Marvel‘s Cup of Joe panel Saturday at the 2010 C2E2 was chock full of news and one of the biggest surprises was the announcement of the return of the Young Avengers team of Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung with a new 9-issue miniseries titled Avengers: The Children’s Crusade. The series launches in July and will run bi-monthly.
In a video of Heinberg explaining the series, he said that he is currently writing the script for issue six (with plans to have the whole series written by the time the first issue comes out), so even though it will take a year and a half for the series to be completed, it should be on time.
The story will focus on the Young Avengers characters that were created by Heinberg and Cheung, but will also feature the rest of the Avengers. The plot is said to be about Young Avengers member Wiccan as he tries to track down the Scarlet Witch, who may or may not be his mother.
The story came from an idea that Heinberg and Cheung had for Young Avengers and is set in motion when Wiccan becomes the center of a cataclysmic event that forces him to find the Scarlet Witch. Not only are the Young Avengers at the center of the story, but so are every other team of Avengers that will be out there post-Siege, as well as the X-Men, so you can expect this to be a story that spans the entire Marvel Universe.
This will be some of the first interior art we’ve seen from Jim Cheung in a while, as he has become one of Marvel’s cover specialists. Heinberg remarked that this was the best work that he has ever seen from Cheung, and as a long time fan of his work, I couldn’t be more looking forward to this if I tried. Not only are Heinberg and Cheung reuniting, but they are bringing the entire team that produced Young Avengers, from editor down to colorist. There are a lot of fans who have long awaited a new Young Avengers series, and it sounds like this won’t disappoint.