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YMMV / The Children's Crusade

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Was Doom only manipulating Wanda in his search for power and responsible for the Mutant Decimation, as he claimed, or was his love genuine and he only claimed otherwise to exonerate her and prevent her from having to choose between him and her friends?
    • This is discussed in-universe, with Wanda's family and friends supporting the interpretation that Doom really was responsible for M-Day, while Wolverine thinks Doom really was in love with Wanda and lying to protect her. Note also that this is the EXACT gambit Doom used to release his mother from Mephisto's realm previously.
  • Ass Pull: Doom suddenly taking responsibility for the events of Avengers Disassembled and the Mutant Decimation was received by many as this. Not only was there no Foreshadowing of this, but it in no way really benefits Doom. It seems that it's only purpose is to make the Scarlet Witch look good and (tries to) absolve her from the crap she had pulled.
  • Author's Saving Throw: This story, for fans unhappy with what Bendis did to Scarlet Witch.
    • When Hawkeye seemingly slept with an amnesiac Scarlet Witch in an issue of Bendis's New Avengers, some readers objected that it was ethically questionable at best for him to sleep with a woman who never wanted him when she was herself. This series not only has Jessica Jones call Hawkeye out on this, but reveals that the Wanda in that issue might have been Actually a Doombot.
  • Broken Base: Over the decision to save Scott Lang from his death during Avengers Disassembled via time travel. The aftermath is treated as still being part of the 616 universe, even though normally such an action would result in the creation of a new spinoff universe. People who like the character or dislike Bendis's work on Avengers consider it an Author's Saving Throw, but others accuse it of being Armed with Canon.
  • Idiot Plot: A common criticism of the series is how the heroes, particularly the Avengers and the X-Men, always seem to juggle the Jerkass Ball and the Idiot Ball in order to drive the plot forward. The Avengers coldly dismiss Wanda despite all her years serving alongside them and treat her as if she was a monster worse than Magneto. Cyclops acts extremely irrational to the point he wants to kill Wanda even though she could provide a possible way to restore the mutant race, while Wolverine becomes uncharacteristically murder-happy even for someone like him that he would be willing to murder children in cold blood. The Young Avengers themselves are not safe from this either, particularly Eli, whose actions inadvertently cause Doom to steal Wanda's powers.
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  • The Woobie: The Young Avengers, but Wiccan and Cassie especially.

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