Lem’s Top 5 Comics Of 2011 - Marvel
Honourable Mention: Avengers - The Children’s Crusade
Written by: Allan Heinberg
Art by: Jim Cheung
The original twelve issue Young Avengers run is one of few comics that I can sit and read all in one go without stopping, and there are many reasons for that. Luckily, Heinberg and Cheung reunited for this mini-series and brought all of the things that made the first series so special back again.
Finally addressing the longstanding plotline concerning the Scarlet Witch and her children, this mini-series has all of our favourite Young Avengers characters, as well as a wealth of guest stars from Magneto to Doctor Doom, and the story flows effortlessly despite the expanded cast. Each issue is unforgettable, and full of surprises that keep readers on their toes throughout.
Of course, none of this would be possible without Jim Cheung’s artwork. Whilst he can fall into the “similar faces” trap, he has a flair for action panels, and there are plenty of those to go around, plus even the quieter panels in which the characters are simply talking are excellent.
The reason this title doesn’t make it into my Top 5 titles for this year is its scheduling. The title was meant to be bi-monthly, but suffers from terrible delays (whether this is Heinberg or Cheung’s fault is hard to say). I think the series should have ended by now, but now doesn’t end until February, and as a result, this doesn’t get the little push into the Top 5.