Last issue ended with the death of an 'Avenger' and the story concludes, and the events are brought up to the current continuity in the Marvel Universe.
The moment we've all been waiting for and dreading at the same time. With the bi-monthly schedule, we've had the story drawn out but the wait has been worth it. Involving Scarlet Witch, the Avengers, Young Avengers, X-Men and X-Factor, there's a lot that goes into this final issue to wrap everything up. Is it a happy ending? Not for everyone. There is death and break ups. Those involved are definitely feeling the affects of this battle. Now we get to see how it all unfolds into the rest of the Marvel Universe.
One of the big concerns and complaints about this series is where does it fit in with the current continuity. So much has happened since the series started. We have already seen some connection in terms of Rictor's powers seen in the pages of X-FACTOR. The current standing of the events is addressed and everything fits together nicely.
The issue will leave you with mixed emotions, but in a good way. That's what makes it a great issue and conclusion. If everything was tied up nice and neatly, it would be a disservice to the series. The story left a bit of an impact because of how easily it was to get invested in the characters. The combination of Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung made this a great series. I can't wait to read it all over again once the hardcover is released later this month.
The only problem with this series has been the release schedule. It feels like the first issue came out so long ago. It was released back in July 2010. A lot has happened since then. The characters involved do get integrated into current events and there is resolution as to why we haven't seen others. It just feels like more could have resulted directly out of this story if it ended earlier but, as I mentioned, it was worth the wait.
It's great and sad that the final issue of this mini-series has arrived. This will go down as one of my favorite Avengers stories. As much as I loved the series it's a little bittersweet knowing that is is over. Simply put, I am going to miss Heinberg and Cheung big time. Besides the two of them working on the book, it had an epic feel because of all the characters involved. Big events occurred and the fact that there was a little closure on Wanda and M-Day was nice. It will be interesting to see the surviving characters (that haven't been seen lately) pop up in the current Marvel Universe. This is how comic book events should be done (minus the bi-monthly schedule). We saw several characters and teams together in a big story and it all fit together nicely. The only thing that would make this better is hearing that we'll see more from Heinberg and Cheung really really soon. AVENGERS: CHILDREN'S CRUSADE was a great story that did justice to all the characters involved. I can't wait to read the next story on the same level of awesomeness as this one.