The Children's Crusade is a Marvel storyline starring the Young Avengers, featuring The Avengers and the return of the Scarlet Witch.The "Children" are the Young Avengers, a group created after House of M and the Scarlet Witch's disappearance, with two members (Wiccan and Speed) who may be her lost children. They want to find their mother and use her to restore the damage she created with her declaration of "No more mutants", but they are not the only ones on her tail: Magneto (her father), Quicksilver (her brother) and Wonder Man (her lover) want to find her as well. The Avengers want to find her, but to kill her: she's Too Powerful to Live. As she had decimated the mutant race, the X-Men are also not feeling too friendly toward her.Should not be confused with the Revolution episode "The Children's Crusade" or the unpublished work The Children's Crusade, or the historical event which occurred during The Crusades.
The Children's Crusade contains examples of:
Actually a Doombot: The woman who was in Transia that was occasionally featured here and there
And Then What?: Wolverine has a clear idea of what to do: kill the Scarlet Witch and Wiccan. The Avengers want to find find the Scarlet Witch, but not kill her... and Wonder Man and Wolverine asked, what else do they intend to do? Cap's answer: let's find her, and then we shall see. In other words, he has no idea.
Speed pointed the same thing to the X-Men. They wanted the Scarlet Witch... for what? Send her to a mutant prison? A psychic lobotomy? Torture? Execution? Torture and then execution? Eventually, the X-Men simply left.
There's also Wonder Man, who is apparently a sane and accepted member of the Avengers again during this story, despite Children's Crusade occurring at the same time as Brian Bendis' post-Siege Avengers storyline featuring Wonder Man being an enormous dick to the Avengers and all that they stand for.
Did You Just Romance Cthulhu?: Basically, everybody's reaction when they saw Wanda about to get married with Doom... and more, when she returned to him after recovering her memory.
Distressed Dude: Wiccan. First he's taken into protective custody by the Avengers despite his protests, then Speed rescues him against his will, followed by Magneto showing up and trying to haul him and Speed off right before Wolverine attacks and tries to kill Wiccan. Later Wiccan gets captured by Dr. Doom only to be rescued by his amnesic mother, almost killed by Wolverine again, recaptured and tortured by Doom, then rescued by his pissed off grandfather. Finally Emma Frost tries to mind control him and Speed into going with the X-Men, only for their mother, no longer amnesic, to kick all the X-Men's and Avengers' asses and haul her kids and their friends off to Latveria where they are marginally safer.
Genocide Backfire: The Scarlet Witch returned... but did not find a welcome committee. In fact, the X-Men want to execute her for the genocide of the mutant race, and the Avengers to kill her for the threat she is to reality.
Identity Amnesia: When found, Wanda did not remember who was she or what had she done
Love Triangle: Stature, Iron Lad and Vision. But Vision is a robot with the brain patterns of Iron Lad, which make it... weird. But, hey, that's just the "Young Avengers" reenactment of the love triangle of the Scarlet Witch, Vision (the former Vision) and Wonder Man.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Wanda and Dr. Doom were about to restore the powers of all mutants, with Wiccan preventing Doom from stealing the power. Patriot did not trust it, so he interrupted the spell... with awful results. She could not finish the spell, she lost the power to try again, and Doom got it. Perhaps the X-Men should go after him as well.
Too Powerful to Live: Of course, we can't have a character with "deus ex machina" powers around. That's why she disappeared after House of M, and why she had to lose this power to return.
Wolverine Publicity: The main characters are the Young Avengers, the Scarlet Witch, Magneto and Doom. So why does the cover feature Wolverine?
You Killed My Father: But even so, Stature has been really sympathetic with Wanda. No Roaring Rampage of Revenge, just ask her to bring him back (after all, the Scarlet Witch had already brought the deceased Hawkeye and Wonder Man back to life.)
She also says this word for word to Doctor Doom, when she assumes that his attack killed her newly revived father again.