The-Heroic-Age-Childrens-Crusade-000dRegular readers of this blog know that Avengers: The Children’s Crusade is one of my current favorite titles.  I am loving the story by Allan Heinberg and the pencils by Jim Cheung.  I must admit that I am a bit annoyed at Wolverine hogging the cover for the second issue.  Doesn’t he have enough titles to star in?  Isn’t being an X-Man and an Avenger enough?  As beautiful as Cheung draws him, I was hoping for another Young Avenger to step into the spotlight like Wiccan did last issue.

The solicit reads: “The race is on as the Avengers, the Young Avengers, and the X-Men compete to be the first to find the Scarlet Witch. When the Young Avengers discover the secret of Wanda Maximoff’s disappearance, the Avengers attempt to neutralize the Scarlet Witch before the Young Avengers can find her. But their efforts soon lead to an all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men that only the Young Avengers can stop.”

Okay, well that ought to put Wolverine into a sticky situation.  That’s what he gets for being on two teams.  Hopefully, Heinberg will mine the heck out of the drama.  I love it when the Avengers and the X-Men don’t get along.

4_ASTONISHING_X_MEN__XENOGENESIS_5 Oh yes!  More Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis goodness by Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews!  Watch out X-Men!  Those mutate babies don’t look so friendly!
89_SECRET_AVENGERS_6_VAMPIRE_VARIANT_Are you reading Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato’s Secret Avengers?  It’s been great fun so far with the team going to Mars on their first mission (complete with space suits that match their superhero costumes–Moon Knight in space gear? Too cool).  This cover of the Black Widow and a zombie version of the incorrigible Ant-Man (or whatever he’s called) by Amanda Conner is super sweet.
91_SECRET_AVENGERS_6_WOMEN_OF_MARVEL_VARIANT_There is another variant of Secret Avengers #6 featuring Valkyrie, one of my favorite characters.  Chris Bachalo does a great rendition of her.  His chunky style suits her and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone give Valkyrie thick hoop earrings before, but I really like it.  That sword is awesome too.  I really really want this cover.
ULTIMATE-COMICS-THOR-2Normally, I don’t mention the Ultimate Comics line (I try to adhere to an “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” policy) but this cover is awesome and Thor looks a bit like the images I have seen flying around the internet of the upcoming Thor movie.

I can’t wait for these Marvel comics!

Are you excited about any of these comics?  Do you have a favorite that you wish I’d mentioned?