If you haven't read my New Comic Day post, here's the story. This is my pick of the week. There have been 7 issues of this mini-series released before this one, and of those 7 issues, 5(!) of them received perfect scores. In other words, this is the best mini-series I've read, probably in my entire life. So there you go, and here's the review.
Avengers: The Children's Crusade #7(of 9):
Summary: After having given X-Factor's Rictor his mutant powers back, the Scarlet Witch wants to do the same for all of mutantkind. The problem? Waiting outside the offices of X-Factor Investigations are the combined forces of the Avengers and the X-Men. Upon arriving outside, Captain America and the Avengers want to protect Wanda since, for better or worse, she was an Avenger. Lord Summers, being an uber-douche, wants Wanda taken to Crazy Mutie Island(Utopia) where she can face punishment for the House of M debacle. Magneto decides to side with the Avengers, and with that, all of the heroes begin to battle in the streets. Wanda and the Young Avengers stand back and watch for a while before Wanda angrily springs into action, using her powers to put all of the heroes to sleep, since if they were going to act like little children, she'd treat them as such by giving them nap time... HA!! With that, Wanda teleports herself and the Young Avengers to the one man she felt could help her accomplish what she wanted to do(the reactivation of the X-gene), Dr. Doom(!). Wanda reveals to the surprised Young Avengers that upon learning of the “deaths” of her two sons, it was Doom's magic that allowed her to use her powers to manipulate reality itself. Unfortunately for the both of them though, the power Wanda had acquired drove her crazy and led to the events of Avengers Dissembled. Doom seems eager to help Wanda, too eager to help in Patriot's mind, and Wanda, Doom and Wiccan join hands to begin the spell that would restore the powers of all of the mutants who lost their powers on M-Day. Patriot, refusing to believe that Doom was simply doing this out of the kindness of his heart, and figuring Doom was after Wanda's powers, snatches Hawkeye's(the Young Avengers version) bow and an arrow and fires it at Doom, hoping to interrupt the spell. The arrow does interrupt the spell, causing a massive mystical explosion that leaves Wanda unconscious, Wiccan angry and Doom gone, save for his mask. Wanda eventually wakes up and reveals that her reality manipulating powers seem to have abandoned her. Before the Young Avengers could figure out where the powers went, Doom floats down from the heavens, with his face healed, announcing that he would take care of everything...
Thoughts: Well, this comic wasn't AS perfect as many of the prior issues, but it was still damned good, almost definitely better than a good 95% of the comics I'll wind up reading this week. Instead of getting more of an emotional impact or more of the Young Avengers, we got a kick-ass battle between the X-Men and the Avengers and the reveal of how Wanda's powers became as strong as they did(something Bendis never bothered to explain during Disassembled). That's the cool thing about this mini. It has a little something for everybody. You want fantastic dialogue, awesome action, great art, emotional scenes, this mini-series has had all of that at one time or another. Add my absolute love for the Young Avengers, and there's no way I couldn't love this issue.
Score: 9 out of 10.Jeez, Lord Summers is an asshole no matter what the series is!