New York Comic Con

I didn’t get the names of all these fabulous cosplayers so I can’t list you here.  If you see these photos send me a quick ask and I can give credit where it’s due.  Thank you all so much for these great memories.

Photos © Marie Johnson.  All rights reserved.


Avengers: The Children’s Crusade (2012) #1 (of 9)

“How is that possible? If that guy had a nuke, shouldn’t we all be dead?”

“It wasn’t the nuke that went off… it was Wiccan.

Wow I don’t miss that costume for Carol.

In news that actually matters, you would think that Billy knocking out bad guys temporarily would be preferable to a nuke going off in the middle of New York City, but that would also mean that the Avengers’ treatment of whoever’s the center of a story’s conflict this week made a lick of sense. 

Also in a situation where you’re worried about a teenager’s emotional state affecting their immeasurable powers, maybe… don’t have Carol Danvers be the one to try and handle things? She’s… not exactly wearing kid gloves here with an obviously distressed teenager that they know had enough of an obsession with the idea that the Scarlet Witch is his mom he went looking for her once already. 

just some friendly advice. 

Watch on


So Kate is Hawkeyeing with Clint in Hawkeye

Cassie is going to be in Ant-Man with Scott

When do I get my Wanda & Billy ongoing

A Pietro & Tommy cop-comedy

Sam Wilson takes Eli Bradley under his wing metaphorically and literally both

Mar-Vell’s gone but hey guess who has his DNA that’s right it’s Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers that’s the closest Teddy will ever get to parent-son time and I’m dying to see him connect more to his Kree heritage

Not sure what will fit in a Vision & Vision Jr. book but there’s only one way to find out!

*throws money at imaginary Marvel titles that will never happen*