This week, I'm recapping the Young Avengers: The Children's Crusade, a nine issue story that just wrapped up this month. You can start with my commentary of the first issue, here.
Um. So if you guys recall, Billy snuck off from Avengers HQ to rescue his mother, the Scarlet Witch, who Wolverine and many others believe should die for her role in the mutant genocide. Billy is promptly caught by Doctor Doom, and the Avengers, Young Avengers, Magneto and Doom's army of killer robots are all doing battle in Latveria. Cap sums up the situation while very distinctly not telling Eli "I told you so."
Heh. Hehehehehe. "Out-bad-guy each other to death". Captain America has a sense of humour!
Also, remember how I said Iron Lad coming back could get reeeeeally awkward, due to his relationship with Cassie? Yeah. That happened.
So they're happy to see each other, because they were totally an item, before Nate found out that he was gonna grow up to become one of the most dangerous enemies of Earth and the Avengers: Kang the Conqueror. So once he left, she kind of had a thing with the combination of Nate's Iron Lad armor and the synthetic intelligence known as The Vision, who is probably feeling a bit weird about their smiley reunion up there.
Nate proceeds to "give Magneto and Doom a high-tech time out" by separating them with some kind of magic red glowy shit. Everyone is suitably terrified/impressed, until they realise that Doom has somehow slipped the field and is now menacing Billy.
Victor that is not a very nice way to treat your future stepson.
Magneto and the Avengers crash the party, and Billy and Wanda escape. Nate takes them and the Young Avengers into the time stream:
where they decide to go back to the day where all this shit started: the death of Jack of Harts. Nate promises them that they'll be able to observe Wanda's actions without altering history. This is going to fucking suck for Cassie, whose dad was killed when Jack of Harts exploded, destroying Avengers Mansion.
Ugh. Here we go. Prepare for sadness.
So Ant Man can totally see Cassie, proving Nate wrong, and the whole plan goes to shit fucking immediately. Jack of Harts shows up and the team scatter, knowing that he is about to explode and kill Ant Man. Also, it appears Wanda has started to remember her identity as the Scarlet Witch.
Jack goes kaboom, and the mansion is rubble. When the dust settles, the team find themselves back home, in the timeline where Scott Lang died in the explosion. Nate swears he didn't have the energy to send them through time again, so they all wonder how it could be possible.
Next issue: So! Ant Man's alive. That's cool. Is Wanda going to undo the spell that took away all mutants' powers? Is Nate going to stick around and stop fucking with time? Un-fucking-likely.
If you enjoyed this edition of The Comic Book Commentary No One Asked For, you might also like to read my recaps of The Ultimates Vol. 1, all though I can not in good conscience ask you to expose yourself to that travesty of a series.