The Marvel mini-series Young Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, just recently reached Brazil where it was protested by Rio Di Janiero mayor Marcello Crivella, “ordered a sweeping of the book Avengers: The Children’s Crusade at the Riocentro Bienal do Livro, Brazil’s most important literary event, according to CBR
In a video Crivella published on social media, he stated that this 264-page volume contained sexual content targeting minors and that his goal was to protect Rio’s children. However, the organizers of the Bienal refused to comply with the mayor’s order, firstly because it went against their values, but mostly because the volume in question sold out two days before the order arrived.
In Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, two members of the Young Avengers, Wiccan and Hulkling, become a couple, a moment the pair seal with a kiss. The story was originally published in the USA between 2010 and 2012, and it arrived in Brazil, in monthly issues translated into Portuguese, in 2012. In 2016, Editorial Salvat partnered with Panini Comics to publish a hardcover luxury edition. In other words, Wiccan and Hulkling’s love story has been circulating in Brazil since 2012, and the newly contentious volume dates back to 2016.
a brazilian politician tried to remove The Children's Crusade from a comics event because he's homophobic and now the book is SOLD OUT, everyone bought it when they knew about it https://t.co/E60GyyedO2
— triz (@realitywarpers) September 6, 2019
It wasn’t until Wednesday of this week that Rio de Janeiro’s councilman Alexandre Isquierdo took the tribune to blast against Marvel’s “coward attempt to propagate homosexuality amongst our children,” while simultaneously stating that this outrage was not homophobic. On Thursday, Sept. 5th, Mayor Crivella, through the Secretary of Municipal Public Order (SEUP) ordered that the organizers of the Bienal do Livro should immediately remove every volume of the Avengers: The Children’s Crusade from every stand, or risk arrest and loss of their license. The same afternoon, Rio’s City Hall dispatched municipal guards to carry out the sweeping. However, after briefly talking with the organizers of the Bienal do Livro, the agents left the premises.
The Hollywood Reporter writes: “Rio de Janeiro mayor Marcelo Crivella has announced that the translated edition of the Marvel comic book series Avengers: The Children’s Crusade would be removed from the literary festival Riocentro Bienal do Livro so as to protect the city’s children from what he described as “sexual content for minors.” The so-called sexual content in question is an on-panel kiss between two male characters, Wiccan and Hulkling, who are in committed relationship. Both characters are clothed in the scene.”